Watch Roger Waters perform ‘Deja Vu’ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Roger Waters performed Deja Vu on US TV’s The Late Show with Steven Colbert yesterday. The track features on his new album Is This The Life We Really Want? which will be released on 2 June 2017. Watch the video below…

1. When We Were Young
2. Déjà Vu
3. The Last Refugee
4. Picture That
5. Broken Bones
6. Is This the Life We Really Want?
7. Bird in a Gale
8. The Most Beautiful Girl
9. Smell the Roses
10. Wait for Her
11. Oceans Apart
12. Part of Me Died


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Joey d'Entremont

I’ve been waiting for this one for a long, long time. I thought Amused To Death was fantastic.


The Final Cut is my favorite Floyd album.

Does Rogers have a great voice? No. Does he lack range? Yes.

Welcome to the real world, where auto-tune and studio gimmickry to make everyone sound the same, is missing. Waters sounds like no-one else, which ought to be applauded, not criticized. Dylan is a great singer, Tom Waits of a great singer, Elvis Costello is a great singer – they just don’t fit in to a pop world where everything is bright, pretty, and la la la.

Real people do sound different when they sing. Their phrasing is different, their tone and timbre. We’ve gotten so used to fake singer we’ve grown to dislike real ones. Such a shame.

I didn’t like Roger’s Opera either. But he’s a one-off, a dying breed. The guy is in his 70’s for goodness sakes. David Gilmour is a fine guitarist, in context. But for me he slogged a dead horse with the Floyd name once Waters left, making some horrible albums. You only have to look to his poor solo albums to see who the real writer post-Barrett was. Gilmour’s voice doesn’t have range either.

It’s a shame Gilmour and Waters can’t seem to work together, they really create sparks. But in his place Waters has used Beck, Clapton, Fairweather-low. Hardly chumps. Given how long Waters takes, this may well be his last studio work, one which I know I’m going to love.

Bob McCartney

Great Song.
He has the courage of his convictions.
The Bravery of Being Out of Range comes to mind.
The Final Cut was rough but I believe it had some redeeming value.
Looking forward to going to see him on the first show of his tour here in Kansas City.


with the great Jonathan Wilson on guitar


i’ve avoided the new tracks so far so i can listen to the album in full for the first time. it’s been a long time since he did a proper album. i couldn’t get on with that opera thing he did

Jack Deckard

Happy to have a new album from Roger. I don’t have to agree with his political views to enjoy the theater. If you don’t like it, well it’s your loss.

Johnny Feathers

I don’t suppose it’s surprising, but this is 2 for 2 songs that found like pastiches of Pink Floyd stuff: in this case, Mother, and The Final Cut album in general. (The other was Have a Cigar and the Animals album.) Still, I’ve preordered. He doesn’t have much melodic range (either writing or performing), but he can still turn a good phrase.

Also, I feel like he’s mentioned this song in interviews years ago. The opening line, “if I had been God”, sounds very familiar–I’m nearly positive he mentioned it as a work in progress.


From “If I were a swan” to “If I were a drone” — it’s pleasingly familiar I’d say. Maybe that’s why it’s called Deja Vu?


I’m glad to see Roger again. It’s more contemporary than I’d like. I prefer timeless themes. That’s why I like Floyd from Meddle to the Final Cut. “And maniacs don’t blow holes in bandsmen by remote control” was an awesome commentary though. I remember the news story at the time.


Wow, another great song. This might shape up to be a fine album. Okay, so the girl singers had to cover for his strangulated attempt at the high note, and okay, it’s another whining dirge, but good grief — singing those words on American TV? He’s got balls. No chance of mainstream radio play then, or a tour of the southern states.


not my thing at all. every few years i try to re-listen to the final cut (because i like ‘not now john’) and i am always amazed how horribly depressing it is (and not in a good way like e.g. joy division). despite of that, I enjoy reading posts about roger waters and reading the comments, and being amazed some people like listening to roger waters for fun. (nothing wrong with david gilmour though!)


Yes, very differing opinions when it comes to Roger. Personally, I’m the opposite of seikotsi above, and love The Final Cut – but I always skip Not Now John.
I’ve enjoyed both Smell The Roses and Deja Vu

Funky Meadows

“The Final Cut” _is_ depressing. So is war and its aftermath. What’d you expect?


Since the main reason I always listened to Pink Floyd was to hear David and Richard, and not the “downer” lyrics, I wonder for years what it would be like to hear David and Richard with no lyrics. “The Endless River” is now one of my favorite albums.


Tough to hear Waters songs out of context – they’re more suited to the narrative of an album. I mean, he’s never been a singles kind of guy. Still, if it ain’t your thing, it ain’t your thing. For me, this is most welcome.


1 – The Final Cut
2 – Two Suns in the Sunset

Quite good!

The Progster

Don’t like the song it’s slow and plodding and he sounds like a miserable Dylan singing…at least Gilmour has a better singing voice…Definately WON’T be buying this garbage…Now where’s my David Knopfler album “Wishbones” that’s what i call a decent set of melodic wordy songs.




Hey paul,

Life or World ?