"Learn To Fly" as written by David Grohl, Oliver Hawkins and Mendel Nate....
Run and tell all of the angels
This could take all night
Think I need a devil to help me
Get things right

Hook me up a new revolution
'Cause this one is a lie
We sat around laughing
And watch the last one die

I'm looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something help me burn out bright

I'm looking for a complication
Looking 'cause I'm tired of trying
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly (high)

Think I'm done nursing the patience
I can wait one night
I'd give it all away
If you give me one last try

We live happily ever trapped
If you just save my life
Run and tell the angels
That everything is all right

I'm looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something help me burn out bright

I'm looking for a complication
Looking 'cause I'm tired of trying
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly (high)
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly

Fly along with me
I can't quite make it alone
Try to make this life my own
Fly along with me
I can't quite make it alone
Try to make this life my own

I'm looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something help me burn out bright

I'm looking for a complication
Looking 'cause I'm tired of trying
Make my way back home
When I learn to

Looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something help me burn out bright

I'm looking for a complication
Looking 'cause I'm tired of trying
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly
Make my way back home
When I learn to fly
Make my way back home
When I learn to


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"Learn To Fly" as written by Nate Mendel, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins

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  • +5
    General CommentI think its about someone who is looking for salavation. The video to this song is really funny!
    RedArmyon June 07, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentalways made me think of getting a grasp on the way things are going for you.. conflict makes life interesting, so the line "looking for a complication" implies that he wants life to have some spice. so he wants to take control of his life, but at the same time make it worth living.

    FAVORITE PART: [depends on mood]
    starlightfadingon August 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhenever I hear these lines it always makes me think of the Nirvana days:

    \"Hook me up a new revolution
    Cause this one is a lie
    We sat around laughing and watched the last one die\"

    Nirvana definitely shook things up and while everyone was running around trying to exploit and profit off of that, they seemed to forget that the person that it all revolved around was in trouble.
    spotchesteron May 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI would agree with: bexmcr123

    "\Love this song...the video is soo funny. i think this song is about being fed up with your life...and pretending that your comfortable about where you are to others but fighting a battle within yourself from actually doing anything. you want to change for yourself but then stay the same for everyone else. learning to fly is like learning to break away and do things for yourself. i know this is like nothing to do with what anybody else has really put but hey thats what it means to me.!/"

    Have always thought the same thing good to know im not alone.
    johnnyfiveisaliveon October 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis in my opinion is the best foo fighters song, straight up rock
    rafaelnadalno1fanon November 03, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs a musician, I can relate this song to a lack of inspiration.

    Hes searching for his muse

    "Run and tell all of the angels
    This could take all night
    Think I need a devil to help me
    Get things right" - I can't write a thing, I Need inspiration

    Maybe the "Hook me up a new Revolution" part is talking about how he feels this genre, or "revolution" has died, or is just no good for him. "We sat around laughin and watch the last one die" We took this as a joke, and had fun as we watched other bands disappear.

    The Chorus is very obvious. He desperately looks for inspiration, looking to the sky, looking for stuff in his head (sign of life) looking for something help him blast his ideas off his head.
    "Looking for a complication, looking cause im tired of trying" he's so sick of not writing anything good, he seeks for something to distract him from doing that.
    "Make my way back home when I learn to fly" I'm going to bed/home when i finish this shit.

    "Think I'm done nursing the patience
    I can wait one night
    I'd give it all away
    If you give me one last try" He's tired, he won't write anything till tomorrow, but then...
    "We live happily ever trapped
    If you just save my life
    Run and tell the angels
    That everything is all right" He finds his muse, a girl, and everythings fine.

    Finally, the "Fly along with me, I cant quite make it alone, I try to make this life my own" part, is about how he can't finish his song, without her, and needs her in his life.
    PeterNjoon December 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe video is absolutley hilarious! this song is really special to me, but to be honest i haven't a clue what its about... like the salvation theory though...
    squeezeon June 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe video is really good! great lyrics, great song
    turnerkr_ukon June 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about grasping control of your life. It's one of my favourite songs and the vid 4 it is really funny
    Greenday666on July 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyer.. Best Film Clip ever made... Dave Grohl, is as funny as he is cool . lol i lost it when The steward winks at the captain :P oh and btw.. Did anyvody notice the guys with the cocaine are Tenacious D??? I only just realiised this recently :)
    roborton July 06, 2002   Link

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