Perfect Sense Part I & II Lyrics - Roger Waters

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[HAL]: Stop Dave
Will you stop Dave?
Stop Dave
I'm afraid
I'm afraid
Dave, my mind is going
I can feel it
I can feel it
My mind is going
There is no question about it
I can feel it
I can feel it
I can feel it
I'm afraid

The monkey sat on a pile of stone
And he stared at the broken bone in his hand
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Strains of a Viennese quartet rang out across the land
The monkey looked up at the stars
And he thought to himself
Memory is a stranger
History is for fools
And he cleaned his hands in a pool of holy writing
Turned his back on the garden and set out for the nearest town
Hold on hold on soldier

When you add it all up
The tears and the marrowbone
There's an ounce of gold
And an ounce of pride in each ledger
And the Germans kill the Jews
And the Jews kill the Arabs
And the Arabs kill the hostages
And that is the news
And is it any wonder that the monkey's confused
He said Mama Mama, the President's a fool
Why do I have to keep reading these technical manuals
And the joint chiefs of staff
And the brokers on Wall Street said
Don't make us laugh, you're a smart kid
Time is linear
Memory's a stranger
History is for fools
Man is a tool in the hands
Of the great God Almighty
And they gave him command of a nuclear submarine
Sent him back in search of the Garden of Eden


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Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
Expressed in dollars and cents,
Pounds, shillings and pence
Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense

Little black soul departs in perfect focus
Hold on soldier
Prime time fodder for the News at Nine
Hold on, hold on soldier
Darling is the child warm in the bed tonight

[Marv Albert:] "Hi everybody I'm Marv Albert
And welcome to our telecast
Coming to you live from Memorial Stadium
It's a beautiful day
And today we expect a sensational matchup
But first our global anthem"

Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
Expressed in dollars and cents,
Pounds, shillings and pence
Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense

[Marv:] "And here come the players
As I speak to you now, the captain
Has his cross hairs zeroed in on the oil rig
He's at periscope depth
It looks to me like he's going to attack
By the way did you know that a submarine
Captain earns 200,000 dollars a year"
[Edward:]"That's LESS tax Marv"
[Marv:]"Yeah, LESS tax
Thank you Edward"
[Edward:]"You're welcome"
[Marv:]"Now back to the game...he fires one...yes
There goes two; both fish are running
The rig is going into a prevent defense
Will they make it? I don't think so"
Look out!
Look at that baby burn!

Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
Expressed in dollars and cents,
Pounds, shillings and pence
Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense






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My interpretation: War as a spectator sport | Reviewer: Frankman | 9/21/13

The 2001 reference a the beginning:
HAL 9000 is being deactivated by Dave,.. I took this to be a reference to man forgetting history "My mind is going"
The monkey with the bone in is his hand is also from 2001. That was the first time man (or ape) used a tool to kill another man, and then, having sinned, turns his back to the "garden" (of eden), an goes on to the "town" (civilization)

So from then on war is waged for money "It all makes sense, expressed in dollar and cents"

And we wash our hands (poncius pilatus ?) in scripture (justifying everything because god or whatever.

And modern war is portrayed as a spectator sport (main point I think) for the people at home watching it on TV (guided missiles and such), and is still about money and oil (submarine captain destroys oil rig, and earns 200,000 a year)

Soldier is confused about reading manuals (of weapons I presume) but his bosses reasure him it's all for good because it all makes sense (again, if it's expressed in dollar and cents)


its for all of us | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/9/11

I am from Iraq. I think it applies to all people. I think its about capitalism. the desperation and annihilation is capitalism (not greed), capitalism. Mr. Roger, please see the hopes in the anti-capitalist revolutions of the world. I was in Baghdad when US troops bombed it for many times with B52's (hahah rhymes?) in early nineties....then my 3 year old asked me same questions, irrelevant and out of context...but what is in-context back then? taping the windows fearing a chemical attack. How could I tell him we feared chemical or biological attack? how could I have explained ? and why? why has he been deprived? feared to death many many many times...why?....Well done Roger Waters. Well done.

2001: A space odysse | Reviewer: eee | 1/19/11

The quotes from HAL 9000 are interesting. It's at the start. A simple sound of a voice with a tribal drum. It's simple amusement for an ape. But the image, the message of is death. Dave is killing HAl, a conscious being. Murdering him for our entertainment. HAL can't get angry, but he knows that he can feel his mind going and wants that to stop. It's incredibly un-emotional, but we're supposed to feel for HAL.

The monkey staring at the bone in his hand is also from 2001: A.S.O. Memory is a stranger, and history is for fools. Because we can't stop doing the bad things. So he cleans his hands in the pool of holy writing, as if to ignore history and pretend it's all okay. But the soldiers have to hold on because no helps coming because we wont stop causing wars.

Gold and pride are the goals. All we see is death on television.

I think maybe the monkey being confused is a reference to the Monkey put into space by the Russians.

So this person tries to say "HEY!! EVERYTHING IS FUCKED!!!" and they say "Don't make us laugh, you're a smart Kid". So patronising. They tell him we're a tool for God, go find the Garden of Eden (invade the middle east) because that is where the Garden of Eden story was made.

