torsdag 31. mai 2012

See Saw

Another time, another day

"See Saw" is from the album 'A saucerful of secrets'. It's one of few songs written by Richard Wright. He is also singing the song. I am a big fan of Richard Wright, and I'll always will be (may him rest in peace!). Sometimes I catch myself wonder if he's Pink... (which ones Pink..)

Richard Wright

Richard Wright later said about his early Pink Floyd contributions:
"They're sort of an embarrassment. I don't think I've listened to the song ever since we recorded it. It was a learning process. I learned that I'm not a lyric writer, for example. But you have to try it before you find out."
Well said mister, but I do not agree! I think the song is amazing and it features some of the really good and crazy Pink Floyd sound and lyrics. That's why I sometimes think that he's Pink. I feel that he follows the same directions in music as Syd. I reckon they would have come up with lots of great stuff together, as co-writers, if Syd was not a bif fan of LSD.. After Syd left, Roger was getting the role as a kind of leader, and even though Rick got to try to write something himself, I can't help at wonder if he would be able to write even more if Syd was still in the band after their first album.?

From 'Live at Pompeii' during the song "Echoes"

Whaterver people think, I really like this song. When I'm relaxing or just walking around, the song is amazing to slow down my minds to. The song is slow, easy lyrics and harmonical voices. What is there not to like? Nothing I tell you! And if you don't like it, I would like to hear your reason. I'm always wering my Pink Floyd glasses, and the world is a better place thanks to the music. Therefor, it would be interesting to listen to other peoples point of view.

We all miss you Richard Wright! You were a brilliant, fantastic and amazing man! You will live forever through your music! Shine on you crazy dioamond!

Here's the song and lyrics! Have a great evening.

Marigolds are very much in love
But he doesn't mind
Picking up sister
He makes his way in to the see-saw land
All the way up she smiles
She goes up while he goes down, down

Sits on a stick in the river
Laughter in his sleep
Sister's throwing stones hoping for a hit
He doesn't know, so then
She goes up while he goes down, down
Another time, another day

A brother's way to leave
Another time, another day, day, day, day

She's selling plastic flowers on a Sunday afternoon
Picking up weeds
She hasn't got time to care
All can see he's not there
She grows up for another man, and he's down
Another time, another day
A brother's way to leave
Another time, another day, day, day, day

Another time, another day
A brother's way to leave

mandag 28. mai 2012

The Nile Song

This song is to be found on the "More" album. It's written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour is singing. I really like this song since Gilmour is not singing with his soft voice, but with a more aggressive vocal. The song is one of the most heavy song the band ever recorded, and it's funny, cause you can listen to the song, but you don't realize that it's Pink Floyd. Well, at least, I didn't. The first time I listened to the song was many years ago, and I was only listening to this song, not the whole album. And I didn't think that it was Pink Floyd until the day, when I was listening through the album.

I like this song very much, and it is one of my favourites on the album. As you already might know, the album is made as soundtrack for the film "More" - same name as the album. The album is the third album, and it's the first album without anything that had to do with Syd Barrett. At "A saucerful of secrets" they used some of Syd's guitarplaying.

The cover of the album. It's designed by Hipgnosis.

Here's the song! Listen and enjoy!

Listen and look at all the great pictures on this film!!

Lovin' it!

tirsdag 15. mai 2012

The Wall The Movie

This movie is of course one of my favourites! I've been watching it at least 100 times, but I never get sick of it. The movie is so special, and you always notice something new every time you watch it over again. The first time I saw it, I almost felt it was kinda' scary.. Or maybe not scary, but a bit uncomfortable to watch. There were scenes I put big question marks to, cause I could not figure out what they ment!! Therefor I watched it over and over again, and I've been reading a lot about the movie, to try to get a picture of what every scene is meaning. 

The Wall needs to be built before you can tear it down! 
Tear down the fucking wall!

Today I will put up some fun facts from the movie, which I found in Gerald Scarfe's book. It's not so much about the meaning of the film, but how the film came to be.

When Pink is young, he is looking throug his fathers drawer. His father was killed in the second world war (the same thing that happend to Roger Waters father).

When they needed someone to write the movie script, Gerald suggested that Roald Dahl could write it. Gerald was a big fan of Dahl. Gerald went to see Roald, because both Nick and Roger weren’t sure so it was ok by them. Roald said he would think about it, and after a week he answered, but now Roger wasn’t interested and said “ Well, we’ll just have to write it ourselves”.

What would the movie be if Roald Dahl wrote it?

Roger and Gerald tried to write some of it themselves, but then later brought in Alan Parker.

“When the tiger broke free” was written to this movie: The scene in the movie was written for the song. This song and clip from the film, of course is about Eric Fletcher Waters. When the boy in the movie found the letter from the army, that really happened to Roger. His mother had been taking care of the letters.
The right casting for Pink was vital: Bob Geldof wasn’t the first choice and, in any case, didn’t want the part but in the end it was difficult to imagine how we could have cast a better Pink. He assumed the character of Pink with astonishing commitment.

