"Have a Cigar" as written by and Roger Waters....
Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar
You're gonna go far, you're gonna fly
You're never gonna die
You're gonna make it if you try
They're gonna love you
Well I've always had a deep respect
And I mean that most sincere
The band is just fantastic
That is really what I think
Oh by the way, which one's pink?
And did we tell you the name of the game, boy
We call it 'riding the gravy train'

We're just knocked out
We heard about the sell out
You gotta get an album out
You owe it to the people
We're so happy we can hardly count
Everybody else is just green
Have you seen the chart?
It's a helluva start
It could be made into a monster
If we all pull together as a team
And did we tell you the name of the game, boy
We call it 'riding the gravy train'


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"Have a Cigar" as written by Roger Waters

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  • +6
    General CommentI picture some sleezy guy with a cigar wrapping his greasey, filthy arm around an unsure and on-the-rise rockstar, explaining to him how they can make it big while the filthy pig's suit and body crawls with insects and rot.

    Just what I picture.
    Ludeyon April 10, 2007   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthe record company and money hungry industry people are shmozing the artist.,, doesn't even know them, "oh by the way, which one's pink?"
    brn2sailawayon January 21, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentRoger Waters had/has a very cynical and bitter sense of humour, which is great. I think it's quite funny that the whole punk movement despised Pink Floyd for being old dinosaurs or whatever they saw them as. The Floyd were a whole lot more subtle than the punks in saying f*** off to the System they were meant to symbolise.
    FelixCloudon July 23, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSatirical piss-take on the music industry.
    Sinrothon October 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHowever, there are references to the mean record company,
    "We're just knocked out, we heard about the sell out.
    You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people.
    We're so happy we can hardly count."
    EMI insisting that they should "ride the gravy train" (capitalise on the situation at hand as long as one can) and get another album out. Pink Floyd did give them another great album, and Waters included this a surpise 'gift' for EMI! Only Waters can write things with so much of depth and subtlety!
    sipayion April 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEven though it's not Roger singing, Hats Off To Roy Harper for doing a really great job with this. It still sounds like Pink floyd even w/o roger or dave singing. Duh, cuz of the instruments and lyrics but many times with different vocalists you can't tell.

    Roger had a sore throat when they were planning on recording this song, so they got roy harper. i just wonder why dave couldn't sing it?
    AeroLed286on March 08, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTis song is clearly about the record company being complete A$$holes and not even knowing who they are as long as they get their cash, with all do respect to roger waters he is stingy and fell for the record compainies tricks on purpose because as much as he loved playing music he also wanted the money. Think about it he continued making dozens of their greatest hits albums abd EVEN SEWED David Gilmour for the rights to 75% the profit of Pink floyds new albums! whast up with that as much as he was making fun of the sytem he went along with them for a while
    IMJM4371on April 01, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFuck, I love Pink Floyd. If you didn't see their comeback performance at Live 8, I strongely suggest that you download it. DO IT! Pink Floyd is so much better than Fall Out Boy.
    AEnemaon July 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery common misconception that the line says "And I mean that most sincerely" or "sincere", but if you listen carefully, he says "tensive" (as in he "always has the deepest respect" - emphasis on present tense).

    I attempted to edit the lyrics to correct but it keeps failing.
    DuncanIdahoTPFon December 29, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI beg to differ brn2, that line has to be understood in conjuction with the earlier three lines. The line represents the inner struggle in the band in a subtle way.
    He even says, "... it (the success/albums/band) can be made into a monster, if we all put together as a team"
    sipayion April 19, 2002   Link

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