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Pink Floyd — Have A Cigar
Album: Wish You Were Here
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Released: 1975
Length: 4:52
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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
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 hell of a 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"

''(Spoken, imitating the changing of radio stations)''
''"...Disciplinary it remains mercifully."
"Yes, and then... Derek, this star nonsense."
"Yes, yes."
"Now which is it?"
"I'm sure of it."''
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Fond memories of 9th grade walking home from school in the fall and jamming to this album for months straight... I love when the tune gets sucked back into the radio... might be my favorite Pink Floyd record.
 DrLex wrote:
It is hard to believe I didn't even know this album until I heard Shine On You Crazy Diamond here on RP. I bought it shortly after, and it has become my favourite PF album in no time.
 
Wish You Were Here has always been my favorite Pink Floyd album.
I wanna listen Wish You Were Here,  now
 thewiseking wrote:
don't forget the disco version  



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PKHYDqxEAE

...or the one by Elephant Revival, complete with distorted banjo solo.
 

 Relayer wrote:
I always wished that Gilmour would have taken the vocals on this track.   Roy Harper did a great job, but in doing so, it never gets any live performances by Waters or Gilmour.

 
Hmmm.  I saw the tour for this album at old 3 Rivers in Pittsburgh.  They did it all then.  Forget who did the vocal.  But as far as Gilmour and Waters solo tours, there may be contractual / infighting problems.  Or it's a song that has left a bad taste in everyone's mouth so to say and it would sooner be forgotten than remembered.
don't forget the disco version  



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PKHYDqxEAE

Oh, that was a brilliant segue from Galactic to this.
Kudos, Bill G.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I just watched (what was probably) the same doc.
Actually Gilmour was quite happy with Roy's vocal but it was Waters, whose ego is slightly larger, that was unhappy with Roy's interpretation. He says in hindsight he wishes he'd done the vocal himself.
The feeling at the time was that neither David's or Roger's voices were suited to the track, and Roy, who happened to be in the studio at the time said "I'll do it". And the rest, as they say . . .

 
Funny, I recently re-watched it myself, and your correction is ...well, correct.  :-)  I personally think Roy's vocal worked out best, kinda fits with the theme of the song and all.  Long Live RP!!
 lizardking wrote:
I watched a pretty good WYWH documentary (I think it's still on Netflix) with a part about Harper vocal, and how the band ultimately wished they'd done it themselves. . . .
 
I just watched (what was probably) the same doc.
Actually Gilmour was quite happy with Roy's vocal but it was Waters, whose ego is slightly larger, that was unhappy with Roy's interpretation. He says in hindsight he wishes he'd done the vocal himself.
The feeling at the time was that neither David's or Roger's voices were suited to the track, and Roy, who happened to be in the studio at the time said "I'll do it". And the rest, as they say . . .
 markybx wrote:
Is that Donald Trump on fire? {#Clap}

 
Which one's Pink? or is it Orange?
Is that Donald Trump on fire? {#Clap} Looks like him and his pants are on fire... that means something, doesn't it?
Always thought this was about living in the USA/UK and not the music business. But who at the top would want Gravy Train?
 Relayer wrote:
I always wished that Gilmour would have taken the vocals on this track.   Roy Harper did a great job, but in doing so, it never gets any live performances by Waters or Gilmour.

 
I watched a pretty good WYWH documentary (I think it's still on Netflix) with a part about Harper vocal, and how the band ultimately wished they'd done it themselves. 

I'm still upset that I was born in the late 70's instead of the late 50's and could have been around when this was coming out.  Oh well!

And of course, like almost all PF music, it plays better as part of the entire album and not on it's own.


Hats Off to (Roy) Harper
 DrLex wrote:
It is hard to believe I didn't even know this album until I heard Shine On You Crazy Diamond here on RP. I bought it shortly after, and it has become my favourite PF album in no time.

 
Do yourself a favor and check out Animals....
It is hard to believe I didn't even know this album until I heard Shine On You Crazy Diamond here on RP. I bought it shortly after, and it has become my favourite PF album in no time.
 aelfheld wrote:
 Jota wrote:
Each one of them made more money on a lazy afternoon than you would in 300 years. 

You must adore Justin Bieber.

 
Yeah, that's the only alternative.
Annoying vocals, overrated music by old elitists.
I'll take Pink Floyd for 400, Alex:
He handled the vocals for "Have a Cigar".
Who is Roy Harper?
 Bert7 wrote:
as classic as it gets, best PF album...{#Sunny}

 
Agree with the first part, however in my humble opinion, Animals does it for me.
as classic as it gets, best PF album...{#Sunny}
 CaffeineSam wrote:
Wow these guys are pretty good. Did they get any other album out ?

