In the calling out to one another
Of the lovers up and down the strand
In the sound of the waves and the cries
Of the seagulls circling the sand

In the fragments of the songs
Carried down the wind from some radio
In the murmuring of the city in the distance
Ominous and low

I hear the sound of the world where we played
And the far too simple beauty of the promises we made

If you ever need holding
Call my name, and I'll be there
If you ever need holding
And no holding back, I'll see you through
Sky blue and black

Where the touch of the lover ends
And the soul of the friend begins
There's a need to be separate and a need to be one
And a struggle neither wins

But you gave me the world I was in
And a place I could make a stand
I could never see how you doubted me
When I'd let go of your hand

Yeah, and I was much younger then
And I must have thought that I would know
If things were going to end

And the heavens were rolling
Like a wheel on a track
And our sky was unfolding
And it'll never fold back
Sky blue and black

And I'd have fought the world for you
(I'd have fought the world for you)
If I thought that you wanted me to
Or put aside what was true or untrue (true or untrue)
If I'd know that's what you needed
What you needed me to do

But the moment has passed by me now
To have put away my pride
And just come through for you somehow

If you ever need holding
Call my name, I'll be there
If you ever need holding
And no holding back, I'll see you through

You're the color of the sky
Reflected in each store-front window pane
You're the whispering and the sighing of my tires in the rain

You're the hidden cost and the thing that's lost
In everything I do
Yeah and I'll never stop looking for you
In the sunlight and the shadows

And the faces on the avenue
That's the way love is
That's the way love is
That's the way love is
Sky, sky blue and black

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  • +2
    General CommentA stunning, stirring, beautiful song. So many of his songs stop me dead in my tracks, I have to sit down and bathe in their emotion.

    And at the same time the Friends scene referred to above was fairly deep and this song was an appropriate song choice and a lovely tip of the hat to those 20-30 something viewers who grew up in homes where Jackson Browne was standard background music.

    "It's a dessert topping AND a floor wax"
    AstoriaQueenon June 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is such a beautiful love song. I'm thinking it's about the unconditional love of the man for the woman and how he remembers being with her and regrets what led to the breakup. He says how no matter what he will always be there for her. One of my favorites.
    jdeppsfavfan1on November 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think for the most part he's singing about being in a relationship where you belong, where you fit in, that makes you feel complete. But as time goes by you change, both of you. And at the end of the day this relationship wasn't meant to be. It was a younger love, more innocent than anything else.
    and eventually:
    "Where the touch of the lover ends
    And the soul of the friend begins"

    He didn't really understand her, didn't know when to swallow his pride and what it was that needed fixing. But the memory of that belonging of being complete is something he'll remember and always look for. At least thats what i think.

    BeeMeNowon March 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn a live interview (God, I think it was audio...possibly a print interview If Jackson can forget some words on occasion, then the general rule must apply to all, right?) I heard Jackson discussing this song. He had been addressing the fact that people bring their own experience to the narrative.

    Of Sky Blue, he commented that he's been told of a couple who used it for their wedding. What he thought was a transparent break-up song used as a wedding anthem kinda amused him, and he noted the irony of writing a song, and then sending it out to the public. At that point it becomes everyone's song, and he has no control over how people understand it's meaning. Which is, after all, the point.

    MMMerryon September 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard Jackson comment on this song. He said it's like when someone dies you never forget them you forget their bad traits you will always love them when they are gone. Died. He says its the same way with a relationship. You each die to each other and go your separate ways but you never forget each other. Jackson said its basically a funeral song for a lost love.
    bennie6623on May 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song n i cant beleive no one else has commented on it
    chockieon January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne Of The Best Songs I've Heard In A While
    Incredible... Jackson Browne Captures Something Inside Of Me Whenever He Sings, It's Amazing :-)
    jonmitchon January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand.... its about being there for someone through ... well, Sky Blue and Black.
    jonmitchon January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is Ross and Rachel's song!

    Very beautiful and I think it's about how much two people gave each other an incredible love and happiness. A promise: "If you ever need holding
    Call my name, I’ll be there..."

    Somehow it captures the magic of Ross and Rachel and the extent to which they loved each other and always knew in the end, they would be there for one another no matter what.
    XianSnakeon February 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is truly beautiful. It's got this feeling of unconditional love.
    lauren_6_6_6on September 04, 2006   Link

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