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Pink Floyd — Sheep
Album: Animals
Avg rating:
8.3

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2758









Released: 1977
Length: 10:03
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away;
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.
You better watch out,
There may be dogs about
I've looked over Jordan, and I have seen,
Things are not what they seem.

What do you get for pretending the dangers are not real.
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well trodden corridors, into the valley of steel.
What a surprise!
A look of terminal shock in your eyes.
Now things are really what they seem,
No, this is no bad dream.

''The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me down to lie.
Through pastures green He leadeth me the silent waters by.
With bright knives He releaseth my soul.
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places.
He converteth me to lamb cutlets,
For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger.
When cometh the day we lowly ones,
Through quiet reflection, and great dedication,
Master the art of karate.
Lo, we shall rise up,
And then we'll make the buggers eyes water.''

Bleating and babbling we fell on his neck with a scream.
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!
You better stay home
And do as you're told,
Get out of the road if you want to grow old.
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Für meinen Geschmack ist "Animals" eins der besten Alben von Pink Floyd !  {#Bananajam}
I could go the rest of my life without any more Floyd. I could hear Fearless every couple of years. But that's it.
Why does Bill keep calling David Gilmore on of his favorite bass players?!?!
Pour moi, cet album fait parti des meilleurs de Pink Floyd.
Thank you RP. It's nice to sit in a (virtual) room with other people that appreciate Pink Floyd beyond Dark Side and The Wall.
One of the best Pink Floyd songs and arguably one of the best rock songs of all time. 10+
 Rockit9 wrote:
Do you think there were any drugs influencing this?
 
Nope.  0   nada, the empty set.  
Which begs the Question.....

Who is the better bass player?   David Gilmour or Roger Waters?


Curious minds want to know.  
Do you think there were any drugs influencing this?
Exquisite guitar work, intricate and driving bass, atmospheric keys, observant and biting lyrics... why is this at only an 8.3 average? Curious as to what the various haters would rate as a 10. And will their 10s still sound this good decades after release?
 Tim_Coletti wrote:
Great Trivia...  Never knew that Gilmore played bass on this track :)
 
Gilmore was quoted in '98 stating that Waters wanted to play the rhythm guitar part instead for the album track. Gilmore also complained privately that Waters couldn't pull his weight as the band's bassist, and that he (Gilmore) would often need to cover for Waters. Waters denies this. Maybe Bill was taking a swipe at Waters? Or maybe just making the statement that Gilmore is a bassist in his own right.
Great Trivia...  Never knew that Gilmore played bass on this track :)
My favorite Pink Floyd song Freaked me out as a kid, as a church kid who read the lyrics and thought (?!@#?) Still gives me chills
 black321 wrote:
Great song, but the Lord's Prayer part always struck me as sophomoric. 
 

And soporific!
hah, not many radio stations play a 10 + minute song
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
I feel like I’m being punished.  
 
You are. Now, go to your room. And no more Pink Floyd for you, until you readjust that attitude young man!.
 stangalbraith wrote:
Bravo for the variety of PF. I had to stop listening to the local classic rock station as they thought PF had only done five songs in their entire career. The variety of music is what keeps me coming back. Of course, there are some iconic PF songs that deserve a listen on occasion. There are also a long list of other songs they have done in their storied career that brighten my day when I hear them. This is one of those songs. How about something off their really early albums such as Meddle?
 
Yes, something from Meddle. Look here in the RP library: https://www.radioparadise.com/?song_id=30757 AFAIK it still hasn't been played. Come on Bill, we KNOW you WANT TO!!
  epic guitar slashing by Gilmour.. {#Music}
The Sheep were The FanBoys. The closed minded dopey stoners who worshipped these frauds.
 Mack wrote:
751 ratings + average 8.3 = play more Floyd. I was trying to decide whether the album pic was in the morning or the evening. I used to get the train up past Battersea every day to/from work and seeing it with the sun on it was a rare, but awesome sight. I think it's first thing in the morning.
 
