Learning to Fly Lyrics

Pink Floyd


publisher: ©IMAGEM U.S. LLC
writers: Carin, Ezrin, Gilmour, Moore
album: Track 2 in album A Momentary Lapse of Reason
release date: 1987-9-7
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genres: Rock Pop
styles: Prog Rock/Art Rock/Classic Rock
length: 4:54
producer: Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
drums: Nick Mason
vocal: David Gilmour and Donnie Gerrard
guitars: David Gilmour
bass: Tony Levin
background vocals: Phyllis St. James, Darlene Koldenhoven and Carmen Twillie
keyboard: Jon Carin and Richard Wright
percussion: Steve Forman
writer: Bob Ezrin, Anthony Moore, David Gilmour, Jon Carin

Cover Art

Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason cover art
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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 holding me fast 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 guide 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.
Mixture, 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
(To tower) confirm 3-8-echo ready for departure
(Tower): Hello again, this is now 129. 4
(To tower): 129. 4. It's to go.
(Tower): you may commence your takeoff, winds over 10 knots.
(To tower) 3-8-echo
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


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Signs of Life
  • 2 Learning to Fly
  • 3 The Dogs of War
  • 4 One Slip
  • 5 On the Turning Away
  • 6 Yet Another Movie / Round and Around
  • 7 A New Machine, Part 1
  • 8 Terminal Frost
  • 9 A New Machine, Part 2
  • 10 Sorrow