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Alligator Sky (feat. Shawn Chrystopher)
Alligator Sky
Official cover for Alligator Sky

Music video

Owl City - Alligator Sky ft03:11

Owl City - Alligator Sky ft. Shawn Chrystopher

Type

Single (lead)

Album

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Length

3:05 (main version)

3:14 (No-rap version)

3:11 (B.o.B version)

3:07 (Big Boi version)

Written by

Adam Young, Shawn Chrystopher, Bobby Ray Simmons Jr (B.o.B) and Antwan André Patton (Big Boi)

Produced by

Adam Young

Genre

Synthpop/Hip-Hop

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"Alligator Skyis the first and lead single to be released from the American electronic producer and singer Owl City's third studio album, "All Things Bright and Beautiful", released on April 12, 2011 following "Peppermint Winter" and is succeeded by "Galaxies". It is also his 7th single released overall and is listed as Track #10 on the album, and features rapper Shawn Chrystopher on the verses. It is also currently the only Owl City track to contain a rap. There are four versions of the track released, including the main release featuring Chrystopher, a no-rap version with just Owl City (which also features on the album) included as an iTunes Track, as well as one featuring rapper B.o.B and one featuring rapper Big Boi of the Hip-Hop duo Outkast. There is also an official remix of it by Long Lost Sun. Its releasing label is Universal Republic.

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Music Video Edit

Alligator Sky (The Making Of)02:29

Alligator Sky (The Making Of)

Behind the scenes footage of Adam and the producers on filming the music video for Alligator Sky.

Adam recorded and released a music video for the first version of the song released on May 6 and was made by Endeavor Media. Young uploaded a 'Behind the Scenes' footage of the video on VEVO a few days prior to the release on May 2, which explained the concept for the video; saying that it's about two men (Young and Chrystopher) leaving earth, but unlike many videos with a similar theme, they aren't leaving a post-apocalyptic earth, instead, there is a big celebration about leaving a very polluted earth.

In the video the earth is shown as a planet that has terrible living conditions. The celebration is because they are leaving earth to find a better planet in outer space. As shown in the music video the duo are taking samples of earth with them to outer space to archive them.


His "Alligator Sky" self makes an appearance at the end of the music video for "Deer in the Headlights" where he is nearly run over by himself driving the DeLorean (from Back to the Future) after coming to the year 2015.


Track Listing Edit

  1. "Alligator Sky" (featuring Shawn Chrystopher) — 3:05
  2. "Alligator Sky" (No Rap Edit) — 3:14
  3. "Alligator Sky" (Long Lost Sun Remix) — 3:08
  4. "Alligator Sky" (featuring B.o.B) — 3:15 (Unofficial)

Adam's Comments Edit

In an interview with AOL, he explained that he experimented with different sounds on the album, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and that "Alligator Sky" is where he 'pulled the hip-hop vibe', stating; "... I'm a big fan of the way hip-hop music is put together and everything that goes into it -- being so beat-heavy and just focusing on the rhythm side of it, sometimes more than melody. But I wanted to marry those two ideas and just focus on the rhythm side of it then have this rapper do verses just as a new look to it."

Chart Performance Edit

'Alligator Sky' peaked at #11 on the Denmark Airplay (Tracklisten) chart, #68 on the German Airplay chart and #17 on the German Youth Airplay chart.

LyricsEdit

Alligator Sky (feat. Shawn Chrystopher) Edit

KeyEdit

Bold: Owl City

Italics: Shawn Chrystopher


Where was I when the rockets came to life


And carried you away into the Alligator Sky


Even though, I'll never know what's up ahead


I'm never letting go, I'm never letting go


Uh uh, that's not a plane, that's me

I'm sittin' where I'm supposed to

Floatin' on the cloud, can't nobody come close to

The concrete and the sky switch places

So now my ceiling is painted with cosmic spaces

Firecracker to the moon, keep your eyes shut

Blastin' off like a rocket from the ground up

Heh, I used to catch a cab on the Monday

Now the taxi's sellin' lights on the runway, fly


Condo on the milky way

A house on the cloud and God's my landlord

And for my rent all I pay is my drive

Got that so If you need me you can find me in the Alligator Sky


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead

I'm never letting go, I'm never letting go


Rollercoaster through the atmosphere

I'm drowning in this starry serenade

Where ecstasy becomes cavalier

My imagination's taking me away

Reverie whispered in my ear

I'm scared to death that I'll never be afraid

Rollercoaster through the atmosphere

My imagination's taking me away


Uh, now I'mma dance like I never dance

Sing like I never sing, dream like I've never dreamed

Or try to, 'cause we've been lied to

That the sun is somethin' that we can't fly to

Well, I sit on my star and see street lights

Look up, ha, you'll miss me if you blink twice

Imagination is hot and if you got it you can meet me

When you see me in the alligator sky


(Owl City)


