/ Language: English / Genre:poetry,


Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd


The piper at the gates of dawn ‘67



Lime and limpid green the second scene

the fights between the blue you once knew

floating down the sound resounds

around the icy waters underground

Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon there on the run

Titanian, Neptune, Titan, stars can frighten

Winding signs flap

flicker flicker flicker flam pow pow

stairways scare and death rules there

blindman limpid green the sound

surrounds the icy waters on the

lime and limpid green the sound

surrounds the icy waters underground


Lucifer Sam saw your cat

always sitting by your side

always by your side

that cat's something I can't explain

Jennifer Gentle you're the witch

you're the left side, he's the right side

oh no

that cat's something I can't explain

Wouldn't say we're going to see

me a hip cat, me a ship's cat

somewhere, anywhere

that cat's something I can't explain

The night is crawling, shifting sand

hiding around on the ground

he'll be bound when you're around

that cat's something I can't explain


There was a king who ruled the land

His Majesty was in command

with silver eyes the scarlet eagle

showered silver on the people

Oh mother tell me more

Why'd you have to leave me there

hanging in my infant chair


You only have to read the lines

They're scribbled in black and everything shines

Across the stream with wooden shoes

bells to tell the king the news

a thousand misty riders climb up

higher once upon a time

Wandering and dreaming

the words had different meanings

yes they did

For all the time spent in that view

in doll's house darkness' old perfume

and fairy-stories held me high

on clouds of sunlight floating by

Oh mother tell me more

tell me more


Alone in the clouds all blue

lying on an eiderdown

Yippie, you can't see me

but I can you

Lazing in the foggy dew

sitting on a unicorn

no fear, you can't hear me

but I can you

Watching buttercups cuff the light

sleeping on a dandelion

too much, I won't touch you

but then I might

Screaming through the scarlet sky

travelling by telephone

hey, ho here we go

ever so high.


I'm in bed, aching head

gold is red, choke I'm red

I'm the bread, gold is red

Jesus bled, pain is red

dark room

Oh no

Breeze is slow, you are slow

chill grow

feeling seems to melt the brain

seems to cause a painful brain

doctor kindly tell your wife

that I'm alive

flowers thrive

realize realize



I want to tell you a story

about a little man

if I can

a gnome named Crimble Cromble

and little gnomes stay in their homes

eating sleeping drinking their wine

He wore a scarlet tunic

a blue-green hood

it looked quite good

he had a big adventure

amidst the grass

fresh air at last

wining dining biding his time

And then one day hurray

another way for the gnomes to say hurray

Look at the sky, look at the river

isn't it good

look at the sky, look at the river

isn't it good

winding finding places to go.


A movement is accomplished in six stages

and the seventh brings return

the seven is the number of the young light

it forms when darkness is increased by one

Change returns success

going and coming without error

action brings good fortune

sunset, sunrise

The time is with the month of winter solstice

when the change is due to come

thunder in the early course of heaven

things cannot be destroyed once and all for all.


The black and green scarecrow as everyone knows

stood with a bird on his hat and swore

everywhere he didn't care

he stood in a field where barley grows

His head did no thinking, his arms didn't move

except when the wind cut up and mice ran

around on the ground

he stood in a field where barley grows

The black and green scarecrow was sadder than me

but now he's resigned to his fate 'cause life's not

unkind, he doesn't mind

he stood in a field where barley grows


I've got a bike, you can ride if you like

it's got a basket, a bell that rings

and things to make it look good

I'd give it to you if I could

but I borrowed it

You're the kind of girl

that fits in with my world

I'll give you anything, everything

if you want a thing

I've got a cloak, it's a bit of a joke

there's a tear up the front, it's red and black

I've had it for months

if you think it could look good

then I guess it should

I know a mouse and he hasn't got a house

I don't know why I call him Gerald

he's getting rather old but he's a good mouse

I've got a clan of gingerbread men

here a man, there a man, lots of gingerbread men

take a couple if you wish, they're on the dish

I know a room of musical tunes

some wine, some gin, most of them are clock work

let's go into the other room and make them work

A saucerful of secrets ‘68



Far far far away way

people heard him say say

I will find a way way

there will come a day day

something will be done

Then at last the mighty ship

descending at a point of flame

made contact with the human race at no time

Now now now is the time time

time to be be be aware

Not as far the solar bear

in human role revealed to him

a living soul of heavenward forever

Sunlight, something in my eye

something in the sky

waiting there for me

The antelope grows hurling back

the servicemen would like to sigh

the memory went flowing rounds

as Lucy in the sky

Oh oh did you ever know

no never ever will they ascend

Summoning in his cosmic powers

and flowing slightly from his toes

psychedelic nations fly


Remember a day before today

a day when you were young

renew a play along with time

evening with a thyme

Sing now a song that can't be sung

without a morning's kiss

dream you shall be it if you wish

look for your king

Why can't we play today

why can't we stay that way

Climb your fatal apple tree

try to catch the sun

hide from your little brother's gun

dream yourself away

Why can't we reach the sun

why can't we blow the years away

go away

remember remember


Little by little the night turns around

counting the leaves which tremble in the dawn

notices leaning on each other and yearning

under the leaves the swallow is resting

Set the controls for the heart of the sun

On to the mountain watching the Watcher

breaking the darkness, breaking the grapevine

the moment your flaw is run to your shadow

notice the shadow that reopens the vine

Set the controls for the heart of the sun

heart of the sun

Breaking the shape of his questions for ever

when the sun will fall in the evening

will he remember the lesson I gave him

Set the controls for the heart of the sun

heart of the sun


Corporal Clegg had a wooden leg

he won it in the war in nineteen forty four

Corporal Clegg had a medal too

in orange and in blue, he found it in the zoo

Dear oh dear, oh are they really sad for me

dear oh dear, oh will they really laugh at me

Mrs. Clegg, you must be proud of him

mrs. Clegg, another drop of gin

Corporal Clegg, umbrella in the rain

he's never been the same but no one is to blame

Corporal Clegg received his medal in a dream

from Her Majesty the Queen, his boots were very clean


Fairly girls were very much in love

but he doesn't mind

pickin' up his sister

makes his way to the see-saw land

all the way she smiled

she goes up while he goes down

Sits on a snake in the river

laughter in his sleeves

sister's throwing stones

hoping for a hit

he doesn't know, so there

she goes up while he goes down

Another time, another day

her brother's plain to me

another time, another day day day

She was selling plastic flowers

on a sunday afternoon

pickin' up me, she has not got the time to care

all can see, he's not there

she grows up for another man and he's down


It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here

and I'm most obliged to you for making it clear

that I'm not here

and I never knew the room could be so big

and I never knew the room could be so blue

and I'm grateful that you threw away my old shoes

and brought me here instead dressed in red

And I'm wandering who could be writing this song

I don't care if the sun don't shine

I don't care if nothing is mine

and I don't care I'm nervous with you

I'll do my loving in the winter

And the sea isn't green

and I love the queen

and what exactly is a dream

and what exactly is a joke

More ‘69



In a churchyard by a river

lazing in the haze of midday

laughing in the grasses and the graves

Yellow bird you are not lonely

in singing and in flying on

in laughing and in leaving

Willow weeping in the water

waving to the river-daughters

swaying in the ripples and the wreaths

On a trip to Cirrus Minor

saw a crater in the sun

a thousand miles of moonlight later


I was standing by the Nile

when I saw the lady smile

I would take her out for a while, for a while

like tears that like a child

how her golden hair was blowing wild

then she spread her wings to fly, for to fly

soaring high above the breezes

going always where she pleases

She will make it to the island in the sun

I will follow her in her shadow

and I'll watch her from my window

one day I will catch her

She is calling from the deep

summoning my soul to endless sleep

she is bound to drag me down, drag me down.


