Spoken:
"I really don't wanna look stupid when I'm sleeping
I never really liked sunny days
The black wings just reach out to me over a distance...
And I can feel the wind from the wings
I see the clouds, I feel the ocean with my feet, and I'm home again
It requires an ability to judge distance
The airplane flies high...turns left, looks right"

Love is a sentimental heart
Life is a sentimental way
Spy the fragile heart so cursed
As he walks across this earth

I'm disconnected by your smile
Disconnect a million miles
And what you promised me
I hope will set you free
I'm disconnected by your smile

Spoken:
"If I knew where I was going I would already be there
(Laugh) I wish I had more time
Judicious, beautiful, uh, demented, whatever
I've always been afraid to die, but I think I'm more afraid to live"

And all I gave to you is lust
And all you took from me is lust
Black wings carry me so high
Up to meet you in the sky

I'm disconnected by your smile
Disconnect a million miles
And what you promised me
I hope will set you free
I'm disconnected by your smile

Wishing you were real to me
Wishing i could make believe
I'll take my secrets to the grave
Safely held beneath the waves
Always knew I couldn't save
Always knew I couldn't save you

And in my heart I know you're there
And in my heart I know you care
And in my heart I know you're gone


Lyrics submitted by Driadon, edited by Shattering

The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right) song meanings
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    General CommentNothing else to say that TAFH is one of the best song ever created. It ROCKS. There are some spoken words in this song :
    at the beginning : 'I really don't wanna look stupid when I'm sleeping
    I never really liked sunny days
    The black wings just reach out to me over a distance...
    And I can feel the wind from the wings
    I see the clouds, I feel the ocean with my feet, and I'm home again
    It requires an ability to judge distance
    The airplane flies high...turns left, looks right

    After the first chorus :
    If I knew where I was going I would already be there
    (Laugh) I wish I had more time
    Judicious, beautiful, uh, demented, whatever
    I've always been afraid to die, but I think I'm more afraid to live

    And at the end :
    And in the heart I know you're there
    And in my heart I know you care
    And in my heart I know you don't
    alexboyon December 13, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhay do ya think its about, alexboy?
    Enraged7on January 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThose speech are beautiful and can make me cry... it reminds me many many things...
    alexboyon March 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a beatiful song. So meaningul, so melancholic.
    joeprogon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song does rock. The disconnected way he speaks about this scene in the beginning. It's beautiful... I really like the last one, though...
    "And in the heart I know you're there
    And in my heart I know you care
    And in my heart I know you don't"
    Seems to say so much more... makes me feel like I'm alone yet crowded... I don't know exactly why I think this song is so great, it just is.
    kaisuteon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's about how he's with a girl who he loves but knows the feelings aren't returned. maybe she's doin some bad shit (maybe some kind of drug or something) and that might be why he says "Always knew I couldn't save you"
    and about the idea that the feelings aren't returned, that may be the cause of the parts where he's singing,"Wishing you were real to me..."
    I don't know.. it all just reminds me of the girl I used to live with. I loved her, but felt she didn't love me. I never told her how I felt, and it always tormented me. I was always "disconnected by her smile"... Now when I hear this song, I feel that that's what he's going through when he wrote it... I may be way off, but this is just my interpretation and why it is so fucking beautiful to me that it makes me all teary eyed. And the speaches in the beginning and middle just sort of accent the lonliness I felt even though I had her with me. I never could say anything in fear of a damaged friendship. She did cocaine, and I knew I couldn't stop her... this song just seems so perfect. Billy Corgan was a genius and he is great at projecting his feelings. He doesn't even have to make it obvious and the feelings you get from the way he sings and the way the music goes... It's just perfect.
    kaisuteon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentheheh, I know I write a lot... sorry...

    But another way to view this song could be about drug use. "The black wings carry me so high, up to meet you in the sky" maybe he's talkin about getting high with friends. "Disconnected by your smile" perhaps another metaphor for the drugs and the line about disconnect a million miles may be about how the drug makes him feel like he's completely alienated from the rest of life. I don't know if Billy did drugs, not saying he did, so don't waste time trying to argue that point, just saying it's another way of looking at it for some of you out there. Personally i stick with my first opinion. I may be way off in both, only Billy truly knows what he was singing about. He's a great artist, though, and this song is beautifully tragic, no two ways about that fact. Take it easy and enjoy the music...
    kaisuteon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song was released with the aeroplane flies high box set shortly after the release of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, however i have a feeling this song was written earlier.

    Yes, the entire smashing pumpkins band was on a lot of drugs around the Gish and Siamese Dream album releases (especially Gish.. jesus christ daydream is a fuckin trip), so its possible this song was written around that time too. I think kaisute's interpretation is correct.
    Eckoxuson July 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty sure it says "augmentative" (but he pronounces it "augmentive") instead of "demented" in the spoken part posted by Alexboy.
    Grayon August 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI do believe it also says
    "I've always been afraid to die, but I think I am more afraid to love."
    PuMpKiNaToRon September 06, 2002   Link

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