Flying blind
I alway forget how crazy things are
So sometimes it catches me off my guard
When they make sense
The line on the road trail the arrow in the sky
I search for the mote in my brother's eye
Beneath the pence
A time of blunt instruments
Still uncertain when I've woken
Or what constitutes a conscious mind
Though the thought remains unspoken
I know I'm flying blind
Breaking into cold sweat on the white-hot coals
The pennies from heaven drop through my soul
It don't relent
At the back end of dreams I'm amazed to awake
I offer my theories but just can't shake
That seventh sense
To which there's no defense
It seemed the time was for action
It seemed so cool to be that kind
My tongue writhed to form some retraction
But I knew
I was flying blind
I want things to be fast, down to the power-drive
I want the zero-gravity heroes to play dead
But stay alive
We want it to be slow, all the way to stall
We talk about a thousand things that never change at all
No, it never change
It was then that I knew I'd been thoughtless -
Something had slipped my mind
I'd strapped myself into the fortress
But the fortress was flying blind
We got full clearance, so someone down there
Ought to know the truth of our disappearance -
If even that still shows it accuses and blames me
But nothing was quite what it seemed
Sometimes things work out so strangely
That it might as well all be dreamed
The white cane fandango
The white cane fandango in morse code
Try to shake through the message
Shake the load
Only venial sin, running on the spot -
Till the dance begins
Where does a man go when the muscles cramp?
Try to write out a postcard on a postage stamp
With a drawing pin punching out the braille
For the whole within?
Upset the contango on your future stock
Paying backwardation, hold onto what you've got -
Such a sideways grin! Some day you may need
To trade that in
If we ride this right
The future will fall in our hands
If we survive the flight
The future will work out -
Nothing's that black and white
Control
The colour-coded charts are spread
But we're still gliding deep into the red
The radio is dead
Every valve blown open
The radar screen flicks monochrome
Air traffic controller wants to get on home
Waiting
For a phone call
To release him from responsibility
Nobody goes to see him any more
Except for the man from the ministry
He wanted to be, he wanted to be
The man at the helm, in command of the flightpath
He's flying a chair, quite beyond control
He's going to have just one more chance
At a barrel roll
All in a dream, all as a dream
The colours too bright, the music too deafening -
The black-out world has just begun to show
These cracked-out words I offer
But I still don't know
Cool blue suffuse the colour gun -
Oh come in, come in number one
Your time's nearly run
Speed-freeze the frame
The present and the past hold fast
It's too fast, the thing don't
The thing won't
The thing don't last
Cockpit
The rolling dice clash together never make up the score
That old device, the ejector seat, glued to the floor
Everybody waits for everyone to make a show -
No-one wants to be the first, admitting that they know
How anythings that's gone down here
Could fit into an analytic groove
W
Ait for the tactical move
Wait for some action we all can approve
Too much to drink, for the cup reaches down to the sea
Too much to think, the barometer pressuring me
Rolling down the weather for an easter parade
Reeling out the maydays in the hope of being saved
But the radio ham's out giving blood -
No, no, no, he's not listening
The cricketer knows his "wisden"
The pilot has got his "jane's"
But the sum of this factual wisdom
Don't help us to fly the plane
(No, and it never will...)
Beneath the tartan two-piece something rips undone
Wait for the ladder to run
Wait for the snake that the ladder becomes
A passenger hits the cockpit, willing to chance his game
Pulls out his gun and cocks it
In the hope that it all might change. (oh, but it never will...)
A fly-leaf from the library shows others have been here before
Tried, failed and kicked out the door
The aircrew don't care anymore -
Not they just wait
For the beat of the silk-worm wing
Wait for the heat to come down on us
- Full force of the law
Silk-worm wings
Full force of gravity pulls me down
I'll be better off out of there
Aerobatic spin around
I'll take my chances in the open air
Sycamore silk-worm wings
Or roman candle to the ground
There's only one thing for shure
When the balloon goes up
The aeronaut calm down
He say nothing is quite what it seems
He say nothing is quite what it seems
I say nothing is nothing
A black box
Softly, the angels sing their time and space refrain
There's something in everything if you can only pin down its name
Aerobatic thoughts at the back of my mind -
Is it nothing but the looping line we all follow?
Nothing but the spiral twist of dna
There'll be no looking back from tomorrow on today
So the wire is tripped, split-seconds defect to their successors
The umbilical cord is ripped -
Here we all are in free fall
I stall where I am, as if to see where I've been
Only running down the looping line we all follow
Only chasing down the spiral twist of dna -
There can be no looking on to tomorrow from today
Life/death/night/day - cold breath will surely fly away
Is the empire of sensation locked in a black box
Deep in me, encoded there somehow?
It fires the imagination to fly on a wing and a prayer
Through my life
- Is that how it is?
There'll be no looking back on this
This is now, which will be then -
Is this the means? All I know for shure is
This is the end
No looking back from tomorrow
No, there'll be no looking back on today
Better be looking on to tomorrow
Better think on today

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