Skyline Pigeon

Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Available on the album Empty Sky
Released as a UK B-side in January, 1973

              E                      B/D#
Turn me loose from your hands
            A  B                   E            
Let me fly high to distant lands
        F#/A#                        A
Over green fields, trees and mountains
E/B      B7              E
Flowers and forest fountains
A                      E/B   B7    E
Home along the lanes of the skyway

                                    B/D#
For this dark and lonely room
                A   E/B  B7      E
Projects a shadow cast in gloom
                         F#/A#             
And my eyes are mirrors
           A
Of the world outside
              E/B 
Thinking of the way
B7                       E
That the wind can turn the tide
                A 
And these shadows turn
          E/B    B7   E
From purple into gray

                   A                     
For just this Skyline Pigeon
E/B                    B7
Dreaming of the open
E
Waiting for the day
           A         
He can spread his wings
       E/B B7   E              G#7/D#
And fly away again
        C#m  D#7                G#m
Fly away    skyline pigeon fly
                     A
Towards the dreams
                      E/B  B7 E
You've left so very far behind

(Repeat from fly away)

Just let me wake up in the morning
           G#m/D# 
To the smell of new mown hay
                         A                B7
To laugh and cry, to live and die
          E
In the brightness of my day

              F#/A#
I want to hear the pealing bells
                A
Of distant churches sing
                   E/B
But most of all please free me
B7                     E
From this aching metal ring
        A                 E/B  B7              E   
And open out this cage towards the sun

1969 Cookaway Music Limited