"Jet Pilot" as written by Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan....
Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay,
Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay.

My horse, is a shackled old man,
His, his remorse, was that he couldn't survey,
The skies, right before,
Right before they went gray,
My horse and my remorse,
Flying over a great bay

Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay,
Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay.

My, source, is the source of all creation,
Her, discourse, is that we all don't survey
The skies, right before,
Right before they go gray,
My source, and my remorse,
Flying over a great bay,

Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay,
Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay
Where were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay,
Where were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay.

Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay,
Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay
Where were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay,
Where were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
One that smiled when he flew over the bay.


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"Jet Pilot" as written by Shavo Odadjian Daron Malakian

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  • +5
    General CommentI think It is talking about Pearl Harbor. In War a Pilot's nickname is a 'horse'. It mentions 'wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot'. The japanese army had the japanese so brainwashed they wanted to die for their country and when the japanese bombed Pearl Harbor there were alot of kamikazies (or however the fuck you spell it) that were very happy to die for their country. The U.S. didn't expect this attack at all and when they saw it all they saw were ALOT of planes flying together and they even got warning at one time that the japanese were coming. I think that explains the part when he mentions we didn't 'survey the skies' and the 'skies were grey'. But thats just my opinion.
    liquideeton January 18, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthanks themosquitogod, for the real meaning on page 2

    yeah, i read an interview that Serj said that there was a horse that lived ny the bay, and all that he ever dreamed of was looking down at the ocean as he flew over it. Then as a jet flew over the horse and the jet pilot made eye contact and for a moment the horse could see through jet pilots eyes. The song is saying how we take the earth for granted and destroy it everyday and dont care, and we dont stop and think how the world we are destroying without guilt is the most beautiful thing to the animals of the planet. how the horse dreams about seeing the ocean from the pilots pespective, and the jet pilots view and he just flies over it. The part where he says "My source, is the source of all creation" is saying how we were created by the same thing that created the planet, so in destroying the planet, in turn we are destroying ourselves, we are nothing more than intelligent animals. yeah yeah i know im a hippie.
    societyredon January 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi have only 1 thing to say:
    Jet Pilot (1944-c.1965) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Owned by cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden, he raced under her Maine Chance Farm colors. He was sired by the English champion and 1930 Epsom Derby winner, Blenheim II, and out of the mare Black Wave by the champion French sire, Sir Gallahad III. Both Blenheim II and Sir Gallahad III and had each brought to stand at stud in the United States by groups of American horsemen both of which were led by Arthur B. Hancock of Claiborne Farm.

    Racing at age two, Jet Pilot was second in the 1946 Arlington Futurity and third in that year's Futurity Stakes and Champagne Stakes. However, he won the important Tremont Stakes and Pimlico Futurity.

    One of the winter book favorites for the 1947 Kentucky Derby, Jet Pilot broke from post position thirteen and immediately took the lead in the 73rd edition of the Derby and never relinquished it in defeating C. V. Whitney's betting favorite, Phalanx. In the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series, Jet Pilot finished fourth behind Calumet Farm's winner, Faultless. He did not win again until the fall when he captured the (then) six furlong Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park.

    Retired to stud duty for the 1948 season, Jet Pilot sired multiple graded stakes race winners Jet Action and Myrtles Jet, plus 1951 Champion 2-year-old Filly, Rose Jet. The product of his last mating was born in 1964.
    saturn3186on December 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, this seems to literally be about jet pilots in the USAF.

    "My horse, is a shackled old man,
    His, his remorse, was that he couldn't survey,
    The skies, right before,
    Right before they went gray,
    My horse and my remorse,
    Flying over a great bay"

    Here I think "horse" is a reference to the pilots physical body, because you generally need to be quite old to be in the Air Force (28+). I think the remorse right before "the sky grey" is talking about a steep vertical climb causing a greyout and then regretting it because his vision is now temporary impaired and he know exactly what he's flying into (if anything).

    "Wired were the eyes of a horse on a jet pilot,
    One that smiled when he flew over the bay,"

    I think this is talking about coming out of the greyout and quickly gathering all the necessary visual information and smiling while they realize they aren't in danger.


    "My, source, is the source of all creation,
    Her, discourse, is that we all don't survey
    The skies, right before,
    Right before they go gray,"
    I think the first line is a reference to the morality of the pilot. In the second line, I think "her, discourse" is talking about the nature of aerial combat. So it's talking about because of the nature of aerial combat, you can't always know what is exactly where and you might have to pull off a maneuver that would cause a greyout. The rest is as mentioned above.
    420MuNKEyon August 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think the band even knows what their lyrics mean.
    NYNYTOLACAon November 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe that the horse is the badge on the shirt or uniform of the Jet Pilot and he has remorse as to not noticing the missile coming at him right before it blew him to shit, therefore making the skies "gray" as the song tells it. Feel free to disagree with this and write your own, but I'm the first one to write something here to fuck you. Haha
    psycko666on December 02, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it has to do with people in life being to proud to listen up to other people. We are the horses on the jet pilot -life- i guess. God (the source of all creation) trys to tell us to look out (survey the skies)so we dont take the wrong track in life and have the skies turn grey (we die)
    VirulentAngelon December 04, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's just one of the bands famous songs that makes no sense, but adds a unique SOAD twist to each album.
    RaVEon December 05, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about drugs, speed.
    g0nadsANDstrifeon December 06, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont think so because i bet you it has to do with a war.
    rambamslamon January 05, 2002   Link

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