Pink as young and grown up

Alan Parker says: Roger was at one point thinking of playing Pink. I think that, in a way, the character was probably rather close to him. By choosing Bob Geldof it gave it a freshness and a new life that I think was very important.

Bob Geldof as Pink

Roger says: I think Bob was very good in this. When he was offered the role, he was in a taxi with his manager and said ‘I’m not interested, I hate Pink Floyd’, and his manager said ‘I think it’ll be good for your career, you should at least consider it’, but he was completely disinterested. What he didn’t know was that the taxi driver was my brother! So I know this story to be true. Anyway, I mentioned this to Bob later and he owned up. And why wouldn’t he, he’s got nothing to hide. Not everyone can be a Pink Floyd fan. And Bob certainly isn’t.

When Pink has been shaving all of his body hair

Here's a few clips from the film that I'm a big fan of! (I do of course love the entire film, but there are some scenes I'm really fond of! Enjoy, and have a wicked evening!

Empty spaces and What shall we do now
 I LOOOOVE THE FLOWERS! My next tattoo will be of this flowers!

Nobody home

The trial

søndag 13. mai 2012

Hey you

Woah, second song from "The Wall" in a row. I'm crazy today! Well, the reason why I chose to write about this song is that I am watching a live film from "The Wall" concert in Sydney earlier this year, and on the part where they sing "Hey you, don't tell me there's no hope at all", Roger is singing with this extra voice! It's really hard to explain what I mean about that, but I'll try to get a short clip of it! If I can't find anything, I'll just put the video of the entire show, and write what time in the gig I am refering to!

The song is written, like the most of the songs on the album, by Roger Waters. "Hey you" is the first song on cd 2. What a wonderful way to start up the second part of the album!! It might have been the song that I've missed out on almost every time, during the 8 times I've seen the show. The reason - I've been starstrucked in the hospitality room! Anyway, even though I've missed out the beginning of the song, we've been able to see the last part of the song. This song is the first song after the wall is complete. The entire band is behind the wall, and all you can see is a bunch of bricks! At one time, the wall is 'opening' and there is all dark until this haunted 'person' (maybe it's Pink.. But which one's Pink???) comes running and then is smashing the 'screen', before the wall is closing up.. FREAKING AMAZING!!

Not from the song "Hey you", but it's the same creature!

Back to the song! The metaphor of worms is used to represent all of the hundreds of uncertainties gnawing away at Pink's brain. As we can hear in the midle of the song, they put in a noise of a million insect buzzing in Pink's brain. Nasty, I know, but you see the picture! As I said before, Pink is now behind the wall. He is behind the wall symbolically, and he is locked in a hotel room with a broken window that looks out onto the freeway. Within his mind, "Hey you" is a cry of help to the rest of the world. But it's too late.. Pink is singing to himself. As Roger Waters said: "It's not good crying for help if you are sitting in the room all on your own, and saying it to yourself".

The Wall is complete!

So this is the time where I put out the video and some lyrics, and wish you all a wonderful evening!!

Yay, I found  a clip from a gig in Australia!! Hope ya'll like the part where they sing "Hey you, don't tell me theres no hope at all", as much as I do. It's so brilliant!! Two wonderful voices on the top of each other! LOVELY!!

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, dont 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 you 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, standing in 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.

torsdag 10. mai 2012


Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb?

That's the first line of this absolutely amazing song! I've loved this song since the first time I ever listened to it. The song is to be found on the album from 1979, The Wall. During the last year, this album has been climbing high on my favourite album list. What Roger has been doing while touring, is wonderful. You get to experience the album in a totaly different way!!

The "Mother" dummy

"Mother" is written by Roger, of course, and we have both Roger and David on vocals, which is brilliant, and so very very beautiful! Roger is singing the verses, and David is singing the chorus. When Roger played on the "In the flesh" tour, he used a woman to sing the chorus, which suites the song perfectly, since it's supposed to be 'the voice of a mother'. But still, during the "The Wall" tour, I once again decided for myself that perfered that there were only men on the stage. Male singers has more suitable background voices for this kind of music, or at least, that's my opinion.

The song is about an overprotective mother, which we know Roger had. One of the points in this song is that if a mother is too overprotective, and over a long long time, it's just getting harder and harder for the children to get used to live without the mother, who takes care of you all the time, based on good and bad! As Roger Waters has said before: 
"Over-bearing-school teachers  will crush you down. Mind you, this is completely different because I feel very antagonist towards the teachers at my school who tried to put me down when I was a kid. I never felt like that towards my mother, although, I recognise certain things that she did may have made it harder for me to be myself as I grew up". 

From the movie "The Wall"

On the "The Wall" show that Roger is doing as we speak, he uses a big inflatable dummy of the mother! When I got to come with David Kilminster on the stage before my first show, the dummy was the first thing I noticed! She is not in the front of the wall as the wife and teacher, but she pop's out behind the wall, so you can't see all of the dummy.

A picture of me on the stage before a show!
Me and David Kilminster(lead guitar) on stage!

