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Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra

Album: Out Of The BlueReleased: 1977Charted:
  • This song closed the side of the album known as "Concerto For A Rainy Day." The lyrics are uplifting, and follow the concept of a rainy day that comes to an end.
  • On a BBC Radio interview, Jeff Lynne talked about how he came up with this after he locked himself away in a Swiss chalet attempting to write ELO's follow-up to A New World Record. "It was dark and misty for two weeks, and I didn't come up with a thing. Suddenly the sun shone and it was, 'Wow, look at those beautiful Alps.' I wrote Mr. Blue Sky and 13 other songs in the next two weeks."
  • ELO leader Jeff Lynne puts "Blue" in a lot of his songs... "Mr. Blue Sky," "Out of the Blue," "Midnight Blue," etc. Lynne is from the Birmingham area in England, where the Birmingham Football Club (or as Americans know it, soccer team) is called the Birmingham Blues. The "blues" in these songs are a tribute to his team. >>
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    Kenth - Northford, CT
  • The synthesized voice at the end of the song sings, "Please turn me over" because in the old days when we used to listen to our music on vinyl, we had to turn the record over to hear the other side. >>
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    Steve - Perth, Australia
  • In 2003, this was featured in commercials for the Volkswagen convertible Bug. The spot showed a man slogging through his work day until he stops to look out a window and sees what's out there. The song was also used in commercials for Sears.
  • This is played before the start of every football (soccer) match played by Birmingham City Football Club (nickname: "The Blues"). Many fans of the club associate the song with a former player (and later Manager), Trevor Francis, who - through his association with the club in the '70s - was believed to be friends with Jeff Lynne (a supporter). >>
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    Steve - Birmingham, England
  • This was used as the theme song to the short-lived series on NBC called LAX. It starred Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood as the runway and terminal managers, respectively. >>
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    Rene - Sacramento, CA
  • This song was used in the Jim Carrey movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and is also featured in the movie Martian Child with John Cusack. >>
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    Thomas - Marion, IN
  • Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy of ELO performed this song with Ed Sheeran at the Grammy Awards in 2015. ELO, which never won a Grammy, had returned to action in 2014 with a concert at Hyde Park in London.

    According to data provided by music discovery app Shazam, Lynne, Tandy and Sheeran's performance provided the most Shazamed moment of the entire telecast.
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Comments: 47

Anyone else notice the similarity of the percussion and string riffs near the end of the song to those in 'Xanadu?'Esskayess - Dallas, Tx
More specifically, "Please turn me over" is heard because this song was placed as the last song on Side One of the second record.Esskayess - Dallas, Tx
"Mr. Blue Sky" is currently (JUNE 2011) heard in U.S. comercials for Glidden paint. There are people all super jazzed about moving furniture and painting their walls all kinds of colors. the music works very well, however, I never thought it to be THAT much fun to paint!Gary - Chandler, Az
This song also appears in the movie MegaMind and also in one of the episodes of American Dad's episode "Fart Break Hotel"Rd169 - Delhi, India
Hey ELO fans
As mentioned Jeff is a great supporter for Birmingham Blues - the football (soccer) team in the city he grew up in
Listen to


this is a song not very known, but in my mind some of the best Jeff have done and if you like Beatles you will not be disappointed - the song is a tribute to the city of Birmingham
Ole - Copenhagen, Denmark
This song ranks up there with Chicago's "Saturday in the Park" for sheer mood raising. I was 12 when this came out and it evokes memories of hot summer days of fun. For those confused about the vocoded voices: The "please turn me over" occurs at the very end of the track (after the instrumental with the bass line that sounds a bit like the intro to Foreigner's "Hot Blooded.") The "Mr. Blue Sky, why?" is in the instrumental portion before the "...soon comes Mr. Night" passage.Dougee - San Bernardino, Ca
I talk to the sky all the time, but i don't think it likes me cuz it doesn't answer.Daniel - Tomball, Tx
...This song is so euphoric...I can't describe it any further...Conor - Ecru, Ms
According to Jeff Lynne, he considers this their best song ever, and the closest he ever came to musical perfection. I have to agree, this song is one of the best ever. I sure wish he would put the band back together.Robert - Denver, Co
This song was featured in the CSI episode Lab Rats. Musical montage following Hodges around.Kurt - Evansville, In
This song was featured in the commercials for the Nicolas Cage film, "Adaptation" but was not featured in the movie. Movie released in 2002.

This song has definitely stood the test of time as seen from all of it's constant use in the media.
Miked - Ann Arbor, Mi
Great song, and the perfect antidote for feeling dreary.
This one should go on a mix CD alongside (The Who) "Going Mobile," (The Doobie Brothers) "Listen to the Music," and (The Allman Brothers Band) "Bluesky."
Load it into your player, then turn on repeat, continue until cured.
Oldpink - New Castle, In
I adore this song...it makes me feel indescribably happy.Ashley - Carlisle, Pa
This song is currently being used in the US by faltering airline Jet Blue.Gregmon - Intelbuquerque, Nm
One of my favorite ELO songs I love that album! when I see the sun I think about this song! it just so euphoric and beautiful.Tony - Chicago, Il
Great song- I didn't notice the 'please turn me over bit'- I'll have another listen.Louise - Newcastle, United Kingdom
i think its funny how the constantness of this song simulates happyness, sort of like martha my dear- you know? i think thats funny.Lexx - Milton, India
Oh,criminy. I just listened to it several times tonight and they ARE saying 'please turn me over'. I can't believe I've missed that all these years. Sorry for my previous comments :(Brian - Medway, Oh
Uh, I've listened to this song several hundred times in my life and played it again after reading that the voice sings "Please Turn Me Over." All I hear is ' Mi ster blue sky yyyy'. Sure, stretching out the 'yyyyyyy' may seem a bit silly, but it's also done earlier in the song when "Mister Blue Sky" is repeated three times consecutively.
Maybe it's just me.
Brian - Medway, Oh
This is also used in the corny Disney Movie "The Game Plan" staring The Rock. It's part of a practice montage, the song fits in well with the sequence.John - Falls Church, Va
This song is one of my favorites as well, and was used for the commercials for Dan in Real Life, but sadly wasn't in the film.Alyssa - York, Me
In recent performances, singer/model Rosie Vela, who dated Jeff Lynne, did backup vocals for some of ELO's songs, including this one.Mike - Santa Barbara, Ca
This is definitely one of my all-time favorite songs..Madison - Norway, Me
Interesting mistake: "Mr. Blue Sky" was played for previews and trailers for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", but actually doesn't appear in the movie at all.