But it does make sense when we express it with money as our goal.
If you say "why would anyone want to do this?! it's insane"
that is because you don't value money above everything.
The point of this song is it to make you one of those people.

IMO
TL:DR, It's about not living for greed.

Perfect Sense | Reviewer: Raphaella Paiva | 6/9/10

This music is my favorite with WISH YOU WERE HERE and MOTHER!
This lyrics is absolutely amazing! It's awesome how Roger Waters show the truth!! I love Pink Floyd too!!
My father and me have a bigger and special passion to this singer: RW!

Perfect Sense Part I | Reviewer: Dennis Oberheu | 9/12/07

I'M hearing "Don't make us laugh you're a smart kid time is linear runways are straight" (as in time and space being relative and reality not being the way our ego percieves it to be). Then he is equiped with a nuclear submarine and sent back to look for the garden of eden.(Which he had when he recognized the true meaning of time and space.)

what ir means | Reviewer: Rafael de Venezuela | 9/2/07

this is a powerfull song with a deep meaning, but what to do??? try to make this world little better place for our children, a small contribution but it changes yourself big time, makes you feel and be different, try like FLOYD said in a song call ON THE TURNING AWAY. sorry for my bad english, :)

song predates gwb | Reviewer: m font | 7/20/07

this is from rolling stone,1992! the song is over 15 years old, folks! yes, iraq and mid east part of the equation, but our current situation has zippo to do with the original writings (though you can certainly say it's prophetic). in any case, with PS I&II, waters is more critical of our culture of TV news and the way we watch events unfold than he is of specific mideast tension.
"It was three years before Operation Desert Storm that Waters, the British founder and former chief composer of Pink Floyd, began work on Amused To Death, his third solo album, by writing "Perfect Sense," a two-part song suite envisioning a world in which live television transmissions of war and upheaval become the principal form of mass entertainment. According to the album's thesis, since there is nothing in the history of civilization that generates more profit for the power elite than war, its creators see the enterprise as a can't-miss proposition.

"The idea for the album," says Waters, "was a strangely prophetic one. I was working within the general metaphor of a gorilla watching television, the ape being a symbol for anyone who's been sitting with his mouth open in front of network and cable news for the last 10 years. The record explores the idea of television as medicine: It's either healing us or killing us. The truth is it's doing both, healing us as a target audience but killing off our respective cultures."

song predates gwb | Reviewer: m font | 7/20/07

this is from rolling stone,1992! the song is over 15 years old, folks! yes, iraq and mid east part of the equation, but our current situation has zippo to do with the original writings (though you can certainly say it's prophetic). in any case, with PS I&II, waters is more critical of our culture of TV news and the way we watch events unfold than he is of specific mideast tension.

I saw Him | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/10/07

I saw him on the 2007 tour also (Boston) This song and Leaving Beirut really do make you think about how fucked the world is and people are in general

perfect sense | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/3/07


"Can't you see
It all makes perfect sense
Expressed in dollars and cents"

If you think in terms of money then all the inhumane things we do infact MAKE SENSE! The monkey loses his mind to money. He discards history and compassion and is caught up in the neverending greed of humanity. People think if they can be faithful to an organized religion but not soak in the scriptures trues meaning than they are cleansed of sin. ( remind you of someone??.. maybe our president!).
I think also the sportscaster representation for war.. is somewhat true for how our media portrays war. Have you seen a commercial for the army lately? what a load of shit!

"And the brokers on Wall Street said
Don't make us laugh, you're a smart kid
Time is linear
Memory's a stranger
History is for fools
Man is a tool in the hands
Of the great God Almighty
And they gave him command of a nuclear submarine
Sent him back in search of the Garden of Eden"

people with these insane points of view are infact in charge of nuclear submarines!


Cant see the religion reference? | Reviewer: Jody J | 6/27/07


The starting audio, with the person saying he can feel his mind going.Its the Monkey, looking at the broken bone he just used to kill, and is aware of it for the first time.Then he turns his back on the garden of Eden(Innocence), but still washes away all the sin(Guilt) in the "Pool of holy writing"(Bible). Its funny how true that is for all those religious people out there.. sin all week, adn clean yourself on Sundays. Then do it again.

I´m sure that ashwin is from Texas | Reviewer: Willy Wonka | 6/25/07

He said mama, the president´s a fool, why do I have to keep reading these technical manuals???

why don't people know what this song is about? | Reviewer: Pam | 6/13/07

I can't understand how someone can read these lyrics and not know what he is singing about. The message is loud and clear. It is about war, humanity and how fucked up our world has become.

The first time I heard it | Reviewer: Niluje | 5/30/07

I didn't know the solo career of Waters, and the first time I heard this song was in Live at Bercy (France) for his Darkside of the Moon 2007 tour. When I heard the song and the lyrics for the first time I cried, it's so perfectly written...

Great meaning | Reviewer: Krem | 4/30/07

I like part I of the song, it judges Humans in general, and goes on about the problems in the world today.


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