The phrase "tongue tied and twisted" may actually be the phrase "Turn, Time, and Twist It" or at least is a clear pun on this phrase, which is an instrument pilot's mnemonic used in...
Into the distance a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction is holding me fast how
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?

Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue tied and twisted just an earth bound misfit, I

Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings I thought I thought of everything
No navigator to find my way home
Unladened, empty and turned to stone

A soul in tension that's learning to fly
Condition grounded but determined to try
Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, I

Friction lock, set
Mixtures, rich
Propellers, fully forward
Flaps, set, ten degrees
Engine gauges and suction, check

Mixture set to maximum percent, recheck
Flight instruments
Altimeters, check both
(Garbled word) on
Navigation lights, on
Strobes, on
Confirm three-eight-echo ready for departure
Hello again, this is now 129.4
129.4, it's to go
You may commence your takeoff, winds over ten knots
Easy on the brakes, take it easy, its gonna roll this time
Just hand the power gradually, and it

Above the planet on a wing and a prayer,
My grubby halo, a vapor trail in the empty air,
Across the clouds I see my shadow fly
Out of the corner of my watering eye
A dream unthreatened by the morning light
Could blow this soul right through the roof of the night

There's no sensation to compare with this
Suspended animation, a state of bliss
Can't keep my mind from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, I

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Mellow_Harsher, digitalmanMKII

"Learning to Fly" as written by Bob Ezrin Jon Carin


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    General CommentI agree with this. I've always found this song to be about the soul's journey. "Earth-bound misfit" refers to this person who feels trapped here in this world in which he doesn't belong, longing to once again go back out into where he feels he's from, and finally, at the end of the song being able to do so as his life here is finished. The line "out of the corner of my watering eye" is a powerful one. It's as if he were flying above the planet seeing it from space knowing it will be the last time he will ever see it, and the tear shed is because of how splendid the planet looks from that far above, the way it would look to someone passing it by completely unaware what this world is like, all the ignorance here, and all the terrible things that have happened. He leaves it all the same way he arrived, and as he takes one last look he is moved by seeing the actual planet, the same way he would be moved by seeing anything in space (it's that feeling of how splendid the universe is, and the feel of that higher force).
    MurasakiGreyon August 06, 2014   Link

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