When the tigers broke free (canzone dei Pink Floyd del 1979)

Roger Waters ha numerose volte tirato in ballo la guerra nelle sue canzoni sfaccettandola con spontanea e naturale grandezza: per chi scrive il picco del grande autore inglese in merito è When the tigers broke free, partorita nel 1979 ma rimasta fuori dall’album THE WALL dello stesso anno e dedicata al padre Eric Fletcher Waters morto ad Anzio nel 1944 durante il secondo conflitto mondiale.

Il canto rotto dal dolore di Roger è immenso, contenuto per la sua dolcezza nella prima parte, per poi deflagrare in coda con una impennata vocale da far tremare i polsi. Il brano è sostenuto da una strepitosa conduzione orchestrale e un contributo notevole delle percussioni. Inoltre il coro muto che appoggia Waters mette i brividi per la sua atmosfera funerea che sconfina nella commozione.

Il brano fu lanciato come 45 giri nell’estate del 1982 con Bring the boys back home sul retro: entrambe le canzoni fanno parte del film THE WALL, di quell’anno anch’esso. Il titolo prende spunto dal nome del carrarmato usato dalle truppe tedesche il Tiger 1. Non manca inoltre la celebre vena polemica dell’artista, che accusa l’esercito inglese di essere responsabile della dipartita del padre.

When the tigers broke free è tornata in auge con l’ingresso del 2000 entrando nella scaletta di ECHOES – THE BEST OF PINK FLOYD del 2001 e nella ristampa dell’album THE FINAL CUT del 2004.

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