We smile and smile

laughter echoes in your eyes

We climb and climb

fruit falls softly in the pines

We cry and cry

sadness passess in a while

We roll and roll

help me roll away the stone


Heavy hung the canopy of blue

shade my eyes and I can see you

white is the light that shines through the dress that you wore

She lay in the shadow of a wave

hazy were the visions overplayed

sunlight in her eyes, but moonshine made her cry every time

Green is the colour of her kind

quickness of the eye deceives the mind

envy is the bond between the hopeful and the damned


The path you tread is narrow and the trumpets sheer and very high

the ravens all are watching from a vantage point nearby

apprehension creeping like a tube train up your spine

will the tight rope reach the end, will the final couplet rhyme

And it's high time, Cymbaline

please wake me

A butterfly with broken wings is falling by your side

the ravens all are closing in, there's nowhere you can hide

your manager and agent are both busy on the phone

selling coloured photographs to magazines back home

And it's high time, Cymbaline

please wake me

The lions converging where you stand,

they must have moved the picture plain

the leaves are heavy 'round your feet,

you hear the thunder of the train

suddenly it strikes you that they're moving into range

and Doctor Strange is always changing size

And it's high time, Cymbaline

please wake me


I'm so afraid of the mistakes that I made

making every time that I lay

I feel like an oddball with a cut-off mind

So if you excuse me it's time

when the count is rhymed

and the story-line is fine

I've been amazed since the first day

I can't get a line too close

take me down, take me down

from the cell of my mind

and hear me slowly floating lonely somewhere

I live far enough on a shelf like a dress

on the end of all that reads like a sad song

leaves began to grow beautiful

and years they began

and hear me slowly floating lonely

flowing down too slow

Ummagumma ‘69



Icy wind of night be gone, this is not your domain

in the sky a bird was heard to cry

misty morning whisperings and gentle stirring sounds

be like the deathly silence that lay all around

Hear the knock and hearten

to the barking of the dog fox

gone to ground

see the splashing of the kingfisher

flashing through the water

and the river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees

laughing as it passes through the endless summer

making for the sea

In the lazy watermeadow I lay me down

all around me golden sunflakes settle on the ground

basking in the sunshine of a bygone afternoon

bringing sounds of yesterday into the city room

In the lazy watermeadow I lay me down

all around me golden sunflakes covering the ground

basking in the sunshine of a bygone afternoon

bringing sounds of yesterday into my city room.


Flowing in the path

as it leads toward the darkness in the north

weary stranger's faces show their sympathy

they've seen that home before

If you wanna stay for a little bit

rest your aching limbs for a little bit

before you can find his private room

and you can't delay

hear the nightbirds calling him

to care and catch the words to say

close by in the nightmare of your brain

Misty swelling creatures crawling

hear the roar get louder in your ears

you know the volume as you're on the force

behind can't conquer all your fears

All your birds aren't really listening

tell them there is life with every morning

perhaps today you can when you answer me

it's clear, it's all nights warning

Atom heart mother ‘70



If I were the swan, I'd be gone

if I were the train, I'd be late (again)

and if I were the good man

I'd talk with you more often than I do

If I were to sleep I could dream

if I were afraid I could hide

if I go insane

please don't put your wires in my brain

If I were the moon, I'd be cool

if I were the rule, I would bend

if I were a good man

I'd understand the spaces between friends

If I were alone, I would cry

and if I were with you, I'd be home and dry

and if I go insane

will you still let me join in with the game.


Would you like to say something before you leave

perhaps you'd care to state exactly how you feel

we say goodbye before we've said hello

I hardly even like you, I shouldn't care at all

we met just six hours ago, the music was too loud

from your bed I came today and lost a bloody year

and I would like to know, how do you feel

how do you feel

Not a single word we've said, the lights stay without fears

occasionaly you showed a smile but what was the need

I felt the cold far too soon in the world of ninety-five

my friends they're in the sun, I wish that I was there

tomorrow brings another town, another girl like you

have you time before you leave to greet another man

just to let me know, how do you feel

how do you feel

Goodbye to you

shall it bring girls due

I had a love for one day


When that fat old sun in the sky is falling

summer-evening birds are calling

summer sun do you travel yet

the sound of music in my ears

distant bells, new grown grass smells so sweet

by the river holding hands

you're old enough and lay me down

And if you see, don't make a sound

pick your feet up off the ground

and if you hear as the warm night falls

the silver sound from a time so strange

sing to me, sing to me

When that fat old sun in the sky is falling

summer-evening birds are calling

children's laughter in my ears

and then the sunlight disappears.

