In “The Letter,” Alex Chilton 
gravels out “Air-O-Plane.”  
He wants a ticket. 
So do you—to fly 

where you’ll be handsome, 
bright, and athletic.  You 
pop pimples.  The song’s 

under two minutes long.  
The last verse got cut 
from the single—

the plane crashes.  You wish 
you had been on it.  Instead, 
you face 

Kenneth Pobo

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