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Gary Allan: Watching Airplanes Meaning

Song Released: 2007

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Watching Airplanes Lyrics

Sittin' out here on the hood of this truck lookin' up
Gotta caramel colored sunset sky
Checkin' my watch doin' the math in my head
Countin' back words to when you said goodbye
Well those runway lights are gettin' brighter

I'm just sittin'...


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    Jan 27th, 2013 1:28pm report

    This song is actually about Gary's wife, Angela, who killed herself one night in their Tennessee home. Angela was a flight attendant for American Airlines. She and Gary met on a flight to Dallas which is where she is originally from. Angela didnt suffer from bipolar disorder, she suffered from multiple allergies which would trigger mirgains where she would be in pain for hours. One night in October after Gary had returned from being on the road she asked him to get her a Coke from the kitchen cause she was very sick and thought it might help. While he was in the kitchen she shot herself in their bedroom. She is buried in Cleburne, Texas. There was nothing wrong with Angela other than she couldn't take the pain from the headaches and the allergies that caused them. She and Gary loved each other very much. Gary record this song cause he said in the months after her passing that he would find himself "Watching Airplanes" he felt like it brought her back to him for just a moment. The lines "You're 30,000 feet above me but a million miles away." And "Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye Baby." Really give the true meaning of what this song means to him and his grieving process.


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    Oct 7th, 2019 10:28pm report

    Yes he missed his wife that was a flight attendant.


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    May 3rd, 2017 5:38pm report

    In my opinion I think he was trying to find a releif of his wife who had days earlier killed herself after a miscarriage with their first son.follow me on musical.ly @its_me_bunnykcp love educating you guys canton texas needs support from the tornados!!!!


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    Mar 29th, 2015 3:06pm report

    Kudos to the person who wrote that it was about his wife commuting suicide. The rest of you, idk where you got your info. Gary said in an interview what it was about.
    Fabeous812 on Instagram haha


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    Nov 27th, 2013 11:58am report

    Gary Allan did not write the song though. So I have to say it is not about his wife. I believe it is about one of the songwriters and his wife getting divorced and her leaving him that last time.


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    Sep 23rd, 2011 9:02am report

    The song is actually about Gary's ex wife, who was a stewardess at an airport. She suffered from a bi-polar disorder and left him out of no where.


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    Jan 12th, 2010 1:42pm report

    What Gary Allen (in my opinion) is trying to portray is how it feels to break up with someone you really love and how hard of a time he is having to try and get over her when it seems she already gotten over him. I don't think that there is literally an airplane in his song. The airplane that the woman is on kind of symbolizes that she is gone out of his life and it seems that in this song the airplane has no chance of coming back. So as he sits outside "watching airplanes" he is thinking about her and how she got over him. He thinks about how he wants to get her back but knows that there is nothing he can do to bring her back. He knows that he should be over her by now but he just can't do it.

    This is a great song and its kinda heavy when you think about it.


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    May 25th, 2009 5:29am report

    In this song I see that the guy really screwed up a relationship with someone. Not necessarily a love, but that's what I'll go with. He messed up and the other person left. Now he's chillin out near the airport where the other person is leaving, and he's watching the airplanes go by. All the while figuring out which one she/hes on and thinking about his major screw up.

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