Sky Pilot

Sky Pilot

(A member of the clergy, especially a chaplain of the armed forces)

How many of you actually knew what a sky pilot was?  To me, the words sky pilot brought to mind that 1968 hit by Eric Burden & the Animals.   I guess I never paid attention to the words because they were just words without meaning to a young 14 year old boy.  Well that boy is now a 59 year-old man, and those 2 lofty words have divine meaning, as do the lyrics of the entire song.

Now that I know what a sky pilot is that song has a more significant, and deep meaning for the times.  It was the height of the Vietnam War.  Today as we celebrate anybody who wears a uniform and consider them all hero’s, I think back to how terrible Vietnam Vets were treated when they returned home, some were even spat on! Peace not war, man.

Here are the lyrics to that song, and even without the music, the message is powerful.  Leave your comments and say what you feel, thanks.

He blesses the boys as they stand in line                                                             photos vietnam war photo 12
The smell of gun grease
and the 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 tired and 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 real 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 drifts up to the skies
A 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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One thought on “Sky Pilot

  1. As I looked through the photos of the Vietnam War, I felt disgust and a loathing for lamenting about my car accident. It was a terrible accident don’t get me wrong, but when I looked what the people of Vietnam (men, women and children) had to endure it really set the perspective straight. And, the American soldier to be treated so badly as most were by their own countrymen was totally reprehensible and full of disgrace, peace brother, peace sister…


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