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Songs involving Airplanes

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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 05:37 AM

Oops Suzy Bogguss's song should have read Outbound Plane.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 20 Mar 17 - 04:03 AM

Two Gliders for Tim

Robb Johnson 1994


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 10:01 PM

Referred to in Tom Paxton's "Leaving London"
If I could beg, steal or borrow, a ticket on some ship or plane


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Cool Beans
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 12:06 PM

Come Take a Trip in My Airship (1905) has been mentioned before, but this is an especially sweet version (mine):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwdCVL7DuCk


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 10:11 AM

Suzy Bogguss - "Outward Plane"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce9kGLhAee0


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: eftifino
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 09:50 AM

Cold Chisel Khe Sanh 'got a job on an oil rig, flying choppers when I could" and 'Well, the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone"

Also Redgum's "I was only 19"


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 07:02 AM

Drive me to the airport, 'cause my baby's waiting
Way up north in Calgary the ice is breaking
Colour that jet plane going, colour me gone

Down on the Gulf of Mexico with the sunlight shifting
I was playing cards and losing while the blizzards drifting
In Calgary she's waiting all alone, all alone

Written by Ian Tyson. Canadians do that winter imagery so well.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Rossey
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 05:21 AM

A wartime song with airplanes 'Coming in on a wing and a prayer'. The tune was virtually reproduced in pop band Slade's 'My oh My'. The top line is pretty much identicaL.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 18 Mar 17 - 04:10 AM

Trains and boats and planes

Written by composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David. Hit versions were recorded by Bacharach himself and by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas in 1965, and by Dionne Warwick in 1966.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Merritt
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 07:49 PM

Emma, Edwards/Brannon, 1971 as recorded by Jonathan Edwards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svthUatoGT0


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Nick in Croydon
Date: 17 Mar 17 - 06:51 PM

fretless (2008 Feb 4 at 6pm) quotes Airmail Special as beginning "When you wake this morning honey, keep your head up to the sky", but googling that brings only one hit:fretless's post of 2008.

I suspect Jim and Jesse were the first to record Airmail Special, in 1953. They begin it "Left New York this mornin early packed with mail so wide and high", yet every website I can find has "Left New York this mornin early traveling south so wide and high", which is nonsense, when you think about it. Traveling south so high, yes, that makes sense, but wide? What was it traveling wide of?

And another thing: is it a direct flight? Because if it is, do you go south from NY to get to California? Parts of California are further north than NY, according to my Odhams New Illustrated Atlas of the World!

Hartford, Seeger and Grisman -- could there be a more trustworthy trio? -- sing "packed with" as do three or four others on Spotify, though not all -- and they're not easy to find as there is a much-recorded jazz standard of the same name -- also, both songs are written airmail and air mail, in total disregard of poor internet-bound saps like me trying to search!

Anyway, I've settled on:
Left New York this morning early
Packed with mail so wide and high
Sailing through the wide blue yonder
It's that air mail special on the fly

Listen to her motors humming
She is streaking through the sky
Like a bird that's flying homeward
It's that air mail special on the fly

Over plains and high dark mountains
Over rivers deep and wide
Like a mighty gallant warrior
It's that air mail special on the fly

Over clouds so dark and stormy
Over rugged peaks so high
Carrying mail to Californi'
It's that air mail special on the fly

Watch her circle for a landing
Hear her moan and cough and sigh
Now she's coming down the runway
It's that air mail special on the fly

Does anyone have any corrections? fretless? I'm sure the blue yonder is wide and not wild, as some singers seem to sing. I would expect the mountains to be high-topped, but they do actually seem to be "high dark".

Anyway, it's a belting song if you can get it up to speed!


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Gene
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 08:51 PM

and one i overlooked...

The Fate Of Will Rodgers & Wiley Post...

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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Songbob
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 01:07 PM

Teterboro Tower was actually written in response to an incident involving Arthur Godfrey, who, in addition to being a band-leader and entertainer, was a pilot. He was cited by the FAA for "buzzing" the Teterboro Tower (in NJ), and claimed he had an on-board emergency that the tower refused to respond to. I don't recall the outcome (it wasn't a crash), but I recall the incident.

