Not Now John Lyrics

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Not Now John (Waters)

Fuck all that we’ve got to get on with these
Gotta compete with the wily Japanese.
There’s too many home fires burning
And not enough trees.
So fuck all that
We’ve go to get on with these.

Can’t stop
Lose job
Mind gone
What bomb
Get away
Pay day
Make hay
Break down
Need fix
Big six
Clickity click
Hold on
Oh no
Brrrrrrrrrring bingo!

Make ’em laugh.
Make ’em cry.
Make ’em dance in the aisles.
Make ’em pay.
Make ’em stay.
Make’em feel ok.

Not nah John
We’ve got to get on with the film show.
Hollywood waits at the end of the rainbow.
Who cares what it’s about
As long as the kids go?
Not now John
Got to get on with the show.

Hang on John we’ve got to get on with this.
I don’t know what it is
But it fits on here like…..
Come at the end of the shift
We’ll go and get pissed.
But now now John
I’ve got to get on with this.

Hold on John
I think there’s something good on.
I used to read books but…..
It could be the news
Or some other abuse
Or it could be reusable shows.

Fuck all that we’ve got to get on with these
Got to compete with the wily Japanese.
No need to worry about the Vietnamese.
Got to bring the Russian Bear to his knees.
Well, maybe not the Russian Bear
Maybe the Swedes.
We showed Argentina
Now let’s go and show these.
Make us feel tough
And wouldn’t Maggie be pleased?
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah!

“s’cusi dove il bar
se para collo pou eine toe bar
s’il vous plait ou est le bar
(…say it in English!…)
oi, where’s the fucking bar John?
(Oh, now you’re talking!)”
Oh! Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the day
Go, Maggie!
Hammer, Hammer, Hammer, Hammer, now!

The Final Cut was Roger Water’s final album with Pink Floyd

  1. The Post War Dream
  2. Your Possible Pasts
  3. One of the Few
  4. The Hero’s Return
  5. The Gunner’s Dream
  6. Paranoid Eyes
  7. Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert
  8. The Fletcher Memorial Home
  9. Southampton Doc
  10. The Final Cut
  11. Not Now John
  12. Two Suns in the Sunset

Analysis of Not Now John

Pink Floyd’s “Not Now John” from their album “The Final Cut” is a potent, politically charged song that offers a scathing critique of societal distractions and the prioritization of superficial concerns over more pressing issues. The lyrics delve into themes such as global competition, political manipulation, media sensationalism, and the commercialization of art. The opening line sets an impatient tone, urging listeners to focus on significant matters and not get lost in trivialities. The song highlights the environmental and societal issues neglected amidst internal conflicts and the relentless pursuit of success at the expense of mental well-being.

The chorus, “Gotta get on, gotta get on,” underscores the constant push to move forward, despite its adverse effects. The song also comments on the superficial nature of success in the entertainment industry, driven more by fame and fortune than genuine artistic expression. It critiques the commodification of art and creativity in the music industry.

In its final verse, “Not Now John” shifts to a global perspective, focusing on geopolitical tensions and power struggles, particularly during the Cold War era. Pink Floyd uses irony and satire to highlight the absurdity of political posturing. Overall, the song serves as a rallying cry for listeners to look beyond trivial matters and focus on pressing global concerns

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