"Sky Pilot"

by TMS 7 Replies latest jw friends

  • TMS

    Being an active Witness in the 60's could be a heady experience. The anti-war and civil rights movements seemed to almost run parallel to JW theology for a minute or two.

    My Volkswagen am car radio blared songs of protest as I drove from one return visit(back call) to the other. One of these protest songs was:

    He blesses the boys as they stand in line
    The smell of gun grease and the bayonets they shine
    He’s there to help them all that he can
    To make them feel wanted he’s a good holy man
    Sky pilot.....sky pilot
    How high can you fly
    You’ll never, never, never reach the sky
    He smiles at the young soldiers
    Tells them its all right
    He knows of their fear in the forthcoming fight
    Soon there’ll be blood and many will die
    Mothers and fathers back home they will cry
    Sky pilot.....sky pilot
    How high can you fly
    You’ll never, never, never reach the sky
    He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile
    The order is given
    They move down the line
    But he’s still behind and he’ll meditate
    But it won’t stop the bleeding or ease the hate
    As the young men move out into the battle zone
    He feels good, with God you’re never alone
    He feels tired and he lays on his bed
    Hopes the men will find courage in the words that he said
    Sky pilot.....sky Pilot
    How high can you fly
    You’ll never, never, never reach the sky
    You’re soldiers of God you must understand
    The fate of your country is in your young hands
    May God give you strength
    Do your job real well
    If it all was worth it
    Only time it will tell
    In the morning they return
    With tears in their eyes
    The stench of death drifts up to the skies
    A soldier so ill looks at the sky pilot
    Remembers the words
    "Thou shalt not kill"
    Sky pilot.....sky pilot
    How high can you fly
    You never, never, never reach the sky

    Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" was also one of my favorites:

    "Look at all the hate there is in Red China. Then take a look around at Selma, Alabama. . . . . No, no, no you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction!"

    Robert Zimmerman's "Blowin" In the Wind" was almost a Witness anthem.

    Those were the days. A case of "Truth" books and a case of "Evolution" books in the hatch of my VW bug and my wife and I were off to the Gulf of Mexico to talk to the hippies and vacationers. "Heavy, dude!"


  • Outaservice

    Hey, how can we be sure you were a real brother and not an imposter?

    Now, which was it, 'Back Call' or 'Return Visit'? Maybe it was another 'Rendevous'!


  • TMS


    The rendezvous was where we met for service, not a call! LOL

    At least that was the new terminology in the "Lamp" book. I preferred "area study" and "contact point", like it was when I was growing up.

    You've made a good point, though. Isn't it funny that we had to second-guess ourselves as to even the wording of our prayers, making certain they were "new light" accurate?


  • COMF

    I prepared a Sunday talk once for a congregation in our circuit where I knew there were a couple of teen musicians wanting to form a band. I actually made a tape consisting of segments from popular songs of the time, and played it through at the KH. Then I worked back through each of the lines, tying the thought in with a bible scripture or witness teaching. It was very well put together, in my mind... I don't know why I wasn't invited back there again.

    Here are some of the lines I used:

    10 Years After, "I'd Love to Change the World":
    I'd love to change the world
    But I don't know what to do
    So I leave it up to you

    Heart, "Dog and Butterfly":
    We're getting older
    The world's getting colder
    For the life of me,
    I don't know the reason why

    Marshall Tucker Band, "Running Like the Wind":
    I know in your mind
    That you vision this paradise
    A place we could live forevermore.
    So let's search wide and far
    For that mountain or that shooting star
    Or a sign
    That might show us the way.

    And finally, Van Halen...
    Look at all these little kids
    Taking care of the music biz
    Don't their business take good care of me


  • TMS


    U may have encountered Dale T., ex-circuit overseer, who held the Society's outline out in front of him, in plain view, during every talk, monitoring the speaker's adherence to the script.

    Speakers who strayed from the outline were never invited back.

    "Hey Jude, don't be afraid. Take a sad song and make it better."


  • COMF

    Sheesh, TMS, they might as well have done away with speakers like they did away with the live music. Just can the talks, and everybody can sit and listen in the comfort and assurance that the same brothers who do the tape and drama voices are giving the speeches.


  • TMS

    You are aware this is the organization that used to send it reps out with phonograph recordings of its President to play for the householder???


  • TMS

    Sliding back to the original protest-song topic, many householders used the desparaging term "draft-dodger" at the door. I always knew where my draft card was and was quick to retrieve it, showing I had not "dodged" the draft, but was duly registered and had received a IVD classification(MINISTER OF RELIGION).

    My commonality with the "peaceknicks" was narrow. I was not anti-Vietnam, per se or anti-war. I believed in God's great final war. Thus, I was not a pacifist. But I was not willing to absorb a Nipponized bit of the old 6th Ave. El or as General Sherman said: "War is ----."


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