Roger began work on the concept and songs of The Pros and Cons of HitchHiking in the late 1970's and it was only after Pink Floyd disbanded that he refined the lyrics and music. Pros and Cons became his first "Solo" album without the other Pink Floyd members as backup studio musicians as some say was the case with the albums, "The Wall" and "The Final Cut."
His new band, which he called "The Bleeding Hearts Band," was composed of various great studio musicians he had befriended over the years. However for the album, and this first iteration of the band, Roger called upon non other than Eric Clapton for it's lead guitarist and main instrumentalist.
The Pros and Cons of HitchHiking was released in 1984 with concerts beginning two tours in Sweden shortly there-after. There were trivial differences in the lyrics reported between the US Pros and Cons album release and the British release, as well as extra lyrics sung during the Pros and Cons tour.
4.30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)Apparently they were travelling abroad And they picked up some hitchhikers...drill Wake up you're dreaming...what...you're dreaming We were moving away from the border Uh what border? Have a nice day...uh...have a nice day We were moving away from the border Looking for somewhere to sleep The two of us sharing the driving Two hitchhikers slumped in the back seat Hello I sneaked a quick look in the mirror She gave me a smile I said "Is anyone hungry? Should we stop for a while?" So we pulled off into a layby Her dress blew up over her head I said "Would you like to come with me?" She said something foreign under her breath And the sun shone down on her lovely young limbs I thought to myself she's much too good for him I lay down beside her with tears in my eyes She said
4.33 AM (Running Shoes)So I stood by the roadside The soles of my running shoes gripping the tarmac Like gunmetal magnets Fixed on the front of her Fassbinder face Was the kind of a smile That only a rather dull child could have drawn While attempting a graveyard in the moonlight But she was impressed You could see that she thought I looked fine And when she turned sweeter The reason (between you and me) was She'd just seen my green Lamborghini So we went for a spin in the country To feel the wind in our hair To feel the power of my engine To feel the thrill of desire And then in the trees I heard a twig snap Warning lights flashed on my map I opened my eyes and to my surprise
4.37 AM (Arabs with Knives and West German Skies)There were Arabs with Knives At the foot of the bed Right at the foot of the bed Oh my God how did they get in here? I thought we were safe home in England She said "Come on now kid, it was wrong what you did You've got to admit it was wrong" Oh god....Jesus Sleep Sleep I know that I'm only dreaming Leave her alone..get out..out..get out of my house Through closed eyes I see West German skies on the ceiling And I want to get back To the girl with the rucksack To feel her flaxen hair I want to be there See the sun going down Behind Krupps steelworks On the outskirts of some German town Guten Abend meiner Damen und Herren Ha Ha Ha Ha Willkommen in Konnigsburg Ha Ha Ha Ha Wollen zie danzen mit mir oder drinken Bier Ha Ha Ha Ha Thank you but...... This young lady and I Will just finish this bottle of wine It was kind of you...but I think we'll just say goodnight Leave us alone Goodnight Leave us alone Could I have the key to one four three please? There you are Thank you, goodnight Hello yes I'd like to order breakfast please I'd like coffee for two, and toast with marmalade No...marmalade.
4.39 (For the First Time Today-Part 2)For the first time today I held her naked body next to mine In this hotel overlooking the Rhine I made her mine Ooh babe...ooh babe Come with me and stay with me Please stay with me Uh...what is it? Stay with me Stay with me Stay with me No... Stay with me Forget it
4.41 AM (Sexual Revolution)Hey...girl Take out the dagger And let's have a stab at the sexual revolution Hey girl Let freedom for all be our rallying call Tomorrow lets make...our new resolution Yeah, but tonight lie still While I plunder your sweet grave And remember Only the poor can be saved Hey girl As I've always said I prefer your lips red Not what the good Lord made But what he intended Hey girl Don't point the finger at me I am only a rat in a maze like you And only the dead go free So...please hold my hand As we blunder through the maze And remember Nothing can grow without rain (Thunder) Don't point Don't point your finger at me I awoke in a fever The bedclothes were all soaked in sweat She said "You've been having a nightmare And it's not over yet" Then she picked up the doggy in the window (The one with the waggly tail) And she put him to bed between two bits of bread
4.47 AM (The Remains of Our Love)I just cowered in the corner My pyjama coat over my head And she smiled as she finished her sandwich And her cold eyes fixed me to my dark history As she brushed the remains Of our love from the bed And when she had turned back the covers When all of the prayers had been read She said "Come on over here you silly boy Before you catch your death of cold I was only joking Let's leave behind the city grime Let's not compete It could be fine in the country Couldn't it though...come on lets go I said "OK" Are we going to go now? Where would you like to go darling? Mmm...Vermont...Wyoming (yes) Wyoming...huh huh Children...(what) we're going to Wyoming Darling...Which way is Wyoming? Hook a right here You're going the wrong way I know that I know children... Let's see how many...Volvos we pass On the way to our new life in the country ...One Jade don't do that, that's really negative