Meddle ‘71



One of these days

I'm going to cut you into little pieces


The cloud of eiderdown draws around me

softening the sound

sleepy time when I lie with my love by my side

and she's breathing low, and the candle dies

When night comes down you lock the door

the look falls to the floor

as darkness falls and waves roll by

the seasons changed, the wind is warm

Now wakes the owl, now sleep the swan

behold the dream, the dream is gone

green fields, a cold rain

is falling in a golden glow

And deep beneath the ground the early morning sounds

and I go down

sleepy time when I lie with my love by my side

and she's breathing low, and I rise like a bird

in the haze when the first rays touch the sky

and the night wings die


You say the hill's too steep to climb, try it

you say you'd like to see me try climb it

you pick the place and I'll choose the time

and I'll climb the hill in my own way

just wait a while for the right day

and as I rise above the tree-line and the clouds

I look down, hearing the sounds of the things you've said today

Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling

mercyless the magistrate turns round, frowning

and who's the fool who wears the crown

go down in your own way

and every day is the right day

and as you rise above the fear-lines in his crown

you look down, hearing the sound of the faces in the crowd

You never walk alone, you never walk alone

walk on, walk on with hope in your heart

and you never walk alone, you never walk alone


As I reach for a peach, slide a ride down

behind a chauffeur in San Tropez

breaking a stick with a brick on the sand

riding a wave in the wake of an old sedan

sleeping alone in the drone of the darkness

scratched by the sand that fell from my love

keeping my dreams and I still hear her calling

if you're alone, I'll come home

Backward and homebound, a pigeon, a dove

gone with the wind, the rain on an airplane

owning a home with no silver spoon

I'm drinking champagne like a good tycoon

sooner than wait for a break in the weather

I'll gather my far-flung thoughts together

speeding away on the wind to a new day

if you're alone, I'll come home

And I pause for a while by a country style

and listen to the things they say

digging the gold in a hole in my hand

hoping the good, take a look at the way things end

and you're leading me down to a place by the sea

I hear your soft voice calling to me

making a date for Rita Pavone

if you're alone, I'll come home


I was in the kitchen

Seamus, that's the dog, was outside

well I was in the kitchen

Seamus, my own hound, was outside

well you know the sun was sinking slowly

and my own hound-dog sat right down and cried


Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air

and deep beneath the rolling waves in labyrinths of coral caves

the echo of a distant time comes billowing across the sand

and everything is green, the sun beneath

and no one showed us to the land

and no one knows the where's or the why's

but something stares and something tries

and starts to climb towards the land

Strangers passing in the street by chance to separate closes meet

and I am you and what I see is me

and do I take you by the hand and lead you through the land

and help me understand the best I can

and no one calls us to the dawn

and no one forces down our eyes

and no one speaks and no one tries

no one flies around the sun

Cloudless everyday you fall upon my waking eyes

inviting and insighting me to rise

and through the window in the wall

come streaming in on sunlight wings

a million bright ambassadors of morning

and no one sings me lullabies

and no one makes me close my eyes

so I throw the windows wide

and crawl to you across the sky

Relics ‘71



Arnold Layne had a strange hobby

collecting clothes, moonshine washing lines

they suit him fine

On the wall hung a tall mirror

distorted view, see through, baby blue

he got it

Oh Arnold Layne, it's not the same

it takes two to know, two to know, two to know, two to know

why can't you see

Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne

Arnold Layne

Now he's caught a nasty sort of person

they gave him time, doors bang chaingang

he hated

Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne

Arnold Layne,

Arnold Layne

don't do it again


Emily tries but misunderstands

she's often inclined to borrow

somebody's dreams till tomorrow

There is no other day

let's try it another way

you'll loose your mind and play

free games today

see Emily play

Soon after dark Emily cries

gazing through trees in sorrow

hardly a sound till tomorrow

Put on a gown that touches the ground

float on a river

for ever and ever

Emily, Emily


Last night I had too much to drink

sitting in a club with so many fools

playing to rules

trying to impress and feeling rather empty

I had another drink

What a way to spend that evening

you don't turn up with their friends

playing their game

here in the scene or it should be

far away

Getting up first without remembering

where I've been before

I open the door to an empty room

then I forget

The telephone rings and someone speaks

she would very much like to go

out to a show

so what can I do, I can't think what to say

she sees through any way

Out of the front door I go

traffic's moving rather slow

arriving late

there she waits looking very angry

as cross as she can be


Wasting my time, resting my mind

and I'll never pine for the sad days and the bad days

when we was working from nine to five

And if you don't mind

I'll spend my time here by the fireside

in the warm light of the love in her eyes


Sunlight bright upon my pillow

lighter than an eiderdown

wishing that the weeping-willow

winds its branches round

Julia dream

dream that queen

queen of all my dreams

Every night I turn the light out

waiting for the velvet bride

will the scaly armadillo

find me where I'm hiding

Will the misty master break me

will the key unlock my mind

will the following footsteps catch me

am I really dying

Obscured by clouds ‘72



Bridges burning gladly, melting with the shadow

flickering between the lines

stolen mormons floating softly on the air

gone on wings of fire and climbing higher

Ancient bulbs are breaking, leaving all and changing sides

dreaming of a new day, cast aside the other way

magic vision, staring, kindled by the burning flames

lies in her eyes

The door it stands a jar

it was, it once was high beyond the guilded cage

beyond the reach of time, the moment is at hand

she breaks the golden band


Come on my friend, let's make for the hills

they say there's gold and I'm looking for thrills

you can get your hands on whatever we find

'cause I've only come along for the ride

Well you go your way and I'll go mine

I don't care if we get there on time

everybody's searching for something, they say

I'll get my kicks on the way

Over the mountains, across the sea

who knows what may be waiting for me

I could sail forever to strange sounding names

faces of people and places don't change

All I have to do is just close my eyes

to see the seagulls wheeling in the far distant skies

all I wanna tell you, all I wanna say

is count me in on the journey, don't expect me to stay


Heaven sent the promised land

looks alright from where I stand

'cause I'm the man on the outside looking in

waiting on the first step

show me where the key is kept

point me down the right line 'cause it's time

To let me in from the cold, turn my lead into gold

'cause there's a chill wind blowing in my soul

and I think I'm growing old

Flash… the red is… wot's… uh deal

got to make it to the next meal

try to keep up with the turning of the wheel

mile after mile, stone after stone

you turn to speak but you're alone

million miles from home you're on your own

Fly kite by candle light

with her by my side

wish she prefers we never stir again

someone sent the promised land

well I grabbed it with both hands

now I'm the man on the inside looking out

Hear me shout, come on in

what's the news, where you've been

'cause there's no wind left in my soul and I've grown old


You shout in your sleep

that's the price, it's just too steep

is your conscience at rest

it was put to the test

you awake with a start

just the beating of your heart

just one man beneath the sky

just two ears, just two eyes

You said, sail across the sea

long past thoughts and memories

childhood's end: your fantasies

merging harsh realities

and then as the sail is hoist

you'll find your eyes are growing moist

and all the fears never voiced

say you have to make the final choice

Who are you and who am I

to say we know the reason why

some are born, some men die

beneath one infinite sky

there'll be war and there'll be peace

but anything one day will cease

all the iron turn to rust

all the proud men turn to dust

so all things time will mend

so this song will end


One two three four

The memories of a man in his old age

are the deeds of a man in his prime

you shuffle in the gloom of the sick room

and talk to yourself as you die

Life is a short warm moment

and death is a long cold rest

you get your chance to try the twinkling of an eye

eighty years with luck or even less

So all aboard for the American tour

and maybe you'll make it to the top

but mind how you go, and I can tell you 'cause I know

you may find it hard to get off

But you are the angel of death

and I am the dead man's son

he was buried like a mole in a fox-hole

and everyone's still on the run

And who is the master of foxhounds

and who says the hunt is begun

and who calls the tune in the court-room

and who beats the funeral drum


Stay and help me to end the day

and if you don't mind, we'll break a bottle of wine

stick around and maybe we'll get one down

'cause I want to find what lies behind those eyes

Midnight blue, burning gold

a yellow moon is growing cold

I rise, looking through my morning eyes

surpised to find you by my side

light my brain, don't try to remember your name

to find the words to tell you goodbye

Morning dews, newborn day

midnight blue turned to grey

midnight blue, burning gold

a yellow moon is growing cold.

The dark side of the moon ‘73



Breathe, breathe in the air

Don't be afraid to care

Leave but don't leave me

Look around and choose your own ground

For long you live and high you fly

And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry

And all you touch and all you see

Is all your life will ever be.


Run, Run rabbit run

Dig that hole, forget the sun

And when at last the work is done

Don't sit down it's time to dig another one

For long you live and high you fly

But only if you ride the tide

And balanced on the biggest wave

You race towards an early grave.


Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town

Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today

And then one day you find ten years have got behing you

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun,

but it's sinking

And racing around to come up behing you again

The sun is the same in the relative way, but you're older

Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to naught

or half a page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way

The time is gone the song is over

thought I'd something more to say.

Breathe (reprise)

Home, home again

I like to be here when I can

When I come home coldened and tired

It's good to warm my bones beside the fire

Far away across the field

The tolling of the iron bell

Calls the faithful to their knees

To hear the softly spoken magic spells.


Money, get away

Get a good job with more pay and you're O.K.

Money, it's a gas

Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash

New car, caviar, four star daydream,

Think I'll buy me a footbal team.

Money, get back

I'm alright, Jack, keep your hands off of my stack

Money, it's a hit

Don't give me that do goody good bullshit

I'm in the hi-fidelity first class travelling set

And I think I need a Lear jet.

Money, it's a crime

Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie

Money, so they say

Is the root of all evil today

But if you ask for a rise it's no surprise that

They're giving none away, away, away


Us and them

And after all we're only ordinary men

Me and you

God only knows it's not what we would choose to do

"Forward" he cried from the rear and the front rank died

And the General sat, and the lines on the map

Moved from side to side

Black and blue

And who knows which is which and who is who

Up and Down

And in the end it's only round and round and round

Haven't you heard it's a battle of words the poster bearer cried

Listen son, said the man with the gun

There's room for you inside

Down and Out

It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about

With, without

And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about.

Out of the way, it's a busy day

And I've got things on my mind

For want of the price of tea and a slice

The old man died.


The lunatic is on the grass

The lunatic is on the grass

Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs

Got to keep the loonies on the path.

The lunatic is in the hall

The lunatics are in my hall

The paper holds their folded faces to the floor

And every day the paper boy brings more.

And if the dam breaks open many years too soon

And if there is no room upon the hill

And if your head explodes with dark forbodings too

I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

The lunatic is in my head

The lunatic is in my head

You raise the blade, you make the change

You re-arrange me 'till I'm sane.

You lock the door

And throw away the key

There's someone in my head but it's not me

And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear

You shout and no one seems to hear

And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes

I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.


