[Trent Reznor:]
Keep me in the sky, that's all that I cry
I'll become your servant if it's worth your time
Keep me in the sky, that's all that I'll say
I'll become your soldier, at least for this day
Keep me in the sky, that's all that I cry
I'll become your servant if it's worth your time
Keep me in the sky, that's all that I'll say

[El-P:]
I know I haven't been walking a humble path
I know I cursed at your name and then laughed
And though I found it inane to bend calf
The servitude of groveling framed as pained task
I gotta figure, it can't hurt to ask
Suspension of disbelief in uniquely freak flash
Admission of the faithfully shaken, now trapped
30 thousand and dropping it's on and popping at last

[Trent Reznor:]
Keep me in the sky, that's all that I cry
I'll become your servant if it's worth your time
Keep me in the sky, that's all that I'll say
I'll become your soldier, at least for this day

No!
There are no atheists in the foxholes
No!
There is no intellect in the air
No!
There are no scientists on the way down
Just a working example of faith versus physics [x2]

[El-P:]
Flyentology (oh god)
Everybody get your ticket today
Flyentology (oh goD)
Welcome aboard, sir, right this way
Flyentology, flyen-flyentology (oh god)
Our bible is in your seat back pocket
Flyentology (oh god)
Tuck your head between your legs, now pray

I adore you
The same way that others always adored you
Emergency, humility
Just break glass
I implore
With no knowledge of dogma to conform to
I know I don't deserve it, but save my ass
And if I'm going down, let me do it in first class
The paganistic prayer of a heathen with wild past
Please forgive my bastardized style dash
And anoint me with salvation in form of non-crash

I wanna live so bad
All my life, I've been so arrogant
This is the vessel of my 'wakening
Please father, put your hand out
Carry it
I wanna live so bad
All my life, I've been so arrogant
This is the vessel of my 'wakening
God damn it, put your hand out
Carry it

[Trent Reznor:]
No!
There are no atheists in the foxholes
No!
There is no intellect in the air
No!
There are no scientists on the way down
Just a working example of faith versus physics [x2]

[El-P + backing vocals by Trent Reznor:]
This is (oh god)
This is flyentology (oh god)
Flyentology (oh god)
Flyentology (oh god)

[Trent Reznor:]
Keep me in the sky, that's all that I cry
I'll become your servant if it's worth your time
Keep me in the sky, that's all that I'll say
I'll become your soldier, at least for this day [x2]

No!



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  • +2
    General Comment:It is, however, interesting to note that in the video the lead character resists indoctrination, and is plummeted to what the "Saviors" believe will be his doom. Might I propose that the fall is a metaphor for life disaster, and that the wings are simply the tools for escaping it. The Flyzealots grab people out of their lives and claim to be able to help them by giving them wings... but they get much more, they're turned into flyzealots themselves, with wings but also entire "fly minds" and are presumably charged with getting other people to accept their way. When the lead character tries to escape, they see that he won't accept their dogma and let him fall (or let him 'burn in hell') so he falls again, finding at the very last moment he actually had the tools he needed all along (notice he has wings but he's still himself... not a copy/paste "flyhead" like the rest) My conclusion is that the song is intended to be a criticism of religious faith from an outside skeptical point of view, sighting parodistic examples such as "emergency humility, just break glass" and "Our bible is in your seat back pocket"
    PooleRexwordon August 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:In addition!

    The music video seems to say something very similar; Religious groups who specifically target those in trouble with promises of the ability to fix their lives and make them happy, and only end up using them for their own advantage. (Flyentology... that sounds an awful lot like this cult... What's it called again? )
    Zekon November 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Link(s):El-P: Flyentology was a song I wrote after I took a plane where the engine exploded and we had to make an emergency landing…and I was praying while we were… -but I’ve never prayed and I started to realize that my spirituality existed on planes – the song is sort of supposed to be the atheist prayer -you know when the chips are down your smart ass cant save you anymore, and all of a sudden you get really spiritual really quickly.

    Read more: shabooty.com/2007/07/02/…
    pm7319on July 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think the lyrics clearly state that its nature to hope for something more when faced with the end. Once you are int eh position to see the end of the road suddenly you want to believe that their is more.

    More directly its about being on the way down in a plane crash and even if you have never been to a single day of church asking for forgiveness and help at that moment.
    Drexialon May 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:NO WAY.
    I was looking over on the latest comment thing on the side and i clicked on this and i just noticed Trent Reznor sings in this! He is the lead singer of my favorite band. I'm definately going to check this song out.
    BETCHon May 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think Drexial is just scratching the surface.

    I see this song more about people who turn to religion only in times of trouble as a way to save themselves, but after the trouble is gone they go right back to their lives.

    "I'll become your soldier, at least for this day."

    He'll be a member of the religion until they help him, and then forget it after he doesn't need it anymore.
    Zekon November 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Hmm, I don't know if you guys are right about this. I think it's about a person who turns to faith in an hour of need. However that in a battle of faith versus physics, physics wins, the plane is going down.
    postmortumon May 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Seems like everyone here is getting fairly close to the meaning here.
    The song has only one real meaning, but the way you interpret that meaning will vary depending on whether you're religious or skeptical.



    Postmortum, I have to point out that you are incorrect. However absurd it is (Atheist here) Faith wins. He's saying:

    "There are no atheists in the Foxholes,
    (no one at war will resist faith for comfort)
    There is no intellect in the air,
    (no one can be skeptical when faced with certain doom)
    there are no scientists on the way down"
    (no one will accept that there is no afterlife when their one shot is up)

    In other words, Faith wins because no one will accept that Physics dictates their demise, instead they turn to Faith for a "better" answer (perhaps one where they survive their own death)

    The words in the hook are, however, ill-informed. Plenty of skeptical people die everyday with the full knowledge that when it's over, it's over. No great intellectual has ever begged "God" to take him on his death-bed (No matter what heinous, and usually proven false, stories you may hear form desperate zealots)
    PooleRexwordon August 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:@PooleRexword

    Actually, that was what I meant, that even though some might turn to faith, this has no effect on the actual outcome of the situation
    postmortumon January 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"(No matter what heinous, and usually proven false, stories you may hear form desperate zealots) "

    That's because most are in denial. You should read AJ Ayer's "What I Saw When I Was Dead." Ayer was a famous philosopher and mathematician in the 20th century and had a near-death experience during the later years of his life.

    Anyway, the meaning of this song is pretty obvious.
    buggie92on November 18, 2011   Link

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