ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS : SKY PILOT [1968]

Η [αντι-] πολεμική ιστορία του Eric Burdon από το The Twain Shall Meet, δεύτερο άλμπουμ του με τους νέους Animals.
Eric Burdon’s [anti-] war story from
The Twain Shall Meet, his second album with the New Animals.

He blesses the boys, as they stand in line
The smell of gun grease and their bayonets they shine
He’s there to help them all that he can
To make them feel wanted he’s a good holy man
Sky Pilot
Sky Pilot
How high can you fly?
You’ll never, never never, reach the sky
He smiles at the young soldiers, tells them it’s all right
He knows of their fear in the forthcoming fight
Soon there’ll be blood and many will die
Mothers and fathers back home they will cry
Sky Pilot
Sky pilot
How high can you fly?
You’ll never, never never, reach the sky
He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile
The order is given, they move down the line
But he’ll stay behind, and he’ll meditate
But it won’t stop the bleeding, or ease the hate
As the young men move out into the battle zone
He feels good, with God you’re never alone
He feels so tired as he lays on his bed
Hopes the men will find courage in the words that he said
Sky Pilot
Sky Pilot
How high can you fly?
You’ll never, never, never, reach the sky
You’re soldiers of God you must understand
The fate of your country is in your young hands
May God give you strength
Do your job well
If it all was worth it
Only time it will tell
In the morning they return with tears in their eyes
The stench of death lifts up to the skies
A young soldier so ill, looks at the Sky Pilot
Remembers the words ‘Thou shalt not kill’.
Sky Pilot
Sky Pilot
How high can you fly?
You’ll never, never, never, reach the sky

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10 Comments

  1. Timothy Price February 17, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    One of my favorite Animals songs.

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    1. Oannes February 17, 2022 at 6:23 pm

      Mine also! brings me back memories of innocent youth!

      Reply
  2. Holly Hunter February 17, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    I’ve just recently realized the true talent of Eric Burdon! Thank you .

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    1. Oannes February 17, 2022 at 9:08 pm

      With pleasure!

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  3. Resa February 17, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    LOVE Eric Burdon. I adore every song I’ve ever heard him sing, every band he’s ever played with.
    I did get to see him live, a long time ago.
    I believe the last performance I saw was 1986 on David Letterman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjeYOZeCkNAx Hard to think it was 36 years ago!
    You’ve probably seen this.
    Let me know if you dislike links. I rarely use them in comments, but….Eric!!!!

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    1. Oannes February 17, 2022 at 10:48 pm

      Eric Burdon is God. Everybody owes this guy a lot. I had not seen this and I thank you very much for the link!

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  4. Liz Gauffreau February 17, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve always liked this one.

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    1. Oannes February 17, 2022 at 11:05 pm

      I was sure you would!

      Reply

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