Ooh, babe
Don't leave me now

Don't say it's the end of the road
Remember the flowers I sent
I need you, babe
To put through the shredder
In front of my friends

Ooh, babe
Don't leave me now

How could you go?
When you know how I need you
To beat to a pulp on a Saturday night

Ooh, babe, don't leave me now

How can you treat me this way?
Running away
Ooh, babe
Why are you running away?
Ooh, babe

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Don't Leave Me Now Lyrics as written by George Roger Waters

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  • +5
    General CommentIt's pretty obvious that Pink's being abusive to his wife here. If not physically then mentally. But he says things that make you assume both are going on. Examples:

    "How could you go/when you know how I need you/to beat to a pulp on a Saturday night"

    "I need you babe/to put through the shredder/in front of my friends"

    But throughout, he thinks he's the victim. It's his right to dominate his wife and she shouldn't be leaving him because he's exercising his dominance. He also thinks he's giving enough in return: "Remember the flowers I sent?"

    The phone call at the end is his wife having moved to England and shacked up with another man. This man has been warned of Pink's antics and the new man doesn't want "Mrs. Floyd" to have anything to do with Pink anymore.

    I must say, I agree with the new guy's sentiments...
    stuff_123321on January 15, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is basically about an abusive relationship. The abuser (who takes the form of a male, but lets not be too stuck on genders here) is being left by his significant other, he finds some way to keep this person back, and then abuses them. It goes on like this, until the victim finally runs away. A very well written song making the listener feel as though the protagonist is the victim.
    ThePythonon August 21, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAt the end of goodbye blue sky, allfloyd.com's lyrics read:
    "'The 11:15 from Newcastle is now approaching'
    "The 11:18 arrival....'"

    Wich means the girlsfriend moved to the US.

    Then in Young Lust, Pink tries to call her, but a man answers (her new boyfriend) and hangs up.

    [Phone rings..Clink of receiver being lifted]
    "Yes, a collect call for Mrs. Floyd from Mr. Floyd.
    Will you accept the charges from United States?"
    [clunk! of phone being put down]
    "Oh, He hung up! That's your residence, right? I wonder why he hung up?
    Is there supposed to be someone else there besides your wife there to answer?"
    [Phone rings again...clunk of receiver being picked up]
    "This is United States calling, are we reaching...
    [interrupted by phone being put down]
    "See he keeps hanging up, and it's a man answering."
    [whirr of connection being closed]
    PinkFloyd_Adddicton October 01, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt ties in with "One of My Turns". The girlfriend is a bitch, she abuses Pink, and one day, he finally snaps and "attacks" her. She runs away at the end, and Pink feels sorry he did what he did. At least i think that's what this all means..
    zBladeon October 25, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthe knows that she's leaving because he has been absusive and done lots of horrible things to her (also in front of his friends). He's begging her not to leave but knows he's gonna do it again because he's crazy...really a sad song
    aquarius6on July 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThere are a lot of good comments here, with meaningful interpretations. I'd just like to add a few things and sum up what I think is the meaning of the song:

    Although we aren't inclined to believe that Pink abused his wife physically, the song leads us to assume that he has, as the line goes, "To beat to a pulp on a Saturday night." We don't have any other evidence suggesting he hasn't physically beaten his wife, although I agree that the line "To put through the shredder" probably does refer to emotional abuse. Also, I'd like to point out that when people are discussing what Pink could have done to his wife that made her leave, find another man, and refuse his calls (we assume she knew who was calling), they think that he had an emotional wall around himself that made her upset. She couldn't get through to him because of his wall. That isn't correct. I'd like to quote wikipedia.org for the correct interpretation:

    "He eventually gets married, but he and his wife grow apart and she has an affair while Pink is on tour. When Pink learns of the affair, he compensates with expensive materialistic possessions and turns to a willing groupie (Jenny Wright), only to trash the hotel room and drive her away."
    Apexnyon December 08, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSuch a pearl on this album, who says psychedelia is only cool in 67, I love the stillness yet manic approach to this song, I can still smell all the ganja we used to light up and listen to this album, as for the meaning, it’s at the surface, needs no real explanation, god I love me some roger in this song
    TomThumb681on January 03, 2020   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen did she abuse Pink?
    TenYears_Goneon December 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about his wife leaving him for cheating on her and in revange she goes and sleeps with another guy. He finds out that she is cheating on him when he calls and a man answers the phone.
    kantharon February 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought this was to do with his mother, hence the 'oh babe' and the song is sung in the style of his mother. However it would make more sense if it were his wife singing it...interesting.
    myimmortalon December 28, 2005   Link

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