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Roger Waters Quotes



    • At Live Earth on global warming 'I think what you can do is vote...This problem will not be solved until we the electorates make it quite clear to candidates running for office that we will not vote for them unless they have a clear policy on the environment and global warming in particular. And also we will not vote for them if they have a track record like this current administration does.'
    • Asked what his artistic purpose was: 'There is no purpose. We do whatever we do. You either blow your brains out or get on with something.'
    • 'What it comes down to for me is: Will the technologies of communication and culture - and especially popular music, which is a vast and beloved enterprise - help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?'
    • 'The very early days of Pink Floyd were magical. We played small auditoriums for entranced audiences, and there was a wonderful sense of communion. We got overpowered by the weight of success and numbers - not just the money but the size of the audience. I became very disenchanted. I had to make the choice of staying on the treadmill or making the braver decision to travel a more difficult path alone.'
    • 'I think that happiness resides somewhere between the extremes of personal, religious, and political. I think happiness resides where we understand someone else's point of view and needs. Happiness resides where we are not lost in the solitary dream.'
    • 'For us the most important thing is to be visual, and for the cats watching us to have fun. This is all we want. We get very upset if people get bored when we're only half way through smashing the second set. Then all of a sudden they hear Arnold Layne and they flip all over again.'
    • 'We've got the recording side together and not the playing side.'
    • 'Earlier this year we went skiing and I was in a shop, paying a bill and there was a woman standing there whom I knew slightly. I was waiting for my bill and she was buying something, a tea strainer. Quite suddenly she said to me, 'Where was your Father killed?'. I was very surprised and blurted out 'Oh Anzio'. Now this is a woman of about my age, so she's 40-ish. She said, 'My Father was killed in the war'. Apparently somebody lent her a copy of 'The Final Cut' and she had listened to the whole thing and she had found it very moving. In fact she said it had moved her to tears. She told me this, standing in the shop, with some effort I suspect, and I remember thinking: That's enough really. It doesn't matter if the Americans don't buy it.'
    • 'I have nothing against Dave Gilmour furthering his own goals. It's just the idea of Dave's solo career masquerading as Pink Floyd that offends me!'
    • 'Either you write songs or you don't. And if you do write songs like I do, I think there's a natural desire to want to make records. So, when I left Pink Floyd, I guess I had two, no three choices open to me: Not to do it anymore, which is daft as I was writing songs, although I suppose I could have written for other people, but I like making records; so I could either do it as Roger Waters or I could have got together with other people and said hey, why don't we start a band? But my view of bands had been jaundiced slightly by my previous experience, so I think that was something I never considered.'
    • 'I had at one point this rather depressing image of some alien culture seeing the death of this planet - coming down in their spaceships and sniffing around; finding all our skeletons sitting around our TV sets and trying to work out why our end came before its time and they come to the conclusion that we amused ourselves to death..'
    • 'Well, anyway, I am one of the best five writers to come out of English music since the War.'
    • 'It was very, very hard work organizing that Wall concert but everyone was fabulous to work with - Bryan Adams, Van Morrison, Cyndi Lauper, bloody brilliant. All brilliant. Except for Sinead O'Connor... She doesn't understand anything. She's just a silly little girl. You can't just lie in the corner and shave your bloody head and stick it up your arse and occasionally pull it out to go (_'brogue'_) 'Oh, I tink this is wrong and dat is wrong' and burst into tears.'
    • 'Andrew Lloyd Webber sickens me. He's in your face all the time and what he does is nonsense. It has no value. It is shallow, derivative rubbish, all of it, and it makes me very gloomy. Actually, I've never been to one of his shows but having put that slightly savage joke on the record, I thought I'd better listen to some Andrew Lloyd Webber and I was staying in a rented house in America this summer and the people who owned the house had a whole bunch of his rubbish so I thought I'd listen to Phantom Of The Opera and I put the record on and I was slightly apprehensive. I thought, Christ, I hope this isn't good - or even mediocre. I was not disappointed. Phantom Of The Opera is absolutely fucking horrible from start to finish.'
    • 'Michael Jackson performs in stadiums, too - but he's not doing it for himself, he's doing it to save all the little children in the world.'
    • 'Radio One won't play my fucking single (What God Wants) because they know it's no good. They know it's not as good as Erasure or Janet fucking Jackson. They know that the British public shouldn't be listening to it. It makes my blood boil! If you're not 17 with a baseball hat on back to front, they don't want to know.'
    • 'I was never a bass player. I've never played anything. I play guitar a bit on the records and would play bass, because I sometimes want to hear the 'sound' I make when I hit a string on a bass with a pick or my finger; it makes a different sound than anybody else makes, to me. But I've never been interested in playing the bass. I'm not interested in playing instruments and I never have been.'
    • 'I was quite happy standing there thundering about, playing whatever I could - that's 'fun'. And I see young bands occasionally now doing the same thing. I think it's called 'thrash' now. It's the same thing: It's just kids who can't play, pissing about. It's terrific. That's all we were doing. I mean, Dave could play a little bit, but none of the rest of us could.'
    • 'It's like saying 'Give a man a Les Paul guitar and he becomes Eric Clapton,' you know. It's not true. And give a man an amplifier and a synthesizer, and he doesn't become whoever, you know. He doesn't become us.'
