They told me where to go
(And I always follow)
They told me what to do
(I swallowed every drop down)
They told me bedtime stories
(of how I’d rise above)
They told me they were true

I sat and thought about her
On the train ride out
Until my stomach turned
Like it’s done for years now
I thought about her hips and thighs
With the red in my eyes
I felt my body burn
Burn, yeah.

Aeroplane, aeroplane
Don’t leave without me
'Cos I'm out here all by myself
And I got no place to sleep
Aeroplane, aeroplane
Don’t leave without me
'Cos I'm out here all by myself and I
Ain't got no place to sleep.

And you told me that you loved me
(I swallowed every drop down)
And you told me how it felt
Like being gagged and bound
And you told me you were leaving
On the last train out
And you told me, “Go to hell.”

Well, let me tell you, beautiful
I’ve been there
Believe me when I say I’m not afraid
Of destruction, sorrow, fear or regret.
I've heard the devil call me by my name.
I've heard the devil call me by my name.

Aeroplane, aeroplane
Don’t leave without me
‘Cos I'm out here all by myself
And I got no place to sleep
Aeroplane, aeroplane
Don’t leave without me
‘Cos I'm out here all by mself and I
Ain't got no place to sleep.

Aeroplane, aeroplane
Don’t leave without me
‘Cos I'm out here all by myself
And I got no place to sleep.

Aeroplane, aeroplane
Don’t leave without me
‘Cos I'm out here
All by myself tonight
And I got no place to sleep.
Yeah, I'm out here all by myself tonight
Got no place to sleep
No, no, no, no -
Got no place to sleep
No, no, no, no.

Believe me when I say I'm not afraid
I've heard the devil call me by my name.
Believe me when I say I'm not afraid
I've heard the devil call me by my name.


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Are you there, Margaret? It's me, God. song meanings
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    General CommentHey, I'm so glad people are starting these posts. There are a couple corrections I'm pretty sure of:

    Of destruction, sorrow, fear and regret.
    I've heard the devil call me by my name.

    Believe me when I say I'm not afraid.
    I've heard the devil call me by my name.

    I think this is done pretty deliberately to link this song to the first song (The Devil's Takin' Names), and give the record that Great Story-esque cohesion. Thanks again for the post.
    drewlermanon February 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThey told me where to go
    And I always followed
    They told me what to do
    I swallowed every drop down
    They told me bedtime stories
    Of how I’d rise above
    They told me they were true

    I sat and thought about her
    On the train ride out
    I felt my stomach turned
    Like it’s done for years now
    I thought about her hips and thighs
    With the red in my eyes
    I felt my body burn
    Burn, yeah

    Aeroplane, aeroplane
    Don’t leave without me
    'Cos I'm out here all by myself
    And I ain't got no place to sleep
    Aeroplane, aeroplane
    Don’t leave without me
    'Cos I'm out here all by myself and I
    I ain't got no place to sleep

    And you told me that you loved me
    I swallowed every drop down
    And you told me how it felt
    Like being gagged and bound
    And you told me you were leaving
    On the last train out
    And you told me to go to hell

    Well, never tell, you’re beautiful [???]
    I’ve been there
    Believe me when I say I’m not afraid
    Of destruction, sorrow, fear and regret
    I've heard the devil call me by my name
    I've heard the devil call me by my name

    Hey, yeah

    Aeroplane, aeroplane
    Don’t leave without me
    ‘Cos I'm out here all by myself
    And I got no place to sleep
    Aeroplane, aeroplane
    Don’t leave without me
    ‘Cos I'm out here all by mself and I

    Aeroplane, aeroplane
    Don’t leave without me
    ‘Cos I'm out here all by myself
    And I got no place to sleep
    Aeroplane, aeroplane
    Don’t leave without me
    'Cos I'm out here
    All by myself and I
    Yeah, I'm out here all by myself and I
    Got no place to sleep
    No, no, no, no
    Got no place to sleep
    No, no, no, no

    Believe me when I say I'm not afraid
    I've heard the devil call me by my name
    Believe me when I say I'm not afraid
    I've heard the devil call me by my name


    Not too sure about some of it, but yeah.
    ghoststorieson February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlthough this new album just doesn't do it for me as their previous two, this song is simply amazing.. best one on the record.

    Btw. the song title is a reference to a Judy Blume's book "Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret."

    Sweet =)
    soulsurgeryon March 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree, this is my favorite song on Oh Calcutta too. It's about a relationship ending and the feeling of total directionlessness that comes with it.
    punkpirateon March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDon't judge too quickly. This was the first song that jumped out at me as well. But by now every song on this album is amazing. The Greatest Story Ever Told is one of my favorite all time albums, and I thought this album would be good, but not not as impactful or fresh. Basically I was expecting a Greatest Story two.

    Boy did I underestimate this amazing, amazing band. This album is completely different from the last two, and as I listen to these songs over and over, I'm almost to the point where I wan to say that this is better than Greatest Story. This might be the best album they've ever put out, hell it might be one of the best albums I've ever listened to.

    This might sound like hyperbole, but give all these songs a chance.
    R2kon March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentR2k, I definitely agree with you that this album is so amazing. after I listened to it about 3 times, every single song grew on me. it was the same thing with greatest story, it took a couple days for it all to really sink in. but now i think this album is just as unique and great as their others.

    this song is sweet. at first, unlike other people, it was my least favorite because it just didn't sound like them. but again, after a couple listens, i "got it."

    *ALSO, i really think the title is a pun. especially since some of the song is talking about a girls body, and is probably about sex. i confess i've never read judy blume, but one of their other songs was once titled as a joke, "Where are you going wher ehave you been?" and was a joyce carol oates story. so take the judy blume reference with a grain of salt.
    blingon March 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like I am on the opposite side for this song. When I first heard it, I really enjoyed it. I thought it seemed like a different type of song for the Larry Arms, and it wasn't a bad thing. I like the dual vocals, and some of the lyrics just say so much.
    sajamie81on March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song is correctly titled "Are You There Yet, Margaret? It's Me, God"

    Just missing the "yet."

    Such an excellent song. One of my favorite Larry Arms songs, right behind "The Dancing Machine" and "Cut It Up." Fucking great to sing along to.
    Maycombon April 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely my favorite off of Oh! Calcutta!

    And the song title is "Are you there, Margaret? It's me, God.", it doesn't have a "Yet" in it Maycomb County.
    WayToShakeIton April 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree with R2K and bling. Oh! Calcutta! is every bit as good as Greatest Story (if not better?) The songs on here are more complex and mature than the Lawrence Arm's earlier stuff, but I think they lack the infectious energy of classics like "The Dancing Machine" and "The Corpse of Our Motivations"
    SicK*of*it*Allon June 16, 2006   Link

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