"A Year On An Airplane" as written by and Choi Corpus....
We flew over the cascades
We were forced to behave while we sat in rows like children
I crossed some standard state lines
I finally found myself so far away from home

And even though New England intrigued us, thrilled us
Our bones were cold as stick and stones
We flew over the cascades
Just to find ourselves in storms we've never known

The winds were like a beast with wings and yes
Everything was blown so far away
And I fell down, I failed to cut its neck

Even after hours of waiting
There was no telling when the storm would find its way
The lands we tried to memorize
Were no longer wrapped in tepid shades of red

And through the night the storm held me down
And bit my neck and said it'd be okay
I stared into the fury
And the beauty of its overwhelming strength

The winds were like a beast with wings and yes
Everything was blown so far away
And I fell down, I failed to cut its neck

I saw a dim light in the mouth of the beast
So I followed it in, it was too late to retreat
It swallowed me whole and my flesh became meat
And I can't look back now 'cause the beast has come clean

We flew over the cascades
We're forced to behave

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"A Year on an Airplane" as written by Clay Choi


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    General CommentThis album is unbelievably good.
    fgevilmonkeyon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think he's saying that the "beast" is sin. It's like dragging him in.
    heartxbroadcaston December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "I failed to cut it's neck." not I fell to call its name.

    remembermaineon May 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt swallowed me whole
    And my flesh became meat

    XD so great
    princessKATIEon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe way the chorus in this song comes in is so powerful. I feel like you almost have to take in the mood of the music in the song to figure out what it means... cause it seems confusing just looking at the lyrics.
    SwimmingInSunDropon January 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about falling in love without any limits or bounds, using an airplane ride as a metaphor. As the song builds up, he's falling more and more in love and he can't control it. The beast he speaks of is the sin that he's falling in love with this person, and he can't hide from it.

    alittleprieston April 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about a relationship, and the plane is the metaphor for the relationship. The line "we flew over the cascades, we were forced to behave while we sat, in rows like children," i believe is alluding to the beginning of the relationship and how everything was beautiful and they were "well behaved," or didn't fight. Then when he "crossed some standard state lines" i would say that means that he's venturing into new territory in his relationship and the last line of the first verse says that now they're over the "beautiful" part of their relationship and they're now in fights and problems with each other like one's they've never known. I think the beast represents the facade of love. "i saw a dim light, at the mouth of the beast, so i followed it in, it's too late to retreat, it swallowed me whole," is saying that he was enticed by the "light" of love, but when he entered he instead found a beast with wings that ruined everything because he "failed to cut its neck." This is an amazing song, kenny choi is a lyrical genius.
    PajamaBoy3567on September 29, 2009   Link

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