Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wot's... Uh The Deal

Wot's... Uh The Deal 5:02
     (written by Waters, Gilmour)

Heaven sent the promised land
Looks all right from where I stand
Cause I'm the man on the outside looking in
Waiting on the first step
Show me where the key is kept
Point me down the right line because it's time
To let me in from the cold
Turn my land into gold
Cause there's a chill wind blowing in my soul
And I think I'm growing old

Flash the readies, what's a deal?
Got to make it to the next meal
Try to keep up with the turning of the wheel
Mile after mile (2x)
Stone after stone (2x)
Turn to speak, but you're alone
Million miles from home, you're on your own
So let me in from the cold
Turn my land into gold
Cause there's a chill wind blowing in my soul
And I think I'm growing old

Fly bright by candlelight
And lie by my side
And if she prefers, we need never stir again
Someone sent the promised land
And I grabbed it with both hands
Now I'm the man on the inside lookin' out
Hear me shout "Come on in,
What's the news, and where you been?"
Cause there's no wind left in my soul
And I've grown old

'Flash the readies' in British vernacular means to produce ready cash from somewhere. Olivier refuses to sell his feathers, and he seduces Vivian and makes love to her while this song plays (bringing new meaning to the lyric when Dave sings, 'let me in, from the cold...').

Obscured by Clouds
When You're In
Burning Bridges
Gold it's in the..., The
Wot's... Uh the Deal
Childhood's End
Free Four
Absolutely Curtains


  1. The line following "...let me in from the cold" should read "turn my LEAD into gold" -- you know, like alchemy. :-)

    1. I agree 100% with your lyrical assessment. it is most definitely 'turn my lead into gold'. To me, he is saying 'help me turn this shit show of a life into something good'

  2. what the hell is this song about?

  3. I think it's about a man who wants to be happy and thinks he can find it by being rich. If he is rich and happy he can reach the "promised land". He sees people with riches and cuz he has none he's "on the outside looking in". He struggles to find this "promise land" "mile after mile." Eventually however he finds love (indicated by the line "if she prefers we need never stir again"). He realizes that love is the promised land and now he's "on the inside looking out" and he brings love to others ("come on in") interpreted by the metaphor of him inviting others in to the promised land of love in his old age.

  4. excellent post. This is my absolute favorite Pink Floyd song. So powerful. It used to be tough to find online, but there is an amazing and near perfect live version out there. Youtube this song and david gilmour. he does it on 'live in Gdansk'. Interestingly, it didn't make the cut for the DVD. it's just an outtake. I play this song on guitar camping now, I just love it!