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747 (Strangers In the Night) Lyrics

We got a 747 coming down in the night There's a 747 goin' into the night
There's no power, there's no runway lights There's no power they don't know why
Radio operator try to get a message through They've no fuel they gotta land soon
Tell the flight deck New York has no lights They can't land by the light of the moon
There's no power, what do we do They're overshooting there's no guiding lights
A 747 coming down in the night Set a course into the night
Try to get a message through Scandinavian 101
For Gods sake get your ground lights on
We were strangers in the night
Both on separate flights We were strangers in the night
Strangers in the night Lost on separate flights
Going nowhere Strangers in the night
We were strangers in the night Going nowhere
Both on separate flights We were strangers in the night
Strangers in the night Lost on separate flights
Going nowhere Strangers in the night
Going nowhere
This is Scandinavian 101
Flight from Hawaii coming out of the sun Strangers in the night
Kennedy, you should be in sight We were strangers in the night
We can't see a thing here in the night Strangers in the night
Navigator says we're on the flight path We were strangers in the night
There's no radio, no sign of life Strangers in the night
This is Scandinavian 101 Both on separate flights
For Gods sake get the ground lights on Strangers in the night
Going nowhere
'Cause we were strangers in the night We were strangers in the night
Both on separate flights Flight 101
Strangers in the night Strangers in the night going nowhere
Going nowhere
We were strangers in the night
Both on separate flights
Strangers in the night
Going nowhere
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wow this is so cool im the first to write about this song well... if u read the lyrics its about a plane thats in serious trouble "They've no fuel they gotta land soon" so thats about it

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Yeah.. thats right.. but... I've tried to find out something about 747 crashed in New Yory at Kenedy... but found nothing... so I realized that this one is not reference to something that happened... or maybe I wrong... does someone knows something more???

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The lyrics up there are a bit shagged^^, but it is a tale of two planes "strangers in the night" - the "747" and "Scandinavian 101" which are both flying into a New York that's without power.

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good song....

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This is not about an airline crash, but the major power outage in the northeast USA in 1965 and the effects it had on Scandinavian Airlines Flight 911 (yes, they're singing 101, but it's 911). Flight 911 was on its way into Kennedy airport in the dark. In the dark, they overshot the airport (since the the ground control couldn't respond to their calls) and flew towards Manhattan. Captain Lofsted took the decision to throttle and rise.

You can read more here: breakfornews.com/forum/viewtopic.php or watch S01E01 (season 1, episode 1) of James Burke's "Connections" series.

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I know who wrote the riff to this.

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This song is about The Great Northeast Blackout that forced planes in New York to remain in ascent in 1965 with the power outage provoking a Scandinavian flight to detour to Kennedy Airport in the dark. The lyrics tell the struggles the pilots and crew members faced who were desperately trying to communicate with air traffic control and find a safe place to land. The Great Northeast Blackout took place on November 9, 1965. Due to disastrous technical problems, electricity supplies to thousands of people in southern Ontario, Canada, and across eight north-eastern American states, were abruptly cut. Alarmingly, this included power supplies to airport runway lights, forcing countless planes to be re-routed elsewhere.

Biff Byford was watching a BBC documentary about the blackout, presented by noted science historian James Burke, and suddenly had a cool idea for a song. “I was watching this documentary and somehow it all just went in, you know?” Biff recalls. “I’d heard another song with a lyric about ‘riding on a 747’ and that was stuck in my head, and it all seemed to come together naturally. I came up with the melody for the chorus first. I think I wrote that arpeggio in the chorus with the words ‘Strangers in the Night’ in there. I probably got the idea from the [1966] Frank Sinatra song – the syllables were the same. I’m a big Sinatra fan. I like his phrasing. So when that riff came along, it all fitted together really nicely.”

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