Careful with That Axe, Eugene song meanings
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    General Commentor maybe one of these days eugene is going to cut you into little pieces. just an observation.
    bruon March 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTop ten floyd songs:
    1. Echoes
    2. Wish You Were Here
    3. Shine on you Crazy Diamond
    4. Comfortably Numb
    5. The Great Gig in the Sky
    6. Dogs
    7. Time
    8. Fearless
    9. One of these days
    10. Careful with that axe, Eugene
    meddlehead40on May 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust had to post and say that this was one song that scared me when my older brothers would play it back in the early 70's- I probably was about 4 years old.

    Anyway, the way that I interpreted this song (thanks to my brothers) was that not only was the song about an axe murderer, but a cannibalistic one.

    Now I'm going by the version on "Relics"- so follow me as I try to explain as best as I can. The best hint about this comes near the end of the track:

    5:24- drums have dropped out of the song, bass plays cycling two-notes, keyboard notes ebb down the scale. Eugene's victim is near death and quickly fading away.

    5:26- sound of lips smacking. Eugene begins his feast.

    5:30- squeak noises. Innards of victim being devoured.

    5:40- sound of lips smacking. Eugene has consumed his "prize" and finishes with a satisfied "ahh!" as the song ends (turn up volume to hear this)

    Hey, I'm willing to admit that I may be way off the mark, but this has been my view of the song for the past 30 years.
    radioardillaon May 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEcho AeroLed286 on this one. I remember thinking "Hey, I didn't know Ray Manzarek played with them, and Iknow a lot about the Doors" the first time I heard it. The guitar is cool, right, but it's nothing compaired to the feeling, the creeping and shivering atmosphere led by the organ... and the progression to the sheer madness of Roger's shout... This guy is really insane. Hopefully he had music to express it, rather than becoming a psychokiller... (note to all Roger's fans out there : I'm joking...)
    Kaiser Sozeon December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAn axe murderer claiming their latest victim... played out through music.

    The first part is where he's sneaking around... muttering gibberish but generally keeping quiet... then the adrenaline builds up as he gets closer to the victim... then eventually, once they're within reach, he takes to them with his trusty axe :-).

    Then we hear the scream of the victim as they realise what's coming to them. That's where the band kicks in and it all goes ballistic... as killer and victim flail around wildly. Then it starts to go quiet... as the victim's life slowly leaves them and then everything slowly fades out....

    They did something very similar when they played 'Cymbaline' live in the late '60s, with the sounds of footsteps walking around the venue.

    I think 'Careful With That Axe, Eugene', is actually supposed to be phrase the killer says to the victim just before he kills them... like it's his catchphrase he uses before each killing.

    And only Roger Waters could create such a violent, depraved character and then call him Eugene :-).
    ch0ganon December 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentch0gan is most definitely correct, it is about an axe-murder. But one thing, I feel that the slow, quiet part is a killer and someone he knows sitting down and having a silent, sort of awkward moment. Then Eugene grabs an axe, not knowing what's going on, the victim says "careful with that axe, Eugene." The intense part is the actual killing.....blah....blah....blah
    PinkBarretton January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit's definitely an murder scene that this song is describing. there is no band like Pink Floyd when it comes telling a story through an instrumental song. that scream made me jump the first time i heard it. i hope i'm not the only who jumped...
    obeofon January 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentnaww-Pink Floyd used to like to give nonsense titles to thier songs.
    I think the title is a joking PLAY on axe murder AND playing on the guitar-or axe;
    I think this is just a vivid dream, that comes to climax, then recedes.
    I love the way the song quietly and delicately builds to a crescendo, then just as delicately fades away....the middle eastern scales add a sense of sensual mystery to it all.
    the song was meant to be appreciated as it was under the influence of acid or pot-it had its own meanings howerver covert.
    seashellzon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentoh-and there is an alternate studio version of this song-titled: 'Come in Number 51, your time is up' that is virtually the same song, as well as a tamer studio version of 'CWTA,E'.
    the live version is by far the best!
    seashellzon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentok, this is just a theory that I cannot support. There is a steady tock...tock... tock... throughout, so perhaps it is the murderer, just having murdered, chopping at a corpse, or chopping something? And someone sees them from behind, and whispers "careful with that ax Eugene" before seeing the aforementioned chopee, screaming, and then theoretically getting killed? No certainty here, just happpen to be listening to the song. Note: It's funny how many fewer spelling errors there are in the Pink Floyd section .
    rationalevilon January 17, 2005   Link

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