Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Thin Ice

The Thin Ice 2:27
     (written by Roger Waters)

Momma loves her baby, and Daddy loves you too
And the sea may look warm to you, babe
And the sky may look blue
Oh, babe
Oh, baby blue
Oh, babe

If you should go skating on the thin ice of modern life
Dragging behind you the silent reproach
Of a million tear stained eyes
Don't be surprised when a crack in the ice
Appears under your feet
You slip out of your depth and out of your mind
With your fear flowing out behind you
As you claw the thin ice

As one listens to this song, one can easily feel that it is the distillation of Roger Waters' bitter feelings about 'modern life.' The newborn babe looks upon the world naively, with no premonition of the pain in store when he grows up and encounters all the obstacles to happiness in the modern world. The spectre of Syd Barrett also lurks in the background, as one who slipped through 'the crack in the ice' and out of his mind. After the somewhat esoteric, dreamy landscapes of Pink Floyd of years past, the song is a startling summing up of Roger's actual experience of the real world. Though it takes the form of a sad and beautiful warning to the newborn 'Pink,' the much deeper meaning is apparent in the feeling of the piece.

Disc One
In the Flesh?
Thin Ice, The
Another Brick in the Wall part 1
Happiest Days of Our Lives, The
Another Brick in the Wall part 2
Goodbye Blue Sky
Empty Spaces
Young Lust
One of My Turns
Don't Leave Me Now
Another Brick in the Wall part 3
Goodbye Cruel World
Disc Two
Hey You
Is There Anybody Out There?
Nobody Home
Bring the Boys Back Home
Comfortably Numb
Show Must Go On, The
In the Flesh
Run Like Hell
Waiting for the Worms
Trial, The
Outside the Wall

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