Goodbye Blue Sky

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"Goodbye Blue Sky"
Song by Pink Floyd
from the album The Wall
Published Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd
Released 30 November 1979 (UK)
8 December 1979 (US)
Recorded April – November 1979
Genre Progressive rock
Length 2:45
Label Harvest (UK)
Columbia (US)
Songwriter(s) Roger Waters
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie, Roger Waters

"Goodbye Blue Sky" is a song by Pink Floyd.[1] It appeared on their 1979 double album, The Wall.[2]

Plot[edit]

In a brief prologue, a skylark is heard chirping. The sound of approaching bombers catches the attention of a child (voiced by a young Harry Waters), who states, "Look mummy, there's an aeroplane up in the sky".

The lyrics go on to describe the memory of the Blitz: Did you see the frightened ones? Did you hear the falling bombs? Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue sky? ... The flames are all long gone, but the pain lingers on.

Film version[edit]

In the film version, this segment is animated by Gerald Scarfe. It shows a white dove (which begins as live action) flying peacefully up only to suddenly be gorily torn apart from the inside by a massive black Nazi eagle (Reichsadler). It swoops over England gouging the earth with its talons and flying off with it leaving a sulfurous trail of blood. It glides over London and in the wake of its shadow, it gives way to an enormous monster that is an undefeated warlord which then transforms into a bomber-like factory releasing warplanes. Naked rodent-like gas-masked people (the frightened ones) are seen running about on all fours and hiding underground from The Blitz. The bombers turned into crosses while dead soldiers are lingering. The Union Jack disintegrates into a bleeding cross and the Nazi eagle crashes and the dove flies right out of it and the dead soldiers are finally able to rest in peace. The blood from the cross runs down the hill and into a storm drain.

Unlike the album, this comes in after "When the Tigers Broke Free" and before "The Happiest Days of Our Lives".

Live versions[edit]

For the 1990 large-scale concert The Wall – Live in Berlin, vocals for this song were provided by Joni Mitchell, with visuals largely reprised from the film version.

Roger Waters' 2010–13 tour The Wall Live uses the song to depict a metaphorical "cultural bombing". As bomber planes fly in from the distance, they drop not bombs, but dollar signs, euro signs, religious symbols, and corporate logos. This imagery ended up attracting controversy due to the juxtaposition of dollar signs and the Star of David, which was deemed antisemetic by the Anti-Defamation League; Waters later removed the offending iconography[3] and wrote an open letter to The Independent clarifying that the Star was meant to critique the Israeli government.[4]

Personnel[edit]

with:

Personnel per Fitch and Mahon.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

Further reading[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  3. ^ Andy Greene (7 October 2010). "Roger Waters Changes Controversial 'Wall' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Harkov, Lahav (5 October 2010). "Roger Waters: I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm anti-occupation". The Jerusalem Post. 
  5. ^ Fitch, Vernon and Mahon, Richard, Comfortably Numb — A History of The Wall 1978–1981, 2006, p.81.

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