Purple skies and violet rainbows
And all the angels passing by
With their words they try to break you
But they can’t shake you, with all their lies

Another day we will survive
Another day is worth the fight
Today we will rise
We will walk the rainbows and take over the sky

Don’t let them change you, no
‘Cause you are beautiful just like a purple sky

Black mirrors with no reflection
Broken hearts and rejection
Red guitars make the sound
That call the angels homeward bound

Another day we will survive
Another day is worth the fight
Today we will rise
We will walk the rainbows And take over the sky

Don’t let them change you, no
‘Cause you are beautiful just like a purple sky

These are the words and these are the choices
We are the children we are the voices
This is our life and these are the questions
This is the time we are being tested

These are the words and these are the choices
We are the children we are the voices
This is our life and these are the questions
This is the time we are being tested

Don’t let them change you
‘Cause you are beautiful just like a purple sky

You are, beautiful
Tyler and Phoebe
Eric and Billy

We remember
Megan and Raymond
Seth and Justin

We remember
April and Brandon
Matthew and Jared

You are beautiful
Meredith and Jeffrey
Zack and Asher

We remember
‘Cause you’re beautiful just like a purple sky

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History

Greyson first discussed “Purple Sky” during his third appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show on October 26, 2010. This appearance occurred shortly after a number of teen suicides due to bullying in the United States and Greyson explained that the stories of those people were an inspiration for the song. He told Ellen that while “a normal sky is blue, a purple sky is different, but it is still beautiful in its own ways and in an incredible way.” Greyson went on to say that what he hoped was that kids who were feeling horrible would be able to listen to the song and know that “it is going to get better, that it is okay, and that I am not the only one going through this.”

Watch Greyson Discussing “Purple Sky” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (October 2010):

When the track listing for Greyson’s debut album, Hold On ‘Til the Night was released, fans were disappointed to see that “Purple Sky” was not one of the ten listed tracks. Fans had been eagerly anticipating the release of the song believing that the message was a good one for teens. However, news later surfaced that “Purple Sky” would be released the same day as the album, but as an Amazon.com exclusive track. “Purple Sky” was released as a digital download on Amazon.com on August 2, 2011.

“Purple Sky” was also included as a bonus track on the special edition of Hold On ‘Til The Night that was released throughout Asia in February 2012.

At the end of “Purple Sky” Greyson lists a number of names of teens who had taken their own lives due to bullying. We believe the names refer to these individuals:

Tyler Clementi (18) – Tyler’s death made national headlines and highlighted the outrageous number of gay teens who were committing suicide as a result of bullying from classmates. Tyler was a student at Rutgers University whose roommate streamed online Tyler and another male student kissing without their knowledge.

Phoebe Prince (15) – Having just moved to the U.S. from Ireland with her family, Phoebe suffered numerous months of bullying by other students at her high school before taking her own life. The Massachusetts legislature enacted stricter anti-bullying legislation in response to Phoebe’s story.

Eric Mohat (17) – Eric was one of four students at his high school in Mentor, OH to take his life after being relentlessly bullied in 2007

Billy Lucas (15) – A student from Greensburg, IN was bullied by his classmates and took his own life in September 2010

Megan Meier (13) – Teenager from Missouri who took her own life after being bullied by a freind’s mother on Myspace

Raymond Chase (19) – A sophomore at Johnson and Wales University was the fifth gay teen to take his own life due to harrasement within a few weeks in September 2010

Seth Walsh (13) – A middle school student from Tehachapi, CA was openly gay and was one of the five teens totake his own life due to harrasement within a few weeks in September 2010

Justin Aaberg (15) – Justin came out as gay at the age of 13 and was bullied by fellow students at his high school in Minnesota. He was one of five teens who took his own life in September 2010

April Himes (13) – A middle schooler in Richland, WA had missed 53 days of school before her death due in 2000 as a result of the constant bullying she was subject to at the hands of other students

Brandon Bitner (14) – A freshman in Middleberg, PA was subject to anti-gay torment in high school

Matthew Epling (14) – A high school freshman from East Lansing, MI took his own life after being hazed by upperclassmen in the parking lot of his school

Jared High (13) – A 6th grader from Washington suffered from depression after having been bullied relentlessly at school.

Meredith Rezak (16) – Meredith was a good friend of Eric Mohat and also from Mentor, OH. Shortly before her suicide, she had joined the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and told friends and family she thought she might be gay.

Jeffery Johnston (15) – A student from Florida who took his own life in 2005 after being bullied online by numerous classmates

Zachary Harrington (19) – An openly gay student at the University of Central Oklahoma was taunted for his sexuality throughout high school and took his own life after witnessing a “toxic” exchange between neighbors at a City Council meeting aimed at recognizing October as LGBT history month

Asher Brown (13) – A middle schooler from Houston, TX was tormented by classmates because they suspected that he was gay. Asher was one of five teens who took his own life in September 2010

First Live Performance

Greyson first performed “Purple Sky” at the annual Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Washington, D.C. on October 1, 2011. The Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBT advocacy group in the United States. At the 2011 dinner, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was honored for his work in supporting marrige equality in the state and President Obama made the keynote address.

Greyson performed the song solo on the piano. In this rendition, he omitted the repeated verses “These are the words and these are the choices. We are the children we are the voices, This is our life and these are the questions. This is the time we are being tested.” Also, Greyson added the name of “Jamey” to the end of the names of bullying victims that are included at the end of the song. In September 2011, 14 year-old Jamey Rodemeyer from New York took his own life after having been bullied in school. Jamey’s death created national headlines and became a rallying point for Lady Gaga in her fight against bulllying. At the beginning and end of the performance, Greyson included the line-

“Because people are people so why should it be, You and I should live alone so awfully”

from Depeche Mode’s 1984 song “People Are People”.

Watch Greyson’s Moving Performance:

Subsequent Live Performances

– Greyson first performed a full band version of “Purple Sky” on April 17, 2012 at KL Live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The song was performed at all four of Greyson’s headlining shows in Asia in 2012.