13​,​760 Feet - My Personal Hole in the Sky

by A TWA Flight 800 Memoir by Mark L Berry

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41 companion songs to Mark L Berry's memoir "13,760 Feet - My Personal Hole in the Sky" co-written with a variety of worldwide musicians.

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released September 21, 2013

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1. Aluminum Parachute - Simon Ashby
2. Under the Tiny Bridge - Billy Sea
3. Plastic Bags and Tiny Tags - Adam Hill
4. Tighty-Whitie Deep-Sea Divers - Christopher and Malachai Madden
5. Ode to the Relief Pilot - Max Vanremmerden
6. Outside of School - Simon Ashby
7. My First Solo - Billy Sea
8. Learning to Breathe Again - TC Elliott
9. Black Firebird - Matt Pierce
10. Keep the Giant Emergency Life Raft Inflated - Max Vanremmerden
11. Teaching Is a License to Learn - Simon Ashby
12. How Can I Keep You - Billy Sea
13. Island Hopping Dream - Nadia Cripps and TC Elliott
14. Hey-ho, I Can't Let Go - Larry Seger
15. Pilots of the Caribbean - Steve Schafer
16. Tryin’ to Get Off-Island - Christopher and Malachai Madden
17. On the 20th Floor - Matt Pierce
18.The Box the Twin-Otter Came In - CTS
19. My Magic 8-Ball
20. Long Live the Pigship - Synthetic Music Apparatus and Deborah Linden
21. City in the Sky - Larry Seger and L. Col. Sheri Miller
22. Anaphylactic Shock Reaction - Kristian Borreson and Adam Hill
23. I Was Home in the Air - Meri Amber
24. Dirty Double-Crosser - Sapient
25. Wanderlust - Simon Ashby
26. Cardinal Puff - Simon Ashby
27. The Secret the Darkness Completely Concealed - Plain White Toast
28. Susanne - Mick James
29. One Day - Shane Clary, Don 'Lefty' Williams, and Cleveland Brown
30. I Escaped into a Dream - John Cooperider
31. The Infinite Steps - Simon Ashby
32. Cathedral Steps - Don 'Lefty' Williams and Errol Elumir
33. Sacred Watering Holes - Billy Sea
34. Shakin It In the Dark - Valerie Cox
35. Ode to Old Big Flo - Chris Belden
36. Farewell to Concorde - Cleveland Brown and Mark L Berry
37. When I Look Back at Twenty - Joanne Gabriel
38. What Route Do You Fly? - Nadia Cripps and Valerie Cox
39. Alison - John Argentiero and Jordan Hirsch
40. Ode to the Flight Engineer - John Cooperider
41. In Ernest K Gann's Day - Mike Skliar

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Mark’s an airline pilot with an MFA from Fairfield University, author of a memoir and two novels, contributing editor for Airways magazine, and former managing editor for Mason's Road literary journal. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and newspapers. He lives in St. Louis, MO near the big staple in the middle of the USA map. Locals call it: The Arch. ... more

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Track Name: Simon Ashby - Aluminum Parachute
Aluminum Parachute - lyrics

When all else fails
When those I love die
From sudden stops
After falling from the sky

My aluminum parachute
Is better than gold
A place to re-compute
That never grows old

There’s a place I still go
There’s a place I belong
Forward of the front row
The source of the siren’s song

My aluminum parachute
Is better than gold
A place to re-compute
That never grows old

My window with a moving view
My office in the wild blue
My sanctuary in the clouds
Where I’ll always think of you

My aluminum parachute
Is better than gold
A place to re-compute
That never grows old
Track Name: Billy Sea - Under the Tiny Bridge
Under the Tiny Bridge - lyrics


I followed my gal
To Amsterdam
We took a cruise
Through Amsterdam
It’s the way to see
True Amsterdam
Where Vincent Van Gogh
Drew Amsterdam

The cruise began
In three dialects
The guide informed us
Of what would be next

Anne Frank’s House
Was on the right
We imagined her hiding
Day and night

The Tiny Bridge loomed ahead
I asked if we’d go through
But sir, shall I ruin
The end of the tour for you?

I followed my gal
To Amsterdam
We took a cruise
Through Amsterdam
It’s the way to see
True Amsterdam
Where Vincent Van Gogh
Drew Amsterdam

The rest of the cruise
Was only a blur
I knew now
Where I’d propose to her

Then finally
Up ahead
The bridge appeared
And the guide said

Lovers who kiss
Under the bridge
Will share their lives
In a happy marriage

I followed my gal
To Amsterdam
We took a cruise
Through Amsterdam
It’s the way to see
True Amsterdam
Where Vincent Van Gogh
Drew Amsterdam

We pulled under the bridge
I got down on a knee
I pulled out the ring
For her to see

I asked her
Will you marry me
And she asked
Are you for real?
I held her hand
Close to my heart
And I kissed her
To seal the deal

I followed my gal
To Amsterdam
We took a cruise
Through Amsterdam
It’s the way to see
True Amsterdam
Where Vincent Van Gogh
Drew Amsterdam
Track Name: Adam Hill - Plastic Bags and Tiny Tags
Plastic Bags and Tiny Tags - lyrics

How do I feel
About that knock at the door?
When the feds delivered
All that she wore?
In plastic bags
Individually sealed
It was all too apparent
What it really revealed

Her fate
Her final flight
She’s gone
And nothing
will ever
make it right

Plastic bags
And tiny tags
Her business clothes
Are now salty rags
From air to sea
Then delivered to me
By the FBI
And I can’t unsee

Her fate
Her final flight
She’s gone
And nothing
will ever
make it right

All smashed
Beyond repair
From her fall
Three miles in the air
So why did I
Have to receive
Her remaining things
That only make me grieve

(instrumental)

Her fate
Her final flight
She’s gone
And nothing
will ever
make it right
Track Name: Christopher Madden and Malakai Madden - Tighty-Whitie Deep Sea Divers
Tighty-Whitie Deep-Sea Divers - lyrics


I remember my first brother in a white christening gown
It’s the first memory I had, but then he wasn’t around
The baby sitter told me he’s gone home to the sky
I didn’t understand it and I didn’t know why

A year has gone and I’m at my friends to play
And we’re on an ocean expedition today
We’ll swim right down to the bottom of the sea
All hands on deck come diving now with me

We’re deep-sea divers
We’re deep-sea divers
I don’t know where my dad is but he took my mother
And they left me here to play while they made me a new brother
We’re deep-sea divers

These aren’t just tighty-whities that I’m wearing on my head
I was peaking out a leg-hole and jumping on the bed
Our cotton diving helmets let us breath under the sea
Jump off the bed into the shaggy green sea

We’re deep-sea divers
Tighty-Whitie Deep-Sea Divers
I don’t know where my dad is but he took my mother
And the left me here to play while they made me a new brother
Yes, We’re deep-sea divers

