Pink Floyd'S The Wall

Music February 7, 2020

Pink Floyd perform on stage at Earls Court Arena on 'The Wall' tour, on August 7th, 1980 in London, England. (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns)

Pink Floyd's The Wall is a concept album that sprawls across the four sides of two LPs, telling a story of sadness and alienation. The fact is, it's bleak, it is a total downer -- yet it is a masterpiece and endlessly re-listenable because it taps into those very bleak feelings we all have. Pink Floyd’s seminal concept album is one of the first, if not the first, record where an artist openly discusses their distaste for their fans, for their band, and for themselves. Every song on the album was meticulously crafted by the group under strenuous circumstances. There was in-fighting, tax evasion, and a lack of desire to continue being Pink Floyd. But if Roger Waters and David Gilmour stopped working together under the name they would have to deal with their massive debt.

Pink Floyd’s The Wall is one of the most intriguing and imaginative albums in the history of rock music. Since the studio album’s release in 1979, the tour of 1980-81, and the subsequent movie of. Pink isn't well, he stayed back at the hotel, And he sent us along as a surrugate band. We're gonna find out where you fans really stand. Are there any queers in the theatre tonight? Get 'em up against the wall. 'Gainst the wall! And that one in the spotlight, he don't look right to me. Get him up against the wall. 'Gainst the wall!

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It’s an understatement to say that the record is amazing. It floats through different genres, plays with the band’s past and shows where the band would venture in the ensuing decades. The 1980 tour that followed the release of the album is just as stunning as the record. The band took a physical wall with them and built it between themselves in the audience, but the real wall was between the band members. The Wall cemented Pink Floyd as a force in rock music, but it’s also one of the major sticking points in the breakup of Roger Waters and David Gilmour.

The main character is based on Roger Waters and Syd Barrett

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The Wall follows a depressed and disaffected rock star named Pink as he looks back at his life and everything that lead to the construction of the metaphorical wall between himself and the world around him. The idea came to Roger Waters while Pink Floyd toured in support of their 1977 album Animals. He later explained that the shows had become less about music and more of an event:

I disliked it intensely because it became a social event rather than a more controlled and ordinary relationship between musicians and an audience.. The front sixty rows seemed to be screaming and shouting and rocking and swaying and not really listening to anything. And those further back could see bugger-all anyway.

After the final show of the tour Waters discussed his alienation from the audience and his band members by saying that he wished he could build a wall between the audience and the performers. In that way Waters based Pink on himself, but he drew from his experiences with former member Syd Barrett who left the group after a severe mental breakdown. Many of the songs that Waters wrote in the pre-production stage reference Barrett, especially “Nobody Home,” a song that details the band’s tour of the US in 1967 where Barrett’s depression worsened and he distanced himself from the band.

The band had a table read before recording anything

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As you might imagine, when Roger Waters brought his demos and rough outline for a double LP concept album about depression to his band they had their doubts. The group was already at odds with one another so in order to keep them from ripping each other apart and to flesh out the concept Waters brought on producer Bob Ezrin (Alice CooperDownload video from iphone 6 to macbook. , KISS, Lou Reed).

Ezrin put his head together with David Gilmour to organize the project and excise everything that didn’t work. Then Waters and Ezrin sat down to work on the story - keep in mind that no one had recorded ANY music at this point beyond demos. Finally, Ezrin put together a 40 page script for the band and they had a table read as if they were making a movie. Ezrin told Mojo in 1999:

What I did that night was write a script for an imaginary Wall movie – as distinct from the film; I had nothing to do with that and was actually opposed to the idea of codifying it in any fixed imagery. I just had this sense of a narrative sound-scape – saw it, more than heard it – and organized all the pieces of music we had and some we didn’t, plus sound effects and cross-fades, into a cohesive tale. I felt who the central character was and I came to the conclusion that we needed to take it out of the literal first-person and put it in the figurative – resurrecting old Pink to whom they had referred in the past. I came in the next day with a script – which, by the way, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – handed it out to everybody and we did a table-read of The Wall. It was a whole other way of doing things when you’re making music, but it really helped to crystallize the work. From that point on we were no longer fishing, we were building to a plan.

