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This song is by Pink Floyd and appears on the album Animals (1977).

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You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need
You gotta sleep on your toes, and when you're on the street
You gotta be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyes closed
And then moving in silently, down wind and out of sight
You gotta strike when the moment is right without thinking

And after a while, you can work on points for style
Like the club tie, and the firm handshake
A certain look in the eye and an easy smile
You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to
So that when they turn their backs on you
You'll get the chance to put the knife in

You gotta keep one eye looking over your shoulder
You know it's going to get harder, and harder and harder as you get older
And in the end you'll pack up and fly down south, hide your head in the sand
Just another sad old man, all alone and dying of cancer

And when you lose control, you'll reap the harvest you have sown
And as the fear grows, the bad blood slows and turns to stone
And it's too late to lose the weight you used to need to throw around
So have a good drown, as you go down, all alone [1]
Dragged down by the stone [2]

I gotta admit that I'm a little bit confused
Sometimes it seems to me as if I'm just being used
Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise
If I don't stand my own ground, how can I find my own way out of this maze?

Deaf, dumb and blind, you just keep on pretending
That everyone's expendable and no one has a real friend
And it seems to you the thing to do would be to isolate the winner
And everything's done under the sun
And you believe at heart, everyone's a killer

Who was born in a house full of pain
Who was trained not to spit in the fan
Who was told what to do by the man
Who was broken by trained personnel

Who was fitted with collar and chain
Who was given a pat on the back [3]
Who was breaking away from the pack
Who was only a stranger at home

Who was ground down in the end
Who was found dead on the phone
Who was dragged down by the stone
Who was dragged down by the stone [4]



December 1976, Britannia Row Studios, Islington


  • David Gilmour - Ovation acoustic guitar, electric guitar, double-tracked lead vocals (verses 1-4)
  • Roger Waters - bass, lead vocals (verses 5-7), Vocoder, tape effects
  • Nick Mason - drums, percussion, tape effects
  • Richard Wright - Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes piano, Yamaha piano, ARP String Machine, synthesizer, backing vocals


  • ^[1] The official lyrics omit "all".
  • ^[2] The word "stone" is repeated, vocoded, and its audible level fades and rises several times throughout the next few minutes of the track over top of the guitar solo.
  • ^[3] The official lyrics replace this line with "Who was given a seat in the stand."
  • ^[4] The official lyrics omit this line.
  • "You Gotta Be Crazy" is the original version of "Dogs," played only at live shows and featuring different lyrics; it was originally intended to appear on Wish You Were Here.

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