Then my mom walked in the room with a blanket in her arms
We were bouncing on the bed and sounding the ship’s alarms
Here’s the treasure that you’re diving for, my dad said to me
Welcome your new baby brother. We named him Timothy

We’re deep-sea divers
Tighty-Whitie Deep-Sea Divers
We’re diving to the bottom of the shag rug so green
And the bathtub is a bubble bath machine
We named the bed Calypso, it’s a Yellow Submarine
We’re a deep-sea divers
Track Name: Max Vanremmerden - Ode to the Relief Pilot
Ode to the Relief Pilot – lyrics

Your nickname is “The Eater”
And in case you wonder why
You sit through the in-flight service
While the other pilots fly
First salad, steak, then ice cream
Don’t forget the Key lime pie
Poor old relief pilot
You’re a food critic in the sky

R-E-L-I-E-F
P-I-L-O-T
There’s two seats in the cockpit
And you’re pilot number three
You only fly on long-haul flights
To destinations over seas
R-E-L-I-E-F
P-I-L-O-T

You’re the third pilot
On a two-pilot crew
After the in-flight movie
What is there to do?
Too junior for a landing
You only fly at cruise
Poor old relief pilot
You’re paid to take a snooze

Dozing for dollars
That is your resume
With both pilots in the cockpit
The rest seat is where you’ll stay
And every time you get up
You’re in the attendants’ way
Poor old relief pilot
Your turn will come someday

R-E-L-I-E-F
P-I-L-O-T
There’s two seats in the cockpit
And you’re pilot number three
You only fly on long-haul flights
To destinations over seas
R-E-L-I-E-F
P-I-L-O-T
Track Name: Simon Ashby - Outside of School
Companion Song: 13,760 Feet - My Personal Hole in the Sky
Chapter 06 – Sorted by Speed
Track Name: Billy Sea - My First Solo
Sacred Watering Holes - lyrics


Number thirty-six for takeoff
And the aircraft won’t get cool
Passengers are all complaining
They’re calling me Captain Cruel

Only three more legs to fly today
Before reaching some random hotel
But somewhere in whatever city
There’s a place I know they sell

A frosty adult beverage
With my name on it
And I can’t wait to buy a couple
For myself and my copilot

Every city that we fly to
Has a special place
Known to every flight crew
As our office space

The Office is our home-away
Picked long ago by our mentors
Some sacred watering hole
With late-night food and beers

Another day
Another five flights
With challenging approaches
Down to the runway lights

Dodging thunderstorms
In an unfriendly sky
And calming passengers
Who are afraid to fly

Avoiding mountains
And high terrain
While navigating
through torrential rain

And mechanical problems
With the plane
There’s one thing
That keeps me sane

Every city that we fly to
Has a special place
Known to every flight crew
As our office space

The Office is our home away
Picked long ago by our mentors
Some sacred watering hole
With late-night food and beers
Track Name: TC Elliott - Learning to Breathe Again
Learning to Breathe Again - lyrics


I sit and look at your white-gold engagement ring
My heart breaks as I sit and stare at this thing
She only wore it for two months and four days
This ring and I live just like two castaways

I’m just trying to learn to breathe again
Trying to live another day
I’m just trying to learn to breathe again
As I try to find my way
I’m just trying to learn to live again
Trying to end this slow decay
And I’m just trying to learn to breathe again
To get this pain to fade away

I saw a doc to resolve all of my outbursts
He made me count from 100 by 7s in reverse
He knew I needed help to learn to grieve
So he said he would teach me how to breathe

I’m just trying to learn to breathe again
As I try to find my way
I’m just trying to learn to live again
Trying to end this slow decay
I’m just trying to learn to breathe again
To get this pain to fade away

No words can explain this pain
Nothing will ever feel the same

I’m just trying to learn to breathe again
Trying to live another day
I’m just trying to learn to breathe again
As I try to find my way
And I’m just trying to learn to live again
Trying to end this slow decay
I’m just trying to learn to breathe again
To get this pain to fade away
Track Name: Matt Pierce - Black Firebird
Black Firebird - lyrics


That new Firebird was his pride
Midnight black, with black inside
Gold bird of prey across the hood
He’s always washing it and shining it good

Early one morning, he happened to stop by
Yelled in my window “Lets take her for a ride”
Breakfast was calling as I crawled to the car
My head hung over from drinkin’ at the bar

Lets have some fun and take a little ride
Just a speed run to the airport’s other side
We took off so fast I was glued to my seat
Engine’s howling whine, I feel the heat

From a distance I could see the Village Inn
My stomach aching and I’m feeling sick and thin
I saw it in his eyes, shoulda thought the worst
It caught me by surprise when he slammed her in reverse

Engine screamed I’m sorry, Tires squealed and smoked
We suddenly came to a stop and he finally spoke
You see my warranty is up in just a few weeks
I’ll have to pay out of pocket to fix all the leaks

I want to keep this car, I want it like new
It’s a long walk back and that’s why I brought you
Sorry about breakfast, I hope lunch will do
Thanks for the company, I can see you’re not amused

He never returned for the second semester
He probably went to jail or is some big investor
When the pages of life turn with time
and memories of friends turn to rhymes

Refreshing my mind of a dangerous time
That airport run is still burned in my mind
And that black Firebird, black as night
A symbol of my youth, before this boy took flight
Track Name: Max Vanremmerden - Keep the Giant Emergency Life Raft Inflated
Keep the Giant Emergency Life Raft Inflated - lyrics


I heard the overhead announcement
In my head
Prepare for a ditching out at sea
In my head
I thought that I could save her
In my head
She would always be with me

Now In my head
The flight attendants yelled
In my head
“Open seatbelts, come this way”
In my head
I couldn’t leave without her
’cause In my head
The last I saw her was that day

I see a giant yellow life raft
In the crisis of my dreams
No matter how hard that I pump it
The more pointless that it seems

In my head
The giant yellow raft was leaking
In my head
Water was spilling over the side
Oh In my head
The captain handed me a hand pump
In my head
I couldn’t accept that she had died

(spoken through a megaphone) Keep the giant emergency life raft inflated
Keep the giant emergency life raft inflated

In therapy
The hand pump was my breathing
In reality
It did more than keep me alive
In therapy
My breathing was my reminder
In reality
She would have wanted me to survive

(spoken through a megaphone) Keep the giant emergency life raft inflated
Keep the giant emergency life raft inflated
Keep the giant emergency life raft inflated

In the sea
There was no water landing
In the paper
The plane exploded in the air
In my head
I dream that I was with her
In the real world
She was never really there

I see a giant yellow life raft
In the crisis of my dreams
No matter how hard that I pump it
The more pointless that it seems
Track Name: Simon Ashby - Teaching Is a License to Learn
Teaching Is A License To Learn - lyrics

