Not Now John

Album: The Final Cut (1983)
Charted: 30
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  • Fuck all that we've got to get on with these
    Gotta compete with the wily Japanese
    There's too many home fires burning
    And not enough trees
    So fuck all that
    We've go to get on with these

    Can't stop!
    Lose job!
    Mind gone!
    Silicon!
    What bomb?
    Get away!
    Pay day!
    Make hay!
    Break down!
    Need fix.
    Big six.
    Clickity click.
    Hold on!
    Oh no,
    Bring bingo!

    Make 'em laugh
    Make 'em cry
    Make 'em dance in the aisles
    Make 'em pay
    Make 'em stay
    Make 'em feel okay

    Not nah John
    We've got to get on with the film show
    Hollywood waits at the end of the rainbow
    Who cares what it's about
    As long as the kids go?
    Not now John we've
    Got to get on with the show

    Hang on John I've got to get on with this
    I don't know what it is
    But it fits on here like
    Come at the end of the shift
    We'll go and get pissed
    Not now John
    I've got to get on with this

    Hold on John
    I think there's something good on
    I used to read books but
    It could be the news
    Or some other amusement
    It could be reusable shows

    Fuck all that we've got to get on with these
    Got to compete with the wily Japanese
    No need to worry about the Vietnamese
    Got to bring the Russian Bear to his knees
    Well, maybe not the Russian Bear
    Maybe the Swedes
    We showed Argentina
    Now let's go and show these
    Make us feel tough
    And wouldn't Maggie be pleased?
    Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah!

    S'cusi dove il bar
    (What?)
    Se para collo pou eine toe bar
    s'il vous plait ou est le bar
    (Say it in English!)
    Oi, where's the fucking bar John?
    (Oh, now you're talking!)\"
    Oh! Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the day
    Down!
    Go, Maggie!
    Hammer, Hammer, Hammer, Hammer, now! Writer/s: ROGER WATERS
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 17

  • Rand from AmericaI had to learn to put my political feelings and views aside if I wanted to fully enjoy rock n roll. If I didn't, I couldn't listen to Pink Floyd, or Bob Dylan or Creedance and so many popular groups of the sixties. PF has been a part of my life going on fifty years, and I still love them, especially with my special cannabis meds, lol
  • Oliver Clothesoff from The ClosetWhat a shock... PF railing against the political right. I'm sure they'd have called Churchill a warmonger for saying "f**k all that" to the Nazis and not accepting their offer of "peace."
  • Venus from KyAgreed Javi D. NY
  • Jamal Nuri from Tripoli, LibyaThe song was message to David Bowie when he did the song (Let's dance), so Roger said: Not now John.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxHearing the girls in the background echoing the tacky lyrics always made me laugh.
  • Javi D. from New York, Nyhas to be one of david's most underrated solos. amazing and timeless.
  • Stu from Philly, Pai actually get a kick out of the backups; you almost never hear that style utter such profanity. not that i'm 7 years old and ooh look a dirty word, it's just amusing, that's all.
  • Shamomo Apolo Onono from Liverpool, OhI love the passion in this song. Its so intense...but yeah, I think it could do without the female back-up vocals.
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Mointense...great song, except ive never liked when they add the dramatic female backup vocals, even in Dark Side. makes it sound too corny. very reminiscent of The Wall, especially when roger starts yelling at the end.
  • Steve from Westc;liff On Sea, United KingdomIMHO, the song also refers to the dumbing down of the masses over the past few decades. "Television is the opiate of the people", and all that, (used to be religion and that's raising its head again). "Give them what they want"; (these days' it's stuff like reality TV and the ridiculous and overbearing obsession with celebrity) and they won't/can't be bothered about the important stuff that happens (erosion of civil liberties as part of the reaction to "The War on Terror", irresponsibility [i.e. overweening greed] in the financial world that led to the current recession/depression, etc. etc).
    Give them the bollocks they want (having groomed and convinced them that it's good) and let them drink themselves stupid so they won't give a s--t what their "leaders" do.
    A cynical view, perhaps, but I think it has merit...
  • Ani from Yerevan, ArmeniaI think saying "John" Waters means all Englishmen as John's the most spread name in Britain:/ But I don't know any facts, I just think so:/
  • Sibella from Pretoria, South AfricaHm...maybe. It sucks that they changed the lyrics to "stuff all that" in the single. I hate it when people redub things like that! They tried it with The Doors too, but didn't succeed!
  • Jack from Queens, NyI think this song is amalgamation of Waters dissatisfaction with The Wall (film) and his contempt for Thatcherism in Britain. Basically, I think the John character is just a generic name for someone who gets reluctantly sucked into the agenda of forces that are bigger than him (i.e. Hollywood / government).
  • Sibella from Pretoria, --Whose John? If anyone knows, please post a comment and tell me, because I'm quite curious.
  • Kalle from Stockholm, SwedenRoger also sings lead on the last verse.
    Good song from a very good album.
  • Mark from London, EnglandThe Final Cut is a Roger Waters solo album in all but name. Richard Wright, the band's keyboardist, had earlier been sacked by Waters and this is the only LP which does not have his input (the only Floyd member to appear on all albums being drummer Nick Mason).
  • Bryan from New York, NyPretty good song, with a nice guitar solo. Some excellent background shouting by good old Roger.
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