"Corporal Clegg" as written by and Roger Waters....
Corporal Clegg had a wooden leg
He won it in the war, in 1944.
Corporal Clegg had a medal too
In orange, red, and blue
He found it in the zoo.
Dear, dear were they really sad for me?
Dear, dear will they really laugh at me?
Mrs. Clegg, you must be proud of him.
Mrs. Clegg, another drop of gin.
Corporal Clegg umbrella in the rain
He's never been the same
No one is to blame
Corporal Clegg received his medal in a dream
From Her Majesty the queen
His boots were very clean.
Mrs. Clegg, you must be proud of him
Mrs. Clegg, another drop of gin.


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"Corporal Clegg" as written by Roger Waters

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  • +4
    General CommentSyd didn't write this song, and credit goes to Waters on the album.

    "Was Corporal Clegg on Saucerful Of Secrets a deliberate Hendrix-style sound that you were going for?"

    "No, not really. I didn't know what the hell I was trying to play at the time to be quite honest. I'd really no idea. What I was used to playing, the style I had, didn't fit Pink Floyd at the time, and I didn't really know quite what to do."

    - David Gilmour - Sounds "Guitar Heroes" Magazine, May 1983
    Mahavishnuon July 31, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe kazoo is the only reason I listen to this song.

    Don't be hating on my kazoo homies.

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 07, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually, I believe that this song has a lot more meaning than their other psychedellic work (mostly because Waters is beginning to dominate his role as songwriter and realize his later style). This song, is the most jolly fashion, forebears Waters' later ominous, nihilistic and darkly sarcastic themes that appear most strongly throughout '77-'83.

    Waters' sarcasm and disdain can be seem immediatly in the start of this song.
    "Corporal Clegg had a wooden leg /
    he won it in the war in nineteen forty four"
    'Winning' a wooden leg in a war makes it all seem like a big game, furthered by the kazoo implementation.

    While I somewhat agree with the insanity theory, I think Waters is just demonstrating the frivoulousness of medals and awards.
    "Corporal Clegg had a medal too /
    in orange and blue, he found it in the zoo"
    "Corporal Clegg received his medal in a dream
    from Her Majesty the Queen, his boots were very clean"
    Clean boots obviously signify that Corporal Clegg actually did very little fighting, and was awarded this medal instead of the many whole truly lived through hell in WWII and received no recognition.

    Now that I think about it, these last lines remind me a lot of Forest Gump... I'll let you compare than one yourself.
    "Corporal Clegg, umbrella in the rain /
    he's never been the same but no one is to blame "

    All in all, this may be truly the first brick in the Wall.


    Shine on and be careful with that axe
    Unsoundon May 13, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm pretty sure I've heard from numerous people that this is about a crazed war vet like most people said, but theres a lot more to be interpreted. He found it in the zoo means that he plays a KAzoo, most presumably one that was orange red and blue as they can be quite colorful. He has gone so mad from war that all his lunacy does is play that thing. You are supposed to believe that the kazoo playing between verses is corporal clegg. The lines about his wife are supposed to ask about her embarassment. Jokingly she is not proud of him at all and she must drink herself to the bottom of a bottle to hide her shame for her husband. I don't think he actually ever won a medal, he's just so shell shocked from war that he has gone mad.
    brianw87on November 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is pretty good, its about a veteran and what he has to go trough after the war, he isnt appreciated, he is scared for life, its a sad song, at first i thougtht "what where they on when they wrote this song" but the more i listened to it the more i liked it
    bored_dude_in_njon March 14, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCorperal Clegg is a great example of ... ummm.. dark wartime imagery infused with fizzy british psychedelia. A fun-filled cavalcade of Roger Waters mayhem to be enjoyed by the whole family.

    Poor old Mrs. Clegg. Another drop of gin, indeed.
    ceruleancaterpillaron November 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI get alot of shit for liking this song, but I do like it. I agree with what DarkSideoftheWall said. The kazoo solos remind me of a birthday party, although the song makes me sad.
    TheTrialon December 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNice little song. It's not brilliant but you can't compare it to the dire Dog's of War. At least this has a bit of spunk and drive. Dogs or War was a droning mess.
    werummon February 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is awesome, if you dont like it try listening to it again. it's quick and painless and the kazoo puts me in a jolly mood
    mupharton March 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that's one mean kazoo Gilmour plays.
    Anderson_Councilon March 13, 2006   Link

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