"Queen Of The Air" as written by Art Alexakis, Ralph Scott Cuthbert and Craig Montoya....
There is a dream I used to have
My dream swallowed me whole
There is a bridge where I hate to go
That is where I first saw her
High on the bridge I seen her red hair shining
There is a girl I never knew
She was my Aunt Virginia
They said that she, she just disappeared
They said I look just like her
High on the bridge I seen her dancing, waving to me there

She smiled and raised her head
Then she took to the air
There is a dream I can't escape
My memories come back to me
There is a hell I can't escape
My memories come back to me
I heard the truth about it

Pictures and headlines hidden away
I heard the truth about my real mom
Jumping from the bridge that day
Now I know why ever since I was 3 years old
Been having the same nightmare
Now I know the truth about Virginia
Why she took to the air


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"Queen of the Air" as written by Craig Montoya Art Alexakis

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    General CommentThis song isn't autobiographical. It's just this story that Art made up - likely something he might have heard of where he grew up, but definitely not about him. I read about some of the song meanings a long time ago where Art was actually telling what they meant and he said that after he sang this song, Greg (who was pretty new to the band) apologized about his mom and Art was like "huh?" and he was like "the song" and Art told him it wasn't a true story. I think of that every time I hear this song.
    mlirharon April 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIs this song based on a true story?
    evertoolstaindon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf it is, I don't think it's Art's story. It might be for Craig, but Greg seems to have had a fairly consistent life as a child. The thing I don't get is... is he saying his aunt killed herself and he looks like her or that his mom killed herself and his aunt took him in?
    Apploon August 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song isn't based on a true story. But considering the kind of places that Art grew up in, a story like that would not be uncommon. And what's happening in his song is that he is having this nightmare of this woman jumping off the bridge when he was three. All his life he was told that his "aunt" Virginia just disappeared one day, whom he looks a lot like. He discovers, as he continues ot have the nightmare, photos and headlines hidden away that talk about a woman committing suicide. Then all his memories come back to him, and he now remembers that his "aunt" was actually his mom, and that she committed suicide by jumping off the bridge.
    BrainDamageon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is pretty self-explainatory...I don't know if it's based on a true story...regardless, Art Alexakis is a lyrical GENIUS!
    Notserpon March 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song always makes so sad. yea Art Alexakis and Everclear are amazing
    twistinsideon July 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat a wonderful song
    Corinneon August 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat a wonderful song
    Corinneon August 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthe sings it so sincerely, that's what sold this song for me.
    johnjackmehoffon December 22, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionI've known several people (including first cousins) who, in their teens or later, experienced some sort of stunning revelation about their parentage. This story is not really that unusual. Parents have been known to commit suicide in front of their children. Children are sometimes raised by non-biological parents, with the identity of their biological parents kept secret from them... What is unusual is the exquisite, succinct blending of music and language and vocal emotion by Alexakis, generating such vibrancy and clarity to the story. It's as beautiful and compelling a tale as any novel or film I can think of, and as a mere 3 minute rock song, just about as good as storytelling gets. A thorough and complete masterpiece.
    xmor61on March 09, 2016   Link

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