Song

Sky Pilot: ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS

Australian singles charts:
Sky Pilot entered the Kent charts on 2 March 1968 and peaked at #7. It was #63 on the Top 100 of 1968.

Album:
The song is on The Twain Shall Meet.

Songwriters:
Eric Burdon, Vic Briggs, John Weider, Barry Jenkins, Danny McCulloch

Producer:
Tom Wilson

Songfacts:
The song finds the chaplain telling the soldiers that they are fighting for a greater cause, as they are “soldiers of God.” At the end of the song, one of the soldiers returns from battle and realises the words of the chaplain go against what he learned in the Bible: “Thou shalt not kill.”
Sound effects of fighting, gunfire, airplanes, and bagpipes were used. The pipe band was the Royal Scot’s Dragoon Guards, a Highland regiment. Lead singer Eric Burdon tape-recorded them at a school and used the pipe music during the middle of the song along with war sound effects.
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