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Pink Floyd - Free Four + Lyrics

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Uploaded on Jul 6, 2009

"Free Four" is a Pink Floyd song written by Roger Waters, with Waters also taking on lead vocals, from the album Obscured by Clouds. The song begins with a rock and roll countdown; but in this case Pink Floyd decided to play with words and record, "One, Two, FREE FOUR!". The song deals with themes that would become standard for Roger in albums following this, notably his father's death and the "evils" of the record industry. Although the song is mellow during the lyrical portions, the guitar solo surprisingly launches into a heavier tone, with a progression that is reminiscent of the instrumental "One of These Days", capturing the classic Pink Floyd guitar sound. "Free Four" was released as a single in 1972 and managed to break into FM radio's top 50 list.

A later Pink Floyd song lyric, 1983's Not Now John, would re-use the "One, two, free four" phrase (but not as a count-in).

Lyrics:
The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You shuffle in gloom of the sickroom
And talk to yourself as you die.

Life is a short, warm moment
And death is a long cold rest.
You get your chance to try in the twinkling of an eye:
Eighty years, with luck, or even less.

So all aboard for the American tour,
And maybe you'll make it to the top.
And mind how you go, and I can tell you, 'cause I know
You may find it hard to get off.

You are the angel of death
And I am the dead man's son.
And he was buried like a mole in a fox hole.
And everyone is still in the run.

And who is the master of fox hounds?
And who says the hunt has begun?
And who calls the tune in the courtroom?
And who beats the funeral drum?

The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You shuffle in gloom in the sickroom
And talk to yourself till you die.

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