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Album: AnimalsReleased: 1977
This is probably the closest thing to a love song Floyd has ever made. The Floyd were noted as being more political in their lyrics than anything.
The song is split into two parts at the beginning and end of Animals, nesting three tracks between it. This is similar to the structure of Wish You Were Here, which featured "Shine On, You Crazy Diamond" split into two parts with three tracks between.
While performing this live at a show, bassist/vocalist Roger Waters got increasingly agitated as the crowd let off explosives while the band tried to perform. Waters made his anger quite apparent to the crowd, the result of which is now a rather famous download. It's also one of the antics that led Waters to create the theme for The Wall
After Floyd's breakup, during his solo shows, Roger Waters combined Pigs on the Wing parts I and II and bridged them with an electric guitar solo played by Snowy White.
Waters believes there's empathy in his writing for the acoustic "Pigs On The Wing Parts 1 & 2." Interviewed in 1978, he said that the song was about his second wife-to-be Caroline Christie. (They divorced in 1992.)
These days Waters thinks its message is wider reaching. He told Mojo in 2017: "Maybe it was about someone. My feeling now is that it's more general. It's saying, if we don't care for one another and have empathy for one another, then all we're left with is this… crap."
Waters added: "The final verse – 'Any fools knows, a dog needs a home, a shelter from pigs on the wing' is a nod towards the idea of safety and succour in the arms of a loved one. It's the idea that we're not alone that we have a responsibility to one another in a global society."