My students and I sit side by side
Sometimes it’s a turbulent ride
Sometimes new ones get terrified
That’s when I have to stay dignified

Keeping students from crashing me
Giving advice and acting naturally
While flight instructing daily
Teaching is a license to learn
Teaching is a license to learn

I show students the proper procedures
How to handle the throttles and mixtures
How to plan for unexpected encounters
And how to emergency land into pastures

Keeping a cool personality
It’s harder than it appears to be
While flight instructing daily
Teaching is a license to learn
Teaching is a license to learn

I’m getting paid to fly
While my students try
To navigate the sky

Every mistake that a student can do
Is a chance for me to learn, too
Every hour that we fly, me and you
Is doing what we love to do

Keeping students from crashing me
Giving advice and acting naturally
While flight instructing daily
Teaching is a license to learn
Teaching is a license to learn

Keeping students from crashing me
Giving advice and acting naturally
While flight instructing daily
Teaching is a license to learn
Teaching is a license to learn
Track Name: Billy Sea - How Can I Keep You
How Can I Keep You - Lyrics

(v1)
What good do plans do?
If I'm left without you
And all of our dreams
Have all washed away

What good is love for?
If I'm left still wanting more
You’re back in yesterday
While I rotate away

(chorus)
I dream of you each night
You’re gone with the sun
It doesn’t seem right
I feel so undone
What can I do?
What can I say?
How can I keep you
From slipping away?

(v2)
You were all too real
You were so meaningful
You filled up my life
And gave me your love

Why did you have to die
I just cant to say goodbye
Were you more than I
Was worthy of?

(chorus)
I dream of you each night
You’re gone with the sun
It doesn’t seem right
I feel so undone
What can I do?
What can I say?
How can I keep you
From slipping away?

(v3)

What good do plans do
If I'm left without you
And all of our dreams
Have all washed away

I’ll never see you again
My lover, my best friend
You’re back in yesterday
While I rotate away
Track Name: Nadia Cripps and TC Elliott - Island Hopping Dream
Hopping Dream - lyrics


I packed my bags
Left my winter coat
Went to find my wings
Left my folks a note
Bought a one-way pass
For S-J-U
Don’t know where I’ll end up
But before I am through
I’m coming back as crew
I’m only coming back
When I wear wings, too

The hardest part about any job is getting it
The hardest part of any dream is forgetting it
And if my dream takes longer than expected
And if it feels like I’m endlessly rejected
I’m gonna do what I have to do

So I became an airport rat
Begging to interview
Every pilot that
I ran into
Is your airline hiring?
I want to know
Who will be acquiring
More planes and grow?
I want to be an F-O
Copiloto quiero yo

The hardest part about any job is getting it
The hardest part of any dream is forgetting it
And if my dream takes longer than expected
And if it feels like I’m endlessly rejected
I’m gonna do what I have to do

There are DC-3s
And Briton Norman Islanders
The Seaplane Shuttle
And de Havilland Twin Otters
Every island in the Caribbean
Is connected by air
But who needs another pilot?
I’ll take any job, I swear!

The hardest part about any job is getting it
The hardest part of any dream is forgetting it
And if my dream takes longer than expected
And if it feels like I’m endlessly rejected
I’m gonna do what I have to do
Still I’m gonna do what I have to do
Track Name: Larry Seger - Hey-ho, I Can't Let Go
"Hey-ho, I Can't Let Go" - lyrics

(1)
Holidays and Birthdays
Are triggering events
Whenever one sneaks up on me
It makes my body tense
Those calendar reminders
Don’t make a lot of sense

(chorus)
Hey-ho, I can’t let go
I’m pumped too tight
and I don’t feel right
Hey-ho, I can’t let go
I’m dynamite
And I’m about to blow

(2)
Emotions that we bury
We bury still alive
Somewhere deep inside of me
They’re growing and survive
They’re trying to take over me
They’re buried yet they thrive

(chorus)
Hey-ho, I can’t let go
I’m pumped too tight
and I don’t feel right
Hey-ho, I can’t let go
I’m dynamite
And I’m about to blow

(3)
Combat soldiers, football players
And fighters in a cage
Someone running from a mountain lion
Should feel this kind of rage
If you tried to take my blood pressure
You’d prob’ly break the gauge

(chorus)
Hey-ho, I can’t let go
I’m pumped too tight
and I don’t feel right
Hey-ho, I can’t let go
I’m dynamite
And I’m about to blow

(alternate chorus)
Hey-ho, I can’t let go
I’m hydraulically
Pure T-N-T
Hey-ho, I can’t let go
I’m pumped too tight
And I’m about to blow
Track Name: Greg Evets - Pilots of the Caribbean
Pilots of the Caribbean - lyrics


I have to shake the millipedes from my shoes
It’s just a another part of paying my dues
But there’s a runway just outside of my back door
That’s all I care about, and that’s what I’m here for

I’m a pilot of the Caribbean
Just Another F-ing First Officer
But I’m burning jet fuel and logging turbine time
From the right seat of my Twin Otter

The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
Just some places, that you know that we go
Beef Island on Tortola
The crushed-shell runway of Virgin Gorda

Well I’m a pilot of the Caribbean
Just Another F-ing First Officer
But I’m burning jet fuel and logging turbine time
From the right seat of my Twin Otter

Get the tourists off and load more back on
Gotta lift off, got to be gone
A happy hour buffet waiting for me
For all I’m not paid, I’ve got to, I’ve got to eat free

Well I’m a pilot of the Caribbean
Just Another F-ing First Officer
But I’m burning jet fuel and logging turbine time
From the right seat of my Twin Otter
Track Name: Christopher Madden and Malakai Madden - Tryin' to Get Off Island
Tryin’ to Get Off-Island - lyrics


St. Croix is beautiful
Someone said to me
It’s more like a trailer park
In the middle of the sea

The hotel I’m living in
Has been condemned
One-dollar longnecks
Are my only friend

Tryin’ to get off-island
In the middle of the night
Need to get off-island
Before morning light

I heard a rumor
I could catch a flight
With a mail plane in
The middle of the night

So I’m standing on the tarmac
With a flight bag full of rum
Here comes a couple of props
And I stick out my thumb

Tryin’ to get off-island
In the middle of the night
Need to get off-island
Before morning light

Tryin’ to get to San Juan
To catch another flight
If I get to San Juan
I can make it home tonight

Vieques is hot, he said
So the ride won’t be boring
Before I know I’m flying
He’s asleep in back and snoring

It’s just me and the sun and sky
And the endless blue sea
Sitting in the cockpit
I’m finally free

Tryin’ to get off-island
In the middle of the night
Need to get off-island
Before morning light
Track Name: Matt Pierce - On the 20th Floor
On the 20th Floor - lyrics


On the 20th floor
She’s waiting for me
She opens the door
For my therapy
On the 20th floor
Office of psychology
My counselor
With a grief specialty

