Just a song before I go, to whom it may concern.
Travelling twice the speed of sound, it's easy to get burned.
When the shows were over, we had to get back home,
and when we opened up the door I had to be alone.
She helped me with my suitcase, she stands before my eyes,
driving me to the airport and to the friendly skies.
Going through security I held her for so long.
She finally looked at me in love, and she was gone.
Just a song before I go, a lesson to be learned.
Travelling twice the speed of sound, it's easy to get burned.

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    General CommentActually, this song is a bit of a joke. Graham had 5 minutes before he had to leave for the airport and someone bet him he couldn’t write a decent song in that time. So he penned this tune took his winnings and took off.
    bradburyesquon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentno this song is simple it means to slow down and take your time in lfie and love that rushing into love will get you burned
    chaoticoneon January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbradburyesqu is right. I think it was the cab driver who bet him the fare for the song.
    Hatzon March 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's means if a relationship developes too fast it ends in badly.
    eatwithstickson April 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah, making friends fast.. or liking a girl that you just meet... way easy to get burned.
    philosopherstoneon October 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhile on the surface the lyrics are simple enough as to need no explanation, on another level, I've always thought that maybe "Travelling twice the speed of sound, it's easy to get burned" might be Graham alluding to cocaine. It *was* 1977...by then everyone around Crosby saw that his coke use was spiraling out of control. I'd assume that Graham had his own experiences with it too. Then "and when we opened up the door, I had to be alone" part could be wanting to be alone when actually "doing" the drug, maybe to hide it. Also, the "when the shows were over" and "driving me to the airport" lyrics seem to imply a kind of "rock star" or "jet set" lifestyle which goes hand in hand with cocaine (especially in the '70s).
    Groonon August 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis tune is about the affairs the band has while on the road. “to whom it may concern” = for those of you who cheat on your spouse. “traveling twice the speed of sound” represents the intensity of the affair. “the shows” are the affairs. And if you participate in this behavior “its easy to get burned” They use the pronoun “we” up until “I had to be alone” this drives home the idea that when you get back to your spouse you need to have left the other woman physically and mentally. The next verses simply describe the departure. She finally looked at me in love” because up until now its just been a fling but when its time to go the pain and love sets in. “and she was gone” emphasizes that he will not see her again — she was just a one night stand. “a lesson to be learned” sounds like one of the band members got busted by their spouse.
    JJNon May 25, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionThis song says EXACTLY what it means. Take it for what it is, there is no hidden meaning whatsoever.

    As I wrote to Groon, I think “traveling twice the speed of sound” is referring to the Concorde, launched in 1976 (song was written in 1977). It traveled approximately 1350 miles per hour; the speed of sound is 659 mph at an altitude of 50,000 feet, which is the height the Concorde flew.
    pookerellaon August 04, 2018   Link
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    General Commentthis is about those times when you poop and there are peanuts in it. "Its easy to get burned"
    vipergt196on May 17, 2004   Link

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