Very cool that as of today (12-03-18) about 7 years after your post, with 2492 ratings, it is still at 8.3
PERFECT
 jbuhl wrote:

Wow.  I just read this.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/sep/28/apple-moves-british-hq-into-battersea-power-station-boiler-room

 

 
My father was a brick layer and worked on Battersea Power Station. He was on of those poor buggers laying a thousand bricks a day for a couple of years. It was work that was commonly called "slashing" because you got paid by the yard.
Bravo for the variety of PF. I had to stop listening to the local classic rock station as they thought PF had only done five songs in their entire career. The variety of music is what keeps me coming back. Of course, there are some iconic PF songs that deserve a listen on occasion. There are also a long list of other songs they have done in their storied career that brighten my day when I hear them. This is one of those songs. How about something off their really early albums such as Meddle?
What's with the Pink Floyd obsession this past 6 months? Enough. Feel like I'm listening to the classic rock stations I despise.
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
I feel like I’m being punished.  

 
Thank you, sir.  May I have another ?
I feel like I’m being punished.  
Sofa king good.
this is so groovy.
around 80 an older guy said he went to the Animals concert, thought the music was boring but the staging fantastic.  Then the police pig blew up one inflatable and the whole crowd gasped.  He got tickets to The Wall which was my first and only show
Pretty close to a perfect song... actually the whole of ANIMALS is pure perfection.  Thanks RP for playing this particular track.
 fredriley wrote:
Me, I've a lot of time for sheep, having seen gadzillions on my hillwalkies. Living a simple outdoor free range life, not bothering anyone, and free of existential dilemmas. ... If they're roused they can give dogs grief - I've seen sheepdogs getting a bit of their own back now and again when their 'prey' combine. I've not yet seen "wave upon wave of demented avengers", mind ;-)
 
Sensible policy—if you want a simple outdoor free range lifestyle with no one bothering you and no existential dilemmas—is to leave no witnesses to your excesses.
{#Hearteyes}

{#Good-vibes}
5th December 1976 - it's the 40th anniversary of the photo-shoot for the Animals album cover. That was a rather hectic 3 days for Hipgnosis!
 
 jbuhl wrote:
The old Battersea power station.  Still standing barely.

 
Wow.  I just read this.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/sep/28/apple-moves-british-hq-into-battersea-power-station-boiler-room

 
The old Battersea power station.  Still standing barely.
Great song, but the Lord's Prayer part always struck me as sophomoric. 
 ...at my house it'll be right at the 1st drum roll .. I've got a nice stereo system in my garage .. pretty good acoustics in my man cave .. turn it up !     Grammarcop wrote:
Just cranked it up. How long will be before the wife asks me to turn it down? The countdown is now on.

 

Just cranked it up. How long will be before the wife asks me to turn it down? The countdown is now on.
Always loved the lyrics to this song! {#Clap}
 dkwalika wrote:
Fraternity days, Northern Michigan University, Sunday nights . . .

 
"...Tonight, on Headphones Only..."
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PINK FLOYD!!!!
Such a great tune.
 MassivRuss wrote:

I have to admit to heresy: I find The Wall over-played, over-rated and over-conceived.

1. Dark Side of The Moon. (ya goes without saying)
2. Wish You Were Here. A great, but "conventional rock" album - a collection of great songs.
3. Animals. Great as a concept album, without putting the concept ahead of the music.
4. The Wall. Great music taking a backseat to the Concept.

IMO. YMMV.

Slainte.

 
Yep, I'd concur with that, though I'd add Meddle as a classic before Dark Side - the early psychedelic soft Floyd is severely underrated IMO. The Wall was quite literally self-indulgent, for all that its songs were well crafted. Animals was a cracker on its release and brutally polemical, and for all that some of its targets (such as Mary Whitehouse) are no more, it stands up well to age, I think.

Me, I've a lot of time for sheep, having seen gadzillions on my hillwalkies. Living a simple outdoor free range life, not bothering anyone, and free of existential dilemmas. Ok, so they mostly snuff it under the knife at the end, but as they don't have feelings of mortality it's but a sharp coda to their otherwise sedate lives. If they're roused they can give dogs grief - I've seen sheepdogs getting a bit of their own back now and again when their 'prey' combine. I've not yet seen "wave upon wave of demented avengers", mind ;-)
Post Syd Barret;

Surely, the best Pink Floyd album, at least, in the classic formation: creative, unpredictable. Like animals.
Speaking about getting off the road...  glad I was hit by a car and thrown almost 4 metres through the air when I was 16.

