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Careful with That Axe, Eugene song meanings
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    General Commentor maybe one of these days eugene is going to cut you into little pieces. just an observation.
    bruon March 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTop ten floyd songs:
    1. Echoes
    2. Wish You Were Here
    3. Shine on you Crazy Diamond
    4. Comfortably Numb
    5. The Great Gig in the Sky
    6. Dogs
    7. Time
    8. Fearless
    9. One of these days
    10. Careful with that axe, Eugene
    meddlehead40on May 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust had to post and say that this was one song that scared me when my older brothers would play it back in the early 70's- I probably was about 4 years old.

    Anyway, the way that I interpreted this song (thanks to my brothers) was that not only was the song about an axe murderer, but a cannibalistic one.

    Now I'm going by the version on "Relics"- so follow me as I try to explain as best as I can. The best hint about this comes near the end of the track:

    5:24- drums have dropped out of the song, bass plays cycling two-notes, keyboard notes ebb down the scale. Eugene's victim is near death and quickly fading away.

    5:26- sound of lips smacking. Eugene begins his feast.

    5:30- squeak noises. Innards of victim being devoured.

    5:40- sound of lips smacking. Eugene has consumed his "prize" and finishes with a satisfied "ahh!" as the song ends (turn up volume to hear this)

    Hey, I'm willing to admit that I may be way off the mark, but this has been my view of the song for the past 30 years.
    radioardillaon May 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA great song, and something I love listening to on "Ummagumma". Great scream too.
    Ummagumma69on March 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso the name Eugene shares root with the word Eugenics.

    From wiki:
    Eugenics is "the study of, or belief in, the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics)." Prominent in the late 19th century and the Progressive Era, eugenics became a core tenet of some of the policies behind Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

    I always thought that the song was about this.
    sadmachineson August 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has to be one of Pink Floyds great, crazy songs. The lyrics mean absolutely nothing, but the guitar is one of the best for any PF song.

    P.S. : Listen to it with the volume all the way up to hear the great guitar.
    unununium272on May 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCreepy.
    TheWretchedOne NINon July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf all the songs in the world would have to be forgotten, this is the one I'd choose to leave remembered. And I think I know a lot about music, so it's not some random spur of the moment
    operative11on March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's craaaaaaaazy! Very improv-sounding, with the guitar and organ. Sounds like some of The Doors' work, but much higher quality because it's Pink Floyd. Great vocal solo by Roger with the screaming madness!
    AeroLed286on March 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah. I love how he gets his voice to sound like the wind.
    BleedingHeartArtiston December 10, 2004   Link

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