Heaven sent the promised land
Looks alright from where I stand
'Cause I'm the man on the outside looking in

Waiting on the first step
Show me where the key is kept
Point me down the right line because it's time

To let me in from the cold
Turn my lead into gold
'Cause there's a chill wind blowing in my soul
And I think I'm growing old

Flash the readies
What's, uh the deal?
Got to make it to the next meal
Try to keep up with the turning of the wheel

Mile after mile (mile after mile)
Stone after stone (stone after stone)
you turn to speak but you're alone
Million miles from home, you're on your own

So let me in from the cold
Turn my lead into gold
'Cause there's a chill wind blowing in my soul
And I think I'm growing old

Fire bright by candlelight
And her by my side
And if she prefers we will never stir again

Someone sent the promised land
And I grabbed it with both hands
Now I'm the man on the inside looking out

Hear me shout "Come on in,
What's the news and where you been?"
'Cause there's no wind left in my soul
And I've grown old

Lyrics submitted by pink_angel016, edited by Mellow_Harsher, Watsthenew, theejdavies

Wot's...Uh the Deal Lyrics as written by Roger Waters David Jon Gilmour

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  • +2
    for all you potheads out there....turn on obscured by clouds, get naked and light up a doobie!!! its so rejuvinating
    CrimsonanCloveron September 23, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is another masterpiece from pink floyd..I also recommend "sky cries mary" version..its very good..
    frustratedon March 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthanks crimsonan clover... this song has a lot of meaning to me... I am hearing it for the second time.... its about a person who feels left out by life... particulary by a broke relationship... it's so... memory flash backing... I feel I'm asking to my ex to come back with me... ohhh :'(
    alex_floydon December 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou sure it's not "Turn my lead into gold" ?
    That makes more sense to me...
    Great Great song, I think it's about never being where you want to be. Being on the outside looking in.. then then inside looking out. :)
    HeyPetrayon January 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt definately is " Lead into Gold ". Alchemy, my friends.
    toolmusikon July 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    I love it. Really speaks out to me, with Mudmen. It just shows how beautiful they could write when they wanted to write optimistic tunes.
    Arialon November 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite Gloyd song. It's as close to "a peace that passeth all understanding" as one can find in music.
    KrflwthataxUGnon October 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI've recently been reading about Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd. This song was written in the early 70s, after Syd's mental illness made him unable to function, and I think it's written about the brilliant but mentally ill Syd Barrett, or, more precisely, Syd is the speaker in the song. Barrett, as the founder of Pink Floyd, did very much become a sad and angry man "on the outside looking in," and his mental illness, which made him burn so brightly, and ultimately, burn out, deeply affected the band and its music for many years, even after they no longer had any contact with him. They originally tried to help him 'find the key' -- both musically, when he became unable to play -- and figuratively, as in the "key" to sanity. Sadly, Barrett never did find his way back in. For instance, Gillmore would work with him before recording sessions, in vain attempts to teach him the songs. But Barrett was too far gone by then, lost in his own world. This song has a haunting resonance -- a bittersweet connection to the band's founder who always remained a haunting presence in their midst.
    DotCommonson July 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI see it as a young man growing up, the promised land being home and family. He's on the outside looking in--still single. "Flash the readies", a big smile, while he works to pay his bills. But he's alone, no one to talk to.
    Then the promised land comes to him, and he grabs it with both hands. He takes comfort by the fire, next to his love. So comforting it is, that he says, "If she prefers, we will never stir again."
    Now he is on the inside looking out. In his old age, he shouts a hearty greeting to friends that come visiting.
    Davilyon April 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK, I will just have to wait for others to find this song.... ok... still waiting...
    LPon May 10, 2004   Link

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