Expecting to Fly (song)

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"Expecting to Fly"
Single by Buffalo Springfield
from the album Buffalo Springfield Again
ReleasedDecember 16, 1967
GenrePsychedelic rock
Songwriter(s)Neil Young
Producer(s)Jack Nitzsche
Buffalo Springfield singles chronology
"Rock 'N' Roll Woman"
"Expecting to Fly"

"Expecting to Fly" is a song written by Neil Young and performed by Buffalo Springfield. The song reached #98 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968.[1] The song appeared on their 1967 album, Buffalo Springfield Again.[2] Producer Jack Nitzsche provided the orchestral arrangement featuring a string section plus an oboe. Live versions from Young's early solo performances appear on the albums Live at the Riverboat 1969, Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968, and Live at the Cellar Door.

The song was about death, as well as a love relationship that had ended. the lover sees that his opposite is ready to fly the coop. and the lover admits that he tried to save his love relationship, but failed.

In the 2018 music documentary film, Echo in the Canyon, it is suggested "Expecting to Fly" marks and exemplifies a shift in a late sixties' movement from group-oriented folk rock compositions toward more individualized performances and single-artist recordings.

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