 
{#Cheesygrin}
 Jota wrote:
Each one of them made more money on a lazy afternoon than you would in 300 years. 

You must adore Justin Bieber.
I always wished that Gilmour would have taken the vocals on this track.   Roy Harper did a great job, but in doing so, it never gets any live performances by Waters or Gilmour.
RP likes Pink Floyd, but I do like Have a Cigar.
 Skydog wrote:
time to switch RP off and check the mail, change the kitty litter box, regrout the shower tiles, do my income taxes and get a coloncoscopy
(damn pink floyd suxxx) 

 
Each one of them made more money on a lazy afternoon than you would in 300 years.
Have a cigar, isn't that what Bill said to Monica?
time to switch RP off and check the mail, change the kitty litter box, regrout the shower tiles, do my income taxes and get a coloncoscopy
(damn pink floyd suxxx) 

ditto 

 

hbelleville wrote:

One of the first records I ever bought. I'm still listen at it. In my opinion, the best Pink Floyd LP's ever

 


This band is just fantastic.
That is really what I think.
One of the first records I ever bought. I'm still listen at it. In my opinion, the best Pink Floyd LP's ever
It's a hell of a start, it could be made into a monster
If we all pull together as a team
Great song that gets some airplay but tends to not get overplayed. Diggin' it.
 CHuLoYo wrote:

Are you joking?

 
lol
                 Golden Handshake

              If you pay peanuts, you get
              Monkey. So I've been told.
              So I am hardwiring a brand new
              Harvest Moon: Animal Parade.


Joke's getting pretty old but still one of their best.
 CaffeineSam wrote:
Wow these guys are pretty good. Did they get any other album out ?

 
Are you joking?
This is right up there on my desert island list!  PF doesn't get much better than this.
Wow these guys are pretty good. Did they get any other album out ?
 Rockit wrote:
Let's all light up then!
 
Yeah, as I said earlier, just find a suit, make a deal with him, and shake his hand! Crackle, crackle, pop, pop...
Galactic played before this. Love to hear them cover it NOLA style.

PS  you gotta turn this up
Which one-' s Pink?
 
Anything on this album is a 9. IMHO this LP would have to be in the top 10 of all time.
 scrubbrush wrote:

NO WAY! That's completely absurd and awesome. I'll be downloading that, just so i can say i have it...

 
not wanting to date myself but that was on heavy rotation at the original Studio 54. Glad you enjoyed it! 
OH MAN!!!!

Where's "Wish You Were Here".....?@!!!!!
It just doesn't feel right without it

 
Enjoying RP when we should be getting ready to go to the Rolling Stones concert at Hanging Rock. Apparently MJ has sore throat so the concert has been cancelled...sook!!
Kudos for playing this today, and Shine On You Crazy Diamond yesterday.

I sure miss Rick's ability to keep PF rolling; his contribution has been significantly overlooked. Looking forward to the new album in a few days..........
 thewiseking wrote: 
NO WAY! That's completely absurd and awesome. I'll be downloading that, just so i can say i have it...
I'm glad that I've found radio paradise ...

dig on the disco version!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PKHYDqxEAE


111.
we call it riding the gravy train -- yeah.. {#Cheesygrin}
Absolutely awesome; even after I've heard it several hundred times.
+1 for more Roy Harper.
Overplayed by every FM station out there, and still appreciated every time I hear it. 
 G O D L I K E
.......... anything less would be a crime against music.  Groundbreaking album
 (former member) wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 

 



"Oh by the way, which one's romeo?"
when I first heard the Foo Fighters (the purveyors of the best covers) do their cover, I thought "man, Taylor is getting as good as Dave on the drums."
then I see a video and lo, it is Dave drumming and Taylor singing.
Limpopoking
(The Parish of St. Alfonzo)
Posted: Jun 05, 2013 - 11:50
 

 matude wrote:
don't understand all that hype about pink floyd :)

  
There is no hype... they're just one of the best bands this universe has ever known.

The Kardashians... that's hype! 


{#High-five} Limpopoking!


Deep down and dirty guitar - bloody amazing work that shows no sign of dating, either musically or the message.
 matude wrote:
don't understand all that hype about pink floyd :)

 
There is no hype... they're just one of the best bands this universe has ever known.

The Kardashians... that's hype! 
 bill-1956 wrote:
35+ years old.

As fresh, excellent and awesome as when it first came out.

