Eric Burdon & The Animals: “Sky Pilot”

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”

Vietnam era, likely a Marine with the flak jacket as these were mandatory for Marines
Chaplain Bobbey Church, 1971, somewhere in theatre with an unknown unit.








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