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead

I'm never letting go, I'm never letting go


Alligator Sky (No-Rap Edit)Edit

Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what’s up ahead

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go


Remember to breathe, because it'll take your breath away

When the engines cough, and you blast off

Ignite the night with a firecracker flash

Remember to live, 'cause you're gonna be thrilled to death

When the stars collide and your eyes grow wide

Take it in with your breath against the glass


Remember to dream, because it's gonna be a starry night

Over every town, If you look down

So harmonize with the singing satellites

Remember to scream, because you're gonna be lost for words

When the sparks erupt and they light you up

Dip your toes in the galaxy, 'cause it's yours to explore tonight


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though i'll never know what’s up ahead

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go


Rollercoaster through the atmosphere

I'm drowning in this starry serenade

Where ecstasy becomes cavalier

My imagination's taking me away

Reverie whisper in my ear

I'm scared to death that I'll never be afraid

Rollercoaster through the atmosphere

My imagination's taking me away


Let's hear it for the Universe

Where it never hurts diving in head first

Take a taste of the melting Milky Way

And remember to laugh, 'cause you're living in a crazy world

Where you'll never guess what could happen next

Give The Outer Limits my regards as you float to fly away


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away iInto the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go...

In the alligator sky...

In the alligator sky

In the alligator sky...


Alligator Sky (feat. B.o.B)Edit

KeyEdit

Bold: Owl City

Italics: B.o.B


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go


I'm a hundred thousand feet up

Galaxies above me

Addicted to the sky

Me and gravity be grudging

'Cause gravity is nothing

And as I'm travelling through time, I take my time for this discussion

Don't get distracted if things happen to get ugly

That just means things have to be adjusted

And when you understand, actually it's lovely

The sea is my champagne, so I tap into that bubbly


Trust me, don't let them intimidate you, really they just bluffing

Bad news, there is never interruption

But they miscalculated how we will erupt for the eruption

Light up the richter scale all across the board

Make us play something lovely

Like we're conducted to find it reconstruction

So welcome to The Outer Limits, homie

You have been inducted, I mean abducted


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go


Rollercoaster through the atmosphere

I'm drowning in this starry serenade

Where ecstasy becomes cavalier

My imagination's taking me away

Reverie whispered in my ear

I'm scared to death that I'll never be afraid

Rollercoaster through the atmosphere

My imagination's taking me away


Yeah, Well this is how I groove when I jam

Welcome to my world, It's a psychedelic trance

The moon and the stars are a band, so

Pull out the seat and watch the constellations dance

This probably wasn't in your plans

You woke up on Jupiter but fell asleep in France

The world is normal at glance

But you probably wouldn't notice 'til I land


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky (Alligator sky)

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead

I'm never letting go (Go, go)

Where was I when the rockets came to life (Yeah)

And carried you away into the alligator sky (Yeah, well this is how I groove when I jam)

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead (Yeah)

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go...


In the alligator sky...

In the alligator sky... (Well this is how I groove when I jam) (Yeah)

In the alligator sky...

In the alligator sky...

In the alligator sky...


Alligator Sky (feat. Big Boi)Edit

KeyEdit

Bold: Owl City

Italics: Big Boi


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead (Ya never know)

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go


Never letting go, although sometimes I slip

Like banana peels for heels, my spill is so legit

Notice it every time I pick up the microphone and spit

Eyes wide, ears open like you on a doctor's visit

But this ain't physics or rocket science

This a little tune to keep you motivated and inspired

I am not a motivational speaker, but people get easily motivated

When they hear BIG reeking

Havoc on the track boi, grab it hold it tight

My city, growl with me, hootie hoo'ing through the night sky

Butterfly bow tie, made my mark like the craters on the moon

Rocking alligator shoes I’m on


Where was I when the rockets came to life

'And carried you away into the alligator sky ('alligator sky)

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead (Ya never know)

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go


Rollercoaster through the atmosphere

I'm drowning in this starry serenade

Where ecstasy becomes cavalier

My imagination's taking me away

Reverie whispered in my ear

I'm scared to death that I'll never be afraid

I'm on a rollercoaster through the atmosphere

My imagination's taking me away


Taking me away like Calgon in a bubble bath

You gon' use a Hubble telescope to-to see where I land

And gears stop, and a tear drop

The commander of the space shuttle, and if you're not

The Final Frontier flashlight and the abyss

This'a light of mine gon' shine so ??