 
I love to smoke a cigar 
Great to hear the voice of Roy Harper, be nice to hear more of him hereabouts.
 hahahahahahha.... then don't. :-)
matude wrote:
don't understand all that hype about pink floyd :)
 


35+ years old.

As fresh, excellent and awesome as when it first came out.
It's just a perfect way to start the work day...
Let's all light up then!




Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
don't understand all that hype about pink floyd :)
Damn my DSL modem for deciding to reset right in the middle of this. Bill, please play again.
 unclehud wrote:
This album has some of the tastiest guitar work in all of rock and roll.  (Wait a minute; is this music rock and roll?)
 
I guess that depends on who you ask.
Gilmour's such a badass on guitar.
When I was introduced to this album and song at age 17 I felt like I had been given a true treasure.  Lying in the grass on a summer day with this casette playing on my boom box (The 80's) I felt like flight had been granted to me........................
 kurtster wrote:
Blue Floyd, yum, but very rare.  Got a couple of live tracks from some, ahem, sources.  Really would like to have heard them and have more of them in the home library.   
 
...i picked up a copy of blue floyd on a completely unrelated lark at one of the last full-scope record stores in san antonio, just before they, too, cut back retail sales...
sigh 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Yes!  You dug that funky Bowie bass and took it down to an even funkier place...BTW, saw a band called Blue Floyd jam in Boulder a decade or so ago (members of the bands Allman Bros, Gov't Mule, and Black Crowes were in it) and they reminded us just how bluesy the ol' Floyd really were!  THANKS!  Liking this particular stretch quite a bit...Such good fun with such great sound here!

 
Blue Floyd, yum, but very rare.  Got a couple of live tracks from some, ahem, sources.  Really would like to have heard them and have more of them in the home library.   

pf has been blues to me since Animals, my favorite album of theirs.
Glad to have been alive for Pink Floyd.
I just never seem to get tired of how the bass and guitar seem to waltz along in fabulous arm-in-arm groove until again and again one or the other goes off on a real tearing run...God, some of the best damn jams on the planet in here!
This album has some of the tastiest guitar work in all of rock and roll.  (Wait a minute; is this music rock and roll?)
 linzie wrote:
Bill, might be the first to notice, but you said this was from DSOTM!!!!....it's late, your tired....
 
Good thing there's more than one Bill !

 linzie wrote:
Bill, might be the first to notice, but you said this was from DSOTM!!!!....it's late, your tired....
 
I have noticed that too, probably Bill thought about the best album of Pink Floyd...Dark Side of the moon...
Anyway, thanks for the song... ;)


jmsmy wrote: Oops - you don't make too many mistakes Bill - but you said "from their classic album Dark Side Of The Moon"
 
...i thought i caught that out of the corner of my ear, too, but presumed i must have mid-heard him...

....guess we're on a loop 2 nite?
Way funky
Bill, might be the first to notice, but you said this was from DSOTM!!!!....it's late, your tired....
Yes!  You dug that funky Bowie bass and took it down to an even funkier place...BTW, saw a band called Blue Floyd jam in Boulder a decade or so ago (members of the bands Allman Bros, Gov't Mule, and Black Crowes were in it) and they reminded us just how bluesy the ol' Floyd really were!  THANKS!  Liking this particular stretch quite a bit...Such good fun with such great sound here!

 jmsmy wrote:
Oops - you don't make too many mistakes Bill - but you said "from their classic album Dark Side Of The Moon"
 
...i thought i caught that out of the corner of my ear, too, but presumed i must have mid-heard him...
This album is incredible all the way through.
 oenyaw wrote:
Got this album when it came out.  Blue celophane over the cover.  It stayed on my turntable for a month.
 

...i stumbled upon a compact disc about ten years ago which was a remarkably faithful reproduction of the original LP packaging, right down to the opaque outer sleeve and seal...i bought it on the spot to supplement my three other copies of the album, but you know, those are the sort of serendipetous experiences people can't have in this new era of no-physical-media, certainly not the incidental browsing and discovery...
Oops - you don't make too many mistakes Bill - but you said "from their classic album Dark Side Of The Moon"
 paulpaar wrote:
9
i mean there are the stones, beatles, U2 et all. they are NOT the greatest. But hot ? Oh yeah I gave em a 9.9 . I'll retract to a 9. I mean there's Dylan, BB king, t Doors, Allman Bra, Dave Matthews, that khat from TX with t funny lip, suits,   hot guitars and lyrics, who is he ? Lyle Lovett.. And then the Blu grass bands and banjos of the  best allison  Krauss, who is the banjo master? Ya know . the Floyd cannot be the greatest. no one can  be.  get it? 
 
