onsdag 21. september 2011

Pigs (three different ones)

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

This is the first line in the song. If you see the name of the song, and know some Pink Floyd albums, you probably figured out that this song is from the album "Animals".. It's quite logical.. Pig's are animals... But anyhow.
I got the idea to write about this song because my sister has begun to listen a lot to PF, and she's been telling me that she love this song. Smart girl ;)

I've actually red somewhere that Roger Waters (who wrote the song) compares "Pigs" whith people with power and wealth. Funny.. And in this song, Pink Floyd used this 'voice maker' to try to make pig sounds during the song. I don't know what you call the thing, but it's about in the middle of the song. You know what it is when you're listening to the song.
I really like songs who has a secret message, like this song. Who would have thought that it was about wealthy people with power?? Well, it's not that hard to figure out, but you might not think about it. I don't think so much about it. I'm just listening and enjoying <3

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

If you're not sure of who this 'Whitehouse' is, I can refer to Tommy Vance, and his book "Pink Floyd: on record, on stage and on film 1965-2005"

"Pigs (three different ones) is next up, the lyric of the vinyl side two opener rhymes 'house-proud town mouse with 'Whitehouse', the latter a clear referenceto moral guardian Mary Whitehouse. This bespectacled old lady was constantly in the media bemoaming the lack of moraliry on television and radio, and had already attrached the ire of Deep Purple's Ian Gillan whose 'Mary Long' combined her name with that of fellow moral crusader Lord Longford. While Gillan asked when she lost her vrginity, Waters bottles out and semi-obscures a 'fuck you'!"

Good night everybody :)

søndag 18. september 2011

A pillow of winds

Another lovely songs from the fantastic album "Meddle". This album is full of great songs, which I havent listen to in a while. Today my boyfriend played this song from his phone, and we both fell asleep. It's such a cosy and warm song, and you picture yourself on a beach while listening to it. The song is not one of the most famous songs from Pink Floyd, and that's what I love about it! It's a hidden treasure.

Sometimes I wish there were a PF tribiute band who played all the hidden treasures from Pink Floyd, and not just all the most known songs, even though, as long as it's Pink Floyd music, I wont complaine ;)
The song is actually one of PF few love songs. Many people believe that many songs are love songs like "Wish you were here". Well, it's not!
The name of the song "A pillow of winds" came from a mah-jong game while Roger and Nick were on vacation with their wifes. Don't ask me how they came up whit the name after a game.

The cover to "Medle"

Here's the lyrics as well

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 book falls to the floor
as darkness falls and waves roll by
the seasons changed, the wind is warm

Now wakes the owl, now sleeps the swan
behold the dream, the dream is gone
green fields, a cold rain
is falling in a golden dawn

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 winds die

If you have any problems to fall asleep in the night, listen to this song, and it will help.

Good night everybody!

torsdag 15. september 2011

Summer 68'

This day, three years ago, I recieved some really sad news.. The lovely Richard Wright passed away. It was my dad who called me to let me know. My eyes filled up with tears and I felt so sad. It were such a loss for the entire world, and especially in the music world. This man brought so much to the world. So many songs.. One song that was stuck on my mind for weeks after his dead was "Summer 68'", from the album "Atom heart mother". I found this video on youtube and I'm sure I watched it at least once a day for weeks..
Well, I couldn't find the movie to put in here, but here's the link:

This song is off course written by Richard Wright, and the song's never been very popular.. Many Floyd fans never heard it before. But once you've heard it, you gonna lov it :)

Richard Wright were in the band from the beginning, but during the "The Wall" tour, or actually after, he was kicked out of the band. Roger felt he didn't do anything.. So Richard was not in the album "The final cut", but after Roger left, Richard came back, and joined Pink Floyd as long as they were touring and doing gigs. Later on he also played at Davids gigs. Most know is "Live in Gdansk". Here's a clip from a few weeks after Rick passed away, and David's lovely words to him <3

So you can all understand that this is a really sad day indeed, but I'll use it to celebrate what a great man he were!!! And I will always miss him, but luckily the music is still with us <3

This song is from one of his solo albums.. Love the song. Storm Thorgerson is off course the genius behind this picture.

