Goodbye Blue Sky
|"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|
|Producer(s)||Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie, Roger Waters|
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.
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 explode gorily, torn apart by a black Nazi eagle (Reichsadler). This swoops over the countryside, then grabs at the earth with its claws, ripping up a huge section and flying off leaving a trail of blood. It glides over England and it gives birth to a monster in the wake of its shadow, which then transforms into a machine that is an undefeated warlord releasing airplanes. Next, naked, gas-masked people (the frightened ones) are seen running about on all fours and hiding from The Blitz. Finally, a Union Jack that fragments, turning into a bleeding cross, the Nazi eagle crashed and the dove flies right out of it. The blood runs into the gutter and a drain. Unlike the album, this comes in after "When the Tigers Broke Free" and before "The Happiest Days of Our Lives".
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 and wrote an open letter to The Independent clarifying that the Star was meant to critique the Israeli government.
- David Gilmour – lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, synthesizers
- Roger Waters – EMS VCS 3 synthesizer
- Richard Wright – synthesizers
- On Ann Wilson's 2007 solo album, Hope & Glory, there is a version with her sister Nancy. The Wilson sisters' band, Heart, also released a live version of the song on Dreamboat Annie Live.
- The song appears on Yonder Mountain String Band's 2002 live album Mountain Tracks: Volume 2 as a hidden track after "Follow Me Down to the Riverside".
- The song has been covered by Yes and System of a Down.
- Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X.
- Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5.
- Andy Greene (7 October 2010). "Roger Waters Changes Controversial ‘Wall’ Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- Harkov, Lahav (5 October 2010). "Roger Waters: I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm anti-occupation". The Jerusalem Post.
- Fitch, Vernon and Mahon, Richard, Comfortably Numb — A History of The Wall 1978–1981, 2006, p.81.