Artist: Eric Burdon & The Animals: “Sky Pilots”
Album: The Twain Shall Meet (1968)
Composer: Burdon, Briggs, Weider, Jenkins, McCulloch
1968 was the year of the Tet Offensive. One iconic song about the Vietnam era is ‘Sky Pilot.’ This song details a day in the life of a chaplain serving ‘in country’ somewhere in Vietnam. The haunting battle sounds, the bagpipes, and the stirring vocals of Burdon tell a story of the tragedy that was America’s involvement in Vietnam.
“The smell of gun grease and the bayonets they shine”