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Song Name: Not Now John

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Final Cut

Run Time: 5:01

Year: 1983

Track Number: 11

Sung By: David Gilmour, Roger Waters

Written By: Roger Waters


Pink Floyd ~Not Now John (Lyrics)05:03

Pink Floyd ~Not Now John (Lyrics)

  • The lyrics, written by Roger Waters, deal with many of the themes he explored in other songs from the album, including war (particularly the Falklands War and British involvement therein) and criticism of UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher, as well as general criticisms of the greed and corruption that Waters saw as dangers to society.
  • The song is 5 minutes and 1 seconds long, making it the third longest song on the album. It consists of an upbeat tempo with heavy use of guitar. Unlike the majority of other tracks on The Final Cut, "Not Now John" remains rather intense throughout its duration, instead of switching back and forth between heavy/soft segments (although there are some "down" tempo periods in the song). Gilmour and Waters split vocals duties, similar to the song "Comfortably Numb" from The Wall, and they represent different "characters" or points of view - Gilmour is the self-serving ignorant layperson while Waters is the intellectual, responsible observer of the world's woes. However, Waters sings verses associated with Gilmour's character near the end of the song. When the album was in demo stages the song was actually sung by Roger Waters only.
  • Not Now John was released as a single on May 3, 1983. The chorus line "fuck all that" was overdubbed "stuff all that" by Gilmour and the female backing singers. The Hero's Return was released as the B-side featuring an additional verse. The single hit #7 on the Mainstream Rock Charts.
  • During the fadeout of the song, Waters shouts "Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the waves!" and "Hammer! Hammer! Hammer! Hammer! Now!" In The Wall's song Waiting for the Worms, it asks "Would you like to see Britannia rule again?" and repeats "Hammer!" during the outro. Many of the other songs on The Final Cut have connections to The Wall similar to this one.

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