Standing at the window
A farmer's wife in Oxfordshire
Glances at the clock it's nearly time for tea
She doesn't see
The phantom in the hedgerow dip its wings
Doesn't hear the engine sing
But in the cockpit's techno glow
Behind the Ray Ban(R) shine
The kid from Cleveland
In the comfort of routine
Scans his dials and smiles
Secure in the beauty of military life
There is no right or wrong
Only tin cans and cordite and white cliffs
And blue skies and flight flight flight
The beauty of military life
No questions only orders and flight only flight
What a beautiful sight in his wild blue dream
The eternal child leafs through his
War magazine
And his kind Uncle Sam feeds ten trillion in
Change into the total entertainment
Combat video game
And up here in the stands
The fans are goin' wild
The cheerleaders flip
When you wiggle your hip
And we all like the bit when you take
The jeans from the refrigerator and
Then the bad guy gets hit
And were you struck by the satisfying
Way the swimsuit sticks to her skin
Like BB gun days
When knives pierce autumn leaves
But that's okay see the children bleed
It'll look great on the TV
And in Tripoli another ordinary wife
Stares at the dripping her old man hadn't
Time to fix
Too busy mixing politics and rhythm
In the street below


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Late Home Tonight, Part I song meanings
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    General CommentWhat Roger Waters says in the begining of the song in reverse speed.
    "We have decided.....to record a backword message.....Stanley - for you and the other Buck butlers!" - (and the LOUD SCREAMING)
    andrew-123on May 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPretty good, but this album as a whole would have been a lot better if Waters let other people write the music and sing, because he got lazy at writing music, and time depleted his singing ability.
    inpraiseoffollyon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI beg to differ inpraiseoffolly. Roger Waters nailed it with this album. This album stands up with Dark Side and the Wall because he strikes an equilibrium with his lyrics and music. I believe he only plays bass on a couple tracks, so basically he lets other musicians flesh out his ideas, including Jeff Beck, who makes his guitar cry here.

    His voice on What God Wants part 2 is a good example what he could still do then.

    Oh, and its funny:

    And were you struck by the satisfying
    Way the swimsuit sticks to her skin
    Like BB gun days
    When knives pierce autumn leaves
    reedc79on July 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAndrew (at the top), you are referring to Perfect Sense, Pt. 1.

    This song is great, but it's on a rather bipolar record. After Too Much Rope, the album seems to go dull, perhaps because of the lack of hooks or fore-frontal music. But still, the album is better than anything Floyd did after he left (sorry to drag them into this). But in a sense, it was perhaps a good thing that Waters left, if this was what Floyd was going to sound like. Floyd died after The Final Cut, perhaps they're most underrated album. I always thought of Amused to death as Final Cut II.

    Speaking of The Final Cut, notice the rocket at the end of the song is the same rocket sound used in the beginning of Get Your Hands Off My Dessert.

    Taken from rogerwaters.org/…:

    "Late Home Tonight, Part I" and "Late Home Tonight, Part II" presents the view point of the soldier as an individual who does not see the destruction he wreaks. The soldier is "Secure in the beauty of military life/ There is no right or wrong". The soldier is so removed from the people he is killing it doesn't affect him. "No questions only orders and flight flight flight." The soldier is blameless, and just doing what he's told. The beginning of the song points out that the wife in Oxfordshire and the wife in Tripoli are very similar; they are both waiting. The line "And his kind Uncle Sam feeds ten trillion in/ Change into the total entertainment/ Combat video game" refers to America where people seem to believe war is not destructive. They have been desensitized to violence.

    "And up here in the stands
    The fans are going wild
    The cheerleaders flip
    When you wiggle your hip
    And we all like the bit when you take
    The jeans from the refrigerator and
    Then the bad guy gets hit
    And were you struck by the satisfying
    Way the swimsuit sticks to her skin
    Like BB gun days
    When knives pierce autumn leaves
    But that's okay see the children bleed
    It'll look great on the TV"

    Television desensitizes us to violence by confusing violence with sex: "Way the swimsuit sticks to her skin", and guilt "...see the children bleed". "...see the children bleed/ It'll look great on TV" looks at death only for its aesthetic value."
    FaaipDeOaidon November 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis whole album and especially this song reminds me of a famous part in Henry David thoreau's civil disobedience. He talks about how after our first sin the The repetition causes the immoral act to become as it were UNmoral. Meaning it is no longer moral or immoral because we do the bad action we begin to do it without a conscience and we don't question its morality. I'm sure a smart guy like waters must've read Thoreau. I think this whole album is about how the human race is become desensitized to such atrocities like war, Waters breaks down the different groups: The fighters, the government (the people who are causing the fighting but aren't actually killing) and the normal people who have no part in the war except that their country is in it. Waters reminds me a lot of Thoreau and I recommend anyone who likes waters ideas to read Thoreau, because I'm sure that's from where his thoughts had been derived
    Beckkinerkon February 13, 2016   Link

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