"Waitress In The Sky" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
One, two, three, four

She don't wear no pants and she don't wear no tie
Always on the ball, she's always on strike
Struttin' up the aisle, big deal you get to fly
You ain't nothin' but a waitress in the sky
You ain't nothin' but a waitress in the sky

Paid my fare, don't wanna complain
You get to me always outta champagne
Treat me like a bum, don't wear no tie
'Cause you ain't nothin' but a waitress in the sky
You ain't nothin' but a waitress in the sky

And the sign says, 'Thank you very much for not smoking'
My own sign says, 'I'm sorry, I'm smokin''
Don't treat me special, oh don't kiss my ass
Treat me like the way they treat 'em up in first class

Sanitation expert and a maintenance engineer
Garbage man, a janitor and you my dear
A real union flight attendant, my oh my
You ain't nothin' but a waitress in the sky
You ain't nothin' but a waitress in the sky
You ain't nothin' but a waitress in the sky


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"Waitress in the Sky" as written by Paul Westerberg

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  • +1
    General CommentThose corrections are wrong dude
    Laemwadon July 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe story that I have heard is that Paul Westerberg's sister was a flight attendant - he was kind of making fun of her
    miason May 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely about one of Paul's older sisters, and it is meant to sort of take the p*ss. "That was done in good humor. I was playing the character of the creep who demands to be treated like a king. 'Cause I'd heard all the stories from my sister about how people would yell at her and how she'd 'accidentally' spill something on them."
    pseudohendrixon March 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty srue this song is about some snotty flight attendant. I mean duh.
    lunatic96on March 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, nobody likes that "look at me I'm a flight attendant" attitude...
    Chinupon May 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPaul's sister is actually a DJ on a local Minneapolis radio station
    bazmegon August 01, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Always on stride" is the correct line.
    cpwkakon May 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Always on stride" sounds correct to my ears as well. And it IS "A real union flight attendant." At least, again, to my ears.
    ratanxon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "Always on strike." Flight attendants strike somewhat regularly, thus making sense of the "union" reference. Flight attendants stiking used to shut down airlines, so it's like Westerberg is saying, "F-you, you're just a waitress babe. Who made you so important?" I also hear it as "always on the phone", as in how they're always at the jetway talking on the phone and giggling while passengers are boarding, but that's probably wrong.
    ClayGon September 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy understanding is that this song originated from unpleasant interactions with a flight attendant by or with Pete Buck from REM. Apparently he felt that he wasn't treated very well by the stewardess.
    mortimer29on September 21, 2008   Link

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