Friday, March 12, 2010

One of the Few

One of the Few 1:22
     (written by Roger Waters)

When you're one of the few to land on your feet
What do you do to make ends meet?
Make 'em mad, make 'em sad
Make 'em add two and two
Or make 'em me, or make 'em you
Make 'em do what you want them to
Make 'em laugh, make 'em cry
Make 'em lay down and die

The storyline of the album begins to take shape as we are subtly introduced to the main character — the schoolmaster from The Wall. On this album, we see another side to this character, and he becomes a real person instead of a symbol. In this song and the next we learn that the teacher was a bomber pilot in the war, and having survived it (unlike Eric Fletcher Waters), he turns to teaching as a career. 'One of the few' has a double meaning here, as the Few was the name given by Winston Churchill to the RAF pilots who won the Battle for Britain. ("Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.")

However, this version of the character is slightly different from the one in The Wall, and his wife seems to be a entirely different sort of person.

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