The session begins
With a big hug hello
And she’s never the first
It’s me that lets go
She opens our session
With how do I feel?
My eyes are open
But nothing feels real

On the 20th floor
She’s there for me
Inside the door
Of my therapy
On the 20th floor
Office of psychology
My counselor
With a grief specialty

I get through my days
From sun-up to sunset
In a repetitive haze
Through eyes that stay wet
So she offers to listen
And she nods once or twice
And only when time’s up
She offers advice

On the 20th floor
She’s there for me
Inside the door
Of my therapy
On the 20th floor
Office of psychology
My counselor
With a grief specialty

There are no easy answers
There’s no quick way to heal
There isn’t a short cut
Through the pain that I feel
She walks me to the door
And she hugs me once more
Until the elevator opens
On the 20th floor

On the 20th floor
She sets me free
Until I need more
Of her therapy
On the 20th floor
Office of psychology
That’s where I store
My broken side of me
Track Name: CTS - The Box the Twin-Otter Came In
The Box the Twin-Otter Came In - lyrics


The box the Twin-Otter came in
It may not be that perty
You may be tempted to laugh and point
But I still love my Shorts 3-30

The tower asked us to climb a little faster
Sorry, but with thirty passengers there’s no way
I told him, “We have a load in our Shorts”
I could hear him laughing as he said, “OK.”
The Shorts was very slow,
Much slower than a jet
But I got paid not by the hour
But by the minute; that’s better yet

The box the Twin Otter came in
It may not be that perty
You may be tempted to laugh and point
But I still love my Shorts 3-30

The Shorts isn’t pressurized
And can’t climb above the rain and snow
When ice begins to build up
There’s just no place to go
I’ve got ice building up in places
Almost as big as bowling balls
But I have to make announcements
Before I shed ice against the cabin walls

The box the Twin-Otter came in
It may not be that perty
You may be tempted to laugh and point
But I still love my Shorts 3-30

As we neared our destination
Approach told another plane to follow us
“Negative sir, we can’t see him against the trailer park”
Said the snarky captain of the larger Airbus
He can try to hurt my feelings
But I still love to go out and fly
The box the Twin-Otter came in
Even if it’s the biggest joke up in the sky

The box the Twin-Otter came in
It may not be that perty
You may be tempted to laugh and point
But I still love my Shorts 3-30
Track Name: Matt Pierce - My Magic 8 Ball
My Magic 8 Ball - lyrics

(v1)
Now that you are gone
I put my lens cap on
My future’s so unclear
A week, a month, five years
I can’t bear to see
Anything ahead of me
My eyes are full of tears
From facing my darkest fears

(chorus)
Even my Magic 8 Ball
Can’t tell me what to do
Even my Magic 8 Ball
Feels lonely without you
Even my Magic 8 Ball
Can’t see beyond today
Just me and my Magic 8 Ball
Since you went away

(v2)
Oh fortune telling sphere
You know what I need to hear
Will there ever be a day
When the pain will go away?
Is there a way to hold on tight?
And make it through the night?
And face tomorrow too
Can you tell me what to do?

(bridge)
Don’t let me down
Don’t make me “ask again later”
Instead of “I better not tell you now”
Just do me this one favor
I’ve already asked you twice
I’m desperate for your advice
I thought you understood
I’m tired of, “Outlook not so good”

(chorus)
Even my Magic 8 Ball
can’t tell me what to do
Even my Magic 8 Ball
feels lonely without you
Even my Magic 8 Ball
can’t see beyond today
It’s just me and my Magic 8 Ball
since you went away
Track Name: Synthetic Music Apparatus and Deborah Linden - Long Live the Pigship
Long Live the Pigship - lyrics


The year of fire, one foot in the exit
Ain’t even got started and it’s all on the line
Do or die, in for all or nothing
And everything’s against you when you’re doing your time

’88 (aviate), desk job on a Pigship
Everywhere’s the same when you’re sideways and blind
Every flight could be the one to break you
So brace for the worst while you pray to survive

O, the days when pigs could fly


(Pigship roll call)

Porky’s Pride, Thunder Pig
Queen of the Sty, Swine Flew
Lard Limo, Ham Tram
Piggy Sue, Pork Chopr

Warped Hog, Sky Pig
Picnic Ham, Spring Chitlin
Pickled Pigs Feet, Makin’ Bacon
Bacon Bomber, Aurora Boarialis

Petulant Porker, Heavenly Hog
Porker Forker, Porky’s Petunia

Pigmalion, Kermit’s Desire
Hammy Fay Bacon, Truffle Hunter

Strato Swine, Short Lardage
Pigadilly, Old Lang Swine
Lark Sakes, Kitty Hog
Pig O- My Heart, Pork Du Jour
Track Name: Larry Seger and Lt. Col. Sheri Miller - City in the Sky
City in the Sky - lyrics


I want a coffee at 40 West
Is that so hard to do?
When I give an order
I expect it carried through

It’s a city in the sky
It’s a city with a king
Those who make a living
Must kneel and kiss his wings

Don’t you dare talk back to me
Or I’ll fire you on the spot
You see me wearing four gold stripes
And when I look at you you’re not

On wooden ships with iron men
Many miles away from shore
The captain’s word was law back then
But we don’t need tyrants anymore

When I sign the logbook
That means from nose to tail
The captain is the man in charge
On jets and boats that sail

And on that flight
He ruled through the night
But planes don’t fly forever
As he flew
The crew all knew
His rule ended with the gear lever

It’s a city in the sky
It’s a city with a king
In charge of his last endeavor
It’s a city in the sky
It’s a city with a king
And time for a new ruler
Track Name: Kristian Borreson and Vocals by Adam Hill - Anaphylactic Shock Reaction
Anaphylactic Shock Reaction - lyrics

Anaphylactic shock reaction
That’s what the doctors said
After their desperate attempt at revival
And they pronounced my mother dead

It was just a Saturday morning
But her heart was racing
And she was having trouble breathing
Dad raced full speed with his horn blowing
His mad dash
Running lights
And driving down
The wrong side of the street

Her flare-shaped emergency EpiPen
Didn’t buy her any extra time
And at the emergency-room entrance
A nurse asked, “Shall I call for a code?”
Head nurse said “Yes!”
They all did their best
Even cracked her chest
But by now you know the rest

Anaphylactic shock reaction
That’s what the doctors said
After their desperate attempt at revival
And they pronounced my mother dead

I knew of her allergies
To flowers, pollen, and honey bees
With Mom gone, angry feelings
With Mom gone, total loss
With Mom gone, angry feelings
Angry feelings and total loss

Anaphylactic shock reaction
That’s what the doctors said
After their desperate attempt at revival
And they pronounced my mother dead
Track Name: Meri Amber - I Was Home in the Air
I Was Home in the Air - lyrics

