REBEL YELL: Roger Waters – “The Bravery of Being Out of Range”

Source – loudersound.com

  • “…Waters’ statement continues. “Trump? Biden? Still dropping bombs, still killing innocent people. Same disgusting war hawk puppets. Come on AMERICA, it’s time to MAN UP and say NO MORE KILLING THE CHILDREN TO GET OUR OWN WAY, NO MORE IMPERIAL WARS. LETS GO HOME AND PUT OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER! BECAUSE IT’S FUCKED UP.”

Roger Waters – “The Bravery of Being Out of Range”

Roger Waters, a “one man peace movement”, released this superb video just a few hours ago.  This man is truly a musical genius and one of the greatest people of our times.

In the fifth track on Amused to Death, Roger Waters calls out what he sees as the cowardice of ordering military strikes across the world from the comfort of a cozy office, sarcastically calling it “the bravery of being out of range.”

Considering the allusions to the Persian Gulf War throughout the album and the timing of its release, many listeners assumed the lyrics referred to then-President George H.W. Bush – Waters, however, has confirmed that at the time the song was written, it was really about Bush’s predecessor, Ronald Reagan.

[Verse 1]
You have a natural tendency to squeeze off a shot
You’re good fun at parties, you wear the right masks

You’re old but you still like a laugh in the locker room
You can’t abide change,
you’re at home on the range
You opened the suitcase, behind the old workings
To show off the magnum, you deafened the canyon
A comfort a friend, only upstaged in the end
By the Uzi machine gun, does the recoil remind you
Remind you of sex

[Chorus 1]
Old man what the hell you gonna kill next, yeah-yeah
Old timer who you gonna kill next

[Verse 2]
I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Saw a U.S. Marine in a pile of debris
I swam in your pools and lay under your palm trees
I looked in the eyes of the Indian
Who lay on the Federal Building steps

And through the range finder over the hill
I saw the frontline boys popping their pills
Sick of the mess they find on their desert stage
And the bravery of being out of range
Yeah the question is vexed

[Chorus 1]
Old man what the hell you gonna kill next, yeah-yeah
Old timer who you gonna kill next

[Guitar Solo]

[Verse 3]
Hey bartender over here
Two more shots and two more beers
Sir, turn up the TV sound
The war has started on the ground
Just love those laser guided bombs
They’re really great for righting wrongs
You hit the target and win the game
From bars 3,000 miles away
3,000 miles away

[Chorus 2]
We play the game
With the bravery of being out of range
We zap and maim
With the bravery of being out of range
We strafe the train
With the bravery of being out of range
We gained terrain
With the bravery of being out of range


[Outro]
We play the game
With the bravery of being out of range

America is ‘dealing death to innocents in the name of freedom,’ says Roger Waters

By Classic Rock (Classic Rock) April 20, 2021

Roger Waters hits out at US ‘war criminals’ as he shares new video for a re-worked ‘The Bravery of Being Out of Range

Roger Waters

(Image credit: Roger Waters)

Roger Waters has shared a new video for a revamped version of The Bravery of Being Out of Range… and delivered a typically uncompromising explanation of the ideas which informed the updated song and its video. 

Given a world premiere during the Live For Gaza fundraiser on April 10, the video for the hard-hitting track, from Waters’ 1992 album Amused To Death, features a specially written new verse and is part of the former Pink Floyd man’s Encore Series recorded with his band during the continuing lockdown.

“This is a new recording and video of ‘The Bravery of Being Out of Range’ from my 1992 album, Amused To Death,’ Waters states. “It features part of [former US President] Ronald Reagan’s farewell speech to the nation when he left office. I include the speech because the first verse of the song is about Reagan, he is the old man I am addressing.”

“Reagan is still revered by many, even though he is a mass war criminal who, among his many other crimes, knowingly supported the genocide of the Mayan people of Guatemala when he was president of the United States,” Waters continues. “His Assistant Secretary of State at the time of the genocide, the equally homicidal Elliot Abrams, still works for unsavory elements in current US Government circles. Try to watch the Journeyman film about the Guatemala genocide and the US government involvement linked.

“The second verse is about “Desert Storm” so the second old man is [former US President, George] Bush Senior who slaughtered all those disarmed Iraqi troops retreating from Kuwait on Bush’s orders on the road to Basra.”

“The third verse was something I wrote when, disgusted as I was that ‘thirty years later’ the US is still dealing death to innocents in the name of freedom, we decided to do this song as an encore in Latvia,” Waters’ statement continues. “Trump? Biden? Still dropping bombs, still killing innocent people. Same disgusting war hawk puppets. Come on AMERICA, it’s time to MAN UP and say NO MORE KILLING THE CHILDREN TO GET OUR OWN WAY, NO MORE IMPERIAL WARS. LETS GO HOME AND PUT OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER! BECAUSE IT’S FUCKED UP.”

https://www.loudersound.com/news/america-is-dealing-death-to-innocents-in-the-name-of-freedom-says-roger-waters

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