Song: Pigs On The Wing (Parts 1 &2)_Album: Animals_Artist: Pink Floyd_Year: 1977
This video features the 8-track version of the track with Snowy White’s guitar solo! To me at least, this is the definitive version of the song.
***Update***Two years after I uploaded my original video for this track, I noticed the video has finally become available for play. When I uploaded that video and realized that it would not be seen, I edited it for a live version of the song. Since the video is basically the same as featured on the currently available live version, I wanted to update it with something different, new, better….and wanted to use the version featuring Snowy White’s guitar solo. Animals is probably my favorite album cover of all time (the composition, lighting and colors….especially of the sky and clouds!) and I wanted to try and light it up and bring it to life. I’m thrilled that I might finally be able to continue with some Pink Floyd vid concepts…especially the three monster tracks from Animals (and my long stalled “Echoes”).
Original vid description w/Wiki information:
“Pigs on the Wing” is a two-part song by the progressive rock band Pink Floyd from their 1977 concept album, Animals, starting and wrapping up the album.
Animals ties Wish You Were Here as my favorite Pink Floyd album. It’s a extremely dark album, but it captures the band at the height of their considerable musical prowess.
The song is divided into two parts, which are the first and last tracks of the album. Both are in stark contrast to the album’s middle three misanthropic songs, and suggest that companionship can help us overcome our flaws. The casual listener may ignore them for the most part; however they are keys to the album, summing up the album in its entirety in their short 1:25 time spans. Roger Waters apparently refers to himself as a “dog” in Part 2: “Now that I’ve found somewhere safe to bury my bone/And any fool knows, a dog needs a home/A shelter, from pigs on the wing.” Another allusion is found in the line “So I don’t feel alone, or the weight of the stone,” which refers back to the dogs being “dragged down by the stone”.
According to Nick Mason, and confirmed by Waters, it is a love song directed towards Waters’ new wife at the time, Carolyn. She was really the only one Roger’s friends had ever met who could hold her own in an argument with him; according to Mason you had to be very good with semantics to win an argument against him. Waters wrote the song because that’s all he had been looking for all along: someone who could stand up to him, an equal.
The songs are constructed simply and feature no instrumentation besides a strummed acoustic guitar played by Waters.
On the 8-track cartridge release, the song order was changed, and Parts 1 and 2 were played back-to-back at the beginning of the album. They were linked by a guitar bridge performed by Snowy White. Snowy would play the guitar solo in live performances on the 1977 Animals tour. On the last US leg of the performances, David Gilmour would play bass guitar instead of the electric rhythm guitar he played on the European and first US legs of the Animals tour.
The complete version of the song, including the instrumental bridge, was re-released on Snowy White’s Goldtop compilation album in 1995.
I hope this video is (finally!) the start of several I hope to do by Pink Floyd….I won’t rest until I’ve completed a video every track on both Wish You Were Here and Animals…..course it might take a while?! LOL!
Anyway….it’s a start….hope you enjoy it.
If you didn’t care what happened to me,
And I didn’t care for you
We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain
Wondering which of the buggers to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing.
You know that I care what happens to you
And I know that you care for me too
So I don’t feel alone
Of the weight of the stone
Now that I’ve found somewhere safe
To bury my bone
And any fool knows a dog needs a home
A shelter from pigs on the wing
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Check out some of my other Pink Floyd vids:
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond, 1-9 (1975) (Remaster) [1080p HD]
Pink Floyd – Pigs On The Wing (Parts 1 and 2) 8-track Version
Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother (1970) (MFSL UltraDisc II) [1080p HD]