It appears only on the Soundtrack, with an asterisk by the song
which views as disclaimer: "Does not appear in the movie."
Logan - Troy, Mt
The best part of the entire song is when they say "Mr. blue sky, please tell us why, you had to hide away for so long...so long..."is that it starts in a deep voice then moves up to a high voice. its awsome! the cellos are wonderful, also.Max - Laconia, Nh
Posted 10/19/2007. I must say, I like a lot of music & for me to say that E.L.O. is my all-time favorite band is a real testimony to them! There is almost nothing musically that Jeff Lynne has ever done that I didn't like. "Mr. Blue Sky" in particular is one of my favorites by them. I especially consider the symphonic ending to this song to be one of the most beautiful & uplifting pieces that I have ever heard in all of the entire realm of music. Thank you, Jeff, for enriching my life with your music!David - Deerfield Beach, Fl
Posted 10/19/2007. Echoeing Stefanie Magura's comment, I too also thought the synthesized voice at the end was saying, "Hey, Mr. Blue Sky, why?" I never realized it was saying "Please turn me over". Wow.David - Deerfield Beach, Fl
This song was used in a Dutch commercial as well. I thought it was about a "good-health-product" or something like that.Tim - Groningen, Netherlands
of all the bands that copied the beatles elo was the best by far,great song and it only proofs that jeff lynne is a genius.Guillermo - Miami, Fl
This song was used in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters" (and to great effect, in my opinion).Dan - Bellingham, Wa
I don't remember it from Eternal Sunshine but it sounds like it would fit in with that movie.Johnny - Los Angeles, Ca
Will from Roswell. This was actually, Jeff Lynne's take on Paul's middle section of "A Day in the Life." Please don't act like you picked up on that on your own.Mike - Sycamore, Il
This is such a beautiful song, it often brings tears to my eyes when I hear it. One of the most powerful songs in the history of rock and roll.Zoloft - Milton, Wv
I remember when Out of the Blue album (double one in Brazil) was released, in 1977. The side called "the concert of a rainy day" was amazed. Mr. Blue Sky is the kind of music that could be written by Lennon&McCartney. The music structure and the backing vocals arrangements are very very similiar to The Beatles´way. I have discovery it again, by the DVD ZOOM, with DTS system sound. It is perfect, and Jeff Lynne a genius. Alex, BrazilAlex - São Paulo, Brazil
I had never heard of this song until my mother told me about it. She was ten years old when it came out in 1977, and it quickly became her favorite song. She used to stand up on a chair and pretend she was conducting the orchestra that plays in the background. I'm 18 but I enjoy listening to classic rock, so when mom talked me into buying the cd, I was all for it. Mr Blue Sky quickly became MY favorite song on the album. It's a very uplifting, happy song and I think every child should have the chance to hear it at least once, even if it is incredibly old.Randi - Hale, Mo
this is like the best feel good song everFool - Atherton, Ca
This song was also used as the theme song in the short lived series on NBC called "LAX". It starred Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood as the runway and terminal managers, respectively.Rene - Sacramento, Ca
M & S are now using a shortened version of it in their latest UK commercial for women's fashions.Robert - Halesowen, England
there are some references to "A Day in the Life": the bell ,the panting and the McCartney part of ADITL is in the air.
The "Please turn me over" effect is a motif in the concerto; before each song in the concerto the "choir" says something, kill me if I get what. Also, "Please turn me over" is another reference to ADITL - in the very end of the song, if you didn't have an automatic record player, it would give you an annoying fragment featuring the beatles talking over and over, until you run to the record player and put up the needle.
Yoske - Jerusalem, Israel
the first time I heard it was in the eternal sunshine commercial and i fell in love with it! Its the best get-happy song ive ever heard.Gabriel - Puerto Rico, United States
I understand that Jeff Lynne remembered, as a child, "Sparky and the magic piano" which gave inspiration for the vocoder on this song.Keith Major - Bristol, England
i love the song1 It's so positive and uplifting! Btw, i thought the voice at the end said "Mr. blue sky Why?"Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
Jeff Lynne was an admitted Beatlemaniac, as noted in the Afterglow liner notes. I believe it also mentioned that he paid tribute by playing similarly to The Beatles in some of his songs.Lisa - Manchester, Ct
Apparently, John Lennon thought ELO were better than the Beatles. I presume he was a fan.Johnny - Edinburgh, Scotland
One of the first songs to feature a vocoder, which up until this time had been considered a useless folly. ELO used vocoders on quite a few of their songs.Dave - Cardiff, Wales
To me this song sounds like the second part of The Beatles' "A Day In The Life." Maybe thats just me though.Will - Roswell, Ga
This song was used in the Jim Carrey movie: Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind. A beautiful yet silly song for such a crazy and yet perfect, touching movie.Jess - Springfeild, Il
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