Dogs Of War

Album: A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987)
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  • Dogs of war and men of hate
    With no cause, we don't discriminate
    Discovery is to be disowned
    Our currency is flesh and bone
    Hell opened up and put on sale
    Gather 'round and haggle
    For hard cash, we will lie and deceive
    Even our masters don't know the web we weave

    One world, it's a battleground
    One world, and we will smash it down
    One world, one world

    Invisible transfers, long distance calls,
    Hollow laughter in marble halls
    Steps have been taken, a silent uproar
    Has unleashed the dogs of war
    You can't stop what has begun
    Signed, sealed, they deliver oblivion
    We all have a dark side, to say the least
    And dealing in death is the nature of the beast

    One world, it's a battleground
    One world, and we will smash it down
    One world, one world

    The dogs of war don't negotiate
    The dogs of war won't capitulate,
    They will take and you will give,
    And you must die so that they may live
    You can knock at any door,
    But wherever you go, you know they've been there before
    Well winners can lose and things can get strained
    But whatever you change, you know the dogs remain.

    One world, it's a battleground
    One world, and we will smash it down
    One world, one worldWriter/s: DAVE GILMOUR, ANTHONY MOORE
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, IMAGEM MUSIC INC
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Comments: 25

  • Krishen from Mount Laurel, Nj@Michael -- "Several Species..." has the benefit of it being fun to listen to Waters making all those sound effects organically, which is a rather impressive feat. "Dogs of War", on the other hand, is an ugly bore.
  • Charlie from Nyc, NyScott Page plays the sax in this video from nassau county vetrans memorial coliseum for delicate sound of thunder tour.
    Charlie Muller Bronx NY.
  • Mark from Fort Wayne, InWaters - Gilmour, whatever. They are both more talented than I could ever hope to be. I think the song is about mercenaries, arms dealers and the people who thrive on world conflict. Packs of wild dogs feeding off the worlds unrest. "With no cause they don't discriminate". No morals, no affiliations, fighting for or supplying anyone who can pay. Not a particularly uplifting but unfortunately all too true song.
  • Natalie from Rotorua, New ZealandI think that the sound of this song isnt that great but the lyrics are amazing. "dogs of war" - have you ever seen a dogfight? Dogs wont stop fighting until one of them is dead. This is just like war. We wont stop fighting each other until the other side is dead. And whens that gonna happen? Never. This song is meant as a realisation, for us to realise that war no longer a form of defense but a pointless act. The dogs are also referred to as mecenary soldiers, and dominance and power. In war nobody comes out with their hands clean. No one. The biggest crime is knowing something is wrong and not doing anything about it.
    David uses an extended metaphor "hell opened up and put on a sale" and "dealing in death is the nature of the beast" both of thesd refer to hell or the devil.
    In the chorus Gilmore says "one world, its a battleground" which refers to the government training people to kill. If you train someone to kill then theyre gonna kill. This also is an extended metaphor refering back to how dogs fight to the end. In the first stanza he says "web we weave". When dogs fight they weave in and out of eah other.
    This information is all my opinion anyway. Who knows, i could be wrong
  • Lester from New York City, NyThe live version on 'The Delicate Sound of Thunder' is GREAT.
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InUh, no.
    This album came out in 1987.
    However, Dave is not nearly as much of a political firebrand as Roger, and this one is more ambiguous than one specific to Reagan.
    It seems to be directed at militarists in general.
    Getting back to the song, this one is one of only two Floyd songs that I absolutely despise, the other being the 1968 "It Would Be So Nice."
    Oh, and the sax from Scott "The Mullet" Page makes this awful song all the worse.
  • Martin from Babylon, Nyfirst the song isn't about reagan he didn't become pres until 1980 album was released in 1977,
  • Rod from Logan, Njpinkfloyd never died yhey were allsome when they started and awesome foreever
  • John from San Diego, CaI've been listening to Floyd since the early days and think this is a great song and album. F'ck Roger Waters, Floyd moved on without him.
  • Michael from Oxford, -Yes, "On the Run" is worse than this.
  • Bryan from New York, NyA decent song, it's got an interesting vocal sound. Personally, On the Run is my least favorite Floyd song.
  • Syla from Small Town, WiObviously there are lot of Pink Floyd old schoolers here and I heard all their music. I love this album and listen to it on the way to work. I could hardly call it the worst of anything. Truly, no one on this board could ever do any better. It probably just offended them for some deep seated reason even they can't figure out.
  • Michael from OxfordAnyway, COME ON! There's no doubt on what is the worst Pink Floyd song of all time: Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict.
  • Michael from OxfordI wasn't born until 1991 so I can't know for sure, but I gather that back in 1989 this was voted the worst Pink Floyd song ever because it's Gilmour failing to write a Waters-style anti-war lyric.

    This seems to be rather the Pink Floyd equivalent of the Beatles' cover of Mr. Moonlight. (*) A lot of people hate it even though there's little or nothing by way of a good reason. If there is a slight problem with this song it's that it just takes a shade too long to get into gear.

    (*) In fact it seems like A Momentary Lapse of Reason is the Pink Floyd equivalent of Beatles for Sale all round!
  • Damien from Edmonton, CanadaSeriously, Floyd did die when Roger left. TDB was OK, but It didn't help the fact that Pink Floyd were dying.
  • Michael from O'fallon, MoPink Floyd didn't die when Waters left. He already had already murdered it during production of The Wall. David was just doing his best to revive it. Roger crushed both Mason and Wright's spirits, and Gilmour was not capable of resuscitating them for this album.
  • Bill from Erie, Pa"A Momentary Lapse of Reason" was basically a David Gilmour solo album. All the traditional floyd elements are missing, from Roger Waters' lyrics to Rick Wright's keyboards and Nick Mason's drumming. Floyd really did die when Roger Waters left.
  • Evan from Flower Mound, Txto ben, the sax is played by dick parry who also played the sax for dark side of the moon~money and us and them, and for wish you were here~shine on you crazy diamond, he also plays for division bell, pink floyd's final album
  • Phil from Niagara Falls, Canadaan update to "dogs"?
  • Ash from Charleston, WvNo, this is not the greatest song ever. But I have to strongly disagree with Matthew of Germantown, MD. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is a terrific album. Take, for example, the songs "One Slip" and "Sorrow," and the instrumental "Terminal Frost" is fantastic.
  • Ashley from Moncton, CanadaYeah, it's not that great of a song, but don't trash it completely. I suppose I like it okay. The vocals are mediocre, but the lyrics aren't terrible, they're still better than a lot of comercialized crap you'd hear from someone like Lindsay Lohan.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScI might be outnumbered here but I actually like this song, and everything about it too! No it isn't one of there best, but it isn't totally awfull. if you think about it, the subject matter is pretty typical of pink Floyd songs.
  • Matthew from Germantown, MdThis is undoubtedly the worst pink floyd song there is. The lyrics are terrible, the vocals are mediocre, the music just reeks of bad songwriting. This can be said about much of A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The Dogs of War is on the Delicate Sounds of Thunder and I honestly believe it to be the worst track on any album.
  • Ben from Aguadilla, United Stateswho plays the sax?
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaThe lyrics are a poor man's version of Roger Waters sort of commentary. The best part of the song is the time signature change where the sax solo kicks in. Neat production in this song all around.
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