Taught me a lot of respect for fast moving heavy machinery.  :-) 
 Nurs wrote:
Surely, the worst Pink Floyd's album, at least, in the classic formation: boring, predictable. Bad soup.{#Zip-lip}

 
It is OK Nurs.  Lie back and tell us about your problems.  
 Nurs wrote:
Sure, the worst Pink Floyd's album, at least, in the classic formation: boring, predictable. Bad soup.{#Zip-lip}

 

You have not Fucking idea
Surely, the worst Pink Floyd's album, at least, in the classic formation: boring, predictable. Bad soup.{#Zip-lip}
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Flawless. 10
Pink Floyd and The Beatles are my two very favourite rock bands.
I remember the feeling I had upon hearing the first sounds from "Animals" (on vinyl I'd purchased at a used record store), especially "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", and thinking "This is gonna be good".

Animals, TDSOTM, and WYWH (and for that matter Meddle, esp. Echoes) — equally wonderful PF albums ... aw heck, so is "The Wall"
But IMHO, PF w/o Waters just isn't very good.
Rogers is the lyrics man specifically, and Gilmour makes the music better.
They need each other ... like Lennon/McCartney, to make the great music.
By themselves, it's only "okay" ... and PF minus RW is campy lyrics and way too many drawn-out guitar solos.

I find both "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" as well as "The Division Bell" barely tolerable, and have no interest in the "new" PF album.
You can listen to the whole new PF album on Spotify to see if you're interested in purchasing it (yes, I still buy CDs).

Oddly enough, Dave Gilmour's first solo album is probably the best of the individual bandmember's efforts, but it still doesn't rank into any of my "fave album" lists. Hmm ... then again, I do like Syd's "The Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett".
It's a mixed bag. 
 xtalman wrote:

Still have the original vinyl somewhere.  You appreciate the covers more.

 
Yes. Those were the days. Yes was notorious for this. It make listening to the albums much more enjoyable before big money took over.
God, I just love the end where Gilmour rips it up.  

What is great is that the lyrics *almost* end on a positive note as the sheep rise up and kill the dogs, then Gilmour's amazing guitar starting at that point sounds so celebratory.  Like a victory in the music.  Only Gilmour could do that.
Timeless
 westslope wrote:
The best CD PF ever put out.

So what is this about a new PF CD?   

 
Still have the original vinyl somewhere.  You appreciate the covers more.
Fraternity days, Northern Michigan University, Sunday nights . . .
 westslope wrote:
The best CD PF ever put out.

So what is this about a new PF CD?   

 
Just released new disc....updated outtakes from their last PF album (made into proper songs) is my understanding,  Not heard any reviews about it...
The best CD PF ever put out.

So what is this about a new PF CD?   
Too bad: just tune in too late to hear this great song...!
Simply love this song that reminds me teen times
Their best album listened to it many times comfortably numb
In my car, on repeat play, is a bootleg of the Oakland 1977 show with Animals as the centerpiece. I saw the show that year somewhere else. 

What great music, and memories. (Yes, I wasn't too stoned to remember it. That would be a waste...) 


Baaaaa-utiful
 MassivRuss wrote:

I have to admit to heresy: I find The Wall over-played, over-rated and over-conceived.

1. Dark Side of The Moon. (ya goes without saying)
2. Wish You Were Here. A great, but "conventional rock" album - a collection of great songs.
3. Animals. Great as a concept album, without putting the concept ahead of the music.
4. The Wall. Great music taking a backseat to the Concept.

IMO. YMMV.

Slainte.

 

5. The Final Cut - great Epilogue to The Wall. I'd rank it my second favorite album (right after the 4 listed above, which all tie for #1)
My favorite Floyd album.
 jotealian wrote:
There are very few bands I will say this about. There will never be a band in the same league as Pink Floyd. Especially the Wall Album.

