Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Poems? Poems everyone!

Note: I believe this is somewhat old news. Nevertheless, one member of the Weightstaff still found the article interesting enough to post. As you will read below, it is unclear what Roger Waters meant when he wrote the subject poem. Some think it is a plea to reunite the Floyd, others think it relates to conflict in the Middle East. To that end, the viewpoints of Roger Waters are not necessarily representative of The Weight, nor does The Weight endorse any particular religious or political beliefs, positions or affiliations.
--DS, Weightstaff

In a Press release recently announcing the relocation of Roger's show in Israel, Roger submitted a poem that he written inspired by watching The Band's Last Waltz. Its a wonderful piece, and to us its plain as day what it means, but we do not think for you.

A few weeks ago I watched again Martin Scorsese's film which
documented the last concert by The Band and I was inspired to
write a few words i see fitting:

The Last Waltz

I just want that thing
When voices join in harmony
And in that fleeting moment,
Meaning coalesces on the ear,
All dark, dissolving, clouds the alleyways no more
And fresh bread scent of home pervades the air

No sandal soles
In dust of broken homes
Nor callused toes peep bloody from the garment hem,
And all the big parades
And shock and awe
And swagger on the carrier decks and medals
Jangle helpless in the face of what is fair

I just want that thing
When friends draw in, some living some begone,
Some brittle, none forgotten
All beloved everyone.

Then dash the glass into the fire
Then well up unashamed my heart
Beyond the reach of fear
Of faith, blind, bigoted and drear

And then across the great divide
Rise men and women unafraid
To dash in loss their bracelets at the wall,
And hearing them
Hope holds me in its thrall.

I just want that thing
When empathy prevails
When man evolves beyond the crass
And reason comes of age
When dogma, cant, and witchcraft
All are banished to the past
When voices join in harmony at last.

1 comment:

WeightStaff said...

i believe the actual quote is:
"Poems, no less. Poems, EVERYBODY!"