Have A Cigar Lyrics – Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

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Have a Cigar Lyrics
(Waters) 5:24

Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar.
You’re gonna go far, fly high,
You’re never gonna die,
You’re gonna make it if you try;
They’re gonna love you.
Well I’ve always had a deep respect,
And I mean that most sincerely.
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.

We’re just knocked out.
We heard about the sell out.
You gotta get an album out.
You owe it to the people.
We’re so happy we can hardly count.
Everybody else is just green,
Have you seen the chart?
It’s a helluva start,
It could be made into a monster
If we all pull together as a team.
And did we tell you the name of the game, boy,
We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

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About the Song

“Have a Cigar” is the third track on Pink Floyd’s 1975 album “Wish You Were Here.” The song stands as a scathing indictment of the music industry, delivered with a blend of sarcasm and rock and roll bravado.

“Have a Cigar” continues the theme of music industry criticism that pervades Pink Floyd’s album “Wish You Were Here.” With its sharp-edged guitar riffs and a driving bass line, the track takes a hard look at the commodification of music and artists.

Featuring guest vocalist Roy Harper, whose sardonic delivery of lines like “By the way, which one’s Pink?” skewers record label executives who viewed the band as just another product to be sold. The song’s title itself is a metaphor for the back-slapping, insincere world of music business dealings where artists are often seen as little more than profit generators.

Roger Waters’ acerbic lyrics are matched by David Gilmour’s piercing guitar work, both highlighting the song’s biting commentary. Richard Wright’s use of the clavinet adds a funky edge to the track, while Nick Mason’s steady drumming underpins the steady march of the industry machine.

“Have a Cigar” stands out as one of Pink Floyd’s more direct confrontations with the industry that made them stars, and it is peppered with irony that resonates with listeners well aware of the pressures and absurdities faced by those who find success in the corporate side of music-making.

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