Tuesday, March 23, 2010

You Gotta Be Crazy

You Gotta Be Crazy  18:14
Performed live July 1974 

* Unrecorded
     (written by Waters, Gilmour)

You gotta be crazy, you gotta be mean
You gotta keep your kids and your car clean
You gotta keep climbing, you gotta keep fit
You gotta keep smiling, you gotta eat shit

You gotta be small to be a bigshot
You gotta eat meat to stay at the top
You gotta be trusted, gotta tell lies
You gotta be able to narrow your eyes

You gotta believe they've gotta believe you
You gotta appear easy to see through
Gotta be sure you look good on TV
Gotta resemble a human being, yeah

You gotta keep one eye over your shoulder
Gonna get harder as you get older
Gotta fly south and hide in the sand
Gotta forget you're gonna get cancer

And when you lose control, you'll reap the harvest you have sown
And as the fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone
And it's too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw around
So have a good drown, as you go down, all alone
Dragged down by the stone

Gotta be sure, you gotta be quick
Gotta divide the tame from the sick
Gotta keep some of us docile and fit
You gotta keep everyone buying this shit
They get you started bright and early
You work like that 'til you're 65
Then you retire too old until you die

I gotta admit to a lot of confusion
Pain in the head is the child of collusion
Gotta resist the creeping malaise
You gotta believe in the way out of the maze
But you, you just keep on pretending
You can tell a sucker from a friend
But you still raise the knife to
Stranger, lover, friend and foe alike

Who was born in a house full of pain
Who was sent out to play on his own
Who was placed on a diet of shame
Who was trained not to spit in the fan
Who was told what to do by the man
Who was broken by trained personnel
Who was fitted with bridle and bit
Who was given a seat in the stand
Who was forcing his way to the rails
Who was offered a place on the board
Who was only a stranger at home
Who was ground down in the end
Who was found dead on the phone
Who was dragged down by the stone
Dragged down by the stone

The second of three new songs premiered in the summer of 1974. This song, like Raving and Drooling, appeared much later in a very different form (including totally rewritten lyrics) on the album Animals. Lyrics and timing taken from the 14 November 1974 performance at Wembley Stadium.

Roger Waters: "Dave came up with a nice chord sequence, I wrote some words, and we carried on from there with You Gotta Be Crazy." [Shine On]

Alternate titles: Gotta Be Crazy, You've Gotta Be Crazy, You've Got To Be Crazy, Dogs

No comments:

Post a Comment