Label: DJM Records - 514 480-2 • Series: Los 60 De Los 60 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: Spain • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Pop Rock, Classic Rock
It is the eighth track on his first album, Empty Sky. The original recording from the Empty Sky album has Elton John on harpsichord and organ. It is the only song on the album with John without Love Hurts (Instrumental) - The Poetess - Love Hurts musicians.
He wrote the song in the style of a hymn. The lyrics of the song are metaphorical — describing a pigeon that is flying high and free having been released from a human hand, with the line in the second verse, but most of all please free me from this aching metal ringpossibly revealing a human longing to be Skyline Pigeon - Elton John - Empty Sky from a broken marriage and set free to pursue new, truer dreams and ambitions — a theme that would reappear in 's Someone Saved My Life Tonightusing a similar metaphor of a butterfly flying free.
Though there exists also the more literal interpretation of a war pigeonas they were most commonly used to carry urgent messages in a small capsule affixed to the leg with metal bands, and carried on the backs of soldiers in small cages with a single wire door for the pigeon to look out of.
The new recording used piano instead of harpsichord, and strings and oboe arranged by Paul Buckmaster. It was the most popular song during the very early period of John's musical career, but it was not released Hadrians Wall - Marty Ehrlich - Side By Side a single.
The song was performed live in various eras and venues throughout John's career, mainly in Britain, and frequently during his solo shows and pairings with the percussionist Ray Cooper. John has always said he regards "Skyline Pigeon" as one of the first "great" songs that he and Taupin wrote. John performed the song at the funeral of the AIDS victim and friend Ryan White in on a grand piano, although he played Roland Piano on tour and in the studio at the time.
Apart from its earlier appearances on record, a live, solo piano version recorded at the Royal Festival Hall in London during summer was also included as the opening number on the "Here" side of the Here and There album ina place it retained in the 2-CD expanded version remixed by the Skyline Pigeon - Elton John - Empty Sky original producer Gus Dudgeon.
It was also released on Volume 1 of two EltonJohn. The song received a brief revival during a UK tour in The version was a hit in Brazil. Again in Brazil inhe played the song during a concert at Rock in Rio in front ofpeople in Rio de Janeiroon 23 September. The original version, with its notable harpsichord, was used as the closing credit music in the film The Favourite.
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