Roger Waters - vocal, rhythm guitar, tape and electronic effects, vocoder David Gilmour - lead guitar, bass, ARP Quadra synthesizer Richard Wright - Fender-Rhodes piano, Hammond organ, ARP String Synthesizer, Minimoog Synthesizers Nick Mason - drums, tape effects.
It was originally titled "Raving and Drooling".
Sheep in Animals are not so different from the ones in George Orwell's 1945 novel Animal Farm. The sheep represent the lowest class of the social system, the proletariat. They are oblivious and exploited, "only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air". In the first verse they are described to be peacefully grazing - unaware that they are soon to be brought to a slaughterhouse. They are warned of the presence of dogs, the iron-handed guardians of the system. It is also described in the first few lines that the artist had "looked over Jordan and I have see... more
Welcome to the machine ________________ Welcome my son, welcome to the machine. Where have you been? It's alright we know where you've been. You've been in the pipeline, filling in time, Provided with toys and 'Scouting for Boys'. You brought a guitar to punish your ma, And you didn't like school, and you know you're nobody's fool, So welcome to the machine.
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine. What did you dream? It's alright we told you what to dream. You dreamed of a big star, He played a mean gituar, He always ate in the Steak Bar. He loved to drive in his Jaguar. So welcome to the Machine.