Have a Cigar (5:09)

Cover of Double Hits Collection, Volume 1

From Double Hits Collection, Volume 1 and 67 other releases

Much like “Welcome To The Machine,” this song is about corporations and how they control their musicians. The line, “We call it riding the gravy train” is held for such a long time to emphasize the fact that these companies will go as long as possible to squeeze every last cent out of their clients. Vocals on the studio recording of this track were contributed by British folk singer Roy Harper, who was in the Abbey Road studios while Wish You Were Here was being recorded. The Have a Cigar Songfacts states that this was one of the last songs added to Wish You Were Here . The song is represented on the back cover in the image of a salesman standing in a desert offering Pink Floyd albums. The salesman had no body or soul, which is how they felt about their record company.

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Come in here dear boy, have a cigar, you're gonna go far
You're gonna fly high, you're never gonna die
You're gonna make it if you try they're gonna love you

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  • Cali4nia83

    Badass song

    18 Jul 6:33pm Reply
  • echo725

    "The salesman had no body or soul, which is how they felt about their record company."...and yet the boys still cashed their paychecks just the same.

    16 Jul 10:09pm Reply
  • Dardan-H

    "The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think. Oh by the way, which one's Pink?" [27] Hats off to (Roy) Harper [3] Incredibly underrated song on this album!

    16 Jun 10:30pm Reply
  • Cure1980

    ever the best when i will have a flashback of my psyedelic times..-

    14 May 1:36pm Reply
  • websrfr

    so which one IS Pink???

    7 May 1:37am Reply
  • bunuhganda

    And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?

    14 Apr 5:18am Reply
  • samiskywalker

    Hats off to (Roy) Harper [2]

    10 Apr 4:09am Reply
  • Faacto99

    Roy Harper's vocals are top notch

    9 Apr 12:12am Reply
  • Purzel_PadauZ

    Damn Ksimi. I just wanted to write that.

    30 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Ksimi

    Hats off to (Roy) Harper

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mktucker41

    Very cool!

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    This, no doubt, a cult band will delight more than one generation.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • oldmanpittman

    Just have a cigar and sit back and enjoy......

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    It's delicious, professionally and just brilliant!

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • patriotsaint_

    "The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think. Oh by the way, which one's Pink?" [26]

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mattmacneil

    I can't believe Waters didn't sing this. Forever I thought it was him and now only just learned it was Roy Harper. Wow.

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • BigDaddy555666

    And did we tell you the name of the game, boy, We call it Riding the Gravy Traaaaaiiiiiiinnnnaaaahhhhhhhhh. Magical.

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Mr_Lambz

    yeah

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Welch ein Sound !!!

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    Thank God, they did not release the alternative version, I cannot bear to listen to Roger's voice in that song [3] the alternative version is ridiculous if compared to that, Roger really screwed up this song... Roy did an amazing work on the vocals here.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
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