Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Work 5:00
     (written by Roger Waters)

Wasting my time
Resting my mind
But I'll never pine
For the sad days and the bad days
When I was working from nine to five
And if you don't mind
I'll spend my time
Here by the fireside
In the warm light of the love in her eyes

And if you don't mind
I'll spend my time
Here by the fireside
In the warm light of the love in her eyes

Lead vocals: Roger Waters
Trumpet: Roger Waters

Of course, soon after awakening, the man has to go to Work, the title of the next piece (a.k.a. Work/Afternoon). The song begins with a loud whistle and the sound of a train, obviously meant to imply commuting to work. Though the lyrics seem to be about not working, the instrumental section following could easily be construed to represent strenuous work. Dave's guitar is heavy and loud, as is Roger's trumpet, and the whole band seems to be whooping it up enthusiastically. Dave is really the star here though, and his extended guitar solo is surprisingly good for this time period — it would fit in well on later albums such as Dark Side of the Moon.

After the song, the band would take a tea break on stage (hence the Afternoon portion of the title). This is not included in the time for the song. At the 26 July performance of the show, instead of the actual song Work, the band and roadies had a go at the real thing.

Tim Renwick: "They built a table with rhythmic hammering and sawing. When it was done, the roadies came on with a pot of tea and switched on a transistor radio and put a mike in front of it, so the entire audience would be listening to whatever happened to be on the radio at the time while the guys were drinking their tea. It was tremendous, really good."

Work would be recorded in July of 1969 (at the end of the Ummagumma sessions) under the title Biding My Time, but it would not be released until May 1971, as the only new track on the Relics compilation.

The Man
Doing It
Daybreak part two
The Journey
Beginning, The
Beset by the Creatures of the Deep
Narrow Way, The
Pink Jungle, The
Labyrinths of Auximenes, The
Behold the Temple of Light
End of the Beginning, The

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