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Song Name: Goodbye Blue Sky

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Wall (Disc One), Shine On

Run Time: 2:45

Year: 1979

Track Number: 7

Sung By: David Gilmour

Written By: Roger Waters


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  • The Future Sound of London covered it with the title "Goodbye Sky". Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down has also covered the song live on at least four separate occasions.
  • This is fairly quiet in dynamic, although tone changes several times throughout. It is 2 minutes, 45 seconds long. In the intro, there is an innocent childish voice stating, "Look, mummy, there's an airplane up in the sky!". This particular section is calm and tranquil initially, but quickly grows more sinister in tone. Shortly after the tone change, the lyrics commence. The song bears similarity to "Grantchester Meadows".
  • As with the other songs on The Wall, "Goodbye Blue Sky" tells a portion of Pink's story. This song explains Pink's depression as a result of being forced to grow up in a postwar world with only his overprotective mother to care for him. It also describes Pink's sadness as a result of having the childhood he shouldn't have, being taken away from him before he was even born.
  • We learn that Pink travels to America, becomes a rock star, and marries his girlfriend.
  • In the film version, this segment is animated by Gerald Scarfe. It shows a dove exploding to reveal a Nazi eagle (Reichsadler), which grabs at the earth and leaves a trail of blood. It glides around England creating a warlord releasing planes. We see naked people wearing gas masks hiding from the danger (the frightened ones) and the Union Jack turn into a bleeding cross. This is one of the most dramatic animation segments in the film. Unlike the album, this comes in after "When The Tigers Broke Free", part 2.

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