The Gonna Fly Lyrics Video Story

In track 3 of Tip of the Sword, we run the gamut of emotions from sadness to excitement to elation, then fall back down to earth in a train wreck of tragic consequences. Sarah and I had decided to go out to live in LA and we were getting ready to leave. I had already flown out there once and landed a job in the Maintenance department at a company called Teledyne.

In the section “Oooh, mama” etc., those four lines are based on a final goodbye meeting that Sarah and I had with her parents. There was a lot of kleenex going around. Sarah felt bad for her parents who were both emotionally distraught at the idea of her leaving to go to the other side of the country. Her mother actually told me to “Take care of my little girl” and her father pleaded with her “please don’t go – you’re my baby girl”. Our close friends were telling us that they hoped to see us someday in the world, and Sarah remarked that the thing she would miss most is the colors of Autumn in New England.

We boarded the plane and once we were at cruising altitude we both went into the bathroom and smoked some weed.

I know what you’re thinking: how did we get away with it? I don’t know. We just did. Hence the line “gonna get high when we fly across the sky”. We arrived in California at LAX and somehow we got to our hotel in Torrance. I don’t remember how. Probably a bus. Not a cab, we could never afford that. We found a motel that rented monthly and we lived right there on one of the main roads in Torrance. Sarah got herself a job right away and it wasn’t long that we moved from the motel to a one bedroom apartment somewhere in Carson – I think it was off Sepulveda and Alameda, in that area. We got some furniture and got our cute little place set up and made a home.

I met a guy named Lester where I worked and he hooked me up with some shrooms. They were fresh, not all dried up, so Sarah and I made a salad and ate all of them. In about an hour the train was rolling and there was no way to stop it. Everything was going great until she said “wouldn’t it be cool to make one of these salads and give it to my parents” and then she stopped talking abruptly – her eyes widened and she began to sink into a visible distress. When I tell you everything stopped, I mean everything stopped. She started freaking out, crying and lamenting what she had said, imagining her parent’s intense fear and journey into temporary insanity as if it were real. I finally calmed her down but things were never the same.

She wasn’t with me anymore. She was there, but she checked out.

I started looking around me and seeing all these smoking hot California girls, and well, being the red blooded American male that I am, I wanted to get into all of it. Back then I could have done half a dozen a night. Sarah was like a limp fish with her pervasive depression. I thought – wouldn’t it be awesome to have a 3 way? So being the sometimes stupendously idiotic dreamer that I was, I actually convinced myself she would go for it. So I asked her if she would have a 3 way with me and another girl. She said no way (I should have predicted it but I was stoned most of the time) and asked me if I would ever sleep with another girl. I told her that if some hot chick wanted to “do me” I would not be able to say no. Sarah freaked out and I really should have seen it coming – you know, what was coming next but I didn’t. I was guilty of the same thing most people are guild of: self delusion. Thinking the words “I’m Sorry” will fix anything. “I’m sorry” fixes a mistake like the one I made just the way “I’m Sorry” fixes broken china after you smash it on the floor.

So I begged her to forgive me and not leave me. I crossed a line and I could see how hurt she was, and I thought I had convinced her – and maybe I did for the moment – to stay.

I hope you enjoy the Gonna Fly Lyrics Video.


 

Gonna Fly (Lyrics)
by Jerry Boutot

You and I gonna fly outta here
Say goodbye to our families
Got a job already waiting there
In a town where I have friends

Ooh, mama. She say “Take care of my little girl”
Ooh, papa. He say “Please don’t go baby girl”
Ooh, loved ones. They say “See you some day in this world”
Ooh, my home.  She say “I’ll miss you when autumn leaves turn”

Goodbye, mama, don’t cry
Goodbye, papa, I’ve got love by my side

Gonna fly
Gonna get high
When we fly across the sky
California sun shines bright
The party’s wild and the girls are tight

I thought I loved you – why did I bring you?
I should have come alone – just think of the fun I’d have

You’re really nothing like I thought
I’ve seen some beauties on the beach
That you could never even touch
And all within my easy reach

But wait, baby, don’t cry – I didn’t mean it
Baby, please dry your eyes – please forgive me
Baby, never say you’re going away – I really need you
I’m sorry I hurt you – don’t go away
Hold me tight
I love you
I need you
Don’t go
Stay

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