tirsdag 6. september 2011

Take up that stethescope and walk

Roger Waters birthday is today! This amazing man is now 68 years old, today actually. And he still looks good and he is still making the best music! The reason why I choose this title today, is  because this song was his first as a Floyd member. The song is from the album "The piper at the gates of dawn", which was mostly made by Syd Barrett. After this song, he's writing exploded, and he became a great lyricis. After Syd left the group, Roger became their new leader, and he's been the lead lyricis since, with off course good help from David Gilmour.
A very young Roger Waters

One thing that truly is amazing about this man, it that he's always been trying to use the crazyness that Syd used as a leader. I feel that Gilmour didn't.
Roger was the one who almost wrote the entire "The Wall" cd, exept a few songs made by him and David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin. After "The Wall", "The final cut" came, and this cd was the only one made without Richard Wright (Roger fired him during The Wall), and it was the last one from Pink Floyd with Roger. Roger was writing all the songs and felt that the rest of the band was useless, so he quit.
In the late 60s og early 70s

After Roger left the band, he started a solo career. He made a few albums, like "The pro's and con's of hitch hiking", "Amused to death" etc, and he also made a opera called "Cà Ira". Beside that, theres some singles, and I reckon that they're all good! The man is brilliant!
Probably from a gig wher PF played "Careful with that axe, Eugene" or something. Love the screaming!

As a Pink Floyd fan, my biggest dream was to get to experience one of the members in Pink Floyd live. In 2006 the dream came true! Roger Waters came to Oslo, and I had tickets!!!
The year after, he came back, but this time, he were playing in Bergen, so I went there as well. Off course!
The year after that again, Roger didn't come to Norway, so we had to go to Denmak. Not a problem for a Pink Floyd family! All these three years, he played the same gig, "Dark side of the moon". The gig was great, and I never found it booring, even though I'd seen it before. I never got tired of the music.
From the gig in 2006 or 2007

I studied a few months in Australia, and one day I was reading the news, and I couldn't hold my tears back when I saw what Roger was up to! He said that he would be touring with "The Wall"... I had to go.. It took a while before he anounced the dates in Norway, and I got tickets almost a year ahead. In row 2... CRAZY!
The months went by, and I was counting days, and suddenly I was in Oslo. <3
The gig were great, and the day I thought we were going home, my friend, David Kilminster (guitar player in The Wall), gave me 5 tickets for the show the next day! So we had to stay!!

From the "The Wall" gig

A few months later, I wanted more of the music, so I went to see one gig in Denmark and two in Germany.. So all in all, I've seen this wonderful man 8 times.. And I'm wishing for more gig's when I'm going to Australia <3

Happy birthday Roger Waters! ME ELSKA DEG!!

fredag 2. september 2011

Don't leave me now

This song is from the album "The Wall", an album I have been listening to non-stop since the end of april this year. After I went to the Roger Waters gig, I can't help it that I need my daily dose of the music from the album. During the last months, I'm pretty sure that I've ben listening to the album, and seen clips on youtube at least a hundred times... It truly is a masterpiece!

This song "Don't leave me now" is at the end of the first cd, and Roger has been referring to his first wife in this song! So when the wife leave Pink in the movie "The Wall", this is from Rogers life.
From the movie: The wife is entering the room Pink is in

And suddenly turns into backward leaning harlot 

From the book "The making of "The Wall" by Gerald Scarfe, mr scarfe said this about this song:

The song “Don’t leave me now” is about co-dependence. How those of us whose spirit and sexual identity has become crushed by our early circumstances and who tend to define ourselves in terms of the relationships we develop rather than as individuals in our own right, especially me, and Bob Geldof here, obviously.

This song is not the song I'm listening to every day, but I think it is great when it is in the show or in the film, but I wont lie.. This song is probably the song on the bottom of the list of all the songs from this album, but it still doesen't mean that I don't like it ;) The instrumental part at the end is breathtaking! And I love it when Roger performe this song live!
The wife dummy, made by Gerald Scarfe

Actually, when I was young and watched "The Wall live in Berlin" for the first time, this song freaked me out. There were this scary masks and the song seemed so sad and depressed (which it probably is!), so that might be the reason why I don't like it as much as some of the other songs. I think it scared me a bit.
The wife talking to the judge in the trial (from the movie)

Here's a film of the song from one of the shows from Roger Waters tour. Enjoy ;)
Love the dummy of the wife, and the green, kinda' creepy colour!!