Pigs (Three Different Ones) (17:31)

Cover of Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset)

From Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset) and 28 other releases

“Pigs (Three Different Ones)” is a song from Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals. In the album’s three parts, “Dogs,” “Pigs,” and “Sheep,” pigs represent the people whom Roger Waters considers to be at the top of the social ladder, the ones with wealth and power; they also manipulate the rest of society and encourage them to be viciously competitive and cutthroat, so the pigs can remain powerful. Waters suggests that the pigs manipulate the dogs in the lines “Gotta admit, that I’m a little bit confused/Sometimes it seems to me, as if I’m just being used” in the song “Dogs.”

The first verse refers to no one in particular, but rather businessmen in general. The second verse indirectly refers to the opposition leader at that time, Margaret Thatcher, although her name or title is never mentioned. The lyrics’ offensiveness to Thatcher is subtle, stating that she is “good fun with a hand gun;” better-defined obscenities are prevalent when it refers to her as a “bus-stop rat bag” and “fucked-up old hag”.

The third mentions Mary Whitehouse by name, painting her as a prudish, sexually repressed “house-proud town mouse.” This contributed to Whitehouse’s negative image of Pink Floyd, who she thought were immorally promoting sex and drugs.

Halfway through the song, David Gilmour uses a Heil talk box on the guitar solo to mimic the sound of pigs. This is the first use of a talk box by Pink Floyd.

In some cassette tape versions of the album in the US, this song was divided into two parts after the first verse, in order to minimize the total length of tape.

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Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are, oh
You well heeled big wheel, ha ha, charade you are
And when your hand is on your heart
You're nearly a good laugh

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  • playalongjon

    Another classic track!

    8 Dec 11:24pm Reply
  • soullessmate

    wicked fun tunes

    4 Dec 6:46pm Reply
  • engelnit

    Ha haaaa... charade you are!

    3 Dec 11:07pm Reply
  • jomabbs

    There all good, every album is a masterpiece.

    25 Nov 4:01am Reply
  • RAY7654321

    For you Cuke.

    20 Nov 6:11am Reply
  • MartianReaper

    used to be my favorite Floyd song. Then I heard Echoes... silver medal for you Pigs (Three Different Ones). still superb song

    10 Nov 9:38pm Reply
  • vinman76

    I seen the Animals tour in Cleveland at the old Minicipal stadium .FANTASTIC SHOW!!!

    4 Nov 9:42pm Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    Hey you Whitehouse

    2 Nov 4:45pm Reply
  • KidAInLimbo

    Keep on digging.

    23 Oct 4:15pm Reply
  • machine_head_72

    I think I just found my new favourite Floyd song.

    10 Oct 9:53pm Reply
  • bigtalldog

    back when this album came out, the county i lived in had only 30, 000 people living in a 1800 square mile area, most of which was farm and woodlands. very few deputies. we used to get in my 68 chevelle which not only did i have the engine tweaked, it was one of the very first sound systems tweaked in the county.. and just ride listening doing thing that are frowned upon now, making pig and sheep noise.

    30 Sep 4:41pm Reply
  • LucasLinoMota

    Best Floyd album [5]

    19 Aug 11:16pm Reply
  • TheMally98

    I think the solo is pretty underrated... man, it gives me the shivers everytime, one of the best from Gilmour

    18 Aug 1:05am Reply
  • inthesameroom

    Best song ever [2]

    17 Aug 4:16am Reply
  • mjolnaren

    Goosebumps!

    20 Jun 2:03pm Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    Big man, pig man, HA HAA, charade you aaare

    31 May 6:00pm Reply
  • williedbeme

    ah yes! 2 in a row, could i get maybe ...more...

    18 May 1:40pm Reply
  • StupidGenius

    Animal Instincts, the bootleg from the '77 Oakland show, contains an absolutely phenomenal performance of this song, as well as the rest of the album, Wish You Were Here in its' entirety,Money, Us And Them, and a surprise second encore featuring the last ever performance of Careful With That Axe, Eugene.

    8 May 6:42am Reply
  • samuelfco

    Fucking Awesome.

    1 May 11:58pm Reply
  • theorly64

    Masterpiece

    27 Mar 8:22pm Reply
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