Another Birthday Boy

Roger Waters

Today’s entry from the birthday files is Roger Waters, best known as a founding member and major creative force in the legendary progressive, psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd.  On his sixty-fourth birthday, you might think a Beatles‘ song would be appropriate, but I would prefer a few lines from the Pink Floyd song “Time” from “Dark Side of the Moon“:

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say

Now more than twenty years have passed since Roger left Pink Floyd and it seems the song isn’t quite over yet.  We become so familiar with performers through their recordings at a certain point in time, it’s almost as though we expect them to be preserved in some kind of amber to keep them as they were then.  But, of course, they aren’t.  Their music, their images, are preserved, but they run the same race of life as the rest of us.

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