The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You shuffle in gloom of the sickroom
And talk to yourself as you die.

Life is a short, warm moment
And death is a long cold rest.
You get your chance to try in the twinkling of an eye:
Eighty years, with luck, or even less.

So all aboard for the American tour,
And maybe you'll make it to the top.
And mind how you go, and I can tell you, 'cause I know
You may find it hard to get off.

You are the angel of death
And I am the dead man's son.
And he was buried like a mole in a fox hole.
And everyone is still in the run.

And who is the master of fox hounds?
And who says the hunt has begun?
And who calls the tune in the courtroom?
And who beats the funeral drum?

The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You shuffle in gloom in the sickroom
And talk to yourself till you die.

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by bmanisking

Free Four Lyrics as written by Roger Waters

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song almost has the quality of the happy song sung at the end of Monty Python's Life of Brian where the singers are being crucified.

    The lyrics are amazingly bleak, but the music is so upbeat. Delicious.
    Pirtyfool22on July 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBoth More and Obscured by Clouds took me a long time to get into, and I still don't think that I fully appreciate them. However, off of Obscured, this song is my favorite. I avoided for a long time because I don't generally like catchy songs. That is probably all that keeps this song from being five stars.
    Of course, I also don't like Metal/Heavy Metal/whatever the Nile Song is, yet I enjoy the Nile Song (though it is a bit grating). I don't generally enjoy blues, but I enjoy Seamus. Pink Floyd has found ways to take genres that aren't my favorite and make me enjoy their interpretations.

    By the way, this song is about death. Possibly the best concept anyone ever had for a song. (except for the concept of Echoes, whatever that might be)
    inpraiseoffollyon April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe weirc thing about this is that the tune's all happy and has clapping and stuff, but it's really Rog's first "I hate myself and the world" song. Odd.
    BleedingHeartArtiston November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExactly, kinda like Corporal Clegg is jovial, but makes me sad
    TheTrialon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen the Classic Rock Experience plays the song I always think it's David Gilmour singing. It sounds just like him. I think the song would go well if you were riding a horse.I see the credit above goes to Pink Floyd and not Gilmour. I learn more about Pink Floyd each day. Great song played on CRE,....quite often.

    Malaria_Kiddon March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics up there are slightly incorrect. The first four lines are repeated at the end. And I believe this song is poking fun at the idea of death, since the tune is rather happy, yet the lyrics are all about death. This is my favorite song of all time.
    PinKkFloyDdon November 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE FREE FOUR!!!!

    I just got Obscured By Clouds, and almost all of the songs on it kick ass!
    ACDCPinkFloydQueenon December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not "one, two, three, four!" I mean cmon! its in the title of the song!!! The first line is "One, two, FREE FOUR!!!"
    toolmusikon January 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's actually "One, two, FREE FOUR!"
    But of course it stands for "Three, four!"
    It's just a pun
    reptileon March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagreed. i love the album obscured by clouds. listened to it recently
    heyjude55on April 03, 2006   Link

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