Totally.
 bachbeet wrote:
Love all the riffing.  And that "fade" ending was exactly the right touch.
 

It fades because the Wish You Were Here album has only the 5 tracks, and they all pretty much fade into eachother. This one fades out and then the first notes of Wish You Were Here start
Got this album when it came out.  Blue celophane over the cover.  It stayed on my turntable for a month.
 paulpaar wrote:
9
i mean there are the stones, beatles, U2 et all. they are NOT the greatest. But hot ? Oh yeah I gave em a 9.9 . I'll retract to a 9. I mean there's Dylan, BB king, t Doors, Allman Bra, Dave Matthews, that khat from TX with t funny lip, suits,   hot guitars and lyrics, who is he ? Lyle Lovett.. And then the Blu grass bands and banjos of the  best allison  Krauss, who is the banjo master? Ya know . the Floyd cannot be the greatest. no one can  be.  get it? 

 
wait...what?

Don't tempt me! I just quit it....
 ecocommie wrote:
Roy Harper
 
Right you are.

"When an old cricketer leaves the crease" would fit in nicely after this track. 
Love all the riffing.  And that "fade" ending was exactly the right touch.
Look around your favorite torrent site, like isohunt.com, and you'll find WYWH in 5.1 DTS.

It's an extraordinary mix. The first time I played it, I sat enraptured and had to hear it again immediately. I don't do that anymore, really. Although it's tempting, particularly these days, to see PF as a David Gilmour experience - the 5.1 points out how incredibly important Richard Wright was in the sound of this.

Little nuances here and there, the fake strings on Have a Cigar, and a million other places where he's subtle but important... I strongly recommend the 5.1 version as a new way to hear the album with fresh ears.

9
i mean there are the stones, beatles, U2 et all. they are NOT the greatest. But hot ? Oh yeah I gave em a 9.9 . I'll retract to a 9. I mean there's Dylan, BB king, t Doors, Allman Bra, Dave Matthews, that khat from TX with t funny lip, suits,   hot guitars and lyrics, who is he ? Lyle Lovett.. And then the Blu grass bands and banjos of the  best allison  Krauss, who is the banjo master? Ya know . the Floyd cannot be the greatest. no one can  be.  get it? 

we call it riding the gravy train. And that personal jet. 

These khats got it knocked. And how about the movie the wall?

They are hot as flames. Love it. Oh and by the way which one's pink?

9.9 


absolutely awesome...


Wish You Were Here were here instead of the Frog
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.
Well 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.
This is so (sadly) realistic in the music industry...
Ask a UK Member of Parliament about the 'Gravy Train'. They (the MP's) wonder why hardly anybody votes in the UK.
One of the best, and most cutting, satires on the 'music biz'. Not that much has changed since Floyd's day, if anything the gravy train has got worse, for all the bleating of the 'industry' about downloads.
anything Floyd is awesome...{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}( the band)


classic...


Worst song on the album.

Still a 9. :)

 coffee-eyes wrote:


Wow.  Is that what you hear when you're brain dead?
 

Funny question coming from someone who apparently thinks "Massa2shits" is really clever.
 holborne wrote:
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....
 

Wow.  Is that what you hear when you're brain dead?
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....
 siandbeth wrote:
oh no, did you just cut that off? for Vast? I'm feeling weak...
 
and thank God—much better song!{#Roflol}
oh no, did you just cut that off? for Vast? I'm feeling weak...
Badfish81 wrote:
"By the way, which one's Pink?" Always loved that line...not even for the "joke" in it, just the delivery
I like "We're so happy we can hardly count"
I am shocked there are 12 votes giving this song a "1"!!!!!SHOCKED!!!!
Otomi wrote:
They all work. You wear a suit, you shake another suit's hand, you get burned, sooner or later.
That's awesome.
OldFrenchie wrote:
Where can I get a suit on fire like the one on the album cover? It's so friggen stylish! "Hawt" as the kids say
They all work. You wear a suit, you shake another suit's hand, you get burned, sooner or later.
rguy84 wrote:
This whole album is a 12, and deserves to play all the way through
Very hard to argue.......
braincloud wrote:
Pink Floyd is THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME (any takers?)
Well, maybe #2, after Englebert Humperdink.
Badfish81 wrote:
"By the way, which one's Pink?" Always loved that line...not even for the "joke" in it, just the delivery
:fire:
:crown:
driver8 wrote:
By the way, which one's Pink?
Roy Harper