(v1)
The sights and sounds
That startle most
Are just the voice
Of my metallic host
The stick shaker
And the fire bell test
Sound alarms
When their buttons are pressed

I hear them all
Before each flight
While I flip every switch
And inspect each light
The take-off warning horn
And the TCAS <tee-cass> test
I feel each one
Deep inside my chest

(chorus)
Oh, the gear goes up
And the gear goes down
I was home in the air
Between those sounds
I was home in the air
And my heart would pound
I’d find asylum
When I’d leave the ground

(v2)
But then she flew west
As the old pilots say
Now I can’t fly at all
I can’t go out and play
With my metallic friends
Who kiss the sky
‘Cause she is gone
And I don’t know why

Oh, the airline took
My flight deck away
The cockpit home
Of my working day
Those sights and sounds
That eased my mind
All fly away
While I’m left behind

(chorus)
Oh, the gear goes up
And the gear goes down
I was home in the air
Between those sounds
I was home in the air
And my heart would pound
I’d find asylum
When I’d leave the ground

Oh, the gear goes up
And the gear goes down
To me those are
Pure magic sounds
I was home in the air
And my heart would pound
In synch with the systems
And each specific sound
Track Name: Sapient - Dirty Double Crosser
Dirty Double-Crosser - lyrics


I commute into LGA
Then I fly out of JFK
I’m up all night to London
For a 24-hour stay
Then it’s back into IAD
Another hotel night awaits for me
But there’s no time for me to see
Much here in Washington, DC
Oh well

Two round trips across the ocean
My life’s in endless motion
Along with my airline family
A dirty double-crosser, that’s me

Another wake-up call
Yet another short night
Now it’s off to Paris
On another trans-Atlantic flight
Wash my uniform in the sink
Only time for one quick drink
Another plane awaits in the morning
At good old CDG
Oh well

Two round trips across the ocean
My life’s in endless motion
Along with my airline family
A dirty double-crosser, that’s me

Because every holiday
While the world goes out to play
We get you where you want to be
Me and my airline family
We’re dirty double-crossers
Two round trips across the pond
Familiar with every airport
But rarely what’s beyond

Finally back at JFK
Gotta find a way home somehow
I’ve got a few days off
That’s all that they allow
Then it’s time to repack my bag
And get back to work again
Never shaking off my jetlag
I’ll see you on the plane again
Oh well

We’re dirty double-crossers
While the world goes out to play
We show up to work
Over every holiday
We’re dirty double-crossers
We’re always in the air
If you want to go somewhere
We’re the ones who’ll get you there
Track Name: Simon Ashby - Wanderlust
“Wanderlust” - lyrics

(V1)
I’m so afflicted
<Wanderlust>
I’m so affected
<Wanderlust>
I can feel it calling
<Wanderlust>
And I don’t feel right
Until my pack’s on tight
And I’m over the horizon

(V2)
It’s getting harder
<Wanderlust>
When all I do is miss her
<Wanderlust>
And I feel like I’m falling
<Wanderlust>
‘Cause nothing feel’s right
And I’m up all night
And I’m not ready for another sun___

(Ch)
<sun> rise without her
I still miss her
and I’ll never hold her
<again>
I rise without her
I still miss her
So I just face the wind
<again><again><again>

(V3)
Oh, I know
<I’ll never see her again>
Oh, I know
<Here will never be the same>
Oh, I know
<I need to move forward>
And I won’t feel right
Until my pack’s on tight
And I’m over the horizon

(Ch)
<sun> rise without her
I still miss her
and I’ll never hold her
<again>
I rise without her
I still miss her
So I just face the wind
<again><again><again>

(Outro, note: lead and backing vox sung together)

over the horizon / <over the horizon>
over the horizon / <over the horizon>
over the horizon / <over the horizon>
<bye bye>
Track Name: Simon Ashby - Cardinal Puff
Cardinal Puff - lyrics


What can we do
With a full can of beer
A bunch of our friends
And some time on our hands?

I’ll tell you my story
About the Great Cardinal Puff
Do my finger tapping
And other sacred stuff

So here’s to the Cardinal Puff
For the first time tonight
Watch the choreography
And be sure to get it right

To pass or fail the challenge
We each drink a full beer
Becoming a Cardinal looks easy
But it’s harder than it appears

Are you a Cardinal?
Any time that question’s asked
“You bet your sweet ass I am”
You’d better answer fast

So here’s to the Cardinal Puff
For the second time tonight
My finger tapping looks the same
It’s close, but not quite

To pass or fail the challenge
Put the can to your lips
Everything matters
Even how many sips

Are you a Cardinal?
Any time that question’s asked
“You bet your sweet ass I am”
You’d better answer fast

So here’s to the Cardinal Puff
For the third time tonight
Have you paid attention
Think you can get it right?

Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal
The table is dry
Now you’ve seen me do it
I dare you to try
Track Name: Plain White Toast - The Secret the Darkness Completely Concealed
The Secret the Darkness Completely Concealed - lyrics


(cut lyrics)
At my local deli the owners even took down their sign
“No Shirt” and “No Shoes” was suddenly fine
And they gave free cream-cheese bagels to topless girls standing in line
I was sandwiched between them and gladly paid for mine

(cut lyrics)
This is a story about a gal not worth mentioning by name
But it’s a lesson in life worth remembering all the same
She’s a girl that I’ve tried very hard to forget
One of two true deceivers that I’ve ever met


Plain White Toast

She had a six-month rule, I only learned later
That was how long she’d let someone date her
Before she moved on, because her stories would unravel
She hated to be dumped, so she’d pack up and travel

But this time was different; she had another plan
Only later I learned, that she’d slept with another man
Without protection of course, and nature kicked in
She insisted it was mine and stop living in sin

(cut lyrics)
And suddenly she found God; suddenly she’s pro-life
She didn’t ask, she demanded, to become my wife
I attempted to discuss the options remaining
But her mind was made up, she ignored my campaigning

I refused to get married on account of the baby
But I didn’t rule it out—after it’s born, well just maybe
We’ll see how we’re doing, and if our relationship grows
We’re not ready now, but in the future, who knows?

