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This song is by Pink Floyd and appears on the album Animals (1977) and on the compilation album A Collection of Great Dance Songs (1981).

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Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air
You better watch out
There may be dogs about
I've looked over Jordan, and I have seen
Things are not what they seem

What do you get for pretending the danger's not real
Meek and obedient, you follow the leader
Down well-trodden corridors, into the valley of steel
What a surprise!
A look of terminal shock in your eyes
Now things are really what they seem
No, this is no bad dream

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me down to lie
Through pastures green He leadeth me the silent waters by
With bright knives He releaseth my soul
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places
He converteth me to lamb cutlets
For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger
When cometh the day we lowly ones
Through quiet reflection, and great dedication
Master the art of karate
Lo, we shall rise up
And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water.

Bleating and babbling we fell on his neck with a scream 2
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream

Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!
You better stay home
And do as you're told
Get out of the road if you want to grow old


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April, May and July 1976, Britannia Row Studios, Islington



  1. This passage (which is meant to parody Psalm 23), is a spoken, vocoded passage originally performed live by Nick Mason, but on the recorded session, was performed by an anonymous roadie.
  2. The official lyrics replace "we" with "I".
  3. "Raving and Drooling" is the original version of "Sheep," played only at live shows and featuring different lyrics; it was originally intended to appear on Wish You Were Here.

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