Daily Song Discussion #140: Sky Blue Sky
By - beardlesshipster
A perfect 10. Nothing less than a 10. If one is into Jeff's journey as a person this is exactly the new mission statement you want to hear after crawling out of the hell he built for himself.
I find it so powerful and centering. I don't have a faith.. I don't have any men in my family to look up to.. all I see are failures.. drug and alcohol addiction, multiple suicides in my family, abandoning their kids (me included).. so much of the music I love is about failure and struggle. So many of the artists I love and look to for inspiration self destructed.. I remember after the last suicide in my family I drove 10 hours back to Michigan to help deal with it. Volunteered for clean up duty.. grandpa shot himself in his bedroom and my parents couldn't bear to go in the room again... the whole time I cleaned that up I remember switching from the thought of how I come from a long line of failed men and thinking about tweedy's brush with self destruction.. the lines from this song kept coming to me as I scrubbed the blood(and all the other nasty stuff you find in that situation) from the room..
With a sky blue sky this rotten time
Wouldn't seem so bad to me now
Oh if I didn't die, I should be satisfied
I survived, it's good enough for now
I need folks like tweedy to survive and sing about surviving to keep me going. I am not sure I would be here today as a father of two with a good job and a bright future if it weren't for tweedy and other survivors in music like him..
Sure it doesn't provide a divine meaning to my existence.. but it's good enough for now and good enough to provide my kids with love and support.. what's more meaningful than that?
A fn 10.
I sincerely wish the best for you
Thanks for sharing, man. I bet you're a great father. And that's more than good enough, it's everything.
For me this is the fourth consecutive 10 on this album. My favorite Wilco record typically changes from day to day/week to week, but it turns out SBS is getting the highest ratings from me. Interesting. Anyway, the cathartic “Whew, I made it” thesis of this song is just something we all need to hear from time to time.
This album starts really strong. Gets much less consistent after side with the seeds IMO.
I think you are right. The first five are A+ and then the quality dips a little.
9.25 “I survived, it's good enough for now"
This will sound extra meaningful at post-pandemic shows.
6. I've never been as big on this song as most Wilco fans, I can't exactly put my finger on why. It's pretty and all...I don't know know this one just doesn't inspire me the way it does others. Maybe because the main progression and tempo is so similar to Far Far Away, which is one of my favorite Wilco tunes? Anyway, the criteria for 6 -- "wouldn't skip it, wouldn't put it on" -- is about right for me.
Funny because I agree, except the association with Far Far Away is part of why I like it.
Yeah thats completely fair. It's really not a bad tune at all! Just not one I go to.
BTW, to put my lukewarm take in perspective: a close friend of mine and fellow Wilco enthusiast routinely tabs this song as Wilco's worst. The frequency he brings this up is weird...I wonder if he was tortured while it was playing or something. (He also hates New Madrid, which is one of my favorite songs Tweedy's ever written. Guess everyone's fighting their own battle!)
> He also hates New Madrid
that's ok nobody's perfect
My thoughts exactly, lol.
This song feels like a good hug after a long day
8, sounds great as a Jeff tweedy solo song
I love the lyrics and love its placement on the album. Nice little cool down after IG. It does sound a lot like Far, Far Away (which is a top 10 Wilco song for me); but I've never thought of it as a retread. More like a visit from a old friend
Lyrically, this song is golden. Musically, though, I’ll always hear this as a less good reworking of Far, Far Away. 8.
A perfect 10. The music is beautiful, and this is another example of Tweedy's best lyrics. It makes me think about growing up and realizing that all those days are just memories now.
I think that I’d give it a better score if it came from a band I didn’t know, but musically, it feels like a letdown from Wilco. Like, it’s technically too simple, too straight, too even keeled.
10 - Everytime I hear this song, I feel like I am sitting in the driver seat, stuck in traffic behind a high school band.
The imagery is so vivid.
Also, an artist friend of mine made me an amazing pair of custom Van's with these lyrics on them. They're my favorite shoes.
7.5 Beautiful lyrically. Beautiful musically. I wouldn't choose to listen to it unless i was in a certain mood.
9.5/10 — the most beautiful definition of melancholy
Perfect song. 10
- 9. It grew on me, this wasn't my favorite for years on this record, but it's one of the ones I find myself quietly humming to myself a lot. Love that he included it on "Together At Last."
Very good song. Reminds me of Far Far Away, even down to the understated guitar solo.
Solid 10 after three 9s to open. One of my favorites.
6, first song that made me feel like we are in a “too mellow for me” era of Wilco
10, always loved the title track.