Among the songs I think of that mention planes is "Galway to Graceland," with lines like:

Silver wings carried her over the sea,
West coast of Ireland to West Tennessee...

and

When they landed in Memphis...

I know some others, but I think they've been mentioned above, or are not coming to mind at the moment.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 07:56 AM

I've had a skim through the posts above and not seen (but possibly missed)
"Heavenly Aeroplane" (got a recording by Helen Watson and somebody, somewhere)
"Learning to fly" (at least two songs with this title, one by Pink Floyd)
"Fear of Flying" (think there's more than one called this as well).


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: autoharpbob
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 07:32 AM

Nobody mentioned James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" -
"Sweet dreams and Flying machines in pieces on the ground"


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 04:51 AM

Tom T Hall had a good song "I Flew Over Our House Last Night"


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Jim P
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 10:31 PM

The song by Al Stewart alluded to by many people is Flying Sorcery, about Amy Johnson, not Amelia Erhart:

Flying Sorcery Tab

And, although I haven't actually performed it, I did write a take-off on "Snoopy and the Red Baron" that kind of fits here; I've been obsessed with WWI aircraft and aces ever since I was a kid (Air Force brat). I wrote it more as a "get it off my chest" kind of thing. I fully realize that I'm taking a bit of fluff way too seriously, but what the hell. If anybody's interested:

The Real Red Baron
By Jim Partridge
TTTO: Snoopy and the Red Baron by The Royal Guardsmen

You've all heard the story
As it often is told
'Bout the funny-looking dog
With the big black nose
But behind the cartoon
If you look back then
In the skies over France
Fought real, live men

Baron Manfred von Richthofen
Was a brave man
Told to use camouflage
But he had his own plan
He said a man doesn't hide
From his enemy
Had his plane painted red
To be easy to see

20, 40, 60, 80, that was his score
The Red Baron fought
'Till he could fight no more
He died as he lived
Fighting World War One
But there's more to the man
Than the cartoon Hun

He started the war
In the cavalry
But in 1914
That meant delivery
He said, "I want to fight,
Not just be in supply"
So he transferred out
And he learned how to fly.

He didn't do well
But he was devout
He crashed more than once
And he almost washed out
But he kept on trying
And he finally won
That bright silver badge
That said he could fly alone.

20, 40, 60, 80, that was his score
The Red Baron flew
Like none had done before
He fought for his country
As a knight of the air
But death was waiting for him
With its empty eyed stare

The life of a flier
Back in The Great War
Was violent and brief
Men died by the score
Richthofen was lucky
He was taught by the best
And he kept on flying
While death claimed the rest

Then finally one morning
Over the Somme
A Canadian flier
By the name of Brown
Saw an all-red plane
About to shoot down a friend
So he dove down
A legend came to an end

The question's unsolved
Down to this day
"Who killed the Red Baron?"
No one can say
Some believe it was Aussies
Firing from the ground
Some still say
That it was Roy Brown

20, 40, 60, 80, that was his score
With a bullet in his heart
He would ne'er again soar
From us he deserves
To be remembered more
As the brave fighting man
Not the cartoon bore

20, 40, 60, 80, that was the score
Of the greatest flying ace
Of the First World War
Other men tried
But failed to beat the spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron
Of Germany


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 07:46 PM

Whats the use of wings

if you cant

Fly me to the moon

I am the pilot of something or other


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,lumbago
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 12:33 PM

The Letter by The Box Tops
Going To California by Led Zeppelin
The Only Living Boy In New York by Simon & Garfunkel


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Mick Woods
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 09:02 AM

"Fat Angel" by Donovan, tells us to:

"Fly Jefferson Airplane"


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 08:10 AM

Kristina Olsen   Dangerous


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: bubblyrat
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 04:51 AM

Starwood in Aspen ( John Denver )


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: BobKnight
Date: 07 Jun 09 - 12:05 PM

"I'm Mandy-Fly Me" 10cc, and a really obscure one - "The Day I Jumped From Uncle Harvey's Plane" by Roger Miller.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: evansakes
Date: 07 Jun 09 - 09:18 AM

I'm reminded of the sign above the entrance to Liverpool John Lennon International Airport....it reads "Above us only Sky".

