"Goodbye Blue Sky" as written by and Roger Waters....
"Look mummy, there's an aeroplane up in the sky"

Did you see the frightened ones?
Did you hear the falling bombs?
Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the
Promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue

Did you see the frightened ones?
Did you hear the falling bombs?
The flames are all long gone, but the pain lingers on.

Goodbye, blue sky
Goodbye, blue sky.

"The 11:15 from Newcastle is now approaching"
"The 11:18 arrival"

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by nasses321

"Goodbye Blue Sky" as written by Roger Waters

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    General CommentI have heard and seen in interviews that "The Wall" is not directly about WWII. It is my understanding that the album and movie are about the walls we build up around ourselves. It is analagous to actual war, like WWII, in that the war we fight within ourselves can be very harsh and sometmies is as bad as an actual "real" war. Look at Pink in the movie.... He grew up in a time of war, lost his dad to the war and felt isolated and alone...became a rock star, lost his wife, had a constant battle with drugs...almost killed himself to ease the pain.... On a smaller scale, this guy has basically been fighting a war within himself ever since he was young. I think Goodbye Blue Sky addresses the misconception of what we think life is. We each grow up and are taught that the world is this great place and there are nice loving people out there... this song is about how those expectations and dreams can be shattered when we go out and learn how the "real" world actually is. This life we live can seem all wonderful and great then something can happen and it all comes crashing down like "falling bombs." And then you wonder why these things are happening to you when you were always promised all these great things...you start to wonder "why you had to run for shelter when the promise of the brave new world unfurled beneath the clear blue sky..." And long after the "flames" are gone, "the pain lingers on."
    Christina78on August 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song was originally written about WW2! through any war or battle...whenever lives are lost and there is massive destruction...the same feelings are conveyed...so i can see how ppl can relate this to Sept 11
    MyxolydianSoulon March 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah, it's about the Blitz on London by the Germans. It's on The Wall too. No way near anything about sept. 11.
    masterb8er10on April 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me the song is about an atomic war that never happened. The little girl says theres an aeroplane in the sky. Just one? Cant be the blitz but could be a lonely bomber unloading an atomic bomb on london or somewhere. The fact they have to run for shelter with the promise of a brave new world implies running to a fallout shelter and rebuilding a world shattered by nuclear attacks. Goodbye blue sky is obviously saying goodbye to the pre-nuclear world and its clean blue sky and hello to the scorched sky of post-nuclear world. The flames are all gone but the pain lingers on implies the radiation left by the fallout from the atomic bombs and its continuation to poison the post-nuclear survivors.
    thats what I reckon.
    Jingo7on September 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think it is about the battle of Britain, sounds like he is a kid and has to go in a bomb shelter while the Luftwaffe bomb England. And there was probably propaganda about how they were winning the war, but it probably didn't seem like it to them.
    bluefunctionon July 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe beauty of PF songs is that you can gain so many meanings from it. The song is definitely about war...
    You can apply it to bombing of Hiroshima/Nagasaki, especially the lines
    "The flames are all long gone
    But the pain lingers on"
    talking about the ill effects of the fallout...
    sipayion April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe entire beginning of the movie is about World War II... of course the song is about WWII. GEEZ.
    MetaLunaon April 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIM sorry but I am gonna go out on a limb here and say it is not about WW2, yes it has distinct connotations and it has to do with war somewhat. In my opinion it is about dreams, In the middle of the song he says "When the promise of a brave new world Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky" and then the part before it is talking about bombs and fear then the part after it is talking about bombs and fear, I feel that he is trying to instill a sense of hope in between the chaos of whatever goes on in our lives, not just war.
    BuLlEtZoFtHeWicKeDon May 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentInteresting views to say the least. It is about WWII and the constant bombing of London. It was a nightmare for children, in which the writers (Roger Waters, et.el) was at the time of the war. Go watch the movie (Pink Floyd: The Wall) and you'll understand. Pink Floyd is also a British Band, by the way.
    musicoolon July 29, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"When the promise of a brave new world Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky" is an allusion to "1984" a book where perfection and utopia is sought by totalitarian control and population control, ect. this of course is much the same as Hitler's Nazi Germany. Hitler was promising his people a "brave new world" "beneath a clear blue sky" and freedom from the burdens they were given following WWI. so "When the promise of a brave new world Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky" isn`t meant to instill hope, but actually has very scary connotations. read "1984". scary stuff.
    ramtharon August 07, 2002   Link

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