"Weather To Fly" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Craig Lee Potter, Mark Potter, Peter James Turner and Richard Barry Jupp....
Are we having the time of our life?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we part of the plan here?

Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we coming across clear?
Are we coming across fine?
Are we having the time of our lives?
Are we part of the plan here?

We have the driver and time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans
The days were shaping up, frosty and bright
Perfect weather to fly, perfect weather to fly

Pounding the streets where my father's feet still
Ring from the walls, we'd sing in the doorways or bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly

So in looking to stray from the line
We decided instead we should pull out the thread
That was stitching us into this tapestry vile
And why wouldn't you try? Perfect weather to fly

We have the driver and time on our hands
One little room and the biggest of plans
The days were shaping up, frosty and bright
Perfect weather to fly, perfect weather to fly

Pounding the streets where my father's feet still
Ring from the walls, we'd sing in the doorways, or bicker and row
Just figuring how we were wired inside
Perfect weather to fly

So in looking to stray from the line
We decided instead we should pull out the thread
That was stitching us into this tapestry vile
And why wouldn't you try? Perfect weather to fly


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"Weather to Fly" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

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    General CommentGuy Garvey, lead singer of Elbow, states about this track from "A Seldom Seen Kid" that the first questions are addressed to us all from him. He's questioning what we feel about not just the band, but about their lives and of course, beneath it all, our own lives too.

    Is life, love and music all it should be to us? Are we having the time of our lives?

    The rest of the song was written by Garvey for the other band members about how they met, how they started and how they decided to be different from pretty much every other band out there at the moment.
    niteflite01on February 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentInteresting to compare this song with the first track on Asleep in the Back, Any Day Now, which also talks about making the break away from a home town. The earlier song seems to have a more desperate, urgent feel, whilst Weather to Fly is a more beautiful, reflective, nostalgic look back to how things were in the early days.
    puzzlefriendon September 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the info niteflite01! I think this is a great band and needs much more recognition. Been listening to them for a few years now.
    stoneey1on September 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard this song on the itunes radio station Soma FM Indie Pop Rocks. i fell in love with it instantly.
    fastmotion123on January 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI first heard Elbow's music whilst making the long commute home from work late one evening in 2006. I believe it was playing on a college station here on the east coast of the U.S.A.

    I've always been a huge Peter Gabriel fan, so Guy's voice had an immediate appeal and his lyric writing style has such a poetic sensibility that I was immediately hooked.

    I played the music for my son, who was ten at the time, and he picked it up as a favorite too.

    Most of my friends are musicians, who also took to it. It's so difficult to find music that is enjoyable to listen to, makes you think and seems enduring these days. I look forward to each new offering!
    altruman2000on January 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe way this is played live, is completley stunning.
    notajobtodotodayon March 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's about escaping from an unsatisfying life. Interesting contrast with Station Approach, where Guy is giving thanks for his hometown and family, even though they drive him up the wall sometimes. I guess they can "pull out the thread" without completely disconnecting. In fact, they've done it pretty well, I'd say.
    chrisrazoron August 27, 2009   Link

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