Flickering Flame

- The Solo Years, Volume 1

Roger Waters compilation album
Asia, Australia-release: April 1, 2002
European-release: April 29, 2002

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The CD will not be released in the US and it will likely be discontinued after December 2002 -and not released again!

This 'best of' compilation contains some of the best songs from the solo career of Roger Waters (1984-2002). The CD is produced by Roger Waters and long time Pink Floyd producer James Guthrie.

The CD features songs from The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Radio KAOS, Amused To Death as well as a few rarities:


  1. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
  2. Too Much Rope
  3. The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)
  4. Perfect Sense (Part I) (recording from In The Flesh)
  5. Perfect Sense (Part II) (recording from In The Flesh)
  6. Three Wishes
  7. 5:06am (every Strangers Eyes)
  8. Who Needs Information
  9. Each Small Candle
  10. Flickering Flame (new demo)
  11. Towers Of Faith
  12. Radio Waves
  13. Lost Boys Calling (original demo)

CD cover design: 4i Group
Photographs: Jimmy Ienner Jr, Neal Preston, Jonathan Park

Special thanks: Todd Horn, Columbia Records

Management: Mark Fenwick, MFM Limited

Album compiled by James Guthrie & Roger Waters
Assisted by Joel Plante

Lost Boys Calling (original demo)

Vocal: Roger Waters
Orchestration: Rick Wentworth
Mixed by Nick Griffiths

Flickering Flame

Roger Waters 2001

Music: Waters
Lyrics: Waters

Album releases:  
Flickering Flame  

A Roger Waters song probably for the forthcoming album. The song has been rehearsed by Roger Waters and band prior to the 2002 world tour. It was first played in front of an audience in Cape Town, South Africa on February 27th, 2002. The first version officially released is a studio demo on the compilation album Flickering Flame - The Solo Years, Volume 1.

The song was earlier known as 'Flicker and Flame' and has also been referred to as 'I Shall Be Free'. The lyrics differ a bit from live performances and printed versions. The lyrics below are the version sung on Flickering Flame

Vocal & acoustic guitar: Roger Waters
Keyboards: Jon Carin
Guitar: Doyle Bramhall II
Produced by Roger Waters and Nick Griffiths

When my neurons conspire
To distract my thoughts
Away from divorce
And competitive sports
Back to the place
Where all rivers run to the sea
Then I
I shall be free
Yes, I shall be free

On a seesaw
In a strange land
The jackdaw sat
On the Cardinals hand
And the fiddlers played
And the planners planned
What would be

On a back seat
In a court room
Sat Molly Malone with Leopold Bloom
'Til the police came down
With a new broom
And swept them clean

Like Geronimo
Like Quinn the Eskimo
Like the Blackfoot
And like the Arapaho
Like Crazy Horse
I'll be the last one
To lay down my gun

On the open road
In a bar room
A pick up band plays a new tune
When the coloured girl sings
I feel my heart bloom

When a new song
Hits the right note
When a clearing sky
Saves an old boat
When an insight
Strikes the mote
From mine own eye

Like Geronimo
Like Quinn the Eskimo
Like the Blackfoot
And like the Arapaho
Like Crazy Horse
I'll be the last one
To lay down my gun

Just out of sight
Beyond the next range
I feel the heat
Of a flickering flame

On an African Plain
By a thorn tree
My old friend Philippe
Is waiting for me
Que cera cera
What ever will be
Will be
When a friend dies
And the tears rise
From that deep well
That never runs dry
And the women break their bracelets
And the men take their whisky outside

In a petit theatre
On the Rue St Denis
The red velvet curtain
Draws back to reveal
The place where the dark side
Meets the angel and me
The angel in me

When my synapses pause
In my quest for applause
When my ego lets go
Of my end of the bone
To focus instead
On the love that is precious to me
Then I
Shall be free
I shall be free

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Bob Dylan

Music: Dylan
Lyrics: Dylan

Waters albums:  
Flickering Flame  

This coverversion of 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' was recorded by Roger Waters for the film The Dybbuk of The Holy Apple Field.

Vocals: Roger Waters
Keyboards: Simon Chamberlain
Electric/acoustic guitar: Clem Clempson
Backing vocals: Katie Kissoon and Doreen Chanter
Produced by Nick Griffiths

Mama, take this badge off me
'cos I can't use it anymore
It's gettin' dark, too dark to see
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door

Mama, put my guns in the ground
'cos I can't shoot them anymore
That long dark cloud is comin' down
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door