Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Final Cut (song)

The Final Cut 4:45

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 spiraling 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 —

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
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 oughta bare my naked feelings
Thought I oughta 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

Hello? Fine, listen, I think I've got it. Looks like...

Dave Gilmour: "I think there are three great tracks on [that album]: Fletcher, The Gunner's Dream, and The Final Cut, which I think are all very good tracks. I think a lot of the rest of it, and the general, over-all feel to the album is not to my taste, really. That's just an opinion. I think Roger's very proud of it." [Dallas 147-8]

Dave Gilmour: "'The final cut' in film terminology is the finished article. When you stick all the rushes together basically in the right order, you call it the 'rough cut.' And when you've cleaned it up and got it perfect, you call it the final cut. It's also an expression for a stab in the back, which I think is rather the way Roger sees the film industry." [TAP 42]

Post War Dream, The
Your Possible Pasts
Hero's Return, The
Gunner's Dream, The
Paranoid Eyes
Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert
Fletcher Memorial Home, The
Southampton Dock
Final Cut, The
Not Now John
Two Suns in the Sunset

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