There were Arabs with Knives
At the foot of the bed
Right at the foot of the bed
Oh my God how did they get in here?
I thought we were safe home in England
She said "Come on now kid, it was wrong what you did
You've got to admit it was wrong"
Oh god....Jesus
Sleep Sleep
I know that I'm only dreaming
Leave her alone..get out..out..get out of my house
Through closed eyes
I see West German skies on the ceiling
And I want to get back
To the girl with the rucksack
To feel her flaxen hair
I want to be there
See the sun going down
Behind Krupps steelworks
On the outskirts of some German town

Guten Abend meiner Damen und Herren Ha Ha Ha Ha
Willkommen in Konnigsburg Ha Ha Ha Ha
Wollen zie danzen mit mir oder drinken Bier Ha Ha Ha Ha
Thank you but......
This young lady and I
Will just finish this bottle of wine
It was kind of you...but
I think we'll just say goodnight
Leave us alone
Goodnight
Leave us alone
Could I have the key to one four three please?
There you are
Thank you, goodnight

Hello yes I'd like to order breakfast please
I'd like coffee for two, and toast with marmalade
No...marmalade.


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4.37 AM (Arabs with Knives and West German Skies) song meanings
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    General CommentThis is the only indication of his age, some of his memories come into the dream, arabs with knives and west german skies, both parts of WW2. Meaning he may have fought in that war.
    thedanman344on August 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRoger Waters is too young to have fought in WWII. I have heard that his dad died in the war. He makes other allusions to this in the song "When The Tigers Broke Free" and again in the Album The Wall
    Kiosk_GWon September 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits about a character, not Rog himself. It just has some of his experiences.
    thedanman344on October 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthedanman344, im sure roger can say they are the dreams of a fictional character but i bet they are his dreams really
    i think the arabs with knives was just a scary image he woke up to (not sure what the political situation was then, if it was made today most of us would say its to do with the fear of terrorism) there doesnt have to be any rhyme or reason to it but the german setting could be related to his obsession with the war due to his dads death, maybe its the sexual taboo of getting it on with this german woman
    joeosbornemusicon May 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthedanman344, im sure roger can say they are the dreams of a fictional character but i bet they are his dreams really
    i think the arabs with knives was just a scary image he woke up to (not sure what the political situation was then, if it was made today most of us would say its to do with the fear of terrorism) there doesnt have to be any rhyme or reason to it but the german setting could be related to his obsession with the war due to his dads death, maybe its the sexual taboo of getting it on with this german woman
    joeosbornemusicon May 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthedanman344, im sure roger can say they are the dreams of a fictional character but i bet they are his dreams really
    i think the arabs with knives was just a scary image he woke up to (not sure what the political situation was then, if it was made today most of us would say its to do with the fear of terrorism) there doesnt have to be any rhyme or reason to it but the german setting could be related to his obsession with the war due to his dads death, maybe its the sexual taboo of getting it on with this german woman
    joeosbornemusicon May 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it has to do with the Olympics at Münich and not with the War.
    See also Roger's song "Perfect Sense" from Amused To Death, where he sings: And the Germans killed the Jews
    And the Jews killed the Arabs
    And the Arabs killed the hostages
    And that is the news
    FloydianTheoon April 14, 2014   Link

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