PINK FLOYD – Learning To Fly (HQ Sound, HD, Lyrics)

Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. Distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions and elaborate live shows, they are one of the most commercially successful and influential groups in the history of popular music.
Pink Floyd were founded in 1965 by students Syd Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Mason on drums, Roger Waters on bass and vocals, and Richard Wright on keyboards and vocals.

“Learning to Fly” (released 14/9/1987) it was written by David Gilmour, Anthony Moore, Bob Ezrin, and Jon Carin. It was the first single from the band’s thirteenth studio album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. It reached number 70 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart in September, 1987, remaining three consecutive weeks at the top position in the autumn of the same year. Meanwhile, the song failed to chart on the official U.K. top 40 singles charts.
The song was primarily written by David Gilmour, who developed the music from a 1986 demo by Jon Carin. The notable rhythm pattern at the beginning of the song was already present in the demo, and Carin stated that it was influenced by Steve Jansen or Yukihiro Takahashi.
The lyrics describe Gilmour’s thoughts on flying, for which he has a passion (being a licensed pilot with multiple ratings), though it has also been interpreted as a metaphor for beginning something new, experiencing a radical change in life, or, more specifically, Gilmour’s feelings about striking out as the new leader of Pink Floyd after the departure of Roger Waters. Gilmour confirmed the latter interpretation on the Pink Floyd 25th Anniversary Special in May 1992.

The dubbed over voice of pilots talking is actually a recording of drummer Nick Mason during pre-flight check and conversation with the control tower . According to his book Inside Out, both Mason and Gilmour were terrified of flying but eventually got their pilot Licenses. “Learning to Fly” was included on Pink Floyd’s greatest hits collection Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.
The track was regularly performed live on the band’s two post-Roger Waters tours, with touring guitarist Tim Renwick playing the song’s guitar solos (although David Gilmour played the solos on the studio version of the track). A live version is included on Delicate Sound of Thunder and Pulse. At the end of the final solo in both versions, a guitar lick from the second verse of “Young Lust” (“Oooh, baby set me free”) is played.

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
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
Unladen, 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
(Garbled word) – on
Navigation lights, on
Strobes, on
Confirm three-eight-echo ready for departure
Hello again, this is now 129.4
129.4, it’s to go
You may commence your takeoff, winds over ten knots
Easy on the brakes, take it easy, its gonna roll this time
Just hand the power gradually, and it

Above the planet on a wing and a prayer
My grubby halo, a vapor 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..

(Spoken words: Nick Mason and Control Tower)

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