You thought I was above you
Above this in so many ways
He thought he was above the influence or she thought that Frank was better than her in so many ways that he wouldn’t get to her level. In a literal sense, “You thought I was above you,” refers to her preconceived notion of him as morally superior for abstaining from drug use. In classic Frankie O style, he drops a powerful but subtle double entendre in the following line with “Above this in (the sin) so many ways."
In a more Romantic Poet vein [;)], "You thought I was above you” refers to the surreal, out-of-body drug experience which causes her to perceive him as “flying higher,” or “above” her… ie that he is more stoned. It foreshadows the tragic, distorted union that he admits to between himself and his Pilot; the admission that he’s going to get a “condo on a cloud” because (at least when he’s high) he thinks he needs her.
Maybe he does; at least then he has a means of escape, and a semblance of direction in his life, where she steers and navigates his flight. He’s already asked himself, “why [do] I keep on trying to keep a grown woman sober?” He seems to lament that fact that he has ALREADY given in…again. Why will it ever stop?
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