Roger Waters – Vera Lynn – Bring The Boys Back Home

Remember that The Wall is an auto-biographical to Waters. The entire album, aside from Comfortably Numb, is about his life. Running 1:33, the song Vera is part of this concept album. Vera makes references to a popular WWII song by artist Vera Lynn called We’ll Meet Again. Vera as an English singer was widely known as the Forces’ Sweetheart. In the song she tells the boys going off to war that we’ll see them again. Sadly Water’s father never did return from the war, leaving Lynn’s promise unfulfilled. His father was killed in battle in Italy 1944. So Waters is asking if anyone remembers Lynn’s promise. In the clip we see the train delivering the soldiers back from the war, yet the train did not bring Water’s father back. A less known fact is that the word Vera in Russian, means Faith. So the lyrics “Vera, Vera .. What has become of you?” it now seems to be directed at Water’s unfaithful wife. At this point, Waters is still on the road with his band and his wife’s transgressions thousands of miles away. Now the song looks like Water’s attempt at coping with the fact that he will never be able to come home to the arms of his loving wife. (nDy)
THE WALL merupakan album konsep sekaligus biografi Roger Waters. Seluruh lagu menceritakan obsesinya, kecuali Comfortably Numb. Pada menit ke 1.33 ada nama Vera Lynn, penyanyi Inggris yg popular saat Perang Dunia II. Lewat lagu We’ll Meet Again ia memberi harapan kepada setiap prajurit bahwa mereka akan bertemu lagi setelah perang. Namun sayangnya, ayah Roger Waters gak pernah kembali karena gugur dalam pertempuran di Italia 1944. Roger cilik selalu menanti hingga dewasa, akhirnya menggugat janji Vera. Dalam film The Wall terdapat adegan kereta api yg membawa tentara pulang dari perang, selalu ditunggu anak kecil di peron. Padahal setiap kereta tidak pernah membawa ayahnya lagi.
Fakta menarik, kata Vera dalam bahasa Rusia berarti Percaya atau Faith. Ketika Pink Floyd kelar menggarap album Dark Side of the Moon, Waters menangis dianggap kelelahan. Lalu ia mengaku harus bercerai dgn istri yg telah dipacari sejak muda. Waters tidak pernah mengungkapkan alasan. Di tengah jadwal padat dan hidup terpisah, Waters hanya berujar: ia mirip ayahnya yg tidak pernah pulang ke rumah. Tidak lagi berharap dapat berpelukan dgn keluarganya. Kutukan Vera ataukah karma? Yang jelas Roger Waters dgn Vera Lynn bersahabat baik hingga ia meninggal di usia 104 tahun. Vera, Vera.. what has become of you? (nDy)

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