"Red Skies" as written by Charles H Barrett, Cyril Curnin, Peter Greenall, James West-oram and Adam Terence Woods....
Red skies at night
Red skies at night

Red skies at night
Red skies at night

Should have taken warning, it's just
People mourning
Running, hiding, lost
You can't find, find a place to go, so it's

Red skies at night
Red skies at night

Should have taken warning, it's just
People ignoring
Running, hiding, lost
You can't find, find a place to go, so it's

Red skies at night
Red skies at night

Red skies at night
Red skies at night

Someone's taking over
And it look like they're aiming
Right at you
Someone said we'll be dead by morning
Someone cries leaving

Red eyes at night (red eyes at night)

(Red skies at night
Red skies at night
Red skies at night
Red skies at night
Red skies at night
Red skies at night
Red skies at night)

Red skies at night
Red skies at night

Red skies at night
Red skies at night


Lyrics submitted by WittySarcasm

"Red Skies" as written by Charles H Barrett Adam Woods

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Red Skies song meanings
Add your thoughts

7 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentA lot of missing lyrics in this post. I always thought it was about people ignoring the signs and getting caught in a nuclear holocaust.
    monster36604on January 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWW III? 'Nuff Said.
    bocanoton June 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song comes from the old adage "Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor take warning” which was supposed to predict the weather. They either heard it backwards or intentionally reversed it because they thought "red skies at night" sounded better as a lyric.
    playadel2001on August 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningFrom a guy who lived when this came out I can assure you it was about nuclear war, as many of the 80's tunes were. In the 70's elementary schools we trained frequently for bombing, using the duck and cover under our desks. I remember a bunch of curches were marked as fallout shelters, with supplies in the basement. The 80's got better, but it was still cold war time. We were conditioned the USSR could/would bomb us at any time. We feared them and they probably feared us. I finally realize the people of the USSR just want the same things as us. They have families, lives and jobs too. Maybe things were on the verge back then, but the world is much more connected now. I always wanted to ask a Russian if they we brought up the same way, with fear of nuclear war, but I have never met one.

    This song, much like men at work's "it's a mistake" is based on never knowing who will push the launch button or launch missles by mistake and prompt the two super powers at the time to annihilate eachother.
    80stuneguyon October 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe this song is about how WWIII happens because of all of our indifference to the world around us. By being so caught up in our own lives, we have forgotten to consider what is really important
    jayolsenon January 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFor me it reminds me of like Pearl Harbor. The "red skies" for me is a metaphor for the Japaneesse (was it?) being on their air plane, to go and aim at them... " it look like they're aiming Right at you" and they feel like they will "be dead by morning". I know that must not be the true meaning but is a different way this song can be intrepeted.
    FemaaraChanon September 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRED SKIES AT NIGHT is caused by an ipper atmospheric detonation of a nuclear charge, which would certainly cause the ionosphere to glow red. Also, ex-President Reagan was causing fear by telling everyone we needed to detonate those weapons in space, alledging the USSR was planning to launch an attack against our country. The detonating of fusion devices in our atmosphere would cause red skies, and would be the first salvo in this type of war, in an attempt to destroy space-based weapons.
    mariojraguccion September 21, 2015   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain