Roger Waters - The Bravery of Being Out of Range

This is a new recording and video of “The Bravery of Being Out of Range” from my 1992 album,
'Amused To Death'. It features part of Ronald Reagan’s farewell speech to the nation when he left
office. I include the speech because the first verse of the song is about Reagan, he is the old man I
am addressing. Reagan is still revered by many, even though he is a mass war criminal who, among his many other crimes, knowingly supported the genocide of the Mayan people of Guatemala when he was president of the United States. His Assistant Secretary of State at the time of the genocide, the equally homicidal Elliot Abrams, still works for unsavory elements in current US Government circles. Try to watch the Journeyman film about the Guatemala genocide and the US government involvement linked here (​), it is grueling but…. well look at the Guatemalan girls (, their mothers and grandmothers and fathers were slaughtered with Regan’s blessing.

The second verse is about "Desert Storm" so the second old man is Bush Senior who slaughtered all those disarmed Iraqi troops retreating from Kuwait on Bush’s orders on the road to Basra. The third verse was something I wrote when, disgusted as I was that "thirty years later" the US is still

dealing death to innocents in the name of freedom, we decided to do this song as an encore in
Latvia. Trump? Biden? Still dropping bombs, still killing innocent people. Same disgusting war hawk puppets. Come on AMERICA, it’s time to MAN UP and say NO MORE KILLING THE CHILDREN TO GET OUR OWN WAY, NO MORE IMPERIAL WARS. LETS GO HOME AND PUT OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER! BECAUSE IT'S FUCKED UP.

This new version features:

Roger Waters: Piano and Vocal
Dave Kilminster: Guitar
Joey Waronker: Drums
Lucius- Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig: Vocals
Gus Seyffert: Bass
Jonathan Wilson: Guitar
Jon Carin: Piano and Keys
Bo Koster: Hammond

Wrangled together by Sean Evans & Roger Waters
Mixed by Gus Seyffert
Mastered by Dave Gardner

Edited by Andy Jennison

This is the fifth in our lockdown series of videos, it is a gift from all of us to all of you. I love you all, thank you for everything.



"The Bravery of Being Out of Range"

Ronald Reagan.

“Back in 1980
When I was running for President
It was all so different
Some pundits said our programs
Would result in catastrophe
Our views on foreign affairs would cause wars
Once you begin a great movement
There’s no telling where it will end
We meant to change a nation
And instead we changed the world”
You have a natural tendency to squeeze off a shot
You’re good fun at parties you where the right masks
You’re old but you still like a laugh in the locker room
You can’t abide change you’re at home on the range
You opened the suitcase behind the old workings
To show off the magnum you deafened the canyon
A comfort a friend only upstaged
In the end by the Uzi machine gun
Does the recoil remind you
Remind you of sex
Old man what the hell you gonna kill next
Hey Old timer who you gonna kill next

I looked over Jordan and what did I see
Saw a US marine in a pile of debris
I swum in your pools and lay under your palm trees
looked in the eyes of the Indian
Who lay on the federal building steps
And through the rangefinder over the hill
Saw the front line boys popping their pills
Sick of the mess they find of that desert stage
And the bravery of being out of range
Yeah the question is vexed
Old man what the hell you gonna kill next
Hey old timer who you gonna kill next
Thirty years later it’s the same old tune
No closer to peace than the man in the moon
The president’s still just as crazy as a loon
Still picking fights in some foreign saloon
Bombs still falling out of the sky
The band’s still playing Miss American Pie
The Gunner still sleeps in some foreign field
And the boys are still coming home on a shield
But nothing is real

We’re still playing the game
With the bravery of being out of range
We still zap and maim
With the bravery of being out of range
Still strafing the train
With the bravery of being out of range
We still gain terrain
With the bravery of being out of range
Still fucking insane
With the bravery of being out of range
Still channeling John Wayne
With the bravery of being out of range
Still blowing out our own damn brains
Yeah with the bravery of being out of range
Ronald Regan.
“At the big opening meeting
All of a sudden just for a moment
I saw that everyone
Was sitting and looking at me.
And then one of them
Broke the silence
Tell us about the
American miracle
He said.”

Hey bartender over here
Two more shots and two more beers
Sir, turn up the TV sound
The war has started on the ground
Just love those laser guided bombs
They‘re really great for righting wrongs
You hit the target and win the game
From bars three thousand miles away
Three thousand miles away
We play the game
With the bravery of being out of range.

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100+ comentarios:

Emmanuelle Mercadante
Emmanuelle Mercadante:
hello Roger. I don’t know if you’ll ever see this but I’d just like to say thank you. Thank you for your work with Pink Floyd and thank you for your solo work. You’re such a massive inspiration for so many people including myself, in every way ranging from songwriting to music arrangements. Thank you Sir
Dal Eale
Dal Eale:
Thank god there is still some music worth listening to these days.
Andrew Ahonen
Andrew Ahonen:
My God, there's still an artist with a gigantic, conscious soul on YouTube
My mother who passed away a month ago would have liked this version. She became a fan of Floyd late in life and Roger's vocal style and intelligent lyrics struck a chord with her. Even though English was not her native language she quickly understood they were protest songs. She absolutely adored Perfect Sense and It's a Miracle. In my book Amused to Death, the entire album is pure genius.
Donna Griffith
Donna Griffith:
Man, I have no words to even come close to expressing the power in this song.
"Still fucking insane with the bravery of being out of range"
Pushkar Nagpal
Pushkar Nagpal:
Just a reminder, This beautiful human is 77 yrs old and doing more than most of us here! What a legend you are Mr. Waters <3
19y old I drove around with this album on full blast, all summer. Loved Roger's voice and the powerful arrangements but didn't really understand the meaning of it all.
I'm finally starting to get it, not just the songs but the clarity that Roger possess. Over the years I've often wished for a PF reunion. Now I'm glad it never happened.
Der Masder
Der Masder:
I love "Amused To Death", one of the most criminally underrated albums of all time (in my opinion)!
Great music, great lyrics, and great sound.
Thanks so much Roger.
Ian Lees
Ian Lees:
Simply the best songwriter of our generations.... If you imagine these guys are all adding separate musical talent but the real talent is Roger Waters..Brilliant
Very few people can craft a song like this and make it as relevant to the world now as it was when he first penned it. The term legend is often misused but its safe to say that Roger is indeed a true hero and legend.
Matthew Colville
Matthew Colville:
Amused To Death is overdue for a renaissance. A masterpiece. Killer album.
Сергей Абакумов
Сергей Абакумов:
Красивая вещь. Браво Роджер, Вы как всегда великолепны. )
Hassan Mahmood
Hassan Mahmood:
As usual Roger is again shaking our souls with another composition. Loved it.
R. Gilmore
R. Gilmore:
Such a poignant message, delivered with such a uniquely hypnotic mode, and with a timeless melody that knocks on the door or shouts through the window, the hard questions we don’t want to think about.Within the collective human existence, the ignorance of history grows every day.
Selçuk Anar
Selçuk Anar:
Lovely finishing with piano, this brave man is a real artist making music not only to sound miraculous but also change the world. He is a postmodern knight fighting for justice without any tiny hesitation. He never uses any word and any melody in vain, everything goes to a humane purpose.
The way you've kept the band together and used this terrible time to make something wonderful is inspirational. Thanks!
David Turner
David Turner:
I was in the Imperial Navy when I heard Amused to Death and it's why I got out. I was literally studying those "technical manuals" you mentioned and the submarine captain part was the clincher. You're a treasure and a prophet. Thanks
easily one of the greatest music poets...... he's the reason why PF is not a band, but a philosophy
Óscar Palacios Ruiz
Óscar Palacios Ruiz:
Thank you, Mr. Waters, and all your colleagues and friends for making this kind of beautiful, and above all *meaningful* music. It's such a long way from the mainstream. Thank you for for your integrity as an artist! Most every one else of the "celebrity" musicians are just living in their own bubbles and only very occasionally have the courage to speak up.

Hugs from Mexico City!
Евгений Назаров
Евгений Назаров:
Изумительная музыка, изумительные слова... Браво!
Johan Fjeldvig
Johan Fjeldvig:
Truly the most underrated album of all time (Even more than Animals tbh)
Great work as always, Roger.
Дмитрий Сенин
Дмитрий Сенин:
Внеземная музыка на все времена!
Emerson Grego
Emerson Grego:
Simplesmente fantástico! Roger é um show.
kamal khairallah
kamal khairallah:
A loving hello from Beirut- Lebanon to the man who knew tomorrow . His lyrics and music shall remain godly as long as there are humans breathing , hurting , smiling , loving, crying, and hoping for better tomorrow... 😘😘😘😘😘
I love the subtly of this version and the new lyrics. The original still punches harder. You’re timeless, Roger 🤗🤘
Дмитрий Schmidt
Дмитрий Schmidt:
I think Roger's songs changed the world a little bit. For the better
Игорь Дудников
Игорь Дудников:
Спасибо Роджер! Спасибо Ребята! Ваш трцд . это Осознаный Человеческий МИР !
Paul Barajas
Paul Barajas:
Three weeks later, and I can't believe how timely this is. Or maybe I can. It's just the way of the world.
Almost 30 years ago I remember listening to this riding pillion in the mountains of Northern Thailand under a glorious sunset. A very addictive album.
Sidnei Lauri Fronza
Sidnei Lauri Fronza:
Que felicidade ver um dos maiores gênios do rock em atividade ainda... Long Live Waters
Roger, your activism is admirable. Few people want to see the truth. Stay firm and thank you for the indication of the documentary.
Mix Our Band
Mix Our Band:
Still the best songwriter of all time.
Allan Rota
Allan Rota:
Thank you Roger. Thank you for sharing your art with us. Its a privilege living on this planet at the same time as you.
Egidio Fagundes
Egidio Fagundes:
Lírico, poético, nostálgico, triste mas esperançoso. Waters é um mago
M.M Vieira
M.M Vieira:
regardless of politics I love Waters' voice and music! I really liked this version and now I will have to listen to the entire album amused to death!
Amused to Death is a masterpiece. Roger is absolutely on creative fire right now. Thank you for the lift tonight, Roger, thank you for being the principled Us, and never ever betraying your fans and becoming Them.
William Jackson
William Jackson:
What an amazing new arrangement of an amazing song! Thank you Roger Waters for your life and music. You have been inspiring me for 50 years +. I suspect future generations will study you and your music in the same way we study Mozart and Beethoven.
Chris Scrivener
Chris Scrivener:
Long been one of my favourite of Rogers songs.. This is just beautiful. Legend
dan raz
dan raz:
Probably, one of the best politically charged lyrics ever.
The details in each and every verse is genuinely genius!
AMUSED TO DEATH is a eulogy of our planet!
Tekno Tony
Tekno Tony:
I had the pleasure of seeing Roger Waters live in Prague 3 years ago.
My favourite song writer/lyricist
WoKkke Isa Mes
WoKkke Isa Mes:
Amused to Death is a visionary masterpiece.
Change tv screen for iphone screen and Roger saw it all coming.
vince maloney
vince maloney:
You don't often see Roger playing piano. He is one of the best lyricists in the rock world, surely.
Nestor Castillo
Nestor Castillo:
Thank you Roger for this work of musical art, thank you for being consistent with your music
Captain Ganja
Captain Ganja:
Man I love this tune, Roger. Big into the "Amused To Death" album yet here. This new recording is awesome. Excellent stuff!
sea gate
sea gate:
What a beautiful rendition of a song that hits like a sledgehammer.
Void Network
Void Network:
Congratulations Roger! is amazing that you continue being a real hippy, offering your inteligence and creativity for fighting back injustice and stupidity of the establishmenet. We need you more than ever.
Justin Urhead
Justin Urhead:
Love when he reworks a classic song and freshens it up. That's what I love about Roger Waters.
El arte siempre le recordará a la humanidad quienes son los genocidas que la historia glorifica. Muchas gracias Roger
jhony ferrari
jhony ferrari:
Muito linda essa música. Aqui no Brasil nós chamamos de canção quando fica tão perfeita.
Andrew Atkins
Andrew Atkins:
If Roger is reading these comments....judging by many comments, more than 1 or 2 of us would love to see these lockdown tracks delivered LIVE. Get to show our appreciation for you, but also your epic crew. Just a thought. Until then, I'll keep watching this and Two Suns about 10 times a day.
gives me chills. nothing's changed. hard to stay positive.
Tornado Alley Studios
Tornado Alley Studios:
Why does everything this guy write turn out so amazing? I mean when the song first starts you're like... "hmmm kind of half mast for Roger..." then the build up and the patience of his writing becomes apparent and I feel like a school boy.
Andrew Birch
Andrew Birch:
Love the new verses. Amused To Death to my ears has always been Roger's opus, even beyond the amazing decades of PF. Go Reg!
𝚓𝚞𝚕𝚢𝚗𝚎 𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚎
𝚓𝚞𝚕𝚢𝚗𝚎 𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚎:
I always wondered why I loved this talented person so much😭
Jeff Almond
Jeff Almond:
Never afraid to speak his mind, a masterful wordsmith , a legend in our lifetime......rock on Mr Waters.....
Андрей Лавриненко
Андрей Лавриненко:
Roger как всегда впорядке. Мы, впрочем как часто, понимаем больше чем можем выразить...
И вот Он говорит, то что мы не знали, как сказать...
Dr. DirtyDog995
Dr. DirtyDog995:
Best album he's ever done especially with Jeff Beck's guitar work.
comedian freak
comedian freak:
Amused to Death is one of my favorite albums. It really warned us of how the media and government work together to keep us distracted and docile.
Fabian Bolea
Fabian Bolea:
Maravilloso !!!, simplemente maravilloso. Las coristas son dos ángeles, sus voces son increíbles. Los músicos, profesionales, la edición y fotografía perfecta. Que mas puedo decir si está todo a la vista y al escucharlo se desata la majestuosidad de la obra. Gracias Roger por tanta música que regocija el alma. Saludos desde Santa Fe, Argentina
William Alves
William Alves:
Tudo que você toca vira ouro, pode regravar milhões de vezes qualquer música que ela ficará maravilhosa, peço a Deus que eu possa ver outro show seu no Brasil. Obrigado
Michael Hill
Michael Hill:
I remember we had a CD party when Final Cut came out and my best friend and I knew right then this was a classic, still holds it place in history ! Remember Rolling Stone gave it 5 Stars out of 5 ! I listen to this one album more than any other Floyd and I was there for saucer full of secrets and Alan’s psychedelic breakfast and Echos before Dark Side of the Moon… THANK YOU ROGER AND THE BAND FOR ALL OF THIS!!! Simply fantastic!!!
Erik Haber
Erik Haber:
Wow, these releases might be the best Roger stuff so far! He just gets better with age.
Vineyard Saker
Vineyard Saker:
Roger - please make this series of recordings into an album!! They are superb!!!!!!! Thank you
I needed this this morning. A new rendition of one my fav songs.
Where to start:
The new lines of text.
The smooth calmness of the girls' singing. Just as wonderful as PP Arnold belting it out, but very different.
The "corner of a foreign field" reference from Final Cut.
Such a masterpiece. Wow. Gobsmacked.
Richard Brook
Richard Brook:
I have always thought amused to death was his best work... This re-imagined version hasnt changed my mind... Timeless
Michael Daly
Michael Daly:
Roger, you are in my opinion the most prophetic and thought provoking song writer in the last century. I salute you sir. Oh! Please get these lockdown studio songs in an album and when our dictatorship government open things up again you should tour with these reboots and yes give us some more. Bless you Roger. Love your music, and credit to those wonderful musicians around you 🙏
Absolute legend, a timeless talent Mr. Roger Waters. Take all a bow and hats off!
Blinded By Metal
Blinded By Metal:
I really love this! He’s definitely a voice we need to be taking seriously.
An Onyx
An Onyx:
When I was a child, I asked, in my local book shop (The Colophon, in Wallingford) for a collection of poems by Roger Waters. They earnestly searched the tomes provided by their suppliers, eager to provide a poetry loving child with his heart's desire. I had no idea that Roger Waters was a musical genius, a member of something called PINK FLOYD, I only knew him as a literary genius whose words I read in what I later learned were 'gatefold albums' for 'records'. Ironically, I have no words to express how much this man mans to me.
No closer to peace than the man in the moon. Love that line
Pedro Gonçalves
Pedro Gonçalves:
Roger's look at the end with the serenity of knowing he wrote a masterpiece...
This man could literally change the world. Not just through his music, but through his knowledge, his compassion, his empathy, and his clarity.
That's why they are trying so hard to silence him.....
Eddy Thestrup Nielsen
Eddy Thestrup Nielsen:
A real song, in s fake world.
Roger you are the best musician ever, and still my idol after 28 years. Wish you health 👍😊
Lucas Carioli
Lucas Carioli:
Amused To Death, my favorite Roger solo album.
Lee Thompson
Lee Thompson:
God I really hope he releases these sessions as a proper album. Although with high sound quality unlike his last album!
Kevin Bailey
Kevin Bailey:
The additional words are superb. I have always loved Amused to Death and this song in particular, so hearing a different tempo is strange, yet it really is very well done.
emad ibrahim
emad ibrahim:
You have all my respect as I grown up on your art and you became a value and role model for me. Peace and love.
Thank you Roger and band mates for elevating some of the classics to a whole new level.
So good to hear you re-do this one Roger......Masterpiece indeed!
This is the best version of The Braver of Being Out of Range, all of these "Lockdown Sessions" need to be on Spotify or released somewhere.