The kids on “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” were paid in Pink Floyd LPs

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The band recorded The Wall in multiple studios across the world. The group, Ezrin, and various engineers worked in Europe and Los Angeles to avoid tax laws in England in what’s been described as a “non-collaborative effort” by Waters but highly collaborative series of sessions. There were arguments about who got paid what and who received producer credit, but the real short end of the stick was handed to the kids who sang backup on “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2.”

Ezrin wanted to turn the song into a single with a kind of disco beat and an extended verse but Gilmour wasn’t pumped on the idea. After he came around on the idea the group had the idea to have children sing multiple variations on the lyrics. The mix was sent to engineer Nick Griffiths who got in touch with the head of music at the Islington Green school who felt that the sessions would make the music relevant to the children.

Small groups of children were recorded singing, then doubling their vocals in a cockney accent, and then multitracking then with a recording of the children shouting the lyrics. The band loved it and released the single which hit number one on Christmas Day 1979. Initially the children weren’t paid for their work - arguably the most memorable part of the song. The British press reported that the Floyd had stiffed the students, which was not a good look for the band. Eventually the band paid the kids with copies of the album and their school was given a £1,000 donation.

The only person to make money from the first Wall tour was Richard Wright

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After more than a year of work, The Wall was a hit, but delivering the visuals of the tour was a completely different undertaking. The band hit the road only a couple of months after the album was released, which didn't give them a lot of time to plan a live show to match the power of the music. The first date of the show was February 7, 1980 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and even before the band hit the stage they were $1.5 million in the hole. The main reason the show was show expensive was because the stage had to be taken down and rebuilt every night. Drummer Nick Mason explained:

The problem, really, with the show is that it wasn't a touring show, so it had to be set up, and left, and taken down again. There were a lot of light operators and stage operators and wall builders. Because of the amount of stuff that went up and down, floated across, did this, did that, there were a lot of operators, rather than just people putting stuff up. And, of course we had lots of semis, as I believe you call them, because of the special lighting pods that we used which needed, each one needs a trailer unit to hold it. And the special stage, because of the way the stage was actually used, there was a sort of structural bracing piece for the building of the wall. So it was all special equipment, I mean it was absurdly expensive. It's not something other people will do, generally, because it's just so expensive to put on, it's simply not feasible. But it was great to have done it once.

After 31 shows, the tour ended and the band was £400,000 in debt, but at least one former member of the group walked off with some cash in pocket. Keyboardist Richard Wright was fired during the recording of The Wall only to be hired on as a salaried musician for the tour ensuring that he was able to buy a new Rhodes.

The character designer for the 'The Wall' movie also took lead on Disney's 'Hercules,' design-wise

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It’s hard to distinguish between The Wall’s music and the film that was released in 1982, not because they’re interchangeable but rather because they go hand in hand. One of the most memorable things about the film is its creepy character design created by Gerald Scarfe who’s also done work for the New Yorker and the Sunday Times. Scarfe creates heavy, ink-blot work that has a grand sweep to it. After helping to design The Wall he was hired to create character designs for the Disney film Hercules. Director Ron Clements explains why he was drawn to Scarfe and why he hired the illustrator to differentiate the film from the previous slate of the studio’s work:

His graphic sense helped make the movie different from other movies that had been done earlier by Disney. On any film, everybody has his own style and yet everybody is also trying to focus on the project. The different design sense Gerald has, though, gave the project a special point of view.

'The Wall' is full of cult stars

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When The Wall premiered at Cannes at midnight it was a raucous affair but the movie wasn’t filled with stars per se. Depressed rock star Pink was portrayed by Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats - a group more or less a mystery to the United States in 1982. Bob Hoskins appears as the band’s manager, and Christine Hargreaves from Coronation Street played Pink’s mother. The most fascinating choice in the film was to hire Nell Campbell - who you remember as Columbia from The Rocky Horror Picture Show - as a groupie who gets off with a guard in the film.

The album was banned in South Africa after school kids started chanting the lyrics in protest of their education system

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The Wall was released in 1979 at the height of apartheid in South Africa and one its standout songs “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” became a rallying cry for students across then country who were tired of their education system that they felt wasn’t doing them any favors. The students shouted “We don’t need no education” at their teachers, leading the South African government to ban the record on May 2, 1980. Roger Waters couldn’t fathom why the song was banned, but he later said:

People were really driven to frenzies of rage by it. They thought that when I said, 'We don't need no education,' that it was a kind of crass, revolutionary standpoint – which, if you listen to it in context, it clearly isn't at all. On the other hand, it got some strange reactions from people that you wouldn't expect. The Archbishop of Canterbury went on record saying that if it's very popular with schoolkids, then it must in some way be expressing some feelings that they have themselves. If one doesn't like it, or however one feels about it, one should take the opportunity of using it as a starting point for discussion – which was exactly how I felt about it.

