Learning to Fly Lyrics

Pink Floyd


publisher: ©IMAGEM U.S. LLC
writers: Moore Gilmour
album: Track 8 in album A Momentary Lapse of Reason
release date: 1987-9-7
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length: 4:54
bass: Tony Levin
keyboard: Jon Carin, Richard Wright
percussion: Steve Forman
guitars: David Gilmour
drums: Nick Mason
producer: David Gilmour, Bob Ezrin
background vocals: Carmen Twillie, Phyllis St. James, Darlene Koldenhoven
vocal: David Gilmour, Donnie Gerrard

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

  • 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