All that you touch

All that you see

All that you taste

All you feel

All that you love

All that you hate

All you distrust

All you save

All that you give

All that you deal

All that you buy

beg, borrow or steal

All you create

All you destroy

All that you do

All that you say

All that you eat

everyone you meet

All that you slight

everyone you fight

All that is now

All that is gone

All that's to come

and everything under the sun is in tune

but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

Masters of the rock ‘74



Oh my girl sitting in the sun

go buy candy and a current bun

I like good to see you

lay flat

Oh talk talk sweet

please just fuck with me

please no feeling afraid

It's true sun shinihg very bright

it's you I'm gonna love tonight

icecream tastes good in the afternoon

icecream tastes good if you eat it soon

Don't touch me child

please, you know you drive me wild

please, you know I'm feeling frail

Don't try another cat

don't go a lot like that you must know

I'm very very bad


Got a fliptop pack of cigarettes in the pocket

feeling good at the top shopping at shops

she's walking in the sunshine town

feeling very cool

but the butchers and the bakers

in the supermarket stores

getting everything she wants

from the supermarket store

Apples and oranges

apples and oranges

Cornering meekly she trips up sweetly

to meet the people

she's on time again

and then, I catch her by the eye

then stop and have to think

what a funny thing to do

'cause I'm feeling very thin

I love she

she loves me

see you, see you, see you

Thought you might like to know

I'm a lorrydriver man

she's on the run

down by the riverside

feeding ducks in the afternoon time


It would be so nice to leave some time

Everybody wakes and in the morning

hot tea can't stop yarning

pass the butter please

have you ever read the Daily Standard

reading all about the plane that's landed

upside down

Everyone knows what I do today

there can be no other way

but I would just like to say

Everybody cares about the weather

but everybody should know better

what a waste of time

everybody lives beneath the ceiling

living out a dream that sends them reeling

to a distant place

But no one knows what I do today

there can be no other way

but I would just like to say


In a while I'll find the time to make

The sunshine mine

In a smile I saw a single eagle in the sky

Wheeling, soaring, gliding high

On a hill there lived a man with many

Shining things

Shiny gold, shiny car and shiny diamond rings

Wining, dining, shining king

Now the eagle flies in clear blue skies

Drinking in the clear blue well

Back here on the ground another dealer

Coughs and dies

But fifty more come rolling off

The floor production line

Then a man commuting like a village

On the sand

In his hand a moving picture of

The crumbling land

Screaming, dealing, movie man

Here we go, hold your breath to see

If something blows

Close your eyes, count till ten and see

The sunrise rise

Gliding high into the sky

By the holy mansion, let the guardian rise

Upon the finger of the king

On high the eagle flies, that glitter

All of gold

Then wheeling in a cloudy sky,

He flies into the sun


All is love, is all I am

A ball is all I am

I'm so new compared to you

And I am very small

Warm glow, moon bloom

Always need a little more room

Waiting here seems like years

Never seen the light of day

All around I hear strange sounds

Come durgling in my ear

Red the light and dark the night

I feel my dawn is near

Warm glow, moon bloom

Always need a little more room

Whisper low, where I go

I will see the sunshine show


Hey Gene, this is Henry Maclean

and I finished my beautiful flying machine

and I'm ringing to say that I'm leaving and maybe

you'd like to fly with me and hide with me, baby

Isn't it strange how little we changed

isn't it sad we're insane

playing the games that we know end in tears

the games we've been playing for thousands and thousands

Point me to this cosmic flight

and throw away the plastic coloured eye

I'd like to use the static miles that we fly

this is my last summarize

Point me at the sky and let it fly

And if you survive till two thousand and five

I hope you're exceedingly thin

for if you are stout you will have to breath out

while the people around you breathe in, breathe in

People blaspheme all I say

to something that I hate to say

stooping down to eat the air

breathe careful that you might die, my friend

All we've got to say to you is goodbye

time will die in our eye

and we fly, it's goodbye

Point me at the sky and let it fly

Wish you were here ‘75



Remember when you were young

You shone like the Sun

Shine on, you crazy diamond!

Now there's a look in your eyes

Like black holes in the sky

Shine on, you crazy diamond!

You were caught on the crossfire

Of childhood and stardom

Blown on the steel breeze

Come on, you target for faraway laughter

Come on, you stranger, you legend, you martyr

And shine!

You reached for the secret too soon

You cried for the Moon.

Shine on, you crazy diamond!

Threatened by shadows at night

And exposed in the light

Shine on, you crazy diamond!

Well you wore out your welcome

With random precision

Rode on the steel breeze

Come on, you raver, you seer of visions

Come on, you painter, you piper, you prisoner

And shine!


Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine

Where have you been?

It's alright we know where have you been.

You've been in the pipeline, filling in time

Provided with toys and "Scouting for Boys"

You bought a guitar to punish your ma

And you didn't like school

And you know you're nobody's fool

So welcome to the machine

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine

What did you dream?

It's alright we told you what to dream.

You dreamed of a big star

He played mean guitar

He always ate in the Steak Bar

He loved to drive in his Jaguar

So welcome to the Machine


Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar

You're gonna go far,

You're gonna fly high, you're never gonna die,

You're gonna make it if you try

I gonna love you

Well I've always had a deep respect

And I mean that most sincerely

The band is just fantastic,

That is really what I think

Oh, by the way which one's Pink?

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy

We call it Riding the Gravy Train

We're just knocked out

We heard about the sell out

You gotta get an album out

You owe it to the people

We're so happy we can hardly count!

Everybody else is just green,

Have you seen the chart?

It's a helluva start,

It could be made into a monster

If we all pull together as a team

And did we tell you the name of the Game, boy

We call it Riding the Gravy Train


So, so you think you can tell

Heaven from Hell

Blue skies from Pain

Can you tell a green field

From a cold steel rail?

A smile from a veil?

Do you think you can tell

And did they get you to trade

Your heroes for ghosts?

Hot ashes for trees?

Hot air for a cool breeze?

Cold comfort for chains?

And did you exchange

A walk on part in the war

For a lead role in a cage

How I wish, how I wish you were here

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl

Year after year

Running over the same old ground

What have we found?

The same old fears

Wish you were here


Nobody knows where you are

How near or how far

Shine on, you crazy diamond!

Pile on many more layers

And I'll be joining you there

Shine on, you crazy diamond!

And we'll bask in the shadow

Of yesterday's triumph

And sail on the steel breeze

Come on, you boy child, you winner and loser

Come on, you miner for truth and delusion

And shine!

Animals ‘77



If you didn't care what happened to me,

And I didn't care for you,

We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain,

Occasionally glancing up through the rain,

Wondering which of the buggers to blame

And watching for pigs on the wing.


You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need.

You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street,

You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat

with your eyes closed.

And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight

You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking.

And after a while, you can work on points for style

Like the club tie, and the firm handshake,

A certain look in the eye and an easy smile.

You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to,

So that when they turn their backs on you

You'll get the chance to put the knife in.

You gotta keep one eye looking over your shoulder.

You know it's going to get harder, and harder and harder

as you get older.

And in the end you'll pack up and fly down south,

Hide your head in the sand,

Just another sad old man,

All alone and dying of cancer.

And when you loose control, you'll reap the harvest

you have sown.

And as the fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone.

And it's too late to loose the weight you used

to need to throw around.

So have a good drown, as you go down, alone,

Dragged down by the Stone.

I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused.

Sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used.

Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise.

If I don't stand my own ground,

how can I find my own way out of this maze?

Deaf, dumb and blind, you just keep on pretending

That everyone's expendable and no one has a real friend.

And it seems to you the thing to do

would be to isolate the winner.

And everything's done under the sun,

And you believe at heart, everyone's a killer.

Who was born in a house full of pain.

Who was trained not to spit in the fan.

Who was told what to do by the man.

Who was broken by trained personnel.

Who was fitted with collar and chain.

Who was given a seat in the stand.

Who was breaking away from the pack.

Who was only a stranger at home.

Who was ground down in the end.

Who was found dead on the phone

Who was dragged down by the stone.


Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are.

You weel heeled big wheel, ha ha charade you are.

And when your hand is on your heart,

You're nearly a good laugh,

Almost a joker,

With your head down in the pig bin

Saying, "keep on digging."

Pig stain on your fat chin.

What do you hope to find?

When you're down in the pig mine

You're nearly a laugh,

You're nearly a laugh,

But you're really a cry.

Bus stop rat bag, ha ha charade you are.

You fucked up old hag, ha ha charade you are

You radiate cold shafts of broken glass.

You're nearly a good laugh,

Almost worth a quick grin

You like the feel of steel,

You're hot stuff with a hat pin,

And good fun with a hand gun.

You're nearly a laugh,

You're nearly a laugh,

But you're really a cry.

Hey you Whitehouse,

Ha ha charade you are

You house proud town mouse,

Ha ha charade you are

You're trying to keep our feelings off the street

You're nearly a real treat,

All tight lips and cold feet,

And do you feel abused?

You gotta stem the evil tide,

And keep it all on the inside.

Mary you're nearly a treat,

Mary you're nearly a treat

But you're really a cry.


Harmlessly pssing your time in the grassland away,

Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.

You better watch out,

There may be dogs about

I've looked over Jordan, and I have seen,

Things are not what they seem.

What do you get for pretending the danger's not real.

Meek and obedient you follow the leader

Down well trodden corridors, into the valley of steel.

What a surprise!

A look of terminal shock in your eyes.

Now things are really what they seem,

No, this is not bad dream.













Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a scream.

Wave upon wave of demented avengers

March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

Have you heard the news?

The dogs are dead!

You better stay home

And do as you're told.