I’ll never forget what was revealed
The secret the darkness had completely concealed
I’ll never forget what was revealed
The secret the darkness had concealed
The secret the darkness had concealed

Mending our relationship was back on the table
We weren’t getting along, but somehow we were able
To be civil at night, after we turned out the light
And do something together, instead of fight

We worked our way up to the rhythm we’d known
My abs rocked her belly that barely had grown
And she received every thrust with a passionate moan
Until suddenly they stopped, like she’d hung up the phone

And wet, I felt wet, more than any orgasm yet
But something was wrong, that I couldn’t interpret
So I asked her to tell me if she was all right
But all that I heard was the silence of the night

I’ll never forget what was revealed
The secret the darkness had completely concealed
I’ll never forget what was revealed
The secret the darkness had concealed
The secret the darkness had concealed

I asked her again and still got no reply
So, I gently got up and set out to try
To turn on a light and see what was wrong
It was then that I wished that my stomach was strong

(cut lyrics)
There was blood, blood, and more blood, literally everywhere
Her body was covered from her toes to her hair

(cut lyrics)
It pooled on the mattress and dripped onto the floor
And bloody red footprints had followed me to the door
I too was naked and covered in red
And her eyes froze in shock as I returned to the bed

She’d miscarried her baby at the worst possible time
And the scene of our lovemaking now looked like a crime
The bed was a red puddle and the walls were all splattered
But she was still breathing and that’s all that really mattered

(cut lyrics)
I scooped her in my arms and took her to the shower
And rinsed us both off at this ungodly hour
I rolled up a towel and squeezed it between her thighs
She still wasn’t talking but there was a response in her eyes

It took every ounce of my strength and remaining willpower
To distract her from shock as I cleaned her in the shower
I made her close her eyes while I scrubbed us both clean
I washed away more blood than I’d ever seen

I’ll never forget what was revealed
The secret the darkness had completely concealed
I’ll never forget what was revealed
The secret the darkness had concealed
The secret the darkness had concealed

(cut lyrics)
I said, “Stay in the bathroom” and handed her a receiver
Get an ambulance coming, we have to leave here

I cleaned up the room as fast as I could
Losing this much blood couldn’t be good

(cut lyrics)
Sitting in the tub she hadn’t dialed 9-1-1
She said, “It’s a boy. I don’t wonna lose my son.”
“We have to go to the hospital right away.”
“No.” She said, “No. They’ll take him away.”

(cut lyrics)
“You’re hemorrhaging inside; you’ll die if you stay.
Your life is at stake, you need to do as I say.”

I got her out of the shower and into her car
Even running red lights, the hospital seemed too far

(cut lyrics)
She survived the experience but her pregnancy died
And soon after that night I found out that she’d lied
There were lots of indiscretions, and the identity of the father
Will always be a mystery, but why even bother?

(cut lyrics)
She blamed me for all this because six months had gone by
And I hadn’t proposed and she’d continued to lie
And she knew that I’d leave her when the truth came to light
And it’s my fault that her God took her baby that night

(cut lyrics)
We parted ways, severed clean, never more to be seen
If you’ve ever been lied to then you know what I mean
But as we move forward we bring with us our past
To make better futures and look back in contrast

It’s a time I now remember only as a life-lesson learned
Some sort of emergency merit badge I earned
I was tested that night to deal with severe trauma
And with that lesson learned, I’d had enough of her drama

(cut lyrics)
One aversion to children that I’d always had
I didn’t think that I’d be a very good dad
I was squeamish and knew it and felt a dad should be
Strong in the stomach and never get queasy

(cut lyrics)
When his child gets hurt, a dad needs to be there
He needs to be able to provide urgent care
That I might not be able to handle this chore
Was my biggest fear that I felt to the core

But as bad as this experience has weighed on my soul
I know that it’s pulled me out of a very dark hole
Now I know I can handle what life throws my way
I can ignore all the blood and still do OK

I’ll never forget what was revealed
The secret the darkness had completely concealed
I’ll never forget what was revealed
The secret the darkness had concealed
The secret the darkness had concealed
Track Name: Mick James - Susanne
Susanne - lyrics


She was born in Denmark
Destined for the world
Raised in New England
A simple down-home girl
So full of life
So full of hope
When the hand of fate closed

I knew so briefly
Two years, give or take
I grew to love her
Something in her way
So full of life
So full of hope
When the hand of fate closed

Where’s the justice for the innocent?
Where’s the truth that bears her name?
Where’s the justice for the innocent?
Life will never be the same

Sweet as an angel
So deep and true
Trying for someone
That someone was you
To share her life
To share her hope
When the hand of fate closed

At last we caught certainty
She had become so happy
A newborn rising sun
Faded without warning
Who stole her life
Who stole her hope
Damn the hand of fate that closed

Where’s the justice for the innocent?
Where’s the truth that bears her name?
Where’s the justice for the innocent?
We will never be the same

But your memory remains
Your memory sustains
From Denmark to the Long Island sands
In memory, always, Susanne
Track Name: Shane Clary, Cleveland Brown, Jeff Moseley, and Don ‘Lefty’ Williams - One Day
One Day - lyrics


They’re not here for you
They’re not here for me
They’re just here for themselves
As you will see
They look up to no one
They look down on you
Everything that they say
Everything that they do

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
One day we will be
Just a product of our complacency
Nothing left for you and me
Oh, one day
One day we will see

I believed they were good
I believed life was fair
That my water was clean
That I could still breathe the air
But these aren’t rights that I own
They’ve all been taken away
Now that I’ve opened my eyes
I see it every day

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
One day we will be
Just a product of our complacency
Nothing left for you and me
Oh, one day
One day we will see

As I forge ahead
I wonder where I’ll go
They won’t let me stay
Now that they know I know
They still hold all the cards
They still run the show
Maybe soon there won’t be
Anywhere else to go

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
One day we will be
Just a product of our complacency
Nothing left for you and me
Oh, one day
One day we will see

They’re not here for you
They’re not here for me
They’re just here for themselves
As you will see
They look up to no one
They look down on you
Everything that they say
Everything that they do

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
One day we will be
Just a product of our complacency
Nothing left for you and me

Oh, one day
One day we will see
Oh, one day
Oh, one day
Oh, one day
Oh, one day
Oh, no day like today
Track Name: John Cooperider - I Escaped Into a Dream
Lyrics:

The Formula One was waiting for me
Just an autobahn ride down to Hungary
Freddy and I in his cherry sports car
Left Vienna one day at two hundred per hour

We’re meeting some girls, he confided in me
I know that you’ll like them, just wait and see
They’re young little virgins and Schumacher fans
I’ve arranged everything, I’ve made all the plans

“Virgins,” you say? Did I hear that one right?
Wanted out of the car, but there was nowhere in sight
I escaped into a dream – Dreaming I’d run far away
Only in my dream, could I make this go away

These girls fulfill my need, Freddy said through my haze
So I can spread my seed; his words seemed cra-zy

“Seed,” did he say? Did I hear that one right?
Wanted out of the car, but there was nowhere in sight
I escaped into a dream – Dreaming I’d run far away
Only in my dream, could I make this go away

Twin girls offered up by their father, each one barely fourteen
Their giggled misunderstanding at what this all could mean

“Fourteen,” did he say? Did I hear that one right?
Wanted out of the car, but there was nowhere in sight
I’ve gotta escape, but I can’t see the light
Wanted out of the car, but there was nowhere in sight
I escaped into a dream – Dreaming I’d run far away
Only in my dream, could I make this go away
Track Name: Simon Ashby - The Infinite Steps
The Infinite Steps - lyrics

