"Private Helicopter" as written by and Sult/huffman/nelson/lin....
I'm on a private helicopter with my favorite ex girlfriend
Tiny little cabin in the sky
Now we're alone and we can remember how we felt before we were angry:
We were guilty and we were bitter

(I must admit I said a few things but...)
I'm still attracted to you
Sorry we've been so cold so
Eight miles high and three hours to landing

God your hair smells really great
I'm on a hovercraft to Paris with my former best friend
We have to get to the cinematheque
We're not alone but no one speaks english, so we're free

To look into each other's minds
And see what we're thinking like we always used to
I miss talking to you
But you never draw me out so

Cast off the ego scars and let's go hit the bars
I reserve the right to hold my grudges
Friends like you, you know the rest
But all told, I hold on to my anger far too long

Until it's a joke
The night is cold
The joke is old
(And poorly told, I told you once)

I'm on a private helicopter with my favorite ex-girlfriend,
No one to keep up appearances for
Now we're alone and we can remember how we felt at first;
The desperate need to be together

Must've been good for something, sugar
I'm still attracted to you
No one's making us do what we're supposed to
So lie here in my arms

Lie here in my arms


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    General Commenti just learned that this was harvey danger's second song that was supposed to be on the radio & mtv etc...i never heard it until i got the album about a year ago (they just broke up a month ago)...i think the fact that this song flopped and turned the band into more of a commercial failure and one-hit wonder shows that the average american doesn't know shit about songwriting, or rock and roll for that matter.

    i hate to call harvey danger a one-hit wonder, but for what they were essentially, they have the best damn catalog to back it up.
    themagnetcon June 26, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think it's mainly looking at the past.
    i can put myself and a friend and ... a couple of my exes in this song.
    i guess he's thinking about if he saw them again and they had a chance to catch up ... and they were in a private helicopter ...
    darksparkleson May 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think hes just saying he wants to stay friends with his exes o matter what happens this is still an awesome song!
    candijunkie421on April 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the honesty that finally comes out when you're alone with people you've had these kinds of relationships with. Because it's always on your mind, and when you run out of things to talk about...
    tay-parkeron May 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis about how emotions make people do irrational things and ruin good things
    incuon May 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYES. another of my favorite songs ever. i think it's pretty obvious what this makes me think about, though it also makes me think of former friends, failures, and letdowns in general.

    "no one's around to make us do what we're supposed to, so lie here in my arms..."

    great line..

    ---

    edits later:

    So, I made some really vague comments in my time on here. :P

    To update my thoughts on this song, I've always felt it's a clever way of describing what it's like to run into an ex, be it an ex friend or ex lover, and how it feels to be close to that person again(proximity wise or whatever). You find yourself second-guessing whatever led to the demise of your relationship. It's a wonderful way of explaining how it feels to be falling back under the spell of the good parts of the person you loved to begin with.

    You just want to cast aside all of the problems you both ran into together and simply enjoy each other again. (hence the part about holding onto grudges for too long, etc)

    It sums up the confusion of wanting someone in your life again who you thought you'd said goodbye to for good, and the kind of desire you feel to have the good parts of the relationship back. I just love the imagery of being in the tiny space of a helicopter cabin with someone, where they're pretty much trapped...and the glimmering hope of rekindling something is stark between them. Like listening to Pandora's box creak open.

    Edited by delial on January 15 2008, at 06:37PM

    delialon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was "no one's around to make us do what we're supposed to"
    whenever i hear this song, it makes me think that he's talking about dreams he had or is having. probably because the scenarios are so ridiculous. so i feel like it's about how in retrospect, everything seems so much better than it was at the time. you only remember the good parts.
    HBAhippieon July 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was "no one's around to make us do what we're supposed to"
    whenever i hear this song, it makes me think that he's talking about dreams he had or is having. probably because the scenarios are so ridiculous. so i feel like it's about how in retrospect, everything seems so much better than it was at the time. you only remember the good parts.
    HBAhippieon July 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think that the setting mainly being a helicopter is saying that he'd like to be in a place where neither of them could run away. like they may have done before they broke up
    songman123on August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou're all dancing around the meaning that I really feel encapsulates this song so perfectly.

    To me, the singer desperately wants to make up for past slights.

    "I miss talking to you
    But you never draw me out, so
    Cast off the ego scars
    Let's go hit the bars."

    Here he's saying 'let's forget everything we said to each other, quite acting like stubborn fools, and go drinking like old times."

    "I reserve the right to hold my grudges
    Friends like you, you know the rest
    But all told, I hold on to my anger far too long
    Until it's a joke
    The night is cold
    The joke is old"

    I'm still mad, though I have no reason to be. At this point it's stubbornness and pride that's preventing me from apologizing to you for everything that happened.

    "I'm still attracted to you
    No one's around to make us do what we're supposed to
    So lie here in my arms
    Lie here in my arms..."

    This part is pretty obvious. He's still attracted to her, but he said a lot of things ("We were guilty, we were bitter, I must admit I said a few things") that, even though he wishes he could take back, still hang in the air like dirty laundry.

    This song is about not letting petty and ancient feuds and grudges get in the way of the people who mean the most to you.
    Soapdishon July 09, 2010   Link

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