Watching TV - Roger Waters Songtext

Watching TV
Bild: Roger Waters - The Wall Tour 2010/2011 - Tourdaten US-Leg



Watching TV
Geschrieben wurde Watching TV von Roger Waters
*switch TV channell*
Woman: Oh, darling, you really must keep in touch
Only bears hibernate, you know. A heh heh
*piano music*

*switch TV channel*
Man:He said you can get a vicari...

*switch TV channel*
Car Salesman: ...Power doorlocks, Power mirrors,
AM/FM Cassette, Air conditioning...

*switch TV channel*
Woman: I made this sharp as is practically possible
so this cuts off the flow of liquid...
glass jars hitting together

*switch TV channel*
Woman: Whatcha doin man?
Man1: Diamond cutting, madam...
Man2: Did you find any?
Man1: You've heard of the hope diamond
Man3: Oh, yes, I know about that!

*switch TV channel*
Man: I've been sound in my policy Escape from the icehouse?


We were watching TV

*switch TV channel*

Watching TV

Man: (translated from Chinese): According to the (Mainland China's) Ministry of the National Affairs... 3467

We were watching TV

Man:
(?)... Thank you, oh, yes... (?)


Watching TV

Woman: It's fine Mama, welcome to juke box jamboree! ...

*switch TV channel*
Man1 :How's the food?
Man2 :The food is great!

*switch TV channel*
*jet plane*
*machine guns*


In Tiananmen Square 3467
Lost my baby there
My yellow rose
In her bloodstained clothes
She was a short order pastry chef
In a Dim Sum dive on the Yangtze tideway
She had shiny hair
She was the daughter of an engineer

Won't you shed a tear
For my yellow rose
My yellow rose
In her bloodstained clothes
She had perfect breasts
She had high hopes
She had almond eyes
She had yellow thighs
She was a student of philosophy
Won't you grieve with me
For my yellow rose
Shed a tear
For her bloodstained clothes

She had shiny hair
She had perfect breasts
She had high hopes
She had almond eyes
She had yellow thighs
She was the daughter of an engineer
So get out your pistols
Get out your stones
Get out your knives
Cut them to the bone
They are the lackeys of the grocer's machine
They built the dark satanic mills
That manufacture hell on earth
They bought the front row seats on Calvary 3467
They are irrelevant to me

But I grieve for my sister
People of China
Do not forget do not forget
The children who died for you
Long live the Republic
Did we do anything after this
I've a feeling we did
We were watching TV
Watching TV
We were watching TV
Watching TV

She wore a white bandanna that said
Freedom now
She thought the Great Wall of China
Would come tumbling down
She was a student
Her father was an engineer
Won't you shed a tear
For my yellow rose
My yellow rose
In her bloodstained clothes

Her grandpa fought old Chiang Kai-shek
That no-good low-down dirty rat
Who used to order his troops
To fire on the women and children
Imagine that imagine that
And in the spring of '48
Mao Tse-tung got quite irate
And he kicked that old dictator Chiang
Out of the state of China
Chiang Kai-shek came down in Formosa
And they armed the island of Quemoy
And the shells were flying across the China Sea
And they turned Formosa into a shoe factory
Called Taiwan

And she is different from Cro-Magnon man 3467
She's different from Anne Boleyn
She is different from the Rosenbergs
And from the unknown Jew
She is different from the unknown Nicaraguan
Half superstar half victim
She's a victor star conceptually new
And she is different from the Dodo 3467
And from the Kankanbono
She is different from the Aztec
And from the Cherokee
She's everybody's sister
She's symbolic of our failure
She's the one in fifty million
Who can help us to be free
Because she died on TV
And I grieve for my sister

Watching TV - Infos zum Song

geschrieben von oschti.ch am 06.06.2006
in der Rubrik Watching TV

Calvary - Kalvarienberg - Kreuzigung Christi
Cro-Magnon Mann - Urmensch
Dodo - sagenhafter urweltlicher Vogel

Vom 3. auf den 4. Juni 1989 marschierte in Peking Militär ein und erschoss auf den ins Stadtzentrum führenden Strassen und in der Gegend des Tiananmen-Platzes Hunderte, möglicherweise gar Tausende von Studenten und Pekinger, überrollte sie mit Panzern. Zuvor war der Platz im Herzen der Hauptstadt sieben Wochen lang Bühne einer Volksbewegung gewesen, zu der sich spontane, von Studenten angeführte Trauerkundgebungen für den am 15. April 1989 verstorbenen, als «liberal» geltenden ehemaligen KP-Generalsekretär Hu Yaobang ausgeweitet hatten.

Mit Demonstrationen, Sitz- und Hungerstreiks forderten Hunderttausende politische Reformen und Demokratie, demonstrierten gegen die Korruption der Parteikader und stellten letztlich die Macht der KP in Frage. Die häufig Volksfestcharakter annehmenden Aktionen fanden buchstäblich vor den Augen der Weltöffentlichkeit statt, denn die Bewegung von 1989 wurde auch zur Geburtsstunde des weltumspannenden Satellitenfernsehens: Eigentlich um über den historischen China-Besuch des sowjetischen Präsidenten Gorbatschew zu berichten, befanden sich im Frühling 1989 zahlreiche Kamerateams ausländischer Fernsehanstalten in Peking, welche ihr Publikum wochenlang mit Live-Bildern vom Tiananmen-Platz belieferten. (Die Verbindung von Roger Waters´ Kampf gegen Gewalt und Diktatoren und der {wenig bewirkenden} TV-Berichterstattung macht das Ereignis zu einem Paradebeispiel dieses Album-Themas)

Die zu hörenden Gewehrschüsse stammen offensichtlich von einem chinesischen Sturmgewehr "type 56".

The translation "Ministry of the National Affairs" may be not exact. Anyway it's the ministry managed by the Prime minister of Mainland China. During the Tiananmen Square Affair, the Prime minister was Lee-Pong, who was believed to have given the order to fire guns at the students in Tiananmen square. It was most likely recorded from the TV news of Mainland China's Central Broadcast Station, during the Tiananmen Square affair in 1989.


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