In this ebullient song, Armatrading is imploring someone to leave their lover and take up with her, pointing out that this current affair has no fire: "You're kissing cousins, there's no smoke, no flame."
In a Songfacts interview with Armatrading
, she said, "'Drop the Pilot' just means don't go out with that person, come out with me. It's just a different way of saying that."
She added: "I could have said, "Don't go out with that person, come out with me," but it's not as intriguing, is it? The other words are a little more boring, this is a bit more mysterious."