torsdag 6. september 2012

Amused to death

"The species has amused itself to death"

Today Roger Waters turned 69! Yes it is his birthday, and the best way I found to celebrate this man, was to write a little about him and one of his wonderful song "Amused to death". The song is to be found on the album with the same name. I know I should have celebrating him with a glass of wine and his music on the stereo. But since I'm not feeling too good, I'm gonna skip the wine, but the music will still be playing.

For my birthday this year (in june) I got a happy birthday signed picture of him, and it made me so happy, and I wish I could do something really special for him too! But I reckon he wouldn't appreciate a signed picture of me as much as I did appreciate the picture of him. So that's not a good idea! So I'll just celebrate the day with his music!

Live in Oslo 2011

Back to the music! The album "Amused to death" was released in 1992, and it was Rogers third solo studio album. There are a few songs on this album that I loved at once, and this is one of them! My parents had this live dvd "In the flesh" and this song is on that dvd! There is something so powerful and true about this song. It's just wonderful. The album is, like many others, a complaint of the politics, war, all the bad influence you get through the television etc. The song is dedicated to Bill Hubbard, who died in world war 1. At the end of this song, you can hear a voice talking, and that voice is Alf Razzle's. He was in world war 1, and he had to leave a dying Hubbard in the war.

Snowy White and Roger Waters

The song start with the text "Doctor doctor", and that is the same as Rogers very first song "Take up that stetescope and walk". Facinating! 
Very well, here's a video from "In the flesh" where they perform this song (at the end there are clips of Alf Razzle), and the lyrics will apear under the film. Enjoy.

And happy birthday Roger Waters!!! :0)

Doctor Doctor what is wrong with me
This supermarket life is getting long
What is the heart life of a colour TV
What is the shelf life of a teenage queen

Ooh western woman
Ooh western girl

News hound sniffs the air
When Jessica Hahn goes down
He latches on to that symbol
Of detachment
Attracted by the peeling away of feeling
The celebrity of the abused shell the belle

Ooh western woman
Ooh western girl

And the children of Melrose
Strut their stuff
Is absolute zero cold enough
And out in the valley warm and clean
The little ones sit by their TV screens
No thoughts to think
No tears to cry
All sucked dry
Down to the very last breath

Bartender what is wrong with me
Why I am so out of breath
The captain said excuse me ma'am
This species has amused itself to death

Amused itself to death
Amused itself to death

We watched the tragedy unfold
We did as we were told
We bought and sold
It was the greatest show on earth
But then it was over

We oohed and aahed
We drove our racing cars
We ate our last few jars of caviar
And somewhere out there in the stars
A keen-eyed look-out
Spied a flickering light
Our last hurrah

And when they found our shadows
Groups 'round the TV sets
They ran down every lead
They repeated every test

They checked out all the data in their lists
And then the alien anthropologists
Admitted they were still perplexed
But on eliminating every other reason
For our sad demise
They logged the only explanation left
This species has amused itself to death

No tears to cry
No feelings left
This species has amused itself to death
Amused itself to death

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