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The Pro’s and Con’s of Hitchhiking

Album versions

Later issues of this album are censored.

There are some differences between the respective lyrics sheets. For one thing, the British version has the characters who say each bit listed, but the CBS version does not. This is from a posting by Dave Cowl:

Type of Difference – British EMI – US/Japan CBS
Extra Surgeon:”Drill”
Man:”Oh God!” drill
Wake up..
Extra Wife:”What border?
Go back to sleep” Uh, what border
Extra bit after Arabs with knives Arab:”Don’t cut the woman Mohammed, I want the woman”
Extra line You’ve got to admit it was wrong what you did.
Difference oder drinken Mehr Ha oder drinken bier, ha
Extra from Clerk
Keys bit Room Clerk:”Goodnight Sir”

Extra from Clerk Keys bit Room Clerk:”Goodnight Sir”

Extra in Stay with Me! bit Woman:”No…I’m sleeping”
Lost bit 4 lines of Sexual Revolution Missing
Extra (Thunder)
Difference And trailed our.. And we trailed our..
Extra …gets two presents” (Man pauses to light a joint)
Difference Jump says Yoko
“Oh No!… Jump says Yoko Ono
Extra Trucker:”Hey…Turn the fucking Juke Box Down”
Difference In the company of has beens In bent backs In sleeping In the company of has beens and bent backs and sleeping
Under tube trains in commuter accidents Under tube trains and commuter accidents
Difference On loading ramps On unloading ramps
Difference Then the moment of clarity And the moment of clarity

The most amusing part is that in the music book, the listed lyrics are the British ones, but the words against the music are the CBS lyrics. Weird, huh!

Who or What was Fassbinder ?

Fixed on the front of her Fassbinder face Was the kind of a smile That only a rather dull child could have drawn While attempting a graveyard in the moonlight
Fassbinder is a German playwright and filmmaker. He’s been called “artsy,” “grim,” and “simplified.” The line could refer to the kind of leading lady that he’d use in a movie, or perhaps it means “grim” or “mournful.”
Why is Yoko Ono mentioned ?

Said Roger Waters: Some of the ideas have come from my own dreams and also there are bits and pieces of other people’s dreams. In fact, the third verse of the album’s title track talks about standing on the wing of an aeroplane, looking down at the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and Yoko Ono being there, and telling me to jump; that everybody’s got to die some time and the manly thing to do is to end it all now.

That dream belongs to Andy Newmark, the drummer. He came in one day and over lunch in the pub he told me about this dream and I thought, “That’s a good dream, I’ll try and fit that in somewhere.” So I did.

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