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Corporal Clegg


Pink Floyd

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This song is about a soldier who lost his leg in World War II, and his apparently alcoholic wife. It is the first mention of war in a Pink Floyd song. (thanks, adri - zadar, Croatia)
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason sang the lines, "He won it in the war... in orange red and blue... he's never been the same... and from her majesty the queen." It was Mason's only vocal contribution until Pink Floyd's sixth album, Meddle, in 1971.
The title "Corporal Clegg" was chosen as a reference to Thaddeus Von Clegg, the inventor of the kazoo, hence the section where kazoos are played. (thanks, alex - Dublin, Ireland)
Roger Waters told Mojo magazine December 2009 that this song is autobiographical. He explained: "Corporal Clegg is about my father and his sacrifice in World War II. It's somewhat sarcastic - the idea of the wooden leg being something you won in the war, like a trophy."
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Comments (10):

Leave it to PiNK FLOyD to catch you off guard with the kazoos.
- Jason, Las Angeles, CA
Couple of things here....aside from One of These Days, Nick's voice appears on the unreleased "Scream Thy last Scream", not Clegg or Vegetable Man. And I'm surprised that the footage of Roger and David fighting has never been used for journalistic propaganda before. Brilliant!
- Terry, Wickford, RI
At the end of the song, you can hear the band break into laughter, during one of the "Corporal Clegg" phrases during the kazoo solo. As soon as I heard this, I just broke into laughter as well.

Amazing chord structure. It's just something I come back to whenever I'm listening to Pink Floyd.
- Harry, South Bend, IN
btw...anyone wanting to hear the only example of Nick singing on a Floyd song must dig up the unreleased studio version of the song "Vegetable Man."
- oldpink, New Castle, IN
Actually, the statement about Nick Mason singing is inaccurate.
The lines credited to Nick were actually sung by Roger.
It's a great song, albeit jarring and not for the faint of heart.
It is also definitely Roger's first foray into political commentary.
- oldpink, New Castle, IN
"...and his apparently alcoholic wife."

I thought Mrs Clegg was his mother. Now I'm not sure.
- Paul, London
Love the psychedelic sound of this song...
- Mentor, Cambridge, England
I have to say when I first heard this song I didn't really like it... but as I am figuring out, old Floyd has to grow on you.
- Leah, Lebanon, OR
as usual, great lyrics
- Shelby, Idiotville , KY
never heard this...but it has to be good. =]
- Shelby, Idiotville , KY
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