Get out of the road if you want to grow old.


You know that I care what happens to you,

And I know that you care for me,

So I don't feel alone.

Or the weight of the stone,

Now that I've found somewhere safe

To bury my bone.

And any fool knows a dog needs a home,

A shelter from pigs on the wing.

The wall ‘79



So ya

Thought ya

Might like to go to the show

To feel the warm thrill of confusion

That space cadet glow

Tell me is something eluding you sunshine?

Is this not what you expected to see?

If you want to find out what's behind these cold eyes?

You'll just have to claw your way through the



Mamma loves her baby

And daddy loves you too

And the sea may look warm to you, babe

And the sky may look blue

But oooh babe

Oooh baby blue

If you should go skating

On the thin ice of modern life

Dragging behind you the silent reproach

Of a million tear stained eyes

Don't be surprised, when a crack in the ice

Appears under your feet

You slip out of your depth and out of your mind

With your fear, flowing out behind you

As you claw the thin ice


Daddy's flown across the ocean

Leaving just a memory

A snap shot in the family album

Daddy what else did you leave for me

Daddy what d'ya leave behind for me

All in all it was just a brick in the wall

All in all it was all just bricks in the wall


When we grew up and went to school

There were certain teachers who would

Hurt the children anyway they could

By pouring their derisions

Upon anything we did

And exposing every weakness

However carefully hidden by the kids

But in the town it was well known

When they got home at night, their fat and

Psychopatic wives would thrash them

Within inches of their lives


We don't need no education

We don't need no thought control

No dark sarcasm in the classroom

Teachers leave the kids alone

Hey, teacher, leave the kids alone!

All in all it's just another brick in the wall

All in all you're just another brick in the wall


Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb

Mother do you think they'll like the song

Mother do you think they'll try to break my balls

Oooh ma

Mother should I build a wall

Mother should I run for president

Mother should I trust the government

Mother will they put me in the firing line

Oooh ma is it just a wasted time

Mother am I really dying

Hush now baby, baby don't you cry

Mama's gonna make all of your nightmares come true

Mama's gonna put all of her fears into you

Mama's gonna keep you right here under her wing

She won't let you fly but she might let you sing

Mama's gonna keep baby cosy and warm

Oooh babe Oooh babe Oooh babe

Of course mama's gonna help build the wall

Mother do you think she's good enough for me

Mother do you think she's dangerous tell me

Mother will she make your little boy a toy

Ooh mother will she break my heart

Hush now baby, baby don't you cry

Mama's gonna check out all of your girlfriends for you

Mama won't let anyone dirty get through

Mama's gonna wait up 'till you get in

Mama will always find out where you've been

Mama's gonna keep baby healthy and clean

Oooh babe Oooh babe Oooh babe

You'll always be a baby to me

Mother, did it need to be so high?



Did you see the frightened ones

Did you hear the falling bombs

Did you ever wonder

Why we had to run for shelter

When the promise of a brave new world

Unfouled beneath a clear blue sky


Did you see the frightened ones

Did you hear the falling bombs

The flames are all long gone

But the pain lingers on

Goodbye blue sky

Goodbye blue sky



What shall we use to fill the empty spaces

Where waves of hunger roar

Shall we set out across this sea of faces

In search of more and more applauses

Shall we buy a new guitar

Shall we drive a more powerful car

Shall we work straight through the night

Shall we get into fights

Leave the lights on

Drop bombs

Do tours of the East

Contract diseases

Bury bones

Break up homes

Send flowers by phone

Take to drink

Go to shrinks

Give up meat

Rarely sleep

Keep people us pets

Train dogs

Race rats

Fill the attic with cash

Bury treasure

Store up leisure

But never relax at all

With our backs to the wall


What shall we use to fill the empty

Spaces where we used to talk

How should I fill the final places?

How should I complete the wall?


I am just a new boy

A stranger in this town

Where are all the good times

Who's gonna show this stranger around?

Ooh I need a dirty woman

Ooh I need a dirty girl

Will some woman in this desert town

Make me feel like a real man

Take this rock'n'roll refugee

Ooh Babe set me free

Ooh I need a dirty woman

Ooh I need a dirty girl


Day after day, love turns grey

Like the skin of a dying man

And night after night we pretend it's all right

But I have grown older and

You have grown colder and

Nothing is very much fun any more.

And I can feel one of my turns coming on.

I feel cold as a razor blade

Tight as a tourniquet

Dry as a funeral drum

Run to the bedroom, in the suitcase on the left

You'll find my favourite axe

Don't look so frightened

This is just a passing phase

Just one of my bad days

Would you like to watch T.V.?

Or get between the sheets

Or contemplate the silent freeway?

Would you like something to eat?

Would you like to learn to fly? Would you?

Would you like to see me try?

Oh I don't know

Would you like to call the cops?

Do you think it's time I stopped?

Why are you running away?


Oooh Babe

Don't leave me now

Don't say it's the end of the road

Remember the flowers I sent

I need you Babe

To put through the shredder

In front of my friends

Ooh Babe

Don't leave me now

How could you go?

When you know how I need you

To beat to a pulp on a Saturday night

Ooh Babe

Don't leave me now

How can you treat me this way

Running away

Ooh Babe

Why are you running away?

Oooh Babe!


I don't need no arms around me

And I don't need no drugs to calm me

I have seen the writing on the wall

Don't think I need anything at all

No, don't think I'll need anything at all

All in all it was all just bricks in the wall

All in all you were all just bricks in the wall


Goodbye cruel world

I'm leaving you today




Goodbye all you people

There's nothing you can say

To make me change my mind



Hey you! out there in the cold

Getting lonely, getting old, can you feel me?

Hey you! standing in the aisles

With itchy feet and fading smiles, can you feel me?

Hey you! don't help them to bury the light

Don't give in without a fight.

Hey you! out there on your own

Sitting naked by the phone, would you touch me?

Hey you! with your ear against the wall

Waiting for someone to call out, would you touch me?

Hey you! would you help me to carry the stone?

Open your heart, I'm coming home

But it was only fantasy

The Wall was too high, as you can see

No matter how he tried he could not break free

And the worms ate into his brain.

Hey you! out there on the road

Always doing what you're told, can you help me?

Hey you! out there beyond the wall

Breaking bottles in the hall, can you help me?

Hey you! don't tell me there's no hope at all

Together we stand, divided we fall


Is there anybody out there?


I've got a little black book with my poems in

Got a bag with toothbrush and a comb in

When I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone in

I got elastic bands keeping my shoes on

Got those swollen hand blues

I've got 13 channels of shit on the T.V. to choose from

I've got electric light

And I've got second sight

I've got amazing powers of observation

And that is how I know

When I try to get through

On the telephone to you

There'll be nobody home

I've got the obligatory Hendrix Perm

And the inevitable pinhole burns

All down the front of my favourite satin shirt

I've got nicotine stains on my fingers

I've got a silver spoon on a chain

Got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains

I've got wild staring eyes

And I've got a strong urge to fly

But I've got nowhere to fly to

Ooh Babe when I pick up the phone

There's still nobody home

I've got a pair of Gohills boots

And I've got fading roots…


Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn

Remember how she said that

We would meet again

Some sunny day

Vera! Vera!

What have become of you

Does anybody else in here

Feel the way I do?


Bring the boys back home

Bring the boys back home

Don't leave the children on their own

Bring the boys back home



Is there anybody in there?

Just nod if you can hear me

Is there anyone at home

Come on now,

I hear you're feeling down

I can ease your pain

And get you on your feet again


I'll need some information first

Just the basic facts

Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain, you are receding

A distant ship smoke on the horizon

You are only coming through in waves

Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying

When I was a child I had a fever

My hands felt just like two balloons

Now I've got that feeling once again

I can't explain, you would not understand

This is not how I am

I have become comfortably numb


Just a little pin prick

There'll be no more aaaaaaah!

But you may feel a little sick

Can you stand up?

I do, believe it's working, good

That 'll keep you going through the show

Come on, it's time to go.

There is no pain, you are receding

A distant ship smoke on the horizon

You are only coming through in waves

Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying

When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse

Out of the corner of my eye

I turned to look but it was gone

I cannot put my finger on it now

The child is grown

The dream is gone

I have become comfortably numb


Ooh Ma ooh Pa

Must the show go on

Ooh Pa take me home

Ooh Ma let me go

Do I have to stand up

Wild eyed in the spotlight

What a nightmare Why?

