Plane Crash In C
I might have first heard this song in concert because I saw Rilo Kiley live before I bought Take Offs and Landings, and The Execution of All Things hadn't even been out for a year yet, so this song would still likely be in their rotation. When I did hear it on the album, I'm pretty sure I liked it, but after many successive listens, I adore it and think it's one of the band's best.
Despite the wonderful trumpet section in the middle and near the end, the song mostly has Southern elements, Jenny occasionally has a twang in her voice, and a lot of the time, Blake's guitar sounds like a steel guitar. One guitar twang I especially love is played after the lyrics
Like many of Jenny's songs, this one is about self doubt. A lot of the lyrics seem to be about being envious of someone who appears to have it all together. A couple of the lyrics might be Jenny criticizing this person, or that person criticizing Jenny, or the voice in her head criticizing herself, for example, "But you're so smart, how could they not know?"
If you're scared and it shows cause you're watching them grow And traveling blows when you're out of road And when you jump up the earth wants you back Your resentment grows till you're all alone But you're so smart, how could they not know? When you're standing there in good humored white And how do you do it? And make it seem effortless When it's all the stupid things So overwhelming to me Like paying my bills Or showing up for work early Or laughing at your jokes When you first said that anything goes Or a problem is a task disguised in work clothes That's when I knew I had to move And why do you do it? And make it seem delicate When it's all the stupid things So damn confusing to me Like talking it through Controlling my temper Like letting it go Saying please forgive me For laughing at your jokes I have no idea what's going on lately And I just wish you would come over and explain things And I have no idea what's going on lately And I just wish you would come over and explain things And I have no idea what's been going on lately And I just wish you would come over and explain things And I have no idea what's going on lately And I just wish you would come over and explain things Why do they do it? And show up anyway? When they know that damn well There's no room for promotions out here And maybe it's wise And maybe I'm just stupid For laughing at your jokes Okay
- youtube.com/watch?v=vSNbCOvGBcw - Album version.
- youtube.com/watch?v=yz17xrQA-7Q - Live at Cal State Fullerton, 2001-12-07.