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The Flight Before Christmas

December 23, 2022 43:53 42.12 MB Downloads: 0

Come fly with me, let’s fly away.Once I get you up thereWhere the air is rarefiedWe'll just glideStarry eyedInto the abyssDevoid of any sort of blissYou might even hearThe shouts of fear just because we’re together (oh so close together)

In a metal tubeEating schlocky, gruely foodJust please hold it in, there’s enough din, I don’t need to smell what you ateCome on, fly with me, let's fly, let's flyPack up your bags and let's get out of here (come on let's fly away)

Special thanks to Natalie Compton, Julia Longoria, Mike Arnot, and everyone at Gate Gourmet.EPISODE CREDITS: 

Reported by - Matt Kielty, Simon Adler and Rachael CusickProduced by - Matt Kielty, Simon Adler and Rachael CusickWith Production help from - Sindhu GnanasambandanOriginal music and sound design contributed by - Jeremy Bloomand mixing help from - Arianne WackFact-checking by - Natalie A. MiddletonEdited by  - Pat Walters



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