Don't I turn and run

There must be some mistake

I didn't mean to let them

Take away my soul

Am I too old is it too late

Ooh Ma Ooh Pa

Where has the feeling gone?

Ooh Ma Ooh Pa

Will I remember the songs?

The show must go on.


So ya

Thought ya

Might like to go to the show

To feel the warm thrill of confusion

That space cadet glow

I've got some bad news for you sunshine

Pink isn't well he stayed back at the hotel

And they sent us along as a surrogate band

And we're going to find out where you fans

Really stand

Are there any queers in the theatre tonight

Get'em up against the wall

There's one in the spotlight

He don't look right to me

Get him up against the wall

And that one looks Jewish

And that one's a coon

Who let all this riff-raff into the room

There's one smoking a joint

And another with spots

If I had my way

I'd have all of you shot


You better make your face up in

Your favourite disguise

With your button down lips

And your roller blind eyes

With your empty smile

And your hungry heart

Feel the bile rising from your guilty past

With your nerves in tatters

As the cockle shell shatters

And the hammers butter

Down your door

You better run

You better run all day

And run all night

And keep your dirty feelings

Deep inside. And if you

Take your girlfriend

Out tonight,

You better park the car

Well out of sight

'cos if they catch you in the back seat

Trying to pick her locks

They're gonna send you back to mother

In a card board box

You better run.


Ooh You cannot reach me now

Ooh No matter how you try

Goodbye cruel world it's over

Walk on by

Sitting in a bunker here behind my wall

Waiting for the worms to come

In perfect isolation here behind my wall

Waiting for the worms to come

Waiting to cut out the deadwood

to clean up the city

to follow the worms

to put on a blackshirt

to weed out the weaklings

to smash in their windows

and kick in their doors.

for the final solution

to strenghten the strain

to follow the worms

to turn on the showers

and fire the ovens

for the queens and the coons

and the reds and the Jews

to follow the worms

Would you like to see Britania

Rule again, my friend?

All you have to do is follow the worms

Would you like to send our coloured cousins

Home again, my friend?

All you need to do is follow the worms.



I wanna go home

Take off this uniform

And leave the show

And I'm waiting in this cell

Because I have to know

Have I been guilty all this time.


Good morning Worm Your Honour

The crown will plainly show

The prisoner who now stands before you

Was caught red handed showing feelings

Showing feelings of an almost human nature

This will not do

Call the schoolmaster

I always said he'd come to no good

In the end Your Honour

If they'd let me have my way I could

Have flayed him into shape

But my hands were tied

The bleeding hearts and artists

Let him get away with murder

Let me hammer him today

Crazy, toys in the attic I am crazy

Should I go fishing

They must have taken my marbles away

You little shit, you're in it now

I hope they throw away the key

You should have talked to me more often

Than you did, but no you had to

Go your own away. Have you broken any

Homes up lately?

"Just five minutes, Worm Your Honour

Him and me alone"


Come to mother baby let me hold you

In my arms

M'lud I never wanted him to

Get in any trouble

Why'd he ever have to leave me

Worm Your Honour let me take him home

Crazy, over the rainbow I am crazy

Bars in the window

There must have been a door there in the wall

When I came in

Crazy over the rainbow he is crazy

The evidence before the court is

Incontravertable, there's no need for

The jury to retire

In all my years of judging

I have never heard before

Of someone more deserving

The full penalty of law

The way you made them suffer

Your exquisite wife and mother

Fills me with the urge to defecate

But my friend you have revealed your

Deepest fear

I sentance you to be exposed before

Your peers

Tear down The Wall!


All alone, or in twos

The ones who really love you

Walk up and down outside the wall

Some hand in hand

Some gathered together in bands

The bleeding hearts and the artists

Make their stand

And when they've given you their all

Some stagger and fall after all it's not easy

Banging your heart against some mad buggers [1]


The final cut ‘83



Tell me true tell me why was jesus crucified

Is it for this that daddy died?

Was it for you? was it me?

Did i watch too much t.v.?

Is that a hint of accusation in your eyes?

If it wasn't for the nips

Being so good at building ships

The yards would still be open on the clyde

And it can't be much fun for them

Beneath the rising sun

With all their kids committing suicide

What have we done maggie what have we done

What have we done to england

Should we shout should we scream

"What happened to the post war dream?"

Oh maggie maggie what have we done?


They flutter behind you your possible pasts

Some brighteyed and crazy some frightened and lost

A warning to anyone still in command

Of their possible future to take care

In derelict sidings the poppies entwine

With cattle trucks lying in wait for the next time

Do you remember me? how we used to be?

Do you think we should be closer?

She stood in the doorway the ghost of a smile

Haunting her face like a cheap hotel sign

Her cold eyes imploring the men in their macs

For the gold in their bags or the knives in their backs

Stepping up boldly one put out his hand

He said, "i was just a child then, now i'm only a man"

Do you remember me? how we used to be?

Do you think we should be closer?

By the cold and religious we were taken in hand

Shown how to feel good and told to feel bad

Tongue tied and terrified we learned how to pray

Now our feelings run deep and cold as the clay

And strung out behind us the banners and flags

Of our possible pasts lie in tatters and rags

Do you remember me? how we used to be?

Do you think we should be closer?


When you're one of the few to land on your feet

What do you do to make ends meet?


Make them mad, make them sad, make them add two and two

Make them me, make them you, make them do what you want them to

Make them laugh, make them cry, make them lay down and die


Jesus jesus what's it all about

Trying to clout these little ingrates into shape

When i was their age all the lights went out

There was no time to whine and mope about

And even now part of me flies over

Dresden at angels one five

Though they'll never fathom it behind my

Sarcasm desperate memories lie

Sweetheart sweetheart are you fast asleep,


'Cos that's the only time that i can really speak to you

And there is something that i've locked away

A memory that is too painful

To withstand the light of day

When we came back from the war the banners and

Flags hung on everyone's door

We danced and we sang in the street and

The church bells rang

But burning in my heart

My memory smoulders on

Of the gunners dying words on the intercom


Floating down through the clouds

Memories come rushing up to meet me now

But in the space between the heavens

And the corner of some foreign field

I had a dream

I had a dream

Goodbye max

Goodbye ma

After the service when you're walking slowly to the car

And the silver in her hair shines in the cold november air

You hear the tolling bell

And touch the silk in your lapel

And as the tear drops rise to meet the comfort of the Band

You take her frail hand

And hold on to the dream

A place to stay

Enough to eat

Somewhere old heroes shuffle safely down the street

Where you can speak out loud

About your doubts and fears

And what's more no-one ever disappears

You never hear their standard issue kicking in your door

You can relax on both sides of the tracks

And maniacs don't blow holes in bandsmen by remote control

And everyone has recourse to the law

And no-one kills the children any more

And no-one kills the children any more

Night after night

Going round and round my brain

His dream is driving me insane

In the corner of some foreign field

The gunner sleeps tonight

What's done is done

We cannot just write off his final scene

Take heed of his dream

Take heed


Button your lip and don't let the shield slip

Take a fresh grip on your bullet proof mask

And if they try to break down your disguise with their questions

You can hide hide hide

Behind paranoid eyes

You put on your brave face and slip over the road for a jar

Fixing your grin as you casually lean on the bar

Laughing too loud at the rest of the world

With the boys in the crowd

You can hide hide hide

Behind petrified eyes

You believed in their stories of fame fortune and glory

Now you're lost in a haze of alcohol soft middle-age

The pie in the sky turned out to be miles too high

And you hide hide hide

Behind brown and mild eyes


Brezhnev took afghanistan

Begin took beirut

Galtieri took the union jack

And maggie over lunch one day

Took a cruiser with all hands

Apparently to make him give it back


Take all your overgrown infants away somewhere

And build them a home a little place of their own

The fletcher memorial

Home for incurable tyrants and kings

And they can appear to themselves every day

On closed circuit t.v.

