Pigs (Three Different Ones) (17:31)

Cover of Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset)

From Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset) and 27 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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  • theorly64


    27 Mar 8:22pm Reply
  • eternal_sage

    Probably my third favorite Floyd song, after Dogs and Sheep. This album is so bad ass. Absolutely some of Gilmour's best work across this whole album.

    5 Mar 9:03pm Reply
  • jomabbs

    Mega Floyd...

    2 Mar 5:19am Reply
  • bonjovyborges

    Best song ever

    27 Jan 8:41pm Reply
  • Assedor

    Bright and light images of gentle melodies uplifting a mood. Each tune has some mystery and reticence, and the musical atmosphere makes the listener to dream.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • AlexChaus


    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • njokmo413


    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    Bravo Bravo i love this one, so cool

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CiemnaStrona

    haha charade you are

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rorberyllium

    "David Gilmour's guitar tone is unbelievable. Empathic guitar solo at the end of this." It's actually Roger Waters on the rythm guitar and the second solo. Gilmour plays bass and the talkbox oink solo.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • hadomaru

    One of their best.

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ProgPro96

    Best Floyd album [4]

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • CherFanGay

    This song's supplemented quite massive bad thoughts to my thoughts about politics.

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Pulsars


    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Dis_Con_Nec_Ted

    One of Floyd's best. The small bass fills in the instrumental middle section are surprisingly smooth and tasty - Very groovy. When listening to the last 30 or so seconds of that ending solo, I think that it should've continued a little longer before fading out, it's just too good. Gilmour is really getting into it and then it's over.

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • slicingjaws

    Listening turns out to be a different experience and it's far better staring at album cover when you experience it.

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • CypheroN

    Fuck Whitehouse and Thatcher.

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • TheMally98

    Masterpiece, i luv this song since i was a child

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MaddieLSD

    'Dat cowbell.

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • deborams03

    best floyd album [3]

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
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