 
I have to admit to heresy: I find The Wall over-played, over-rated and over-conceived.

1. Dark Side of The Moon. (ya goes without saying)
2. Wish You Were Here. A great, but "conventional rock" album - a collection of great songs.
3. Animals. Great as a concept album, without putting the concept ahead of the music.
4. The Wall. Great music taking a backseat to the Concept.

IMO. YMMV.

Slainte.
I used to lay inbetween my big Klipsch speakers and stare at the ceiling. safe but still traveling.

Lindo525 wrote:

I also have listened to this while driving down Lake Shore Drive. It is amazing!

 



 blotto wrote:
Animals + LSD = Fantastic.

 
I also have listened to this while driving down Lake Shore Drive. It is amazing!
Animals + LSD = Fantastic.
ahhhhh those melodic keyboard notes are instantly recognizable.....


 
10........ well, what did you expect
There are very few bands I will say this about. There will never be a band in the same league as Pink Floyd. Especially the Wall Album.
 rdo wrote:
Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands...i hvae been listening all my life..i still have not the slightest clue as to what in the fuck they are blathering on about though...
 
Like most Floyd, the lyrics work on a few levels. Sheep as the meek humans waiting to rise up, mostly waiting too long while following the one in front to an early demise- that's the one I go with, but there are other interpretations. Just love how it ends, though.  I mean for the song, not the sheep/humans. One of my favorites.
''The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.He makes me down to lie. Through pastures green He leadeth me the silent waters by.
With bright knives He releaseth my soul. He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places. He converteth me to lamb cutlets,
For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger. When cometh the day we lowly ones, Through quiet reflection, and great dedication,
Master the art of karate. Lo, we shall rise up, And then we'll make the buggers *#@$*#@ eyes water.'

...In case ya cant make out the break.....too funny!
My favorite Pink Floyd album. Thanks RP!!
 Hannio wrote:


200,000,000 million is 200 trillion.  That's a pretty big number.  Yeah, I know, I'm just being pedantic.

 
Nope, it's only 200 million in the real world.
This is exactly why I've never truly been able to swallow the Pink Floyd Kool-Aid. I know there is genius there, but this track leaves me cold. There are half a dozen songs in today's top 40 that I could choose to listen to over this. It's sacrilege, I know. #keepingitrealwithfloyd
Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands...i hvae been listening all my life..i still have not the slightest clue as to what in the fuck they are blathering on about though...
Friday 5:07 pm PST

BRILLIANT !!!!!! 
Its been too long since I last heard this... thanks RP for resolving this issue.
What he said. 

grant wrote:

This might be my favorite PF album - very, very dark lyrics from Mr Waters married with the brilliant seething guitar work of Mr Gilmour.

 


"Wave after wave of demented avengers..."



This might be my favorite PF album - very, very dark lyrics from Mr Waters married with the brilliant seething guitar work of Mr Gilmour.
reminds me... I need to call my therapist.
We can thank Pink Floyd for both this awesome music and for giving Radiohead a sound to develop from...


 Relayer wrote:
Gilmour; there is no substitute.

 
{#Yes}   {#High-five}
Gilmour; there is no substitute.
 Hannio wrote:
You're not fooling anyone, Laz.  Have a good time in your hotel room.  I mean church.
 

Thank ewe!  Hope you are having a great time right this very minute...  love this song...  love this album...
 
Nice! So nice!! That is why I love this radio station!! Amazing song!! Greetings from Los Cabos, México!!
I don't remember ever hearing this song. The music reminds me a lot of "The War of the World" rock opera from the 70s.
liked animals from the beginning, & never understood why even pf themselves seems not to like it at all.
and, imho, animals aged far better than any other pf album (with exception of patgod, of course!) some of their most "famous" stuff sounds really "old" now, if not straightforward embarrassing, but the animals survived the decades astoundingly fresh ...
 TerryS wrote:

Yes they can, 200,000,000 million people though? Not likely.

PS that's the number of albums PF have sold. Roughly. 2 years ago.
 