To make sure they're still real

It's the only connection they feel

"ladies and gentlemen, please welcome reagan and haig

Mr. begin and friend mrs. thatcher and paisley

Mr. brezhnev and party

The ghost of mccarthy

The memories of nixon

And now adding colour a group of anonymous latin-american

Meat packing glitterati"

Did they expect us to treat them with any respect

They can polish their medals and sharpen their smiles

And amuse themselves playing games for a while

Boom boom, bang bang, lie down you're dead

Safe in the permanent gaze of a cold glass eye

With their favourite toys

They'll be good girls and boys

In the fletcher memorial home for colonial

Wasters of life and limb

Is everyone in?

Are you having a nice time?

Now the final solution can be applied


They disembarked in 45

And no one spoke and no one smiled

There were too many spaces in the line

Gathered at the cenotaph

All agreed with hand on heart

To sheath the sacrificial knifes

But now

She stands upon southampton dock

With her handkerchief

And her summer frock clings

To her wet body in the rain

In quiet desperation knuckles

White upon the slippery reins

She bravely waves the boys goodbye again

And still the dark stain spreads between

Their shoulder blades

A mute reminder of the poppy fields and graves

And when the fight was over

We spent what they had made

But in the bottom of our hearts

We felt the final cut


Through the fish eyed lens of tear stained eyes

I can barely define the shape of this moment in time

And far from flying high in clear blue skies

I'm spiralling down to the hole in the ground where i hide

If you negotiate the minefield in the drive

And beat the dogs and cheat the cold electronic eyes

And if you make it past the shotguns in the hall

Dial the combination, open the priesthole

And if i'm in i'll tell you what's behind the wall

There's a kid who had a big hallucination

Making love to girls in magazines

He wonders if you're sleeping with your new found faith

Could anybody love him

Or is it just a crazy dream

And if i show you my dark side

Will you still hold me tonight

And if i open my heart to you

And show you my weak side

What would you do

Would you sell your story to rolling stone

Would you take the children away

And leave me alone

And smile in reassurance

As you whisper down the phone

Would you send me packing

Or would you take me home

Thought i had to bare my naked feelings

Thought i had to tear the curtain down

I held the blade in trembling hands

Prepared to make it but just then the phone rang

I never had the nerve to make the final cut


Fuck all that we've got to get on with these

Got to compete with the wily japanese

There's too many home fires burning

And not enough trees

So fuck all that

We've got to get on with these

Can't stop lose job mind gone silicon

What bomb get away pay day make hay

Break down need fix big six

Clickity click hold on oh no

Brrrrrrrrrring bingo!

Make em laugh make em cry make em dance in the aisles

Make em pay make em stay make em feel o.k.

Not nah john

We've got to get on with the film show

Hollywood waits at the end of the rainbow

Who cares what it's about

As long as the kids go

So not now john

We've got to get on with the show

Hang on john

I've got to get on with this

I don't know what it is

But it fits on here like…

Come at the end of the shift

We'll go and get pissed

But now now john

I've got to get on with this

Hold on john

I think there's something good on

I used to read books but…

It could be the news

Or some other abuse

Or it could be reusable shows

Fuck all that we've got to get on with these

Got to compete with the wily japanese

No need to worry about the vietnamese

Got to bring the russian bear to his knees

Well, may be not the russian bear

May be the swedes

We showed argentina

Not let's go and show these

Make us feel tough

And wouldn't maggie be pleased

Nah nah nah nah nah nah!

S'cusi dove il bar

Se para collo pou eine toe bar

S'il vous plait ou est le bar

Oi'where's the fucking bar john!


In my rear view mirror the sun is going down

Sinking behind bridges in the road

And i think of all the good things

That we have left undone

And i suffer premonitions

Confirm suspicions

Of the holocaust to come

The rusting wire that holds the cork

That keeps the anger in

Gives way

And suddenly it's day again

The sun is in the east

Even though the day is done

Two suns in the sunset


Could be the human race is run

Like the moment when the brakes lock

And you slide towards the big truck

You stretch the frozen moments with your fear

And you'll never hear their voices

And you'll never see their faces

You have no recourse to the law anymore

And as the windshield melts

My tears evaporate

Leaving only charcoal to defend

Finally i understand

The feelings of the few

Ashes and diamonds

Foe and friend

We were all equal in the end

Works ‘83

A momentary lapse of reason ‘87



Into the distance, ribbon of black,

stretched to the point of no turning back.

A flight of fancy on a wind swept field,

standing alone my senses reeled.

A fatal attraction holding me fast, how

can I escape this irresistible grasp?

Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky,

tongue-tied amp; twisted just an eath-bound misfit.i.

Ice is forming on the tips of my wings,

unheeded warnings.

I thought,I thought of everything,

no navigator to guide my way home.

Unladened.Empty and turned to stone.

A soul in tension that's learning to fly.

Condition grounded but determined to try.

Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies.

Tongue-tied amp; twisted just an eath-bound misfit.i.

Above the planet on a wing and a prayer,

my grubby halo, a vapor trail in the empty air,

across the clouds I see my shadow fly,

out of the corner of my watering eye.

A dream unthreatened by the morning light.

Could blow this soul right through the roof of the night.

There's no sensation to compare with this,

suspended animation, a state of bliss.

Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky.

Tongue-tied amp; twisted just an eath-bound misfit.i.


Dogs of war and men of hate

with no cause, we don't discriminate.

Discovery is to be disowned

our currency is flesh and bone

hell opened up and put on sale

gather round and haggle

for hard catch, we will lie and deceive

even our masters don't know the webs we weave.

One world, it's a battleground,

one world, and we will smash it down,

one world… one world.

Invisible transfers, long distance calls,

hollow laughter in marble halls.

Steps have been taken, a silent uproar

has unleashed the dogs of war.

You can't stop what has begun,

signed, sealed, they deliver oblivion.

We all have a dark side, to say the least

and dealing in death is the nature of the beast.

one world, and they smash it down,

one world… one world.

The dogs of war don't negotiate.

The dogs of war won't capitulate,

they will take and you will give,

and you must die so that they may live.

You can knock at any door,

but wherever you go, you know they've been there,


Well winners can lose and things can get strained,

but whatever you change, you know the dogs remain.

One world,it's a battleground,

one world are we going to smash it down?

One world… one world.


A restless eye across a wary room,

a glazed look and I was on the road to ruin.

The music played and played as we whirled without end

no hint, no word her honor to defend.

I will, I will she sighted to my request

And then she tossed her mane while my resolve was put,

to the test.

Then drowned in desire, our souls on fire.

I led the way to the funeral pyre,

and without thought of the consequence

I gave in to my decadence.

One slip, and down the hole we fall,

it seems to take no time at all.

A momentary lapse of reason.

That binds a life for life,

a small regret, you won't forget,

there'll be no sleep in here tonight.

Was it love, or was it the idea of being in love?

Or was in the hand of fate, that seemed to fit just,

like a glove?

The moment slipped by and soon the seeds were sown.

The year grew late and neither one wanted to remain,


One slip, and down the hole we fall,

it seems to take no time at all.

A momentary lapse of reason.

That binds a life to a life.

The one regret, you will never forget,

there'll be no sleep in here tonight.

One sleep… One sleep


On the turning away,

from the pale and downtrodden.

And words they say

which we won't understand.

"Don't accept that what's happening.

Is just a case of other suffering.

Or you'll find that you're joining in

the turning away".

It's a sin that somehow,

light is changing to shadow.

And casting it's shroud

over all we have known

unaware how the ranks have grown.

Driven on by heart of stone,

we could find that we're all alone

in the dream of the proud.

On the wings of the night,

as the daytime is stirring

where the speechless unite.

In a silent accord,

using words you will find are strange.

And mesmerized as they light the flame

feel the new wind of change,

on the wings of the night.

No more turning away,

from the weak and the weary.

No more turning away,

from the coldness inside.

Just a world that we all must share.

It's not enough just to stand and stare.

Is it only a dream that there'll be,

no more turning away?


One sound, one single sound.

One kiss, one single kiss,

a face outside the window pane,

however did it come to this?

A man who ran: A child who cried,

a girl who heard, a voice that lied.

The sun that burned a fiery red.

The vision of an empty bed.

The use of force, he was so touch.

She'll soon submit, she's had enough.

The march of fate, the broken will,

someone is lying very still.

He has laughed and he has cried,

he has fought and he has died.