The record plays on a continuous loop

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After Pink’s Neo-Nazi hallucination ends with “Stop” he’s put on trial by an imaginary judge who orders him to “tear down the wall.” Once Pink gets out of his own mental prison the final song on the album, “Outside the Wall,” changes into the familiar music of “In The Flesh?” and the words “Isn’t this where…” are heard. If you listen to the album on a loop the song connects with the opening track where the words “… we came in?” can be heard forming the phrase “Isn’t this where we came in?” This moment that shows the cyclical nature of the music and Pink’s behavior is one of the most affecting moments of the record.

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The Wall Lyrics

In The Flesh?
So you thought you might like to,
Go to the show.
To feel the warm thrill of confusion,
That space cadet glow.
Tell me is something eluding you, Sunshine?
Is this not what you expected to see?
If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes,
You'll just have to blow your way through this disguise.
The Thin Ice
Momma loves her baby,
And Daddy loves you, too.
And the sea may look warm to ya, Babe,
And the sky may look blue.
Oooooo Babe.
Oooooooo Baby Blue.
Oooooo Ooohh Babe.
If you should go skating,
On the thin ice of modern life,
Dragging behind you the silent reproach,
Of a million tear-stained eyes,
Don't be surprised when a crack in the ice,
Appears under your feet.
You slip out of your depth and out of your mind,
With your fear flowing out from behind,
You as you claw the ice.
Another Brick In The Wall, Part I
Daddy's gone across the ocean,
Leaving just a memory,
A snapshot in the family album.
Daddy, what else did you leave for me?
Daddy, whatcha leave behind for me?
All in all it was just a brick in the wall.
All in all it was just the bricks in the wall.
Happiest Days of Our Lives
Well, when we grew up and went to school,
There were certain teachers,
Who would hurt the children in any way they could,
By pouring their derision,
Upon anything we did,
Exposing every weakness,
However carefully hidden by the kids.
But in (but in) the town it was well known,
When they got home at night,
Their fat and psychopathic wives would thrash them,
Within inches of their lives.
Another Brick In The Wall, Part II
We don't need no education.
We don't need no thought control.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
Teacher, leave those kids alone.
Hey, Teacher, leave those kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.
We don't need no education.
We don't need no thought control.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
Teachers, leave those kids alone.
Hey, Teacher, leave those kids alone!
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.
Goobye Blue Sky
[ Look, Mummy. There's an airplane up in the sky. ]
Did you, did you see the frightened ones?
Did you, did you hear the falling bombs?
Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter,
When the promise of a brave new world,
Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?
Did you, did you see the frightened ones?
Did you, did you hear the falling bombs?
The flames are all long gone,
But the pain lingers on.
Pink floydGoodbye, blue sky.
Goodbye, blue sky.
Mother, do you think they'll drop the bomb?
Mother, do you think they'll like this song?
Mother, do you think they'll try to break my balls?
Ooooowaa , should I build a wall?
Mother, should I run for President?
Mother, should I trust the government?
Mother, will they put me in the firing line?
Ooooowaa Is it just a waste of time?
Hush, my baby. Baby, don't you cry.
Momma's gonna make all of your nightmares come true.
Momma's gonna put all of her fears into you.
Momma's gonna keep you right here under her wing.
She won't let you fly, but she might let you sing.
Momma's gonna keep Baby cozy and warm.
Oooo Babe.
Oooo Babe.
Ooo Babe, of course Momma's gonna help build a wall.
Mother, do you think she's good enough,
For me?
Mother, do you think she's dangerous,
To me?
Mother will she tear your little boy apart?
Ooooowaa , will she break my heart?
Hush, my baby. Baby, don't you cry.
Momma's gonna check out all your girlfriends for you.
Momma won't let anyone dirty get through.
Momma's gonna wait up until you get in.
