The Hero's Return

Album: The Final Cut (1983)
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  • Jesus, Jesus, what's it all about?
    Trying to clout these little ingrates into shape
    When I was their age, all the lights went out
    There was no time to whine and mope about
    And even now part of me flies over Dresden at angels one five
    Though they'll never fathom it behind my sarcasm
    Desperate memories lie

    Sweetheart, sweetheart, are you fast asleep? Good
    That's the only time that I can really speak to you
    There is something that I've locked away
    A memory that is too painful
    To withstand the light of day

    When we came back from the war
    The banners and flags hung on everyone's door
    We danced and we sang in the street
    And the church bells rang
    But burning in my heart
    The memory smolders on
    Of the gunner's dying words on the intercom Writer/s: George Roger Waters
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 5

  • Shane from Bloomington-normal, Ilyou can listen to the full version here: to my ear, this edit includes work from the original wall sessions ( the 2nd part) and the more polished FC sessions (part 1)
  • Terry from Wickford, RiThis was a track leftover from The Wall sessions and further explores the backstory of The Schoolmaster character, not Roger Waters himself. Originally, it was called "Teacher, Teacher" on the Wall demos and included that last verse, which was originally a reprise to the song that came later, much like the Breathe reprise follows "Time" on DSOtM. Essentially the bitterness of his disillusionment after coming home victorious from the war (during which some people such as himself basically committed atrocities against the enemy)...but in the name of what? There was no grand and glorious change in the world after the war. And the kids growing up who he teaches to make a living don't see him as a war hero, just a bitter old man. And he can't tell his wife about his insecurities and his guilt about the war, because she doesn't understand him, either. So he winds up more angry, and more bitter and we get the result of this in the songs Happiest Days of Our Lives /Another Brick in The Wall pt2 on The Wall.
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaWhat waters is talking about here is a soldier returning home from the war (ww2) and how he is scarred from what he has done and seen. "When we came back from the war..the church bells rang..but...the memory smolders on, of the gunner's dying words on the intercom". His bitterness and unhappiness are not well understood by even his closest family, "Even now part of me flies over Dresden".

    William, Boston, maybe you are focussing too much on the trivia and gossip surrounding the band members' personal lives, instead of the real messages behind the band's lyrics.
  • William from Boston, MaWhat waters is talking about here is his fans, mainly the young ones (Trying to clout these little ingrates into shape) After that he starts to talk about how when he was young he lived through a war (When I was their age all the lights went out.There was no time to whine or mope about)he then again switches topics to talking to his wife, while shes asleep, not able to tell her his weaknesses.Finaly he talks about how when the war ended everyone was happy, he to acted it but really he felt bad for his father, the gunner, and what he knows what his final word would be (peace)
  • Deepphreeze from Irvine, CaIt's also a reference to the universal symbol of 'the stone', which was a common thread throughout the Floyd's albums. The stone, of course, is a symbol of all negative emotion.
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