A person enters the room, the frequency changes, the song dissolves and Pink, the only member of the band, makes his entrance.
No, no one actually appears. But that’s how the B-side of one of Pink Floyd’s masterpieces begins: Wish You Were Here. Many fans, producers and technicians close to the band thought that “Pink Floyd” was the name of the singer of the group, the real name of Roger Waters, bassist, singer, co-founder and creative mind of the group. “So, who is Pink?” From this question, and from the hypocrisy and the greed of the music industry, the song Have a Cigar was born.
Have A Cigar is part of the band’s second concept work, Wish You Were Here, ninth album of their career. Here Waters focuses on the topic of lost fraternity, and it’s no coincidence that the opening song is Shine on You Crazy Diamond. In memory of Syd Barrett.
Have A Cigar has a particular style. Here you can hear the blues influences, and the voice is not that Waters’s one, it’s Roy Harper: an English singer-songwriter known for his particular use of voice and his bizarre lyrics.
A representative of music industry, with a cigar in his mouth, promises the band success and wealth. With his impositions, with his greed, with his wrong way of dealing with the world. Slave of the god of money and of his wrong conception of making music. God Money is back! With its promises and its certainty that it will be a huge success. Trust me.
And by the way, which one is Pink?
Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar,
You’re gonna go far,
You’re gonna fly high,
You’re never gonna die,
You’re gonna make it if you try,
They’re gonna love you.
I’ve always had a deep respect and I mean that most sincere;
The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think,
Oh, by the way, which one’s Pink?
And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it “Riding The Gravy Train”