The animation of Mother is Gerald Scarfe's work. He said that he met Rogers mother once, and he didn't think she was similar to the Mother in the song, at all.
"My symbolic Mother is over-protective, clasping Pink to her bosom. The cradling, comforting, protecting arms which embrace the child turn into smothering, encircling walls which keep him captive, shutting him off from the real world. It does happen - take care, mothers everywhere".
This is what Gerald Scarfe said about the idea behind Mother in the book "The making of Pink Floyd The Wall"

Since I love this song so much, I'll put out more then one video today! I want you all to see a clip with the original song, from the album. I also want you all to see a clip from the movie "The Wall", where there is different lyrics, and it's almost a totaly different song, but it's still the same. And last but not least, I'll put out a clip from the song from Roger's live tour, where you can hear the absolutely amazing guitar solo by G. E. Smith. The solo that you can hear here, is the same solo they played on the "Is there anybody out there" - live shows from the early 80s. You'll find the lyrics at the bottom of this page!

Listen, enjoy and good night!
Listen to the Davids soft and fantastic voice at the chorus!

From the movie "The Wall"

From the live show "The Wall". The solo I'm talking, is not the one Snowy White is playing, but the solo right after!

Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb? 
Mother do you think they'll like this song? 
Mother do you think they'll try to break my balls?
Oooh, ahh
Mother should I build the wall?
Mother should I run for President?
Mother should I trust the government?
Mother will they put me in the firing mine?
Oooh ahh, 
Is it just a waste of time?

Hush now baby, baby, don't you cry.
Mama's gonna make all your nightmares come true.
Mama's gonna put all 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 cozy and warm.
Ooooh baby, ooooh baby, oooooh baby,
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, to me?
Mother will she tear your little boy apart?
Ooooh ah,
Mother will she break my heart?

Hush now baby, baby don't you cry.
Mama's gonna check out all your girlfriends for you.
Mama won't let anyone dirty get through.
Mama's gonna wait up until you get in.
Mama will always find out where you've been.
Mama's gonna keep baby healthy and clean.
Ooooh baby, oooh baby, oooh baby,
You'll always be baby to me.

Mother, did it need to be so high?

tirsdag 8. mai 2012

The great gig in the sky

One of Richard Wrights fantastic compositions!! The song is to be found on the album "Dark side of the moon". The song starts of with some piano before the powerful voice of Clare Torry steps in! Her gutsy vocals take the song to an orgasmic climax! For those of you who don't know the song, I'll post it on the bottom of the page. It is a song that need to be heard, even if you are a great fan or if you are one of the people who says that "Pink Floyd.. Yeah he's great", you need to hear this song!!

The man behind this wonderful song

The song addresses the omni-present fear of death and mortality in life. The song was originally intended as an instrumental sequence and featuring some blinding guitar from Gilmour, the vocals were added only a couple of weeks before the LP was finished. And I think we all agree that they did good by doing that! The song is so powerful, and it makes you feel so many different thing.

Tommy Vance wrote in his book, 'Pink Floyd. On record, on stage and on film 1965-2005:
"This number subsequently became notorious as great music to bonk to, while Wright later adapted it for a Neurofen advert".

I've actually heard this song live three times. Clare Torry was not on the tour, but Carol Kenyon was singing this song. She was not great, but I don't think anyone is great at this song, exept Clare Torry herself!
Anyways, here's a clip of the song! Enjoy and have a wonderful evening!

Clare Torry. The woman with the amazing voice!!

Thanks to my cousin Tone for the idea to write about this song! xoxo

fredag 4. mai 2012

Come in number 51, your time is up

I might just start this by letting you all know that this song is quite similar to the song "Careful with that axe, Eugene". You might just say that it is the same song, with only a few adjustments. The song was from the live side of the album "Ummagumma" from 1968. Well, an extended studio cut was later used to stunning effects to enhance the climactic scenes of  Antonioni 's Zabriskie Point in which a building explode over and over again to it's unearhly strains.

The director of the film wanted a song like "Careful with that axe, Eugene" because the final scene in the movie is dramatick, and so is the song. The song starts just after the same house has exploded a couple of times, and when the song is playing, there is a lot of other things that explodes. So, the people who watches the movie, is moved away from the 'original' scene and is watching all this other stuff exploding. After the screaming part has begun, the music stops for a while when we can see Daria getting in to her car and driving away, smiling. And then the music starts up again and is played to the end.

The main differents in these two songs (Careful.. and Come in...) is that "Come in number 51, your time is up" is instrumental. The song does not contain the lyrics "Careful with that axe, Eugene" just before the intence screaming starts.
My personal opinion: I live both songs. The line "Careful...." would not be suited in the scene in the film, and it was perfectly ok that they choose not to use it.
Antonioni 'found' the song while the band was recording "Live at Pompeii" He loved it, but it also made him feel  sad, like he was in a church.

Well, for all of you who has not heard this song before, take a look! I reckon you all love it! Thanks to Helge Nyheim for the idea to write about this song!

The clip I found, you can see the house I was talking about, that explodes! And you see all the other things that explodes during the song.