Very very good stuff here.
Now we need new versions from The Pros and Cons and from Radio KAOS. Just imagine 'Every Strangers Eyes' or 'Home' (Radio KAOS) with the voices of these lovely women!
Marcelo Rocha
Marcelo Rocha:
One of the best songs of a masterpiece album. Thank you all, Roger & the band. ❤
Tea, Earl Grey, Hot
Tea, Earl Grey, Hot:
Apparently the dog is unimpressed. I, on the other hand, am quite enthralled. Such a different treatment from the album, but highly effective. Bloody good stuff!
Wayne Watson
Wayne Watson:
Absolutely awesome, great alternative lyrics, great band, each and everyone of you 👍👌❤️
Una obra de arte, así de simple, no me canso de escucharla. Jess y Holly, al nivel de Roger Waters: en otra galaxia.
Thank you Roger for your generosity in those hard times. Peace Man! Such an Amazing masterpiece of song.
Esteban Paez
Esteban Paez:
Amo esta canción!! Beautiful version Roger!!
jhony ferrari
jhony ferrari:
Não canso de assistir. Nunca vou me cansar. É incrível.
Cory Hultquist
Cory Hultquist:
Incredible arrangement of a standout song from one of the best most under appreciated albums ever made.
Muhammad Cassius Ali Clay
Muhammad Cassius Ali Clay:
How deep Roger drops truth bombs with his poetry and music ? Getting pretty close to half a century since i first saw and heard this man, admiring him more than ever.
B Rod53
B Rod53:
Your mix is phenomenal. Thanks Roger for putting these out. They really do tend to relax me. Such a wonder sound! ;o)
Nikkiboi Nanna
Nikkiboi Nanna:
Please put this rendition on Spotify it's the best I've ever heard
The Heathen Choir
The Heathen Choir:
I cherish every moment of your work and genuine empathy Mr Waters. Still have more backbone than any artist out there.
Peter P Poulsen
Peter P Poulsen:
Roger, you are still going strong - this is a masterpiece!
Primitive In The Extreme
Primitive In The Extreme:
Wonderful song from a masterpiece album. This new version is truly pure emotion. 💖
Love it. I felt the original version was too bombastic, I couldn't catch half of what he was singing without the lyrics in front of me.
Antunes Carlos
Antunes Carlos:
Grande Roger Waters. É muito bom vê-lo em plena atividade.
Gianni Fiorillo
Gianni Fiorillo:
Arrangiamento straordinario. A questa età regala ancora emozioni. Un genio, un mostro di bravura, godiamocelo ancora. Roger è unico.
Incredible version of this song. From a very underrated album!