Roger Waters Explains Where He Gets The Courage To Be Vocal

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters recently sat down to answer some fan questions. During the Q&A that he posted on Instagram, one fan asked the singer how he found the courage to tell his truth and be vocal. Waters replied:

“That is a very important question. I get it from my mother, who impressed upon me when I was a teenager. I’ve told this story a million times, but I’ll tell it once more.”

Rogers went on to share what his mother taught him in his teenage years. He recounted his mother’s words:

“‘Roger, you’re going to come across all kinds of difficult things in your life and things you will have to ponder upon and where you will have to take a position and so on and so forth. And, when you have a difficult question, this is my advice to you. You should read, read, read everything you can. Find out everything that you can about whatever it is that you might be considering or thinking about.'”

The rocker added that he learned the power of knowledge from his mom’s words. He continued:

“She was talking about, I think, mainly big kind of political questions, but they might be personal emotional questions as well. Everything you can read, read, read, then read some more. When you’ve done that, my mother said to me, ‘You’ve done all the heavy lifting. The hard work is over; the next bit is easy.'”

Finally, after taking all of the steps, the singer shared that he always tried to stand by what he believed was right. He finished answering the fan’s question by saying:

“‘What’s the next bit, mum?’ ‘You do the right thing.’ Well, those words, you know, echo through the years. My mother’s been dead for about 20 years, but I’ve never forgotten those words. So, that’s where you get the courage by studying the history, learning as much as you can, and then doing the right thing.”

You can watch Roger Waters’ Instagram post here.