An angel on a Harley
Pulls across to greet a fellow rolling stone
Puts his bike up on it's stand
Leans back and then extends a scarred and greasy hand
He said
"How ya doin bro? Where ya been? Where ya goin'?"
Then he takes your hand in some strange Californian handshake
And breaks the bone (have a nice day)

A housewife from Encino
Whose husband's on the golf course
With his book of rules
Breaks and makes a 'U' and idles back
To take a second look at you
(You flex your rod) You flex your rod
Fish takes the hook
Sweet vodka and tobacco in her breath
Another number in your little black book

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking

Oh babe, I must be dreaming
I was standing on the leading edge
The Eastern seaboard spread before my eyes
"Jump" says Yoko Ono
"I'm too scared and too good looking", I cried
"Go on", she says
"Why don't you give it a try?
Why prolong the agony? All men must die"

Do you remember Dick Tracy?
Do you remember Shane?
(And mother wants you)
Could you see him selling tickets where the buzzard circles over
The body on the plain
Did you understand the music, Yoko, or was it all in vain?
The bitch said something mystical
So I stepped back on the curb again

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
Oh babe, I must be dreaming again

These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking

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    Im not entirely sure what this means. its a top song though..i think its just another one of his dreams.

    rawr-im-a-tigeron October 19, 2006   Link
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    Very bluesy.

    2006200720082009on April 24, 2007   Link
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    Gotta love the narrative.

    I'm not sure if he is taking a stab at Yoko in the last half there.

    FaaipDeOaidon November 14, 2007   Link
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    Seems to me its about people's flippant sayings and actions, maybe a lack of old world integrity...everybody's out to please themselves, no matter the consequences to some other. Did John & Yoko really consider what their actions (and lyrics) would do?

    I don't know entirely but this is vintage Roger Waters

    Into the mysticon September 12, 2017   Link
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    I've recently become obsessed with this album again, its an amazing piece of work. I think the song 5:01am, the pros and cons of hitchhiking is about how you never get what you expect from people. Each stanza describes a person and their behavior toward another person that is unexpected or surprising. It relates to the message of the entire album, which is about a man having a wet dream about picking up a hitchhiker - who he has sex with - end ends up in a dysfunctional marriage due to her mood swings.

    This album would have done so much better if people would relax about Roger Waters, the man. They take him too seriously. This album has A LOT of very funny humor in it. I remember when it came out, everyone thought he was so depressed but its just an album. A work of art with a message.

    HiItsNinoon July 30, 2021   Link

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