Doctor doctor!
I'm in bed
Achin' head
Gold is lead
Choke on bread
Gold is lead
Jesus bled
Pain is red
Are goon
Grow go
Greasy spoon
You swoon
June bloom

Music seems to help the pain
Seems to cultivate the brain
Doctor kindly tell your wife that
I'm alive, flowers thrive, real eyes, realize
Real lies

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Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk Lyrics as written by Roger Waters

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  • +3
    General CommentI'm not sure if anyone hit this by the title is an obvious reference to the parable of Jesus healing the cripple. He pretty much tells a guy to "pick up thy mat and walk." however since it is now stethoscope the doctor is being healed.
    Kleachon July 28, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBleedingHeartArtist strikes me as the kind of Floyd fan who thinks The Final Cut was Waters' greatest of achievements, meaning we can safely disregard everything he says as being wrong. TUTSaW is a FANTASTIC song, and so is Pow R. Toc H. Anyone who says differently clearly does not understand British psychedelia. Probably the same people who inexplicably can't understand the humo(u)r of Monty Python.
    crazydiamond1to9on March 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnot to be an ass here, but can we get the lyrics any more wrong? lol
    This is straight outta the book that comes with the CD, so they are the right lyrics:

    I'm in bed, aching head
    gold is lead
    choke on bread
    gold is lead
    jesus bled
    pain is red
    dark doom

    gruel ghouls, greasy spoons
    used spoons, June Bloom

    music seems to help the pain
    seems to contemplate the brain
    Doctor kindly tell your wife that I'm alive
    flowers thrive

    Sounds to me like this guy is a soldier who has been hurt in battle. Gold is lead is a tricky line. I'm guessing what matters most is the lead that's in his body, so gold meaning the most valuable thing.
    underfed, choke on bread (there's not enough water either lol)
    Jesus bled, pain is red... dark doom... simple enough
    gruel is nasty ass food that army people eat.
    gruel ghouls are maybe the people who eat up all the gruel lol.
    the spoons are dirty
    My favorite part of the song is "June Bloom"
    I think he has the flowers represent being alive.... that's why later he says so strongly that flowers thrive.
    The one line I don't get is "doctor kindly tell your wife"
    Did the doctor steal his wife from him? Is the doctor's wife a nurse? Who the hell knows lol. This song is amazing.... people need to stop dissin on songs they don't understand because not being accessible is almost synonymous with artistic. Thanks for reading through all this. Send me an IM people. I love talking Floyd! Syd Barrett may be the greatest poetic mind in history.
    steve82con December 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't stand the first part of the song but after all the annoying lyrics the instrumentals are cool.
    Killspyon July 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song kicks ass!
    PAWAon December 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo clarify, the words are awful, the way they are sung is awful, but the closing music is excellent. I just never got there because the beginning was so bad.
    inpraiseoffollyon May 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, this song is great in my opinion, I've no idea about the harsh reviews for this song. It sounds like most pop songs from the 60's.

    I don't think i can agree with this song being about a trip, as Roger very rarely did acid.
    i agree with steve, but i think he's slightly overanalyzing
    tiprbulkon July 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgold is lead probably means nothing more than the singer does not appreciate or find value in things that normally are worth something to people. as in he is not feeling well or finding worth in life at the moment, i doubt it has anything to do with bullets. i think this is one of roger waters best songs along with 'if'.
    i are spectreon July 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwonderful beautiful song. the closing lyrics with the music is a blast to listen to. sometimes im pretty sure im the only one who thinks that this is the BEST floyd album....although saucerful of secrets is a nice listen.
    kristicationon October 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti dont understand u guys, this song is really great =)
    used it in a theater show in the high school, which was wonderful aswell.
    aldrrian lunsfelton March 24, 2008   Link

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