In the lyric, Stewart mentions Amy Johnson, the famed British-born aviatrix who became the first woman to fly solo to Australia. Johnson herself followed in the footsteps of Harriet Quimby, the American journalist who was both the first woman to be granted a pilot's license in the United States and the first to fly the English Channel. Both women
died premature deaths.
The song also contains references to the Wright brothers' experiments at Kitty Hawk, and the Flying Circus. It was not the first song to reference Amy Johnson; that honor goes to the English popular composer and Johnson contemporary Horatio Nicholls, and his song "Amy