Nick Mason Explains Why Roger Waters Is An Extraordinary Songwriter


Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason shared his ideas about a legendary Pink Floyd album and revealed how ex-Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters wrote the track’s deep and meaningful lyrics during his recent interview with 95.5 KLOS.

As you might know, Pink Floyd released their eighth studio album entitled ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ on March 1, 1973. The album explores several bold and universal themes such as conflict, greed, time, death, and mental illness. It received very positive reviews from both the fans and music critics thanks to its well-written lyrics and remarkable sound.

‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ has become one of the greatest fan-favorites. The album’s dark and deep lyrics were written by Roger Waters, who was highly praised for his creativity, boldness, and originality. During his recent interview, Mason drew attention to Waters’ extraordinary skills as a songwriter.

Nick Mason highlighted that Roger Waters reflected his experiences and thoughts about life to ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ as if he were a wise old man, even though he was very young during the album’s creation process. Also, he didn’t forget to credit the sound engineers whose work contributed to the album’s worldwide success and popularity.

Mason said the following while talking about Waters:

“Well, I think one of the things is that in order to have a record that works like that, it’s not one thing that makes it. I absolutely agree, I think Roger’s lyrics are extraordinary because they’re more relevant to a 50-year-old maybe than to a 23-year-old, which was how old he was when he was writing that in 1972, I guess.

However, it was actually the fact that that worked really well that engineer Alan Parsons was the new, young, hot engineer at Abbey Road and he made sure that the quality of the sound was fantastic.

Apart from the music, the fact that Hypnosis did that particular record sleeve, was a really iconic image, and actually, the record company played a part in it all.

We were with Capitol Records here and would be disappointed with our career with them, we’d been successful in Europe, successful in the UK. And they brought in a man called Bhaskar Menon as a new president and he said, ‘Oh, I’m going to make this record work.’ He did, he really galvanized the sales force to make sure the record was out there. It’s more than one thing that made that record.”

You can watch the interview below.