• Song:

    Sky Pilot

  • Artist:

    The Animals

  • Album:

    Good Times

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Intro (acapella): 
      He blesses the boys as they stand in line 
      They 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 
      {band enters} 
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      8h10----8h10----8h10----8h10----- | -----8-----------8-------10------ 
      --------------------------------- | -8-10--------8-10---------------- 
      --------------------------------- | --------------------------------- 
      --------------------------------- | --------------------------------- 
       Bb    Eb  Bb  
      Sky... pilot 
       Bb    Eb  Bb  
      Sky... pilot 
      Cm                  Bb 
         How high can you fly 
             Cm                              Bb 
      You'll never (never) (never) reach the sky 
Verse 1: 
          Cm                                  Eb 
      He smiles at the young soldiers, tells them it's all right 
          Cm                         Eb 
      He knows of their fear in the forthcoming flight 
       Cm                         Eb 
      Soon there'll be blood and many will die 
       Cm                       F 
      Mothers and fathers back home they will cry 
{repeat Chorus} 
Verse 2: 
      He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile 

      The order is given, they move down the line 

      But he stay'll {sic} behind and he'll meditate 

      But it won't stop the bleeding or ease the hate 
Verse 3: 
      And the young men move out into the battle zone 

      He feels good, with God you're never alone 

      He feels so tired and he lays on his bed 

      Hopes the men will find courage in the words that he said 

 {repeat Chorus} 
      2:49  twin guitar solo over Bb 

      3:10  sound effects enter 

      3:56  bagpipes enter, guitars fade 

      5:01  bagpipes and effects fade; acoustic guitar and bass enter 
       Eb                {4X; strings enter 3rd time} 
      / / / /  / / / /  
Verse 4: 
      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 real well 

      If it all was worth it, only time it will tell 

Verse 5: 
      In the morning they returned  with tears in their eyes 

      The stench of death drifts up to the skies 

      A young soldier so ill  looks at the Sky Pilot 

      Remembers the words, "Thou shalt not kill" 
{repeat Chorus, 2X} 
Coda {repeat to fade}: 
              Cm            Eb               Bb 
      You'll never (never) (never) reach the sky
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