I heard Pete Wylie adding a little anecdote at a gig once....he was saying one time he arrived back there to find someone had taped a note on the board above the baggage arrival carousel.

"Imagine no possessions"

Made me laugh anyway....

ps "Did you ever see Dallas from a DC9 at night?" (Butch Hancock)


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 07 Jun 09 - 07:57 AM

Flying Down to Rio, from the first Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers movie.

There are several references in THE GOLDEN APPLE (Moross-LaTouche, 1954), to the arrival (with a traveling salesman named Paris) and departure (Paris along with Helen, wife of Mayor Menelaus) in a hot air balloon (which lands on stage). This is on Mount Olympus - in circa 1900 Washington State. Onlookers include Mrs. Juniper, Miss Minerva, Lovey Mars, and Ulysses and Penelope Simpson.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 04:03 PM

By the way here is a link to "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by NMH. I listened to it again after being reminded of it and felt like sharing. What a great song, and a pretty moving homemade video as well.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 03:49 PM

I'm glad to see that M TED listed "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel. Not to many have heard of them but that short lived band was awesome. Not really folk (sometimes categorized as psych folk but more often indie rock), but awesome and hugely innovative. Critically acclaimed as well, the album of that name made many top ten of the 90s lists. I'd recommend them to anyone.
   There seems to have been several songs about Amelia Earhart. Well here is an exceptional one by another under appreciated indie band,
The Handsome Family.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Jack Campin
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 03:30 PM

Isn't there a Steve Earle song about 9/11 from the perspective of one of the hijackers? Heard it on the radio a few years ago abut can't trace it now.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Bad Bob
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 03:02 PM

Involving airplanes, tangentially ----


"So Long, Mom (A Song For World War III)"
(Tom Lehrer)

So long, mom,
I'm off to drop the bomb,
So don't wait up for me.
But while you swelter
Down there in your shelter
You can see me
On your TV.

While we're attacking frontally
Watch Brinkally and Huntally
Describing contrapuntally
The cities we have lost.
No need for you to miss a minute of the agonizing holocaust.... Yeah!

Little Johnny Jones, he was a US pilot,
And no shrinking violet was he.
He was mighty proud when World War III was declared.
He wasn't scared, no siree!

And this is what he said on
His way to Armageddon:

So long, mom,
I'm off to drop the bomb,
So don't wait up for me.
But though I may roam,
I'll come back to my home
Although it may be
A pile of debris.

Remember, mommy,
I'm off to get a commie,
So send me a salami
And try to smile somehow.
I'll look for you when the war is over,
An hour and a half from now!



That Was The Year That Was (1965)

(With a big tip o' the hat to the lovely and talented Dr. Demento)


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,CupOfTea, no cookies
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 12:16 PM

My taste/lack thereof may be shown by my usually well hidden delight in such absurdities as:
BRIDEY MURPHY AND THE KAMAKAZIE PILOT
As sung by Clancy & Makem years ago.

Also from the Irish sector, and even longer ago, a sweet lullabye tale:
BYE, BYE, BI PLANE
Sung by the Irish Rovers on the "All Strung Up" album back in the 70s - WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY and DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM LOOSE IT'S FLAVOR on the same album.

Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,JIMBO7
Date: 06 Jun 09 - 07:01 AM

FLYING SORCERY AL STEWART
FIELDS OF FRANCE AL STEWART
LINDY COMES TO TOWN AL STEWART
IMMELMAN TURN ALSTEWART
FLYER NANCI GRIFFITH


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Les from Hull
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 01:52 PM

Actually they are aircraft - but they are not aeroplanes.

Ali Baba's Camel?

I'll get me bomber jacket...


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 01:48 PM

I'm almost sure there are some songs about the Hindembrg and teh R101 - not aircraft but airships.

Oh, and 100


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 01:47 PM

100


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Joseph de Culver City
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 05:45 PM

Having a heck of a time finding lyrics for this one. I'll have to check the CD when I can...

Steam Powered Areoplane-John Hartford


Was Major Tom in an airplane? Will make a note to ask David Bowie. (Right!)


