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Week 124 // Pictures of Airplanes

by Mount Everest

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Pictures of Airplanes, as some of you know, was once the name of a band that I played in with some of my best friends ever (it was better known by its later names Go Mordecai, and Lightning Bug). It wasn’t my plan to name the song this way, but as I was working on the illustration, which is a picture of an airplane, I just couldn’t resist.

This song is about being on an airplane. The low, dull roar of the engines always puts my brain into quiet reflection. The impossible setting, tens of thousands of feet in the air, always provides fuel for that reflection. Looking down on civilization and wilderness is a poetic activity. Being in the sky might as well be the closest we can get to “God” here on Earth, so when we come back down again, it is no wonder that the Earth seems transformed. It isn’t just the safety of solid ground we are feeling, but an altered perception of scale and context. Airplanes are crazy.


As the sunlight plays across the wing
I feel the dull roar deep inside my being
And it can drown out almost anything
Just for a while

And way up here
What you could do
You’d mine the gold
Inside of you

And later on
You’ll feel the ground
As something precious
You have found

When the Earth comes back to you

Something strikes me as we go
That being up here
Changes what we know
About the tiny creatures down below
Just for a while

‘Cause way up here
We see them all
The ones that fly
The ones who fall

And later on
You’ll touch the land
Like it’s alive
Beneath your hand

When the Earth comes back to you


released April 1, 2013


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