"Starfighter Pilot" as written by Gary Lightbody, Mark Mcclelland and Jonathan Quinn....
Andrew's a star fighter pilot
He can get high in his jet
Tells me about all his women
He can get any I'll bet
Andrew's a star fighter pilot
He knows all the girls in the world
He's better than James Kirk or Tweeky
I cradle his picture at night
You know I'll think of you
Your picture on the wall
I would raise my drink to you
But I'll stay sober just for you
Andrew's a star fighter pilot
I watch him on TV each day
I've got all the toys from his program
And all of his past shows on tape


Lyrics submitted by Psychedeliasmith, edited by BobTheRhino

"Starfighter Pilot" as written by Jonathan Quinn Gary Lightbody

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    General CommentSUPOIB CHEWN!!!!!!!!!!!
    booschon January 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about this guy who's obsessed with a celebrity, right?
    lauradonaghyon March 07, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I cradle his picture at night" means he admires andrew or used to when he was a little boy... then he says "tells me about all his women" which means they met or something and although andrews such a ladies man(celebrity) he still admires him even though he only loves one girl
    "you know i'll think of you
    your picture on the wall
    i would raise my drink to you
    but i'll stay sober just for you"
    cute song....
    AdanaCon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"i'll stay sober just for you" seems to me like he's desperate to get really really really really drunk over the fact that he'll never be as "cool" as Andrew The Starfighter Pilot. i love how this song sounds like a band having fun.
    youarefadingon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo...who is Andrew then? And how can I steal his powers?
    lord_el_zilchoon February 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song sort of creeps me a bit...
    its a far cry from the soppy chasing cars...
    Indieluveron February 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about getting high, with a fictional friend called andrew, or maybe andrew=drugs.
    young_jableson January 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI thought about that too, but if Andrew is associated with drugs, why would the narrator stay sober for him? I imagine this song as being a lot younger; nerdy pre/early-teen hero worship (On this note, I also think Andrew is a character, not an actor). The lines

    "i would raise my drink to you
    but i'll stay sober just for you"

    are a bit like he's correcting himself, like he's just heard that saying, but he remembers that Andrew would disapprove, "real heroes" are brave and honest and don't drink or do drugs. Batman or someone says "stay in school" and you snap to attention and say "Yes, sir!"

    I think one big question is about the change in listener (when it switches from talking about Andrew to talking to You):

    i cradle his picture at night

    you know i'll think of you
    your picture on the wall

    Now, is he adressing the listener throughout, shifting his adoration from Andrew to the listener, or is he shifting his attention from talking About Andrew to talking To Andrew? I personally think it's the latter, adding a third character and a second relationship to the song doesn't seem to make sense. Plus, everyone slips into those fantasies sometimes, imagining you really know or can have conversations with big celebrities or heroes.
    smmar194on March 31, 2010   Link

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