4.50 AM (Go Fishing)As cars go by I cast my mind's eye Over back packs on roof racks Beyond the horizon Where dream makers Working white plastic processors Invite the unwary To reach for the pie in the sky Go fishing my boy! We set out in the spring With a trunk full of books about everything About solar devices And how nice natural childbirth is We cut down some trees And we trailed our ideals Through the forest glade We dammed up the stream And the kids cooled their heels In the fishing pool we'd made We held hands and we exchanged bands And we practically lived off the land You adopted a fox cub Whose mother was somebody's coat You fed him by hand And then snuggled snuggled him down By the grandfather bed while I wrote We grew our own maize And I only occasionally went into town To stock up on antibiotics And shells for the shotgun that I kept around I told the kids stories while you worked your loom And the sun went down sooner each day. *Chapter six in which Eeyore has a birthday And gets two presents Daddy...come on dad Eeyore the old grey donkey stood by the side Of the stream and he looked at himself in the water "Pathetic" he said, "That's what it is" "Good morning Eeyore" said Pooh "Oh" said Pooh, He thought for a long time The leaves all fell down Our crops all turned brown It was over As the first snowflakes fell I realized all was not well in the camp The kids caught bronchitis The space heater ran out of diesel One weekend a friend from the East Rot his soul Stole your heart I said "Fuck it then Take the kids back to town Maybe I'll see you around" And so...leaving all our hopes and dreams To the wind and the rain Taking only our stash Left our litter and trash And set out on the road again On the road again Bye Bye Daddy, Bye Daddy You can bring Pearl she's a darn nice girl But don't bring Liza
4.56 AM (For the First Time Today-Part 1)For the first time today I feel it's really over You were my everyday excuse For playing deaf, dumb and blind Who'd have ever thought This was how it would end for you and me To carry my own millstone Out of the trees And I have to admit I don't like it a bit Being left here beside this lonesome road. Lonesome road Lonesome road
4.58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)Hey kid, you looking for a lift?...Get on up here How's it going good buddy? I nailed ducks to the wall Kept my heart in dark ruins I built bungalows all over the hills Dunroamin, duncarin, dunlivin Took my girl to the country To sleep out under the moon Next thing she's going crazy Women are like that kid What the hell can you do? She waits for the real Mr. Right to come Gently removing her heart With his promises of real communication I saw a program about that on TV........ Who's always picking up the tab Who built a bungalow for his mum and dad Me..... Who took you out to all the shows Who worked his fingers to the bone Me.... While you were asleep It was me...I did I kept you in buttons and bows Christ all those clothes So you could encourage this creep With his neat feet And his clean fingernails With his wise but twinkling eyes He's a rock standing out in an ocean of doubt Get movin', get off the road ya Goddam faggot And compromise I'd like to go on with this bit of a song Describing this schmuck I'd like to go on, but I'm going to throw up Not in my rig you don't boy...get the hell out of here
5.01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking)An angel on a Harley Pulls across to greet a fellow rolling stone Puts his bike up on it's stand Leans back and then extends A scarred and greasy hand...he said How ya doin bro?...where ya been?...where ya goin'? Then he takes your hand In some strange Californian handshake And breaks the bone Have a nice day A housewife from Encino Whose husband's on the golf course With his book of rules Breaks and makes a 'U' and idles back To take a second look at you You flex your rod Fish takes the hook Sweet vodka and tobacco in her breath Another number in your little black book These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking Oh babe, I must be dreaming I'm standing on the leading edge The Eastern seaboard spread before my eyes "Jump" says Yoko Ono "I'm too scared and too good looking" I cried "Go on", she says "Why don't you give it a try? Why prolong the agony all men must die" Do you remember Dick Tracy? Do you remember Shane? And mother wants you Could you see him selling tickets Where the buzzard circles over Shane The body on the plain Did you understand the music Yoko Or was it all in vain? Shane The bitch said something mystical "Herro" So I stepped back on the kerb again These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking Oh babe, I must be dreaming again These are the pros and cons of hitchhiking
5.06 AM (Every Strangers Eyes)Hello...you wanna cup of coffee? I'm sorry, would you like a cup of coffee? Ok you take cream and sugar? In truck stops and hamburger joints In Cadillac limousines In the company of has-beens And bent-backs and sleeping forms On pavement steps In libraries and railway stations In books and banks In the pages of history In suicidal cavalry attacks I recognise... Myself in every stranger's eyes And in wheelchairs by monuments Under tube trains and commuter accidents In council care and county courts At Easter fairs and sea-side resorts In drawing rooms and city morgues In award winning photographs Of life rafts in the China seas In transit camps, under arc lamps On unloading ramps In faces blurred by rubber stamps I recognise... Myself in every stranger's eyes And now from where I stand Upon this hill I plundered from the pool I look around, I search the skies I shade my eyes, so nearly blind And I see signs of half remembered days I hear bells that chime in strange familiar ways I recognise... The hope you kindle in your eyes It's oh so easy now As we lie here in the dark Nothing interferes it's obvious How to beat the tears That threaten to snuff out The spark of our love
5.11 AM (The Moment of Clarity)And the moment of clarity Faded like charity does Sometimes I open one eye And I put out my hand just to touch your soft hair To make sure in the darkness that you were still there And I have to admit I was just a little afraid, oh yeah But then... I had a little bit of luck You were awake I couldn't take another moment alone.