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Album: Echoes - The Best Of Pink FloydReleased: 1982Charted:
Roger Waters wrote this about his father, who died in World War II at Anzio, Italy in 1944. Roger was just five months old when his father was killed. The feeling of loss became a theme in Roger's songs, many of which dealt with military themes and the repercussions of war.
Released as a single in 1982, this song did not appear on an album until it was used on Pink Floyd's 2001 Greatest Hits compilation. It also appeared on the reissued version of The Final Cut in 2003.
This was used in Pink Floyd's movie The Wall
. It appeared in the "Enemy Bridge Was Held" and "High Command" sections, when Pink sees his dad loading a gun and dusting his army uniform.
Original Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett also lost his father, who died when he was 14. It may have contributed to the mental illness that forced him out of the band.
In this song, Roger Waters sings about finding a letter that "His Majesty signed with his own rubber stamp." Waters says that he was trying on his father's uniform when he found a condolence letter from George VI, which was indeed signed with a rubber stamp. He found the replica signature particularly disturbing, since his dad gave up his life for the country. He would have preferred an actual signature, even if it was simply on behalf of the King.