"Old China" as written by and Benjamin Joseph/gray Ottewell....
Our first and last remaining took off late Sunday night
And disappeared beyond the places the city lights touch
And wherever you go the earth just opens up

We'll never know if the situation makes sense at all
The black box is no explanation; there's nothing but white noise
And wherever you go the earth just opens up
And wherever I go the earth just opens up
You'll never win your arguments
You'll never win your arguments with me

So all concerned were barely conscious when lights came on
Did we land or were we shot down? Did Jesus or Judas turn up?
And wherever you go the earth just opens up
And wherever I go the earth just opens up
You'll never win your arguments
You'll never win your arguments
You'll never win your arguments
You'll never win your arguments with me


Lyrics submitted by elddiReMsihT

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    General CommentI submitted this one because I noticed it wasn't here, and I'm dying to know what it's all about.
    It's obvious that it's about a plane crash. The "black box" is a device that collects information on planes and can usually explain why crashes occur (though not this time), and the line "did we land or were we shot down?" is pretty transparent.
    The main line that make me think there's more to the song is the very first one: "Our first and last remaining" - what could that mean? And I wonder what the narrator and the target of the song are arguing about...
    It's a very beautiful, yet melancholy song. I'm trying to transcribe it by ear to learn on the piano. It sounds pretty easy.
    elddiReMsihTon July 22, 2011   Link

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