Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Postwar Dream

The Postwar Dream 3:03
     (written by Roger Waters)

A group of business ministers announced plans to build a nuclear fallout shelter at Peterborough in Cambridgeshire
Three high court judges have cleared the way for count...
It was announced today that the replacement for the Atlantic Conveyer, the container ship lost in the Falklands conflict, would be built in Japan. A spokesman for...
—moving in. And they say the third world countries, like Bolivia, which produce the drug, are suffering from rising violence...

Tell me true, tell me why was Jesus crucified
Was it for this that Daddy died?
Was it you? Was it me?
Did I watch too much TV?
Is that a hint of accusation in your eyes?
If it wasn't for the Nips
Being so good at building ships
The yards would still be open on the Clyde
And it can't be much fun for them
Beneath the rising sun
With all their kids committing suicide

What have we done?
Maggie, what have we done?
What have we done to England?
Should we shout, should we scream
'What happened to the post war dream?'
Oh, Maggie!
Maggie, what did we do?

The Final Cut opens with a highly political attack on Britain's post-WWII policies, and the state of affairs to which they had led. 'Maggie,' of course, is former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The album continues with the political rhetoric, artfully interspersed with songs of a more personal nature, such as the one below.

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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