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 04:58 PM

Homecoming Queen by Robb Johnson - one of his best recent songs about a stewardess


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Tangledwood
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 04:54 PM

Kristina Olsen:
The Yellow Piper
Heart upon the Hill (they say an RAF went down . . .etc)

James Keelaghan:
Cold Missouri Waters (smoke jumpers from a C47)

Dare we mention American Pie? (the name of Buddy Holly's aircraft)


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Dave Illingworth
Date: 22 Jul 08 - 03:19 AM

AMELIA EARHEART's LAST FLIGHT (Red River Dave McEnery 1939)
recorded by many people.

Loudon Wainwright's FEAR WITH FLYING (1978)
"I'm not afraid of flying   - just afraid of crashing".

The great Lightnin' Hopkins recorded at least one song about his fear of flying,

Fine British singer-songwriter and rocker, Mickey Jupp, wrote
YOU'LL NEVER GET ME UP IN ONE OF THOSE (1978)


On a non-musical note, I read that the European Union has banned the
great DC3 Dakota from passenger carrying, due to more of their silly regulations. For over 60 years the aircraft has had the reputation of the safest aircraft ever built. There is a song to be written there...........


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Joe_F
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 08:28 PM

There are 30 9/11 songs in _September 11, 2001: A Memorial Songbook_ (M.A.S.S. F.I.L.C., 2001), including several about United 93.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: LesB
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 07:24 PM

'Have you seen the saucers' by Jefferson Airplane. Seriously though ;The left left right steady man' by Keith Marsden about a bomb aimer, & Tom Bliss has written an excelllant song about his fathers exploits in a Blenham during the war.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: GUEST,Val
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 12:54 PM

It's absolutely not a "folk song" by any stretch of the imagination (just like many of the earlier suggestions), but I rather like "Icarus: Borne On Wings Of Steel" by Kansas.


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Subject: Sky Pilot
From: Genie
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 12:19 PM

This song isn't literally about an airplane pilot, but the imagery is there.

SKY PILOT
(John Weider/Danny McCulloch/ Eric Burdon/Vic Briggs/Barry Jenkins)
(Recorded by Eric Burden & The Animals; Album:  The Twain Shall Meet)

He blesses the boys as they stand in line,
The smell of gun grease and the bayonets they shine.
He's there to help them all that he can,
To make them feel wanted he's a good holy man.
Sky pilot, Sky pilot,
How high can you fly?
You'll never, never, never reach the sky.

He smiles at the young soldiers,
Tells them it's all right.
He knows of their fear in the forthcoming fight.
Soon there'll be blood and many will die,
Mothers and fathers back home, they will cry.
Sky pilot, Sky pilot,
How high can you fly?
You'll never, never, never reach the sky.

He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile,
The order is given, they move down the line,
But he's still behind and he'll meditate,
But it won't stop the bleeding or ease the hate.
As the young men move out into the battle zone
He feels good; with God you're never alone.
He feels tired and he lays on his bed,
Hopes the men will find courage in the words that he said.
Sky pilot, Sky pilot,
How high can you fly?
You'll never, never, never reach the sky.

You're soldiers of God, you must understand
The fate of your country is in your young hands,
May God give you strength,
Do your job real well.
If it all was worth it
Only time it will tell.

In the morning they return
With tears in their eyes.
The stench of death drifts up to the skies.
A soldier so ill looks at the sky pilot,
Remembers the words "Thou shalt not kill."
Sky pilot, Sky pilot,
How high can you fly?
You'll never, never, never reach the sky.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Genie
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 12:03 PM

Tattie Bogle posted this:
"'He jumped from 40,000 feet without a parachute, x3
And he ain't gonna jump no more.

Chorus:
Glory, glory, what a terrible way to die, x3
And he ain't gonna jump no more

He landed on the tarmac like a lump of strawberry jam, x3
And he ain't gonna.......

They scooped him off the tarmac like a ...'

At which point the memory fails ... "

Ah, yes, we sang that song too, except we sang the chorus as:

"Gory, gory! What a helluva way to die!"


