Former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters performed his very Floyd-like acoustic reverie “Deja Vu” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night (May 8). Strumming an acoustic guitar and joined by a string section and two female backups singers , Waters previewed the song from his upcoming first solo album in 25 years, Is This The Life We Really Want?
With provocative lyrics that mix biblical imagery with commentary on our modern surveillance culture and environmental destruction, Waters gave a stunning peek at an album that is certain to slake the thirst of Floyd fans. “If I had been God/ With my staff and my rod/ If I had been given the nod/ I believe I could have done a better job,” Waters sang in his signature honeyed rasp.
“The temple’s in ruins/ The Bankers get fat/ The Buffalo’s gone/ And the mountain top’s flat,” he went on, driving the midtempo song to a close as Colbert came out and said in awe, “I could hear it again.”
Waters’ fifth solo album, produced by frequent Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich, is due out on May 19. After performing at last year’s Desert Trip festival Waters announced the extensive Us + Them North American tour on which he will play songs from the Pink Floyd catalog. The tour kicks off at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 26 and is currently slated to run through an Oct. 28 gig at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.