Helicopters
Barenaked Ladies Lyrics


This is where the helicopters came to take me away
This is where the children used to play

This is only half a mile away from the attack
This is where my life changed in a day,
And then it changed back
Buried in the din of rotor noise and close explosions
I do my best to synthesize the sounds and my emotions
This is where the allies bombed the school,
They say by mistake
Here nobody takes me for a fool, just for a fake
Later at the hotel bar, the journalists are waiting
I hurry back to my guitar while they're commiserating

And I'll be leaving soon
I'll be leaving soon

Just as soon as we were on the ground,
We're back in the jet
Just another three-day foreign tour we'd never forget
It's hard to sympathize with all this devastation
Hopping 'round from site to site like tourists on vacation

And I'll be leaving soon
I'll be leaving soon

I can't help anyone 'cause everyone's so cold
Everyone's so skeptical of everything they're told
And even I get sick of needing to be sold

Though it's only half a month away, the media's gone
An entertaining scandal broke today, but I can't move on
I'm haunted by a story and I do my best to tell it
Can't even give this stuff away, why would I sell it?
Everybody's laughing, while at me they point a finger
A world that loves its irony must hate the protest singer

So I'll be leaving soon
I'll be leaving soon
I'll be leaving soon
I'll be leaving soon

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: ED ROBERTSON, STEVEN PAGE

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

D- Train

This is where the helicopters came to take me away
This is where the children used to play
This is only half a mile away from the attack
This is where my life changed in a day
And then it changed back
Buried in the din of rotor noise and close explosions
I do my best to synthesize the sounds and my emotions
This is where the allies bombed the school
They say by mistake
Here nobody takes me for a fool, just for a fake
Later at the hotel bar, the journalists are waiting
I hurry back to my guitar while they're commiserating
And I'll be leaving soon
I'll be leaving soon
Just as soon as we were on the ground
We were back in the jet
Just another three day foreign tour we'd never forget
It's hard to sympathize with all this devastation
Hopping 'round from site to site like tourists on vacation
And I'll be leaving soon
I'll be leaving soon
I can't help anyone 'cause everyone's so cold
Everyone's so skeptical of everything they're told
And even I get sick of needing to be sold
Though it's only half a month away, the media's gone
An entertaining scandal broke today, but I can't move on
I'm haunted by a story and I do my best to tell it
Can't even give this stuff away, why would I sell it?
Everybody's laughing, while at me they point a finger
A world that loves its irony must hate the protest singer
So, I'll be leaving soon
I'll be leaving soon

I'll be leaving soon
I'll be leaving soon



All comments from YouTube:

Todd M

A perfect example of BNL's writing; It is clever, humorous, and emotional all at the same time.

Corey-bird

Todd Meeker That’s one reason why I’ve liked this band since I was 10.

Tallo

3:50 Nearly brings a tear to my eye, can't quite explain why. Such a simultaneously harsh, dissonant, and yet comforting sound, intensified by Page's classic emotional cry. Lovely song.

TJ Hill

This whole album brings back great memories.....I wore it out on my JVC CD player riding around in my 1990 Acura integra........I miss this......

TheMethodicalSon

Great song!

Reiji Minato

Personally, this song reminds me of a US Army officer, Lt Col John P. Vann, who commanded an infantry division (despite being only a Colonel) and was very influential on developing effective counter-guerrilla tactics during the Vietnam War

Reiji Minato

Melancholy song about war, particularly the conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan

sasha h

For some reason this is the most comforting this i've ever heard.

HeadshotWaffle

Really? I read it more as just about soldiers, war, and the meaning of it all as a whole. A man who saw things, and now he's dealing with it all as best he can. Something I can relate to very strongly.

Big Lenny

Post-war struggle and stress. "A world that loves it's irony, must hate the protest singer" Lyrical masterpiece as usual, various literal meanings and hints.

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