PATRICK STEPHENSON

Earthbound concerns of an ascendant adult

Here Come the Planes

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“O Superman (For Massenet),” Laurie Anderson

Honestly, this song’s a bit dorky, but its 9/11 prescience—in 1981—freaks me out alongside its eerily vocoded vox. Apparently, “O Superman” was a UK hit way back when, thanks to repeated play on John Peel’s radio show. Lyrics:

And I said: OK. Who is this really? And the voice said:
This is the hand, the hand that takes. This is the
hand, the hand that takes.
This is the hand, the hand that takes.
Here come the planes.
They’re American planes. Made in America.

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Written by patiomensch

February 21, 2007 at 1:24 am

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