"The Hero's Return" as written by and Roger Waters....
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 or mope about.
And even now part of me flies over
Dresden at angels one five.
Though they'll never fathom it begind my
Sarcasm desperate memories lie.

Sweetheart sweetheart are you fast asleep? Good.
Cause that's the only time that I can really speak to you.
And 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
My memory smolders on
Of the gunners dying words on the intercom.


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"The Hero's Return" as written by Roger Waters

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  • +2
    Song MeaningWhat really links this to the teacher from the wall are the lines:

    Sweetheart, sweetheart, are you fast asleep? Good
    Cos that's the only time that I can really speak to you

    referring to "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" where the last lines let us know that the teacher's wife is psychopatic and not at all sympathetic, so the traumatized teacher can only speak to her when she's asleep, otherwise she would just thrash him within inches of his life.
    TheUniversalSighon July 17, 2012   Link
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    General Commentit IS about the Schoolmaster. This album was actually supposed to be the 3rd part of The Wall. This is one of the major things that the band fought about prior to the break-up. The rest of the band didn't like these songs because they felt that it delt to singularly to Roger Water's past (his father died in WWII, or at least was in it). The band refused to use this as part of The Wall, so Roger Waters released it after the break-up. If you don't believe me, go to the Pink Floyd web site (pinkfloyd.co.uk/theFinalCut/) and watch the movie. It includes only a few of the songs from the album though. And SURPRISE! Who stars in this short film? Oh yes, The Schoolmaster!
    _helephanton June 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Schoolmaster also stars in Fletcher Memorial, I do believe...

    Anywho, "The Final Cut" was ultimately a tie up album. Not really "The Wall, pt. 3", seeing as at the end of the Wall Pink's problems are resolved, but they do tie up a few loose ends.

    Bashyou, yeah, the teacher was insecure because his wife was abusive, as said by "The Wall".

    But what ho? "Sweet-heart, sweet-heart, are you fast asleep? / Good, that's the only time that I can really speak to you?" Hey! What do you know! IT'S THE WIFE!

    Anywho, I felt like pointing that out.

    Back to the main focus, this song is part of a story-line regarding the teacher. One that, in my opinion, includes "Your Possible Pasts", "One of the Few", this song, "The Gunner's Dream", and "Paranoid Eyes".

    Notice that these were all sequential songs in the initial publishing of the album.
    Ingannoon June 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentguessin its about world war 2.
    - "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" -
    is a drill instructor from world war 1(?) havin a go at this "new generation"

    2nd verse, mentions dresden, dresden was virtualy wiped out by British bombers in the war. +he regrets it

    3rd verse, sorta straightforward...

    4th sums it all up. no winners in war, +hes saddend by the crowds of cheering people who think its a victory.
    Davetheinvincibleon April 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnce again, this makes more sense if you understand that the titular 'Hero' is the teacher from the Wall (see the Gunner's Dream). The little ingrates are his pupils, who are growing up without the pressures of war.
    Kailsaron May 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever thought of that before - it just put a whole new light on it.
    justanotherjammeron June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is an alternate version that has additional lyrics placed at the end of the song, immediately after "...on the intercom"

    I can't decipher them, buy the version (called The Hero's Return Parts 1&2) can be found on "allofmp3.com".
    inpraiseoffollyon July 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI will try to decipher the lyrics here:

    Jesus Christ I might as well be dead
    I can see how dangerous it must feel to be
    Training human corps for the machine
    Without some shell-shocked lunatic like me

    But burning their still soft-shells
    With sticks and stones that were lying around
    In the pile of unspeakable feelings I'd found

    And I turned back the stone
    Turned over the stone
    Of my own disappointment back home

    I think this is right, except for the burning (But burning their still soft-shells).

    It's about training up more people for the war.
    inpraiseoffollyon August 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't listen to anything other than this album these days, thinking about he Iraq war and all that.
    inpraiseoffollyon August 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI created a pandora.com radio station that has this song on it's playlist. Can't wait to see if it hits one of Pink Floyd's epics. Still hoping.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 08, 2006   Link

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