Cross it off your bucket list

Definitely fufill the abyss out of water

Live your life for the real


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead (Ya never know)

I'm never letting go


Where was I when the rockets came to life

And carried you away into the alligator sky

Even though I'll never know what's up ahead (Ya never know)

I'm never letting go

I'm never letting go... (Ya never know)


Oh, can you take me away

Where all the wild things go, please say

Oh, can you take me away

Where all the wild things go


Oh, can you take me away

Where all the wild things go, please say

Oh, can you take me away

Where all the wild things go

'All Things Bright and Beautiful' Tracklist Edit

No. Title Length
1. "The Real World" 3:34
2. "Deer in the Headlights" 3:00
3. "Angels" 3:40
4. "Dreams Don't Turn to Dust" 3:44
5. "Honey and the Bee" 3:44
6. "Kamikaze" 3:27
7. "January 28, 1986" (intro to "Galaxies") 0:37
8. "Galaxies" 4:03
9. "Hospital Flowers" 3:39
10. "Alligator Sky" (feat. Shawn Chrystopher) 3:05
11. "The Yacht Club" (feat. LIGHTS) 4:32
12. "Plant Life" 4:10
Total length 41:22

iTues bonus tracksEdit

No. Title Length
13. "How I Became the Sea" 4:25
14. "Alligator Sky" (No Rap version) 3:15

Owl City Galaxy bonus trackEdit

No. Title Length
1. "Lonely Lullaby" 4:28

German iTunes and Japanese edition bonus tracksEdit

No. Title Length
13. "How I Became the Sea" 4:25
14. "Shy Violet" 3:49
15. "To the Sky" 3:40

Taiwan edition bonus tracksEdit

No. Title Length
13. "Alligator Sky" (No Rap version) 4:28


Live performancesEdit

Note that this videos are not exhaustive and may be more live performances of this particular song.

0906:41

09. Alligator Sky Deer In The Headlights - Owl City Live From LA-0

Owl City - Alligator Sky (Live in Jakarta, 28 October 2011)-003:08

Owl City - Alligator Sky (Live in Jakarta, 28 October 2011)-0

Owl City - Alligator Sky03:02

Owl City - Alligator Sky









Gallery Edit

Owl City - Alligator Sky feat03:06

Owl City - Alligator Sky feat. Shawn Chrystopher Official Instrumental

Official instrumental without vocals

Owl City feat. B.o03:23

Owl City feat. B.o.B - Alligator Sky

Unofficial lyric video for the B.o.B version.

"ALLIGATOR SKY" Music Video - OWL CITY (ft03:13

"ALLIGATOR SKY" Music Video - OWL CITY (ft. Shawn Chrystopher & BoB)-0

Fan made music video mashup of Alligator Sky (main version) and B.o.B's Airplanes

Owl CIty - Alligator Sky Feat03:12

Owl CIty - Alligator Sky Feat. Shawn Christopher Long Lost Sun Remix

Long Lost Sun Remix

Owl City ft03:16

Owl City ft. Big Boi - Alligator Sky

The Big Boi version of Alligator Sky

Owl City - Alligator Sky (No Rap) - Lyric Video02:50

Owl City - Alligator Sky (No Rap) - Lyric Video

Unofficial lyric video for the No-Rap edit.






TriviaEdit

  • This is the only Owl City track to contain Rap.
  • His "Alligator Sky" self makes an appearance in the music video at the end of the music video for "Deer in the Headlights" where he is nearly run over by himself driving the DeLorean (from Back to the Future) after coming to the year 2015.
  • In the main version and the B.o.B version, it is possible that the lyrics refer to the 90s television show The Outer Limits.
  • According to Wikipedia, the track I'm On by Trae tha Truth featuring Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi, Wale, and MDMA of its third verse which is rapped by Big Boi was both recorded and released after the main release of Alligator Sky. It is assumed that I'm On sample's Big Boi's Alligator Sky first verse and not the other way around but this is not confirmed.
Owl City Discography
Owl CityPeopleSwimming with DolphinsPort Blue
Of June (EP) singles
Maybe I'm Dreaming singles
Ocean Eyes singles
Fireflies (lead) ・ Vanilla TwilightHello SeattleUmbrella Beach
All Things Bright and Beautiful singles
Alligator Sky (feat. Shawn Chrystopher) (lead) ・ GalaxiesDeer in the HeadlightsLonely LullabyAngelsDreams Don't Turn to Dust
Shooting Star (EP) singles
Shooting Star
The Midsummer Station singles
Shooting StarGood Time (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen) (lead) ・ Metropolis
The Midsummer Station - Acoustic EP singles
Ultraviolet (EP) singles
Beautiful Times (feat. Lindsey Stirling)
Mobile Orchestra singles
Verge (feat. Aloe Blacc) ・ My EverythingUnbelievable (feat. Hanson)
Non-album tracks
Peppermint Winter

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