"Pigs on the Wing (Part 1)" as written by and Roger Waters....
If you didn't care
What happened to me
And I didn't care for you

We would zig-zag our way
Through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain

Wondering which of the
Buggers to blame
And watching the pigs on the wing


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"Pigs on the Wing" as written by Roger Waters

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    General CommentHere is my interpretation of this entire song set (POW- fun acronym, parts 1+2), as well as a rather lengthy rant of how this album is inspired, but not based on, George Orwell's Animal Farm:

    Pigs on the Wing are enemy fighters in a persons blindspot. So think about it. If you care about someone, what do you do, you hug them. If you do this, you see in one direction and the other person sees in the other direction. You have no blind spot, and so are therefore not vulnerable to pigs on the wing. However, if you don't care about anyone, you have to cover all directions at once, which can't be done efficiently, so you always have to look out for pigs on the wing.

    Not to start an argument, but there are multiple similarities between Animal Farm (my favorite book) and Animals (one of my top 4 albums, each of which I like the same for different reasons).

    The dogs in Animal Farm are not stupid, mindless killers. Orwell makes a note of the smarter animals on the farm, in which he directly mentions dogs and pigs.

    The sheep also draw a similarity between the two mediums. In both, they are the lower classes, underneath the thumb of the pigs.

    That said, Animals is not based on Animal Farm, it is inspired by it. They do not tell the same story, but they use the same metaphors for the same types of people.

    Pigs are corrupt leaders. In Animal Farm, they represented Stalin and his pawns, and were also generic totalitarians. In Animals, they are the capitalists, Margaret Thatcher (a far right winger), and Mary Whitehouse (of the Clean Up TV act).

    Dogs are those who look out only for themselves. In the book, the dogs are the secret police of Stalin (Napoleon). In animals, I've always seen them as the Big Oil CEO types under the thumb of the President and Vice president.

    Sheep are the masses, generally uneducated, though in Animals they have the sense to rise up, and in Animal Farm they truly are devout followers of Napoleon.

    Just as a side note, Mary Whitehouse was so unpopular that TV shows that got her seal of approval were worried that their ratings would take a hit, and deliberately tried to offend her. So Roger Waters was not alone in hating her.
    inpraiseoffollyon June 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou may be onto something, MileSmiles, because Roger really likes flying, he even got his own pilot's license (not easy to do), that's what the song "Learning to Fly" (from A Momentary Lapse of Reason) is about.

    Also, the acronym for Pigs On the Wing, POW, is the same acronym as Prisoner Of War. "Wondering which one of the buggers to blame" could refer to the soldiers wondering if one of the generals or higher authority person is the cause of their inprisonment, facing the boredom and pain of living in a 4-walled cell all the time and whatever forced labor or torture the prison imposed upon the prisoners.

    Not the intended meaning of the song, of course, but aren't songs written so that the listener can enjoy pulling their own meaning or life connection out of it? If so, then are there any "right" or "wrong" sing meanings? Just something to think about.
    La_Grange57on January 11, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningMy interpretation of Pigs on the wing is that the song is a Union song. The pigs represent big corporate greed, the dogs being middle management and the sheep being the workers. THe workers need to stick together and care for each other or will simply continue to be abused by the large corporations.
    mps107on February 21, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis album is amazing. i can't just listen to 1 song, i have to listen to the entire album. in my opinion, i believe that the song is reference to how simple life for animals must be, in the sense that they don't have the same emotions and thoughts as humans do. animals just do what comes naturally to them and they can't comprehend the complexities/problems of life that consume humans.
    THawk37on March 22, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionIn my opinion, this song represents societal ignorance. Everybody constantly going about their own business, not acknowledging others as they walk by people in the streets. Getting through the minor challenges, "the boredom and pain". But then not knowing whats really going on at a higher level, and starting to develop a sense of curiosity, "wondering which of the buggers to blame", though afraid to brake the state of ignorance due to the fear of a regime. I can see the whole scene playing out when I hear this song. Brilliant
    ddubs2468on March 02, 2013   Link
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    General Commentgot the lyrics wrong....
    kalanbon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGood song, good album, its so deep and so awesome, i believe it to be the darkest CD Floyd has made, its got a good rift.
    ASDmlcon March 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWhat exactly does this Cd come across as? I believe industry and communism?? Not sure, any ideas?
    goodtimesbadtimeson March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI thinka line was left out of the lyrics; it should correctly read "...occaisonally glancing up through the rain/ and wondering which of the buggers..."
    dreamfish99on June 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics are

    If you didn't care
    What happened to me
    And I didn't care
    For you
    We would zig-zag our way through the boredom and pain
    Occasionally glancing up through the rain
    Wondering which of the buggars to blame
    And watching for pigs on the wing

    i have no idea wtf it means, but I'll take a stab at it.

    People can go through life completely careless and apathetic. If they wanted to do this, the only things they would have to worry about are who to accuse as the source of their problems (buggers to blame), and worrying about threats to their lifestyle(pigs off of their wing, approaching or riding with them during their life)
    Iasonon June 08, 2004   Link

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