"Pirate Jet" as written by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett....
It's all good news now
Because we left the taps
Running
For a hundred years
So drink into the drink
A plastic cup of drink
Drink with a couple of people
The plastic creating people
Still connected to the moment it began

It's all good news now
Because we left the taps
Running
For a hundred years
So drink into the drink
A plastic cup of drink
Drink with a couple of people
The plastic creating people
Still connected to the moment it began


Lyrics submitted by njikolai, edited by 23Tonality, Mbtravis99

"Pirate Jet" as written by Jamie Hewlett Damon Albarn

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  • +5
    General CommentSurely the taps running for a hundred years are the oil pumps, fueling the modern, plastic world we've created since the early twentieth century, when it became our main fuel source (plastic of course, being derived from oil).
    I'm not sure if the song is optimistic so much as nihilistic - that perhaps it's already too late to really do much about global warming, soil degradation, oil shortages, over-fishing and pollution so we can and should all stop worrying about it and enjoy the (toxic) fruits of our plastic world before it all falls apart and the nature we've despoiled and corrupted revenges itself upon humanity. So we may as well drink from the plastic cup [the poisoned chalice?] now while we still can - we've already binged on oil via our fun fast cars, our cheap, superficially-clean electricity, our speeding jet planes (pirate or otherwise), our effortlessly microwaved mass-produced ready-meals and of course our fun disposable (but sadly extremely durable) plastic goods, so much so that we're now beyond salvation. Drugs, alcohol, gambling and bad, addictive relationships can all be seen both as symbols and, perhaps, as symptoms of the unnatural, superficially fun but somehow soulless existence we now lead in the modern world, wrapped-up in our plastic civilisation, knowing it's not sustainable but refusing to change our behaviour - just like any other kind of addict. So drinking from the plastic cup is both a metaphor and a literal action - party now to forget the future consequences. And because deep-down, many people feel this to be true, between periods of shallow, frantic fun the album is suffused by a sense of unease and mournfulness. For me, the whole thing is a kind of a requiem for the doomed modern world.
    But perhaps things are not quite so bad - perhaps we will be 'forgiven' as it were, for our crimes against the planet. But maybe we never will.

    This is not my real-life view of the world - at least not my logical one. But on an emotional level I do agree with a lot of what I draw from this song, and album. Feel free to comment away:
    JackofOxfordon September 15, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentOfficial lyrics from the iTunes LP:

    Its all good news now
    Because we left the taps
    Running for a hundred years
    So drink into the drink

    Plastic cap drink
    Drink with the purple
    The people, the plastic eating people

    Still connected to the moment it began
    MusicIsMyPassionon April 13, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis song is basically what all the album's about. Damon Alburn gave this telling remark:

    "I've always felt, I'm trying to get across on this new record, the idea that plastic, we see it as being against nature but it's come out of nature. We didn't create plastic, nature created plastic. And just seeing the snakes like living in the warmth of decomposing plastic bags. They like it. It was a strange kind of optimism that I felt... but trying to get that into pop music is a challenge, anyway. But important."

    Whether you disagree or not, apply this to Pirate Jet and it makes sense. The sound is dark, but yet optimistic. The image of the taps left on for a hundred years is a terrifying concept in our enviromentally concerned media fuelled, lets all fly to Copenhagen to save the world and fail miserably. The fact that 2-D sings that this is 'good news' is not ironic, but reflects Alburn's own strange optimism.

    I also think the lyric is the 'plastic creating people', which again portrays plastic as a creative force rather than a destructive one.

    For this to be the last song on the album, short and odd, totally turns everything we've heard on the album upside down; we've heard all kinds of awfulness about the Plastic Beach, and the concluding note is that, despite what we might think, it's actually a good thing.
    myimmortalon March 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe begining noise a sorta boing boing is actually saying pirate jet !!! That's increddible
    Lizatar5on May 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningDamon also stated this is Gorillaz's equivalent to "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life"
    milomon March 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is such a cool song to end the story with.

    Remember how old 60's cartoonists would sometimes show a funky old car just bopping along to a beat, like it was a living thing? Well, that's how this pirate jet is flying through the clouds above the ocean.

    I can't shake the feeling that these miscreants on the jet, a motley group of pirates, are the only survivors of a ruin that has happened to the world, maybe to even the Plastic Beach. We hear how they made thing all good now...maybe they didn't like the world as it was...maybe not even the plastic part. And here they are, after it's all done, partying on their sky-jalopy.

    Still connected to the moment it began...maybe we met these guys at the beginning of the story somewhere.
    FeatheredSunon May 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti got a completely different take from this song
    sort of nihilistic that there was so much pain the protagonist felt throughout the album, that he left the taps running which would flood the island and end his world. a very childish image but also quite dark and a bit of pathos
    hooligansoneon May 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Link(s)Here's some proof that the lyric is "the purple, the people, the plastic eating people" youtube.com/…
    23Tonalityon January 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgah this song needs to be longer for the Plastic Beach finale.
    it's got a very marching in time sound.
    ExistanceIsFutile23on March 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmm...i think maybe they CREATED the Plastic Beach...by leaving the taps on. But I still see them as seperate from it, bopping along above it all.
    FeatheredSunon May 09, 2010   Link

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