"Traffic In The Sky" as written by and Jack Johnson....
There's traffic in the sky
And it doesn't seem to be getting much better
There's kids playing games on the pavement
Drawing waves on the pavement
Shadows of the planes on the pavement
It's enough to make me cry
But that don't seem like it would make it feel better
Maybe it's a dream and if I scream
It will burst at the seams
Whole place will fall into pieces
And then they'd say

Well how could we have known?
I'll tell them it's not so hard to tell, no, no, no
If you keep adding stones
Soon the water will be lost in the well

Puzzle pieces in the ground
No one ever seems to be digging
Instead they're looking up towards the heavens
With their eyes on the heavens
There are shadows on the way to the heavens
It's enough to make me cry
That don't seem like it would make it feel better
The answers could be found
We could learn from digging down
But no one ever seems to be digging
Instead they'll say

Well how could we have known?
I'll tell them it's not so hard to tell, no, no, no
If you keep adding stones
Soon the water will be lost in the well

Words of wisdom all around
But no one ever seems to listen
They're talking about their plans on the paper
Building up from the pavement
There shadows from the scrapers on the pavement
It's enough to make me sigh
That don't seem like it would make it feel better
The words are all around
But the words are only sounds
And no one ever seems to listen
Instead they'll say

Well how could we have known?
I'll tell them it's not so hard to tell, no, no, no
If you keep adding stones
Soon the water will be lost in the well, lost in the well


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"Traffic in the Sky" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is a definitely beautiful song. Jack explains in an iTunes session record that he was in NYC on that fateful day, with his bass player who comes from brooklyn. His buddies were playing b-ball while he was drawing waves on the pavement (the only thing he can draw from when he lived in hawaii) with some kids around. He saw shadows on his drawings and that's when he saw all the planes that were circling in the sky waiting for being able to land... and then everything knows what happens. He also said that he only recorded the song a year or so later out of respect for everything that happened.
    Definitely a beautifully crafted song lyrically and musically. Bravo again to mr Jack Johnson.
    mastachandon November 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is my favorite jack johnson song.
    ::Puzzle pieces in the ground
    But no one ever seems to be digging
    instead they're looking up towards the heavens
    with their eyes on the heavens ::
    people look to god instead of within.
    bananapancakeson March 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think sanscosm is right but it also has a broader meaning. This song doesn't only question the U.S. government for its inhumane policies but also the world in general for basically forgetting what it means to be human. Commercialism and quick pleasures are more important than real human bonds and communities now. If people weren't all out for themselves, the world could be a better place; it's this charge forward with blinders on that creates the sorts of problems that manifest in events like 9/11.

    Bananapancakes is also right, that line demonstrates forgetting community as well. We no longer grow in nurturing communities but live for ourselves and try to rely on a book describing an abstract god to fit in all of our spirituality. The soul can be satisfied in more ways than one.
    Niceon March 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always took this track to be saying, "look, were putting so much crap in our atmosphere, plane emissions etc, its killing our world. If we dug down and looked at the evidence of our former climates then we would know where were heading" I'm no tree hugger and i can understand everyone mentioning september 11th, but i think there's a deeper vein in this song.

    Oh and nina - the meaning is, not was, whatever you take from listening to it as an individual :-)
    l1am_st0n3ron January 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is just a truly beautiful and amazing song. the lyrics are so clever and illistrutive.
    gold211on April 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing.
    beanickaon October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLONG LIVE JACK JOHNSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Olexon November 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentany comment on what the song is talking about???

    uhmm im really not sure, but i can take a stab at it.
    "shadows of the planes on the pavement "

    uhmmm, im not actually sure when this song was recorded.. however! planes and stuff? maybe it's about el 9/11 stuff. and like people saying "well how could we have known", but really the government was doing all this badass stuff that led to it so it could have been avoided.. and if you "keep adding stones"..err if the US keeps fucking shit up then the "water will be lost in the well".. meaning something along the lines of the US is burying themselves...

    thats my interpretation at first glance.
    common,more feedback!
    sanscosmon November 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song means like.. it's about how people are always just looking and worrying about what's happening after death, about when they're dying and how.

    "Puzzle pieces in the ground, but no one ever seems to be digging" meaning people just aren't digging for whats HERE now, for what's in life.

    "instead they're looking up towards the heavens, with their eyes on the heavens, the shadows on the way to the heavens" -- meaning they're just thinking about.. like.. heaven. whats after life here on earth.



    "Words of wisdom all around, but no one ever seems to listen.. they're talking about their plans on the paper, building up from the pavement.." i think this means people are just planning for whats after. again.
    kaylasauron July 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlets get a "HELL YES" for Jack and his down to earth style. I think there is so much to be learned from people like this. Live in the moment RIGHT NOW! remember what it is to be priveliged with human life. Get in touch with the goods
    zoogeyon July 13, 2005   Link

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