The Pilot’s Song

On steel wings I sail the sky, I go.
A shining line of mastery I am.
I rise above the rising sun,
I claim the night when he is done;
The sky surrenders everything;
A silver-shining steel wing am I.

I fly up into the feather blue;
I glide above the mountain dew;
I even skim a cloud or two;
A going, flowing, glowing thing am I.

If storm surrounds my even way
I bolt on through and burst away.
With power-flash and thunder-roar
I lift my wings and soar—–away!

And flying, flying, flying over the land,
I look below and see a waving hand.
Out o’ the clouds, into the sun,
Lookin’ away, give it the gun!

And speeding, speeding, speeding, I am free!
To make my bank or go on out to sea.
Out o’ the clouds, into the sun,
Lookin’ away, give it the gun!

Now cities raise on up to me
Their radiance of jewelry;
I gaze, and glide on by.
New factories are smokin’ low
To make the many things that go;
I near, then veer up high.

Then diving, climbing, driving over the train!
It takes the ore to make another plane.
Out o’ the earth, into the blue,
Now it is old, now it is new!

And soaring, soaring, soaring I do go;
I love this place that has no trace of woe.
Everything’s fine, all I can see;
Happy to sign, give it to me!

On steel wings I sail the sky, I go.
A shining line of mastery I am.
I rise above the rising sun;
I claim the night when he is done;
The sky surrenders everything;
A silver-shining steel wing am I.

I see upon a future time
When next to me one, too, will climb;
Her face will show the mastery, I know.
We’ll sail into the morning air,
Or twilight air, or midnight air;
We couldn’t care, we go!

Then diving, climbing, driving over the train!
It takes the ore to make another plane.
Out o’ the earth, into the blue,
Now it is old, now it is new!

And soaring, soaring, soaring I do go;
I love this place that has no trace of woe.
Everything’s fine, all I can see;
Happy to sign, give it to me!

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