“Drop The Pilot” by Joan Armatrading

Drop the pilot – try my balloon
Drop the monkey – smell my perfume
Drop the mahout – I’m the easy rider

Even allowing for the use of metaphor, this one’s out there. I mean, I kinda get what Ms Armatrading is trying to say here, but I’m very, very puzzled by some of her choices.

In particular, I’m extremely bemused by the instruction to drop the elephant driver. How many people in this day and age have an elephant driver? Even on the subcontinent, mahout isn’t exactly a common profession – and it’s decidedly rarer in places that do not have elephants…


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