The Human Condition: “Pigs (Three Different Ones) -Pink Floyd”

The song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” by Pink Floyd, written by Roger Waters, talks about three different British politicians of his time (1977) and how they were corrupt and greedy like pigs. When Waters writes: “And when your hand is on your heart You’re nearly a good laugh” tells of how these politicians pretended to care about the people but in actuality they only cared about themselves and the money they were getting. The song also alludes to two specific people in government at the time, Margaret Thatcher and Mary Whitehouse. When the song talks about Margaret Thatcher it says “You radiate cold shafts of broken glass… You’re hot stuff with a hatpin And good fun with a hand gun.” This is because of her cruel nature and the fact that she made Britain go into The Battle of Falklands, which Roger Waters, hated her for. The song also references Mary Whitehouse; “Hey you, Whitehouse… You’re trying to keep our feelings off the street”. This is referencing the fact that Mary Whitehouse tried to censor any immoral behaviour in the media, especially modern media at the time. He’s saying that she has her opinion and the people have theirs; she is only caring about her own interests. In this song Roger Waters showed us that when humans get into positions of power, they can become greedy and selfish, only looking out for their own interests.

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