To get away from my grief
I went far away
I strapped on a pack
And lived day to day

When I’m wearing a pack
Every step is a chore
But with every step
There’s another step more

Nine hours of climbing
A 3000-foot rise
The last thing I needed
Was a scary surprise

The Infinite Steps
Continued on and on
As far as I can see
And I’ve been climbing since dawn

Whistling in the woods
That can’t be good
Am I being followed?
I froze where I stood

Those birdcalls are fake
And even though I ache
If they decide to attack me
They’ll learn their mistake

I’ll fight ‘til I’m dead
I have nothing to live for
If you want a fight
I’ll give you a war

The Infinite Steps
Continued on and on
As far as I can see
And I’ve been climbing since dawn

I picked up a rock
And resigned to my fate
Nowhere to run
So I stood up straight

I can’t afford
To be easy prey on the trail
They’ll want a soft target
But they’re gonna fail

I could hear them
Just off to my right
Making noise in the woods
Just out of sight

The Infinite Steps
Continued on and on
As far as I can see
And I’ve been climbing since dawn

When I finally
Approached Ghoripani
What did I see
Looking back at me?

Four shady boys
Staring at my hand
At the rock I was holding
That spoiled their plan

So they slipped away
Avoiding the village
To wait another day
For a trekker to pillage

(chorus)
The Infinite Steps
Continued on and on
As far as I can see
And I’ve been climbing since dawn

The risk was behind me
The view my reward
Was it worth the climb?
I’d reached an accord

I couldn’t go back
To before my gal’s death
But just like on the trail
I could count every breath

And reach for the sun
Climbing over the range
And decide what I could handle
And what I couldn’t change

The Infinite Steps
Went on and on
But tomorrow I’ll see
The Himalayas at dawn

The Infinite Steps
Went on and on
But tomorrow I’ll see
The Himalayas at dawn
Track Name: Don ‘Lefty’ Williams, and Errol Elumir - Cathedral Steps
Cathedral Steps - lyrics


Sitting on cathedral steps
Self-medicating from a flask
Why did this have to happen?
Is that so much to ask?

Sitting out another sermon
Drinking away another day
Can’t look at New York City
And see things the same old way

9-11 are just numbers
Carved on stones, the numbers of the dead
9-11 are just numbers
But they burn, they burn inside my head
9-11 are just numbers
Carved on stones, the numbers of the dead

Too many of my friends
Are parked below those stones
But their boxes are really empty
There’s nothing left—no flesh or bones

Can’t say goodbye
To an empty box
And so I’m sitting here
’cause sometimes life just sucks
and now I’m waiting for hope to appear
when will hope come meet me here?

9-11 are just numbers
Carved on stones, the numbers of the dead
9-11 are just numbers
But they burn, they burn inside my head
9-11 are just numbers
Carved on stones, the numbers of the dead

Tomorrow the same thing
And more and more each day
Funerals never ending
The priests are out of things to say

Sitting on cathedral steps
Self-medicating from a flask
Why did this have to happen?
Is that too much to ask?

Sitting out another sermon
Drinking away another day
Can’t look at my city
And see things the same old way

9-11 are just numbers
Carved on stones, the numbers of the dead
9-11 are just numbers
But they burn, they burn inside my head
9-11 are just numbers
Carved on stones, the numbers of the dead
Track Name: Billy Sea - Sacred Watering Holes
Sacred Watering Holes - lyrics


Number thirty-six for takeoff
And the aircraft won’t get cool
Passengers are all complaining
They’re calling me Captain Cruel

Only three more legs to fly today
Before reaching some random hotel
But somewhere in whatever city
There’s a place I know they sell

A frosty adult beverage
With my name on it
And I can’t wait to buy a couple
For myself and my copilot

Every city that we fly to
Has a special place
Known to every flight crew
As our office space

The Office is our home-away
Picked long ago by our mentors
Some sacred watering hole
With late-night food and beers

Another day
Another five flights
With challenging approaches
Down to the runway lights

Dodging thunderstorms
In an unfriendly sky
And calming passengers
Who are afraid to fly

Avoiding mountains
And high terrain
While navigating
through torrential rain

And mechanical problems
With the plane
There’s one thing
That keeps me sane

Every city that we fly to
Has a special place
Known to every flight crew
As our office space

The Office is our home away
Picked long ago by our mentors
Some sacred watering hole
With late-night food and beers
Track Name: Valerie Cox - Shaking It In The Dark
Shakin’ It in the Dark - lyrics


The sweat is real
And so is the pressure
The visual seems real
And so does the weather
When an engine fails
We perform the procedure
We’re shakin’ it in the dark
Up on jacks
We’re shakin’ it in the dark

Step on the rudder
Check my fear
Fly runway heading
Pull up the gear
Avoid the hills
Level off when we’re clear
We’re shakin’ it in the dark
Up on jacks
We’re shakin’ it in the dark

The simulator
Is a pressure percolator
A scenario incubator
And a heart rate stimulator
Pairs of aviators
Try to impress our moderator
Through engine failures
And the loss of generators
Steering clear of windshear
And extinguishing fire indicators
This is what we do
When we’re shakin’ it in the dark

Time to land
Put down the gear
Fly the gauges
Until we break out in the clear
Land safely
And we’re good for a year
We’re shakin’ it in the dark
Up on jacks
We’re shakin’ it in the dark
Every year
We’re shakin’ it in the dark
Until we retire
We’re shakin’ it in the dark
Track Name: Chris Belden - Ode to Old Big Flo
Ode to Old Big Flo- Lyrics


So sorry to see you go, Big Flo
But you’ll help us more than you can know
All wired up so we can see
What goes on internally
To study airline crash survivability

Crash test dummies will see everything
Camera eyes watching nose and tail and wings
Will the overheads fly open?
Will the fuselage be broken?
Will the oxygen deploy when the landing gear’s destroyed?

So sorry to see you go, Big Flo
But you’ll help us more than you can know
All wired up so we can see
What goes on internally
To study airline crash survivability

Mid-air, Cap’n says it’s time to go
All three pilots bail—“Geronimo!”
Chase plane right behind ya
Don’t worry, we can find ya
Servos set for remote-controlled pitch and roll

So sorry to see you go, Big Flo
But you’ll help us more than you can know
All wired up so we can see
What goes on internally
To study airline crash survivability

Big Flo’s in position
For her final mission
Will she break up without burning?
Will this lead to higher learning?