200,000,000 million is 200 trillion.  That's a pretty big number.  Yeah, I know, I'm just being pedantic.
 Lazarus wrote:


Yes, very well said...  we be dancing...

 
 

You're not fooling anyone, Laz.  Have a good time in your hotel room.  I mean church.
Perfect.  Lights off, staring out the window at so much snow falling I can barely see across the street, with a foot of it already perched on the balcony railing.

Pink Floyd is perfect.
One Of My favorites!  Thanks!
Love it
I've always loved the lines:

Bleating and babbling we fell on his neck with a scream
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

Which occasionally comes to mind when I'm walking the hills past flocks of sheep, and which may well have been an inspiration for the excellent comedy horror film Black Sheep.

Personally, I think that sheep are cool, and get a bad press :)
 big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:

One of many elements of artistic genius demonstrated by Pink Floyd is that their albums are often constructed thematically, which is as sophisticated as great poetry...  the album Animals is based on a theme of personification, where animals are metaphors for humans...  this song demonstrates how people can sometimes be much like sheep...

another element of the artistic genius of Pink Floyd is the awesome music...

love this song, and the whole thematic album...
 

Yes, very well said...  we be dancing...

 
Can't beat a bit of Floyd... Animals is a great record - Thanks Bill! {#Clap}
 linzie wrote:

In most circles this kind of comment could cause you permanent use of your ears....
 
Hmmm, there are circles where all one has to do is state a musical opinion which differs from that of the congregation, and in exchange they are guaranteed never to experience hearing loss?

Favorite side B of all time!


 drife wrote:
Thought it would never end. Repetitive guitar chords were simply tiresome.
 
In most circles this kind of comment could cause you permanent use of your ears....
One of the best foot stompin, {#Dancingbanana_2}head bobbin{#Dancingbanana} tunes they ever pounded out...!!!
Wave upon wave of demented avengers march cheerfully out of obscurity into a dreeeeeeeeeaaaaam...
 fuzzy wrote:
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This song is baaaadass...  love it...

 
..the only thing i'd want is for this one to continue Longer..serious!..astounding tuneage..
This song instantly transports me to the 70's, concentrating intently on the exact placement of the lighter to the small, pungent core emanating from my TM. My lungs expand whilst my ears fill w/the aural pleasure of the floyd reminiscing about all the good times ahead.
 fuzzy wrote:
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 fuzzy wrote:
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 TerryS wrote:

Yes they can, 200,000,000 million people though? Not likely.

PS that's the number of albums PF have sold. Roughly. 2 years ago.
 
Billions and Billions Served
  





Do the sheep share in the royalties?
Doctor Who called. He want's his bass line back.
Is it that this album is just not as accessible as Dark Side of the Moon or Wish You Were Here?   This was the very first CD I bought - spent $950 on a player, then maybe $18 on this, expecting something great.  I never got it at all - the whole thing seems trite. . .full of cheesy metaphors.

I suppose it is tough to top the two previous albums. . .
 Stingray wrote:

Tzzzzz...!!!!

4 million flies can't be wrong: Eat shit people!
 
Yes they can, 200,000,000 million people though? Not likely.

PS that's the number of albums PF have sold. Roughly. 2 years ago.
 jhorton wrote:
Dark Side of the Moon>Wish You Were Here>Animals>The Wall.

Greatest burst of creative genius in the history of rock. 
 
My call would be Atom Heart Mother >>> Animals.  As thematically interesting as The Wall is it's just nowhere near as musically good as the previous albums.

Piper at the Gates of Dawn is one of the greatest debuts ever, IMHO.  Too bad about Sid.
Thought it would never end. Repetitive guitar chords were simply tiresome.
Dark Side of the Moon>Wish You Were Here>Animals>The Wall.

Greatest burst of creative genius in the history of rock. 

One of many elements of artistic genius demonstrated by Pink Floyd is that their albums are often constructed thematically, which is as sophisticated as great poetry...  the album Animals is based on a theme of personification, where animals are metaphors for humans...  this song demonstrates how people can sometimes be much like sheep...

another element of the artistic genius of Pink Floyd is the awesome music...

love this song, and the whole thematic album...