Ha ha, charade you are

So perfect. An artist is going to float 4 helium-filled pigs over the Trump logo in Chicago. Thank you, Pink Floyd. Roger Waters must be prescient — they released the Animals album 30 years ago. I guess they saw Trump coming.

If you don’t remember the lyrics…

Big man, pig man
Ha, ha, charade you are
You well heeled big wheel
Ha, ha, charade you are
And when your hand is on your heart
You’re nearly a good laugh
Almost a joker
With your head down in the pig bin
Saying ‘Keep on digging’
Pig stain on your fat chin
What do you hope to find
Down in the pig mine?
You’re nearly a laugh
You’re nearly a laugh
But you’re really a cry


  1. Artor says

    Um…PZ, I know time’s fun when you’re having flies, but that came out 40 years ago.

  2. gjpetch says

    This live performance specifically includes imagery of trump. Pretty great:

  3. deadguykai says

    Actually, Animals came out in 1977. That’s FORTY years ago, not 30.

  4. Doc Dish says

    Ironically, some Americans assumed that the third verse was about the President at the time as it starts “Hey you, Whitehouse. Ha ha, charade you are!” The reference was in fact to the British ‘Moral Guardian’ Mary Whitehouse, however.

  5. trog69 says

    Thanks a lot, Oba…I mean PZ! I had to play the album and now, at 4:30a.m. the three dogs that oversee my life are barking at the sounds coming out of the speakers. D’oh!

  6. says

    Doc Dish,
    I think it was Round the Horrne that had an occasional character called “Mary Whitethigh” in, I suppose, her honour.

  7. Reginald Selkirk says

    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.
    – Dogs (Waters, Gilmour)

  8. Doc Dish says

    richardelguru; I am far too young to remember Round the Horne obviously, but found this at https://laughterlog.com/2009/02/09/radio-round-the-horne/ (emphasis mine):

    Two of the most frequent complainers were the self-appointed censors of the day, Mary Whitehouse and Sir Cyril Black. When they took umbrage at some indiscretion, the writers counter attacked using the words of their complaint in the next show.