Dash 7 in the air,
Dropped to the sun alone
Jets hum
I wish that I was still there
Props not a jet, alone
Where the sun doesn't come down

Because I've found the way those engines sound
Will make it kiss the ground
When you touch down
Dash 7 pointed down
The captain's announcement
Doesn't make a sound

Because I've found the way those engines sound
Will make it kiss the ground
I found the way those engines sound
Will make it kiss the ground
When you touch down


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Dash 7 Lyrics as written by Jeffrey Scott Tweedy Jeff Tweedy

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    General Comment
    Rated 0 The de Havilland Canada Dash7 was developed as a short takeoff and landing plane, with a lot of noise control restrictions of smaller airports in mind. It had large props which spun at slower speeds around 1000rpm-which is very unlike most modern planes, turboprop or otherwise, creating some sense of trouble:). Also the interior noise of the turboprops at any speed would've been deafening, hence the

    Dash 7 pointed down
    The captain's announcement,
    Doesn't make a sound


    just my take
    willh11on May 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI gotta think that Jeff Tweety was referring to the Pratt and Whitney JT8D-7 turbofan engine. The "Dash Seven" as pilots (airline pilots who've flown them--like me) refer to the series of engine. For instance, there's the JT8D-1, JT8D-7, JT8D-9, JT8D-15...etc. The JT8D-7 was a very reliable, very common engine used on many airliners such as the DC-9, Boeing 737-200 and Boeing 727. It has a distinct whine/roar--especially during takeoff.

    Sadly, the days of the "Dash Seven" are pretty much over. This variant of the JT8D had lower power, pretty high fuel consumption and made lots of noise and smoke. So...not much need for them anymore. At least not here in the states. It's one of the reasons the 737-200's, 727's and most of the DC-9's are all gone from the skies around here.

    But...pilots like me who've flown them really did come to love their reliability and ruggedness. And...it made "kissing the ground" pretty exhilerating at the end of the flight. JMHO.

    SCR
    socentralrainon January 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomebody help me with this song, which has always haunted me? Something about fear of flying/fear of relationships? What is the title, "Dash 7 pointed down"?
    mkilbyon February 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmake a dash (-) and then put a seven (7) right up against it and you got a crude airplane. with the point of the 7 pointing down... headline news
    joehead2on July 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA Dash 7 is a nickname for a particular turbo-prop passenger airplane first built in the 1970's. Probably just your basic fear of flying thing going on here.
    s-squaredon January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the dash-7 plane references are a metaphor for a failing relationship.
    benjimouseon June 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm convinced that pedal steel guitar will many any song ever written into a better song. This is one of the best songs on "A.M."
    NorthWriteron May 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwow i just discovered this gem. i agree with s-squared and bejimouse's comments
    k1ller21on April 21, 2010   Link

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