It's the day before the rest of my life
And I feel like Dylan Thomas
Says my muse if you stay I'll go
If I'm not lying I'm not being honest

It'd be the death of me to keep her pace
And my bride I haven't even laid eyes on
But my ghosts they come to me these days
My companions from the day I was born

Airplane primitive
Saw it and thought it was some kind of bird
It landed, he made up his mind
Can't, can't live

Airplane primitive
Saw it and thought it was some kind of bird
It landed, he made up his mind
Can't live knowing that there's some other world

Well come with me on one last run
Then I swear I'll join you in the sun

Airplane primitive
Saw it and thought it was some kind of bird
It landed, he made up his mind
Can't live knowing that there's some other world

Where men fly up in the sky
Strapped himself to the wing for a one way ride
And in the air, above a cloud
There his soul stayed when his body fell down.

Airplane primitive
Saw it and thought it was some kind of bird
It landed, he made up his mind
Can't live knowing that there's some other world

Where men fly up in the sky
Strapped himself to the wing for a one way ride
And in the air, above the clouds
There his soul stayed when his body fell down.


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    General CommentI know parts of this are wrong..."There is no state in his body flew down" isn't right, but I did the best I could. Anyone have any corrections?
    Such a good song. Not really sure what I think its meaning is...yet.
    somebodyelseon November 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe the line where you had "There is no state when his body fell down" is "There his soul stayed when his body fell down." I'm pretty sure this song is about some guy who just wants to give up on life. The lines
    "And my bride I haven't even laid eyes on
    But my ghosts they come to me these days
    My companions from the day I was born" Basically describe how he's going to end his life before he's even been married and the 'ghosts' are basically relatives or close ones who may have passed on and he's going to visit them/wants to. And the whole airplane chorus is basically him taking the trip up to heaven, thus that's where his soul stays when his body falls down.
    incuradon November 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is by far my favorite song off of the album. Incurad, you have right thar buddy. :0
    Theoogabearon July 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a primitive who is illiterate... and when he sees an airplane land on his island he wishes to be like the bird that he assumes it is... then he ties himself to the plane and the next time it takes off, with it so does he.
    songwriters don't always write about themselves.

    if i am wrong, then at least i know he is comparing something to the concept of a primitive not understanding the complexities of modern technology... a sort of naivety that is purely innocent and deathly.
    promanoon July 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPromano, I think he means primitive in the sense that live is, and the airplane is the only way to escape that. But, I don't know, I didn't write it.
    Theoogabearon July 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOkay, so I'm currently doing a research paper on Dylan Thomas and this entire song relates to his life. If you read one of his most famous poems, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" it is about Dylan wanting his father to fight his alcohol problem, but his father has lost the will to fight. The airplane represents the pathway to death, hence flying up into the sky and primitive is the state of being of his father. Also, the bride he never laid eyes on represents his wife a night club dancer, whom he proposed to drunk. Just food for thought, but scary how much it lines up. Great song!
    Derbydog07on March 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentincredible song, it's in my top 5 songs. This song could have many meanings but it also gives you an overall feeling of an epic event this man is facing and tries to overcome but he also doubts because it just seems too impossible. i really hope the slip gets more recognition for the right reasons, not just for being on guitar hero or something but for being an incredible band and superb musicians. This cd never gets old to me, i hope there's many more.
    Hatendencyon February 27, 2009   Link

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