What God Wants, Part 1

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"What God Wants, Part 1"
Single by Roger Waters
from the album Amused to Death
Released 24 August 1992
Format CD
Recorded 1992
Genre Progressive rock
Length 6:00
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Roger Waters
Roger Waters singles chronology
"The Tide Is Turning (Live in Berlin)"
"What God Wants, Part 1"
"The Bravery of Being Out of Range"

"What God Wants, Part 1" is the first song in a series of songs written and released by former Pink Floyd bassist, Roger Waters on his third solo album, Amused to Death. "What God Wants" is separated into three parts, much like his earlier work with "Another Brick in the Wall". Also like the Pink Floyd song, the bass line is the same as the one used on the track.[1] Though the song is in three parts, "What God Wants Pt. 1", was the only one to be released as a single. The song features the guitar playing of Jeff Beck. This part in particular deals with the contradictory duality and hypocrisy perceived by Waters in dogmatic religion and its power over man. The following parts, along with the other songs on the album, deal with worship not only in religion but also in regard to materialism and consumption. All together, its viewpoint is on the power of simplistic conformity; how people adhere to something, not entirely by volition, but out of submission.


A video was released, featuring gorillas watching TV, CGI and stop motion animation of a frog skeleton picking at a piece of cheese on a mouse trap, only to be subdued by electrical wiring and fused with the cheese to create a small television set. The video was directed by Tony Kaye and produced by Sarah Whistler. Animation for the video was contracted out several studios, including Pacific Data Images (CG) and Will Vinton Studios (stop-motion). Crew-members for Pacific Data Images include Raman Hui, the stop-motion animation artists included Chuck Duke, Scott Nordlund, Webster Colcord, and Schell Hickel.

Radio 1[edit]

BBC Radio 1 refused to play the single as it was too much of a "touchy" song to be played with such frequency, which angered Waters.


  1. ^ "Pink Floyd and Company - Roger Waters Interviews". Pinkfloyd-co.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01.