Joined: Oct. 2000
||Posted: July 31 2001, 10:55
I'm probably not the best person to be answering, but anyway:
From http://tubular.net/articles/95_06.html :
From an interview by Gareth Randall in 1995:
What do "static 18" and "automatic 18" from the lyrics of 'Five Miles Out' refer to, and what does "caught in the middle of a hundred and five" mean in 'Moonlight Shadow'?
[Mike Oldfield] "If you look at the cover of 'Five Miles Out', the plane is a Beech 18. If your radio is breaking up, the control tower would tell you "Lost in static" and then give the call-sign, so it was "Lost in static, 18". It was just one of the lyrics I scribbled down one evening in the pub! When I was writing that song I just scribbled down anything I could think of to do with aeroplanes, and then assembled them into lyrics."
[Mike Oldfield] "As for Moonlight Shadow - well, it was a hundred and five people, just signifying a large amount of people, and presumably it was a hundred and five rather than a hundred and four or whatever because "five" rhymed with the next line!"
I could go on for a while with something rather bland and silly only slightly connected to this, but I won't.
Hope it helped, (well, it was just a quick reference back to an article I remembered)