He's just the same as all the rest,

he's not the worst, he's not the best.

And still this gazelles murmuring,

the babbling that I brook,

the seas of faces, eyes upraised,

the empty screen, the vacant look.

A man in black on a snow white horse,

a pointless life has run it's course,

the red rimmed eyes, the tears still run.

As the fades into the setting sun.


I have always been here,

I have always looked out from behind these eyes.

It feels like more than a lifetime,

feels like more than a lifetime.

Sometimes I get tired of the waiting,

sometimes I get tired of being in here.

Is this the way it has always been?

Could it ever have been different?

Do you ever get tired of the waiting?

Do you ever get tired of being in there?

Don't worry, nobody lives forever,

nobody lives forever.


I will always be here,

I will always look out from behind these eyes.

It's only a lifetime,

it's only a lifetime,

it's only a lifetime.


The sweet smell of great sorrow lies over the land.

Plumes of smoke rise and merge into the leaden sky:

a man lies and dreams of green fields and rivers,

but awakes to a morning with no reason for waking.

He's haunted by the memory of a lost paradise

in his youth or a dream, he can't be precise,

he's chained forever to a world that's departed,

it's not enough,it's not enough.

His blood has frozen amp; curdled with fright,

his knees have trembled amp; given way in the night,

his hand has weakened at the moment of truth,

his step has faltered.

One world, one soul,

time pass, the river roll.

And he talks to the river of lost love and dedication,

and silent replies that swirl invitation.

Flow dark and troubled to an oily sea,

a grim intimation of what is to be.

There's an unceasing wind that blows through this night.

And there's dust in my eyes, that blinds my sight,

and silence that speaks so much louder than words,

of promises broken.

The division bell ‘94



As you look around this room tonight

Settle in your seat and dim the lights

Do you want my blood, do you want my tears

What do you want

What do you want from me

Should I sing until I can't sing any more

Play these things until my fingers are raw

You're so hard to please

What do you want from me

Do you think that I know something you don't know

What do you want from me

If I don't promise you the answers would you go

What do you want from me

Should I stand out in the rain

Do you want me to make a daisy chain for you

I'm not the one you need

What do you want from me

You can have anything you want

You can drift, you can dream, even walk on water

Anything you want

You can own everything you see

Sell your soul for complete control

Is that really what you need

You can lose yourself this night

See inside there is nothing to hide

Turn and face the light

What do you want from me


Did you know… It was all going to go so wrong for you

And did you see it was going to be so right for me

Why did we tell you then

You were always the golden boy then

And that you'd never lose that light in your eyes

Hey you… did you ever realise what you'd become

And did you see that it wasn't only me you were running from

Did you know all the time but it never bothered you anyway

Leading the blind while stared out the steel in your eyes

The rain fell slow, down on the roofs of uncertainty

I thought of you and the years and all the sadness fell away from me

And did you know…

I never thought that you'd lose that light in your eyes


Cover design Storm Thorgerson

Sculptures by Aden Hynes…


On the day the wall came down

They threw the locks onto the ground

And with glasses high we raised a cry for freedom had arrived

On the way the wall came down

The Ship of Fools had finally run aground

Promises lit up the night like paper doves in flight

I dreamed you had left my side

No warms, not even pride remained

And even though you needed me

It was clear that I could not do a thing for you

Now life devalues day by day

As friends and neighbours turn away

And there's a change, that even with regreat, cannot be undone

Now frontiers shift like desert sands

While nations wash their bloodied hands

Of loyalty, of history, in shades of grey

I woke to the sound of drums

The music played, the morning sun streamed in

I turned and I looked at you

And all but the bitter residue slipped away… slipped away


From morning to night I stayed out of sight

Didn't recognize I'd become

No more than alive I'd barely survive

In a word… overrun

Won't hear a sound

From my mouth

I've spent too long

On the inside out

My skin is cold

To the human touch

This bleeding heart's

Not beating much

I murmured a vow of silence and now

I don't even hear when I think aloud

Extinguished by light I turn on the night

Wear its darknes with an empty smile

I'm creeping back to life

My nervous system all awry

I'm wearing the inside out

Look at him now

He's paler somehow

But he's coming round

He's starting to choke

It's been so long since he spoke

Well he can have the words right from my mouth

And with these words I can see

Clear through the clouds that covered me

Just give it time then speak my name

Now we can hear ourselves again

I'm holding out

For the day

When all the clouds

Have blown away

I'm with you now

Can speak your name

Now we can hear ourselves again

He's curled into the corner

But still the screen is flickering

With an endless stream of garbage to curse the plase

In a sea of random images

The self destricting animal

Waiting for the waves to break

He's standing on the threshold

Caught in fiery anger

And hurled into the furnace he'll curse the place

He's torn in all directions

And still the screen is flickering

Waiting for the flames to break


Her love rains down on me easy as the breeze

I listen to her breathing it sounds like the waves on the sea

I was thinking all about her, burning with rage and desire

We were spinning into darkness; the earth was on fire

She could take it back, she might take it back some day

So I spy on her, I lie to her, I make promises I cannot keep

Then I hear her laughter rising, rising from the deep

And I make her prove her love for me, I take all that I can take

And I push her to the limit to see if she will break

She might take it back, she could take it back some day

Now I have seen the warnings, screaming from all sides

It's easy to ignore them and G-d knows I 've tried

All of this temptation, it turned my faith to lies

Until I couldn't see the danger or hear the rising tide

She can take it back, she will take it back some day (3 times)


Where were you when I was burned and broken

While the days slipped by from my window watching

Where were you when I was hurt and I was helpless

Because the things you say and the things you do surround me

While you were hanging yourself on someone else's words

Dying to believe in what you heard

I was staring straight into the shinning sun

Lost in thought and lost in time

While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted

Outside the rain fell dark and slow

What I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime

I took a heavenly ride through our silence

I knew the moment had arrived

For killing the past and coming back to life

I took a heavenly ride through our silence

I knew the waiting has begun

And headed straight… into the shining sun


For millions of years mankind lived just like animals

Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination

We learned to talk

There's a silence surrounding me

I can't seem to think straight

I'll sit in the corner

No one can bother me

I think I should speak now

I cant seem to speak now

My words won't come out right

I feel like I'm drowning

I'm feeling weak now

But I can't show my weakness

I sometimes wonder

Where do we go from here

Why won't you talk to me

You never talk to me

What are you thinking

What are you feeling

Why won't you talk to me

You never talk to me

What are you thinking

What are you feeling

It doesn't have to be like this

All we need to do is make sure we keep talking

It doesn't have to be like this

All we need to do is make sure we keep talking

I feel like I'm drowning

You know I can't breathe now

We're going nowhere

We're going nowhere

Why won't you talk to me

You never talk to me

What are you thinking

What are you feeling

Why won't you talk to me

You never talk to me

What are you thinking

Where do we go from here


I was spending my time in the doldrums

I was caught in a cauldron of hate

I felt persecuted and paralysed

I thought that everything else would just wait

While you are wasting your time on your enemies

Engulfed in a fever of spite

Beyong your tunnel vision reality fades

Like shadowes into the night

To martyr yourself to caution

Is not going to help at all

Because there'll be no safety in numbers

When the Right One walks out of the door

Can you see your days blighted by darkness?

Is it true you beat your fists on the floor?

Stuck in a world of isolation

While the ivy grows over the door

So I open my door to my enemies

And I ask could we wipe the slate clean

But they tell me do please go fuck myself

You know you just can't win


Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young

In a world of magnets and miracles

Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary

The ringing of the division bell had begun

Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway

Do they still meet there by Cut

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps

Running before time took our dreams away

Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground

To a life consumed by slow decay

The grass was greener

The light was brighter

With friends surrounded

The nights of wonder

Looking beyong the embers of bridges glowing behind us

To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side

Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again

Dragged by the force of some inner tide

At a higher altitude with flag unfurled

We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition

There's a hunger still unsatisfied

Our weary eyes still stray to be horizon

Though down this road we've been so many times

The grass was greener

The light was brighter

The taste was sweeter

The nights of wonder

With friends surrounded

The dawn mist glowing

The water flowing

The endless river

Forever and ever

[1]The final cut a requiem for the post war dream by Roger Waters