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Learning to Fly

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December 24, 2006
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Learning to Fly
Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone, my senses reeled
A fatal attraction is holding me fast
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?

Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted, just an earth-bound misfit, I

Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings, I thought I thought of everything
No navigator to find my way home
Unladened, empty and turned to stone

A soul in tension that's learning to fly
Condition grounded but determined to try
Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted, just an earth-bound misfit, I

Friction lock - set
Mixtures - rich
Propellers - fully forward
Flaps - set - ten degrees
Engine gauges and suction - check
Mixture set to maximum percent - recheck
Flight instruments...
Altimeters - check both
Lights - on
Pilot heater - on
Strobes - on
Confirm three-eight-echo ready for departure
Hello again, this is now 129.4
129.4. It's a go
Three-eight-echo cleared takeoff, the wind's normal at ten knots
Easy on the brakes. Take it easy. It's gonna roll this time
Just handle the power gradually, and it...

Above the planet on a wing and a prayer
My grubby halo, a vapour trail in the empty air
Across the clouds I see my shadow fly
Out of the corner of my watering eye
A dream unthreatened by the morning light
Could blow this soul right through the roof of the night

There's no sensation to compare with this
Suspended animation, a state of bliss
Can't keep my mind from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted, just an earth-bound misfit, I



  • David Gilmour - electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, sequencing, drum programming
  • Bob Ezrin - drum programming
  • Jon Carin - keyboards
  • Nick Mason - additional percussion programs, sound effects
  • Jim Keltner - acoustic drum samples
  • Tony Levin - bass
  • Backing vocals provided by Darlene Koldenhaven, Carmen Twillie, Phyllis St. James and Donnie Gerard

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