    • 'In the finished article, the only thing that is important is whether it moves you or not. There is nothing else that is important at all.'
    • 'It's actually quite emotional, standing up here with these three guys after all these years, standing to be counted with the rest of you. Anyway, we're doing this for everyone who's not here, and particulary of course for Syd'
    • 'On the club scene we rate about two out of ten and 'Must try harder.' 'We've had problems with our equipment and we can't get the P.A. to work because we play extremely loudly. It's a pity because Syd (singer Syd Barrett) writes great lyrics and nobody ever hears them.'
    • 'Well, he's schizophrenic. And has been since 1968.'
    • 'Syd was a genius. But I wouldn't want to go back to playing Interstellar Overdrive for hours and hours.'
    • 'Oh, they [the Media] definitely don't want to know the real Barrett story... there are no facts involved in the Barrett story so they can make up any story they like, and they do. There's a vague basis in fact: Syd was in the band and he did write the material on the first album, 80% of it, but that's all. It is only that one album, and that's what people don't realise. That first album, and one track on the second. That's all; nothing else.'
    • 'I could never aspire to Syd's crazed insights and perceptions. In fact for a long time I wouldn't have dreamt of claiming any insights whatsoever. I'll always credit Syd with the connection he made between his personal unconscious and the collective group unconscious. It's taken me 15 years to get anywhere near there. Even though he was clearly out of control when making his two solo albums, some of the work is staggeringly evocative. It's the humanity of it all that's so impressive. It's about deeply felt values and beliefs. Maybe that's what 'Dark Side of the Moon' was aspiring to. A similar feeling.'
    • 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun' on A Saucerful of Secrets (Pink Floyd, 1968)
    • 'Take up Thy Stethoscope and Walk' on The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Pink Floyd, 1967)
    • 'Echoes' on Meddle (Pink Floyd, 1971)
    • 'Echoes' on Meddle (Pink Floyd, 1971)
    • 'Free Four' on Obscured by Clouds (Pink Floyd, 1972)
    • 'Breathe' on The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd, 1973)
    • 'Time' on The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd, 1973)
    • 'Time' on The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd, 1973)
    • 'Time' on The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd, 1973)
    • 'Eclipse' on The Dark Side of the Moon' (Pink Floyd, 1973)
    • 'Wish You Were Here' on Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd, 1975)
    • 'Sheep' (paraphrasing Psalm 23) on Animals (Pink Floyd, 1977)
    • 'Sheep' on Animals (Pink Floyd, 1977)
    • 'The Happiest Days of Our Lives' on The Wall (Pink Floyd, 1979)
    • 'Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2' on The Wall (Pink Floyd, 1979)
    • 'Comfortably Numb' on The Wall (Pink Floyd, 1979)
    • 'The Final Cut' on The Final Cut (Pink Floyd, 1983)
    • '5.06 AM (Every Strangers Eyes)' on The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking (Roger Waters, 1985)
    • 'The Powers That Be' on Radio KAOS (Roger Waters, 1987)
    • 'Me Or Him' on Radio KAOS (Roger Waters, 1987)
    • 'Amused to Death' on Amused to Death (Roger Waters, 1992)
    • 'Perfect Sense (part I)' on Amused to Death (Roger Waters, 1992)
    • 'Perfect Sense' on Amused to Death (Roger Waters, 1992)
    • 'Perfect Sense' on Amused to Death (Roger Waters, 1992)
    • 'Leaving Beirut' on To Kill the Child/ Leaving Beirut (Roger Waters, 2005), regarding the war in Iraq
    • 'Leaving Beirut' on To Kill the Child/ Leaving Beirut (Roger Waters, 2005), regarding the war in Iraq
    • Regarding the spate of High School shootings of 1999: 'in the Colorado shootings, the media seemed to change their tact a bit. Though they attached ghoulishly to it, covered it 24 hours a day and even gave it a logo like 'Horror in the Rockies', they did address issues of alienation and pain rather than just saying, 'oh, these aberrant teen-agers have to be stamped out.' After denigrating self-help ideas for the last 20 years, the media are beginning to look at the psychology and not just the police work.'
    • 'Oh, for fuck sake stop lighting off fireworks and shouting & screaming I'm trying to sing a song! I mean I don't care. If you don't want to hear it. You know fuck you. I'm sure there are a lot of people here who do want to hear it. So why don't you just be quiet. If you want to light your fireworks off go outside and light them off out there and if you want to shout and scream well then go and do it out there.... but. I am trying to sing a song that some people want to listen to. I want to listen to it.'
    • 'I like to think oysters transcend national barriers, Adrian.' - Pink Floyd: Live At Pompeii video, in an interview with director Adrian Maben.
    • 'AHHHHHH!!!! are there any paranoids in the audience tonight? (the crowd cheers) Is there anyone who worries about things? (the crowd cheers again)...Pathetic... Is there anyone here who's weak!? (the crowd cheers again)... This is for all the weak people in the audience!... This is for you it's called Run Like Hell (Song starts) Lets all have a clap! Come on I can't hear you, get your hands together, have a good time, enjoy yourselves!! That's better!'
    • 'Who's got my pig?'
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