"Your Possible Pasts" as written by and Roger Waters....
They flutter behind you your possible pasts
Some brightened and crazy some frightened and lost
A warning to anyone still in command
Of their possible future to take care
In derelict sidings the poppies entwine
With cattle trucks lying in wait for the next time

Do you remember me? how we used to be?
Do you think we should be closer?

She stood in the doorway the ghost of a smile
Haunting her face like a cheap hotel sign
Her cold eyes imploring the men in their macs
For the gold in their bags or the knives in their backs
Stepping uo boldly one put out his hand
He said, " I was just a child then now I'm only a man"

Do you remember me? how we used to be?
Do you think we should be closer?

By the cold and religious we were taken in hand
Shown how to feel good and told to feel bad
Tongue tied and terrified we learned how to pray
Now our feelings run deep and cold as the clay
And strung out behind us the banners and flags
Of our possible pasts lie in tatters and rags

Do you remember me? how we used to be?
Do you think we should be closer?


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"Your Possible Pasts" as written by Roger Waters

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    General Commentdefinatley my favorite on the final cut. i love the part about being "tongue tied and terrified we learned how to pray, now our feelings run deep and cold as the clay." to me, its like we had all these strange emotions as children and they were blinded by faith. this part really means a lot to me i dont know i just really agree with it. in church its like this hypocracy thing: your told to feel comforted by divinity but at the same time your kinda terrified of it and told to feel really shity about your sins.

    the part about "feelings run deep and cold as the clay" and the chorus "do you remeber me..." kinda go hand in hand. to me its saying that you have burried and supressed your emotions. the chorus is like your hidden and burried emotions from childhood or whenever trying to force themselves to the surface and saying "hey there..its me your emotions. remember? why are you supressing me? dont you think you should deal with your problems instead of just covering them up?" ("dont you think we should be closer?")

    i dont know. it all makes sense in my head. it might not come across clear its just what i think. whatever its not like anyone is actually reading this no one has like even heard of this album. damn. oh well.
    crazydiamond664on April 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFloyd does not write songs... These guys write literature. This song makes me go crazy! Makes me think of all the years gone by, regrets, joys, memories, failed romances, friends... One of my all time favourites...
    mihirmodion May 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenttongue tied and terrified we learned how to pray
    now our feelings run deep and cold as the clay

    Umm, is there some alternate version that I don't know about. My version skips straight from "shown how to feel good and told to feel bad" to "and strung out behind us the banners and flags..."

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    inpraiseoffollyon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentinpraiseoffolly, I just noticed that too..... Mine skips.
    bfcobblerman08on October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMine too... WTF? Can someone explain? Was this censored?
    rkcon December 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttongue tied and terrified we learned how to pray
    now our feelings run deep and cold as the clay

    the lyrics in question appear in the liner of the original LP, they do not appear in the liner of the CD Remaster. The lyrics are do not appear in the actual recording used on the CD or the LP, there is no explanation as to why this is. So there is only 1 version of this song.

    coming from someone who owns both the vinyl LP and the CD
    lzphishheadon February 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the most emotionally raw songs I've ever heard in my life. I feel like my heart just got ripped from my chest and spotlighted without warning. Absolutely gut-wrenchingly moving. I'm wondering if I will let myself weep, if Roger weeped as he wrote these words or after or ever.
    readmedotexeon May 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPF bloody fuckin rules.
    I am shocked there are so few comments.
    I'm on my blackberry so I can't type well
    or give any lengthy thoughts.
    Just a godamned great song.
    Qdyermakeron November 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commentbest song off of the best and most underrated PF album of all time. cant get enough of this album. This is one of the firs albums i was ever given. got it when i was around 6 or 7 and i have not stopped listening to it since.
    agginymon April 17, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song calls up feelings of oppression, of the general destructiveness of society on the individual. "I was just a child then, now I'm only a man." You start off beautiful and bright as a child, but the world quickly forces you out of that innocent light. It also makes me think of regrets...the whole idea of "possible pasts", the great "what might have beens". The chorus is pure rejection. The individual is no longer good enough for whoever he's speaking too. Of course this song has a meaning more directly relating to the album, but these are the connotations of the song for me.
    RNRShamanon April 21, 2016   Link

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