Have a Cigar (5:09)

Cover of Double Hits Collection, Volume 1

From Double Hits Collection, Volume 1 and 63 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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  • Ksimi

    Hats off to (Roy) Harper

    yesterday afternoon Reply
  • lsmul

    best song ever

    11 Nov 4:05pm Reply
  • mktucker41

    Very cool!

    23 Oct 11:25pm Reply
  • Assedor

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

    8 Oct 4:37pm Reply
  • oldmanpittman

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

    6 Oct 1:03am Reply
  • Assedor

    It's delicious, professionally and just brilliant!

    4 Oct 6:01am Reply
  • patriotsaint_

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

    2 Sep 3:00am 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 4:51pm Reply
  • BigDaddy555666

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

    23 Aug 10:31am Reply
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    7 Aug 7:19am Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Welch ein Sound !!!

    1 Aug 9:32am 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 3:47am Reply
  • queenintears

    "The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think. Oh by the way, which one's Pink?" [25]

    28 Jul 9:12pm Reply
  • Varietist

    "The band is just fantastic, that is really what I think. Oh by the way, which one's Pink?" [24]

    3 Jul 7:21am Reply
  • TadPraz

    DAT lyrics

    4 Jun 9:55pm Reply
  • Bullinamingvase

    Roy Harper vocals the man myth a legend.

    29 May 11:37pm Reply
  • salofuckingkin

    thank God, they did not release the alternative version,,, I cannot bear to listen to Roger's voice in that song [2]

    20 May 5:42pm Reply
  • sbjsbj

    The best...Rock the rest...;-)

    9 Apr 7:08pm Reply
  • MrRixo

    Oh by the way, which one`s Pink?))))

    7 Mar 10:07pm Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Timeless classic! [2] Such a powerful song, love the chorus and melodies.

    31 Jan 2:55am Reply
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