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When the Swallows Fly

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"When the Swallows Fly"
When the Swallows Fly.jpg
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Idea
B-side"Give Your Best"
ReleasedSeptember 1968 (album) 1971 (Netherlands)
Recorded18 June 1968
GenreBaroque pop, psychedelic pop
Length2:22 (mono)
2:29 (stereo)
Atco (United States/Canada)
Songwriter(s)Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s)Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees

"When the Swallows Fly" is a song by the Bee Gees released on their fifth album Idea.[1] Its promotional video was filmed in Brussels and included on the TV special Idea and was aired on 11 December 1968.

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The song's opening line echoed William Wordsworth's poem"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud". It was recorded on June 18th 1968 at the same session as "No Name".[2] Robin said "It was one of my favorites, I think Barry's vocal on that is fantastic". Barry recalls: "['When the Swallows Fly'] that's something I brought in, but I don't remember how the song came about. It was probably written in Eaton Square or at the penthouse. A lot of the ballads in those days were written that way, like 'Words'.[3]

Chart performance

In 1971, when it was included on the Melody film soundtrack, it was released as a single only in Netherlands with "Give Your Best" as the B-side. It reached #20 in two weeks[4]

Weekly Charts

Chart (1971) Peak
Netherlands Dutch Top 40[5] 20



  1. ^ "Bee Gees - Idea". Discogs. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1968". Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  3. ^ Sandoval, Andrew. "Bee Gees - Idea". Album Liner Notes. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Bee Gees - When the Swallows Fly". Discogs. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Bee Gees - When the Swallows Fly". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
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