Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pink Floyd got it Right in 1977

I'm not keen on bringing politics into this blog; but something occurred to me when I was listening to the Animals album by the Floyd released in 1977.

It's a political satire concept album; talking about the three main pillars of society: the Dogs, the Pigs, and the Sheep. Each represents the classes of society, with the pigs being in control and the dogs doing their bidding, and the sheep are the mindless masses.

So why is this relevant?

Well starting in 2011, the Arab Spring brought down many tyrants of the Middle East (Hosny Mubarak, Muammar Qaddafi, Bin Ali etc).

The story of the song "Sheep" (written by Roger Waters) on the album discusses how the mindless masses collectively turn against the pigs and dogs, and then control their own fate... until:

Bleating and babbling we fell on his neck with a scream
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!
You better stay home
And do as you're told
Get out of the road if you want to grow old.

The sheep are now taking over the role of the pigs; it's also inspired from George Orwell's "Animal Farm" where the pigs and humans become friends despite being enemies in the beginning.

Now the movement of all the "freed" Arab countries is to choose and elect political Islam into power; one wonders if after all this pain, bloodshed, and strife was worth something in the end.

Here's the track:


  1. Loads of old Pink Floyd tracks can be put into context with todays happenings... but great spotting there!!

  2. also, "Dead cats, Dead rats" by the doors.. so political, it talks about the Vietnam war..


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