"Flying Sorcery" as written by and Al Stewart....
With your photographs of Kitty Hawk
And the biplanes on your wall
You were always Amy Johnson
From the time that you were small
No schoolroom kept you grounded
While your thoughts could get away
You were taking off in Tiger Moths
Your wings against the brush-strokes of the day
Are you there
On the tarmac with the winter in your hair
By the empty hangar doors you stop and stare
Leave the oil-drums behind you, they won't care
Oh, are you there

Oh, you wrapped me up in a leather coat
And you took me for a ride
We were drifting with the tail-wind
When the runway came in sight
The clouds came up to gather us
And the cockpit turned to white
When I looked the sky was empty
I suppose you never saw the landing-lights
Are you there
In your jacket with the grease-stain and the tear
Caught up in the slipstream of dare
The compass roads will guide you anywhere
Oh, are you there

The sun comes up on Icarus as the night-birds sail away
And lights the maps and diagrams
That Leonardo makes
You can see Faith, Hope and Charity
As they bank above the fields
You can join the flying circus
You can touch the morning air against your wheels
Are you there
Do you have a thought for me that you can share
Oh I never thought you'd take me unawares
Just call me if you ever need repairs
Oh, are you there

Lyrics submitted by kevin

"Flying Sorcery" as written by Alistair Ian Stewart

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    General CommentThis is a tricky one, obviesly she died,(I suppose you never saw the landing-lights) but did he die too?
    since he was suppose to be with her (And you took me for a ride) "The clouds came up to gather US"
    either way it is a beautiful song. I believe he died too, but couldnt find her , I'm trying to avoid religious terms like heaven and hell, although clearly using "Faith Hope and Charity" has a strong christian assosciation.
    Kitten79on October 28, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningActually, no hidden meanings here. It's Al's 'historical' song-writing. Faith Hope and Charity are a reference to the air unit that protected Malta in WWII. And Amy Johnson was a famous aviator.


    And FWIW the words are compass ROSE, not roads....

    But it IS the best song on the album! :-)

    waaaybackon June 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is practically an eloquent dictionary of pre-jet travel terminology... Kittyhawk, Biplane, Amy J (on whom the song is), Tigermoth, Tarmac, Hangar, Tailwind, Runway Lights, Leather Jacket, Cockpit, Oil drums, Slipstream, Compass, Icarus, Faith+Hope+Charity. Real musical beauty for its unusual melancholic undertone.
    BlueYogion July 07, 2013   Link

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