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big old jet airliner

by Michelle on June 10, 2008

We just watched an episode of Don’t Forget the Lyrics. The contestant made it to $200,000 and was trying for $350,000. Her song choices were: “Jet Airliner” by The Steve Miller Band or “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate.

My reaction was something like, “Wait. What? Jet Airliner? I can’t imagine what that is, and I’ve listened to their greatest hits album a million times!”

Contestant must have agreed because she chose the other song (and ended up walking away with her $200,000–smart girl).

However, I was so curious about the Steve Miller Band song that I had to go check it out in iTunes. Song starts. “Oh, I know this song…but I don’t know where ‘Jet Airliner’ comes into it.”

Then I started laughing ’cause I figured it out. The chorus of that song says, “Big old jet airliner, don’t carry me too far away…” (etc.) and, even though I’ve heard the song hundreds of times, I had NEVER figured out that “big old jet airliner” phrase. It was just nonsensical syllables to me–and clearly I’d never looked at the name of the song in the track listing. It certainly never sank in if I did anyway.

Isn’t it funny how you can do that? I guess it was just never important enough to me to go find out what the heck they were singing!

Big old jet airliner. 😀

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