Sorry to tell you Big Flo flies no more
But she helped us more than you could ever know
All wired up so we can see
What goes on internally
To study airline crash survivability

She kissed the sky then laid her head
In the cold brown earth of a dry lake bed
And now we say farewell to Old Big Flo
Yeah, now we say farewell to Old Big Flo
Track Name: Cleveland Brown and Mark L Berry - Farewell to Concorde
Farewell to Concrode - lyrics


I always wanted to go flying on Concorde
But it’s something I can no longer do
Because now every Concorde that once flew
has been grounded
And now within these hangar walls
they are confounded
Never to fly again
Never to fly again
Never to fly, never to fly again
So bye-bye
Farewell to Concorde

I always wanted to go flying on Concorde
Because it seemed like just the thing to do
Riding on a Supersonic Transport in the sky
Sipping on champagne and sitting next to you, my baby

I used to stop and stare with envy in my eyes
Such a beautiful bird, just to watch it fly
Once this great machine was the envy of the skies
Now I’ll never get to ride it before I die

I always wondered what it felt like
To fly faster than mach two point zero four
Sitting on the edge of space
ten miles up in the sky
Looking down at the world
while riding next to you, my baby

I used to stop and stare with envy in my eyes
Such a beautiful bird, just to watch it fly
Once this great machine was the envy of the skies
Now I’ll never get to ride it before I die

Well it’s famous pointy nose
Now it strikes a permanent pose
In the Smithsonian
Air and Space Museum
Where you can see ’em
On the hangar floor
Never to fly no more
Never to fly again
Never to fly again
Never to fly, Never to fly again
So bye-bye
Farewell to Concorde
Track Name: Joanne Gabriel - When I Look Back at Twenty
When I Look Back at Twenty - lyrics


When I look back at twenty
Now that I’m forty-five
I think of all I’ve been through
And that I’m lucky to be alive

I can still picture classmates
Whose aircraft broke apart
I’m still doing what they loved
And carry them in my heart

If I was twenty again
And could see me today
Would I be proud of myself
That I’d turned out okay?

If I was twenty again
And could see me today
Would I be proud of myself
That I’d turned out okay?

I became the pilot
I wanted to be
I’ve seen of the world
What I wanted to see

But what else have I become
As I look at what’s me
The wandering branch
Of my family tree

When I look back at twenty
Now that I’m forty-five
The lesson I’ve learned
Is how to survive

When I look back at twenty
Now that I’m forty-five
The lesson I’ve learned
Is how to survive

And now I look forward
At what’s still to be
And when I look back from sixty
If I’ll still recognize me
Track Name: Nadia Cripps and Valerie Cox - What Route Do You Fly?
What Route Do You Fly? - lyrics

What route do you fly?
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Time and again

Through all the rain
You steer the plane
How do you know
What’s far below
Through all the snow
How do you know
How do you see
Where it’s safe to be?

What route do you fly?
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Time and again

You take to the sky
You fly so high
How do you know
What your instruments show
Inside the plane
Every now and then
You take the reins
And you land again

I want to learn this
I want to fly
I want to see this
World from the sky

What route do you fly?
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Time and again
Track Name: John Argentiero and Jordan Hirsch - Alison
Alison - lyrics


Alison, I’ve tried to let you know
That I am here, I won’t let you go
It’s taken time for me to see
Everything that you might mean to me

So much has happened and we’ll never know why
But we’re not young anymore
Now we’ve given it a try
Who knows what life has in store

Never a day goes by, when I…
Never a dream I’ve had, when I…
Always I believe
And never could I conceive, when
I don’t think of you
When I, don’t dream of you
Alison I’ll always think of you, and I

A look at you makes my heart soar
You’re my sun and stars and so much more
I see my whole life in you
And everything I thought I always knew

Whatever the world might throw in our way
I’ll be there to hold you near
When it comes down to it at the end of the day
You’re the thing I hold most dear
Alison I’ll always think of you, and I

I never knew
What this could be
I never saw
The You in Me

Never a day goes by, when I…
Never a dream I’ve had, when I…
Always I believe
And never could I conceive, when
I don’t think of you
When I, don’t dream of you
Alison I’ll always think of you, and I
Alison I’ll always think of you, and I
Alison I’ll always dream of you, Goodbye
Track Name: John Cooperider - Ode to the Flight Engineer
Ode to the Flight Engineer


Airplanes today
All have two pilots
Two pilots are more than enough
One pilot flies
If the other one dies
Two pilots are more than enough

But I flew in an era
When three pilots ruled
Two faced forward and flew
The third one sat sideways
In front of a panel
With more than enough work to do

The flight engineer
Had no way to steer
He had no controls but a desk
Computers do now
What he only knew how
Every miniscule task

He balanced the fuel
Controlled the cabin temp
And managed electrical power
Turned on hydraulic pumps
Maintained cabin pressure
And balanced the fuel every hour

When engines failed
Or hydraulics were lost
Or any of the systems went away
It was the flight engineer
Who flight after flight
Made things always work out OK

If the gear didn’t come down
He had to crank round and round
And do things the old fashioned way
Three cranks to the left
Or three cranks to the right
Were just another part of his day

But this is the age
With computers the rage
There’s no turning back to the day
When the flight engineer
Would hand crank the gear
And make sure everything stayed OK

He balanced the fuel
Controlled the cabin temp
And managed electrical power
Turned on hydraulic pumps
Maintained cabin pressure
And balanced the fuel every hour

Airplanes today all have two pilots
Two pilots are more than enough
One pilot flies
If the other one dies
Two pilots are more than enough
Track Name: Mike Skliar - In Ernest K Gann’s Day
In Ernest K. Gann’s Day - lyrics


In the thirties and forties
His flights were called sorties
In Liberator Bombers
And DC-2s

He earned his wings
Beside Captains like Kings
The High and the Mighty
Made him pay his dues

Then war brewed in Europe
So he went and signed up
To help out our country
In the Air Transport Command

He earned a promotion
To fly ‘cross the ocean
Now as a captain
With a steady hand

Ernest K. Gann
Wore epaulets
And flew across the ocean
Well before jet

But Fate is a Hunter
A blood-thirsty butcher
And every pilot
Was all too aware

It took skill and luck
To fly through the muck
And with wings full of ice
Just to stay in the air

That was before radar
But still he found Gander
And then on to Greenland
With barely a map

Bluie West One
Was never any fun
Tucked into fiords
As a dire one-way trap

Ernest K. Gann
Wore epaulets
And flew across the ocean
Well before jets

Then on to Iceland
A dark lonely island
With no navaids to follow
He dead-reckoned his way

On my first ocean crossing
I can’t help but thinking
How much has changed
Since back in his day

Without laser-ring gyros
Those pilots were heroes
They crossed the cold ocean
Without GPS

Those early days of aviation
Have my admiration
Because every flight
Was a lethal game of chess

Ernest K. Gann
Wore epaulets
And flew across the ocean
Well before jets

In the thirties and forties
His flights were called sorties
In Liberator Bombers
And DC-2s

A pilot, an author
A gentleman of adventure
There was never a man
Like Ernest K. Gann