Corporal Clegg

Pink Floyd
Language: English

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Roger Waters
Da/From "A Saucerful of Secrets"

"Corporal Clegg" is a song by British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, and is featured on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). It was written by Roger Waters and features David Gilmour on guitar and lead vocals. This song also marks the vocal debut of drummer Nick Mason (in addition to speaking the line "All right men, in you go!" Nick sang the "He won it in the war...", "In orange red and blue...", "He's never been the same...", and "From her majesty the queen...' lyrics); this was confirmed on the US rock radio program Rockline in 1992. (Interestingly, a contemporary lip-synched performance video of the song doesn't show those parts being sung.) David Gilmour also plays the kazoo on this song. The inventor of the kazoo was named Thaddeus von Clegg, which is perhaps why they chose to name the title character Clegg.

The song is about a soldier who lost his leg in World War II, and his apparently alcoholic wife. It is the first mention of war in a Pink Floyd song, something that would become a common theme in Roger Waters' lyrics, Roger having lost his father in the Second World War. This can be seen as rather lighter in tone than the Floyd's later tackling of the subject, though, despite some heavy irony (Clegg "won" his wooden leg in the war!) and darkness behind the lyrics; indeed, among the cacophany of voices towards the end we hear a drill sergeant telling his one-legged man, "You are excused drill practice from now on!" and members of the band actually corpsing in the chorus.

Corporal Clegg had a wooden leg
He won it in the war, in 1944.
Corporal Clegg had a medal too
In orange, red, and blue
He found it in the zoo.
Dear, dear were they really sad for me?
Dear, dear will they really laugh at me?
Mrs. Clegg, you must be proud of him.
Mrs. Clegg, another drop of gin.
Corporal Clegg umbrella in the rain
He's never been the same
No one is to blame
Corporal Clegg received his medal in a dream
From Her Majesty the queen
His boots were very clean.
Mrs. Clegg, you must be proud of him
Mrs. Clegg, another drop of gin.

Contributed by Riccardo Venturi - 2005/8/3 - 17:02

Language: Italian

Versione italiana di Riccardo Venturi
16 agosto 2006

Il caporale Clegg aveva una gamba di legno
l'aveva vinta in guerra, nel 1944
Il caporale Clegg aveva pure una medaglia
arancione, rossa e blu.
L'aveva trovata allo zoo.
Cara, cara, erano davvero tristi per me?
Cara, davvero rideranno di me?
Signora Clegg, devi essere fiera di lui.
Signora Clegg, un altro goccio di gin.
L'ombrello del caporale Clegg, sotto la pioggia
non è mai stato lo stesso
Nessuno è da biasimare
Il caporale Clegg ebbe la sua medaglia in sogno
da Sua Maestà la Regina
i suoi stivali erano pulitissimi.
Signora Clegg, devi essere fiera di lui
Signora Clegg, un altro goccio di gin.

Contributed by Riccardo Venturi - 2006/8/16 - 14:03

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