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Genie
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 11:59 AM

"Live Like You Were Dying" (Tim McGraw?)
The chorus starts out,
"I went sky diving ... "


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Subject: Songs involving Airplanes: Ebony Eyes
From: Genie
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 11:56 AM

I see that "Wild Blue Yonder" was already mentioned (my "Find" button only scaned one page), as was Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain."   The Everly Brothers' "Ebony Eyes" was also mentioned, but here are the lyrics:

EBONY EYES
(recorded by The Everly Brothers)

On a weekend pass I wouldn't have had time
To get home and marry that baby of mine,
So I went to the chaplain and he authorized
Me to send for my Ebony Eyes.

My Ebony Eyes. was coming to me
From out of the skies on Flight 1203.
In an hour or two I would whisper "I do"
To my beautiful Ebony Eyes.

SPOKEN:
The plane was way overdue so I went inside to the airlines desk and I said "Sir, I
wonder why 1203 is so late?" He said "Aww, they probably took off late or they
may have run into some turbulent weather and had to alter their course." I went
back outside and I waited at the gate and I watched the beacon light from the
control tower as it whipped through the dark ebony skies as if it were searching for
(my ebony eyes.) And then came the announcement over the loudspeaker-
"Would those having relatives or friends on flight number 1203 please report to the
chapel across the street at once."

Then I felt a burning break deep inside,
And I knew the heavenly ebony skies
Had taken my life's most wonderful prize,
My beautiful Ebony Eyes.

If I ever get to heaven I'll bet
The first angel I'll recognize,
She'll smile at me and I know she will be
My beautiful Ebony Eyes.


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Subject: ADD: The U.S. Air Force
From: Genie
Date: 21 Jul 08 - 11:49 AM

Nobody's mentioned the USAF song (originally the song of the US Army Air Corps),

THE U.S. AIR FORCE

Off We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder,
Climbing high into the sun.
Here they come, zooming to meet our thunder.
At 'em, boys, give 'er the gun.
Down we dive, shooting our flames from under,
Off with one hell of a roar.
We live in fame or go down in flame - Hey! -
Nothing can stop the US Air Force.
[Nothing can stop the Army Air Corps]


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Arkie
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 05:33 PM

Harry Chapin's song Taxi mentioned learning to fly and another stretch of sorts is David Bowie's Major Tom, which is about a space ship or either getting high some other way.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Arkie
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 05:23 PM

I did not see this one. I think it is in the Digital Tradition database, but I first found it in a paperback songbook many years ago.

Teterboro Tower

Teterboro Tower
(Oscar Brand & Jac Holzman)

Teterboro Tower this is Piper 2-0-2
I'm turning on my downwind leg, My fabric's come unglued
The stick is burbling in my hand, I think I feel a stall
& a bug's caught in my Pilot, my gauges don't read at all

Now listen Piper 2-0-2, this is Teterboro Tower
I cannot raise the crash crew cause it is their coffee hour
& you're not cleared in the pattern, don't try a landing yet
Just circle for departure while I mooch a cigarette

Help Teterboro Tower, this is Piper 2-0-2
I'm sweating out this landing, I don't know what to do
My superhomer's on the blink, & your voice is fading fast
Please clear my on my final, or this flight may be my last

Now listen Piper 2-0-2, This is Teterboro Tower
I'd like to help you buddy, but I just don't have the power
The F.A.A's your only hope, so if you've time to spare
Just file a form in triplicate & sign the questionaire

Teterboro Tower, this is Piper 2-0-2
I'm in Secaucus Hospital & I owe it all to you
I'm sorry that I cracked her up & messed your pretty field
We'll try it once around again if ever I get healed

From Folk Songs for Fun -by Oscar Brand - Hollis Music - 1961

Some slightly more militant lyrics are available
(also on an Oscar Brand LP, as I recall) under
the title "Itazuke Tower." The primary difference is that
this version is geared to post-WWII Japan and involves
an Air Force P-51 Mustang.


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Stringsinger
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 12:42 PM

Elmer Hawkes from Boston area wrote "Orville Wright".


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Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
From: Janice in NJ
Date: 19 Jul 08 - 12:28 PM

Did anyone mention Early Morning Rain by Gordon Lightfoot?


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