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In the song "Defying Gravity", part of the musical Wicked, there's this section:

So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately
"Ev'ryone deserves the chance to fly"

And if I'm flying solo
At least I'm flying free
To those who'd ground me
Take a message back from me

Tell them how I am
Defying gravity
I'm flying high
Defying gravity
And soon I'll match them in renown

The first few times I heard the line "and if I'm flying solo", I thought it was "and if I'm flying so low" - as in, not very high, and interpreted it to mean "even if I'm not very good at it at least I'm free". I was a bit surprised the first time I actually looked at the lyrics and discovered it was "solo".

Is this supposed to be a pun, using both "solo" and "so low"?

  • If you heard it as a pun, then it certainly is. – ShpielMeister May 10 at 7:13

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