"Expecting to Fly" as written by and Neil Young....
There you stood on the edge of your feather
Expecting to fly
While I laughed I wondered whether
I could wave goodbye
Knowin' that you'd gone
By the summer it was healing
We had said goodbye
All the years we'd spent with feeling
Ended with a cry
Babe, ended with a cry
Babe, ended with a cry

I tried so hard to stand
As I stumbled and fell to the ground
So hard to laugh as I fumbled
And reached for the love I found
Knowin' it was gone
If I never lived without you
Now you know I'd die
If I never said I loved you
Now you know I'd try
Babe, now you know I'd try
Babe, now you know I'd try
Babe


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"Expecting to Fly" as written by Neil Young

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    General CommentNobody comments on this fuckin' song?!
    SERIOUSLY?! what the hell.
    it's beauty.
    apparently it's about some chick he was with and he saw that she was with some other guy.
    ShakeyFan2on January 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt didn't actually say any where in the song that she left him for soeone else. Where did you hear that??

    Perhaps he was woundering if he should or should not say goodbye. Maybe he felt hard done by.

    "If I never lived without you,
    Now you know I'd die." This line suggests that she gave him such strength that he wouldn't be able to live without her. But in reality, I'm sure he'd have got on just fine, unless of course he's suggesting that he was thinking of committing suicide, & she convinced him not to.

    "If I never said I loved you,
    Now you know I'd try" Perhaps he never found the courage to say he loved her, & regrets it, and perhaps that's why he lost her.

    She now knows he'd try, possibly because he got drunk some night & revealed the way he felt for her, while strumbling and reaching out in desperation, but to late.

    My interpretation may sound weird, but that's what I picked up from it.
    Floyddeadon September 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy dad said this is about heroin addiction...?
    Tig45on September 24, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIn my mind this is not a "lost love" song. But a "lost state of mind" song?!

    More specifically the confusion people had to experience after realizing that the hippie way of living was definetly gone...

    Heck; I know this is a long shot but give it a try
    Rockheimon October 19, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionInteresting to hear this on the soundtrack of the Jennifer Lawrence movie 'Joy'.

    To me it just sounds like the typical emotions of a young guy who set up his life around a girl and how he felt as the events unfolded and his expectations fell apart.

    I get a kick out of how every 60's and 70's song is about drugs, Richard Nixon, or some other weird thing. I suppose it could be , but I'm going with Occam's Razor on this one until Young says differently.

    This is exactly the way I was thinking in my early 20's when the dream girl decided I wasn't the one and moved on.
    Xavier624on December 26, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song in a dream ...... shortly after after a female friend of over 40 years died unexpectedly . I loved her from the day I met her and never told her because I was afraid to screw up such a beautiful friendship . This probably wasn't the meaning Neil Young had in mind ... But now I can't listen to the song without thinking of her and all the great times we had together ... Damn , I miss her .
    darkstar1234on July 30, 2017   Link

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