Goodbye Sky Harbor

by Jimmy Eat World

Duration:
16:13
Released:
Feb 23, 1999
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Lyrics for Goodbye Sky Harbor by Jimmy Eat World:

Verse 1
Is tomorrow just a day like all the rest?
(How could you know just what you did?)
Like all the rest
(How could you know just what you did?)
So full of faith, yet full of doubt

Chorus
I ask again
I shall ask you this once again
He said
"I am but one small instrument."
Do you remember that?

Verse 2
Time and time again you said, "Don't be afraid."
(If you believe, then you can do it)
"Don't be afraid."
If you believe, then you can do it
The only voice I want to hear is yours

Chorus
Again
I shall ask you this once again
And again
He said
"I am but one small instrument."
Do you remember that?

Verse 3
So here I am above palm trees so straight and tall
You are smaller, getting smaller
But I still see you

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Song Facts

Goodbye Sky Harbor is based off of the novel “A Prayer For Owen Meany”, by John Irving, with some of the lyrics being direct quotes from the novel.

Sky Harbor International Airport serves Phoenix, Arizona, the home state of Jimmy Eat World.

The classic fade at the end of this song has led many to consider it one of the most important emo tracks of all time.

As written in Rolling Stone’s “40 Greatest Emo Albums of All-Time” rankings:

…the hypnotic 16-minute finale ‘Goodbye Sky Harbor’ eventually made Clarity a cult classic.

If that’s not recognition enough, on “Untitled,” the closer from Knuckle Puck’s debut album, Copacetic, an eerily-similar type of fade is deployed as a nod to Jimmy Eat World, who is cited on their website as a special influence for the album.

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