Momma will always find out where you've been.
Momma's gonna keep Baby healthy and clean.
Oooo Babe.
Oooo Babe.
Ooo Babe, you'll always be Baby to me.
Mother, did it need to be so high?
Empty Spaces
What shall we use to fill the empty spaces,
Where we used to talk?
How shall I fill the final places?
How shall I complete the wall?
Young Lust
I am just a new boy,
Stranger in this town.
Where are all the good times?
Who's gonna show this stranger around?
Ooooo I need a dirty woman.
Ooooo I need a dirty girl.
Will some woman in this desert land,
Make me feel like a real man?
Take this rock and roll refugee.
Ooo Babe, set me free.
Ooooo I need a dirty woman.
Ooooo I need a dirty girl.
Ooooo I need a dirty woman.
Ooooo I need a dirty girl.
One Of My Turns
[ Oh my God, what a fabulous room!
Are all these your guitars?
This place is bigger than our apartment.
Uh, could I have a drink of water?
Ya want some? Huh?
Oh wow! Look at this tub!
Wanna take a bath?
What're you watching?
Are you feeling ok? ]
Day after day,
Our love turns gray,
Like the skin on a dying man.
And night after night,
We pretend it's all right,
But I have grown older,
And you have grown colder,
And nothing is very much fun, anymore.
And I can feel,
One of all my turns coming on.
I feel,
Cold as a razor blade,
Tight as a tourniquet,
Dry as a funeral drum.
Run to the bedroom,
In the suitcase on the left,
You'll find my favorite axe.
Don't look so frightened,
This is just a passing phase,
One of my bad days.
Would you like to watch TV?
Or get between the sheets?
Or contemplate a silent freeway?
Would you like something to eat?
Would you like to learn to fly? -- Would ya?
Would you like to see me try?
Ooohh. No!
Would you like to call the cops?
Do you think it's time I stopped?
Why are you running away?
Don't Leave Me Now
Ooooo Babe,
Don't leave me now.
Don't say it's the end of the road.
Remember the flowers I sent.
I need you, Babe,
To put through the shredder in front of my friends.
Oh Babe,
Don't leave me now.
How could you go?
When you know how I need you,
To beat to a pulp on a Saturday night.
Oh Babe,
Don't leave me now.
How can you treat me this way?
Running away.
Oh Babe,
Why are you running away?
Another Brick in the Wall, Part III
I don't need no walls around me.
And I don't need no drugs to calm me.
I have seen the writing on the wall.
Don't think I need any thing at all.
No. Don't think I need anything at all.
All in all it was all just the bricks in the wall.
All in all it was all just the bricks in the wall.
Goodbye Cruel World
Goodbye, cruel world,
I'm leaving you today.
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.
Goodbye all you people,
There's nothing you can say,
To make me change my mind.
Hey You
Hey you,
Out there in the cold,
Getting lonely, getting old,
Can you feel me?
Hey you,
Standing in the aisle,
With itchy feet and fading smile,
Can you feel me?
Hey you,
Don't help them to bury the light.
Don't give in without a fight.
Hey you,
Out there on your own,
Sitting naked by the phone,
Would you touch me?
Hey you,
With your ear against the wall,
Waiting for someone to call out,
Would you touch me?
Hey you,
Would you help me to carry the stone?
Open your heart, I'm coming home.
But it was only fantasy.
The wall was too high, as you can see.
No matter how he tried he could not break free.
And the worms ate into his brain.
Hey you,
Out there on the road,
Always doing what you're told,
Can you help me?
Hey you,
Out there beyond the wall,
Breaking bottles in the hall,Pink
Can you help me?
Hey you,
Don't tell me there's no hope at all.
Together we stand, divided we fall.
Is there anybody out there?
Is there anybody out there?
Is there anybody out there?
Is there anybody out there?
Is there anybody out there?
Does anybody here remember Lynn?
Remember how she said,
That we would meet again,
Some sunny day.
What has become of you?
Does anybody else in here feel the way I do?
Nobody Home
I got a little black book with my poems in.
Got a bag, got a toothbrush and a comb.
When I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone.
I got elastic bands keeping my shoes on.
Got those swollen hands blues.
Got thirteen channels of shit on the TV to choose from.
I got electric light,
And I got second sight.
Got amazing powers of observation.
And that is how I know,
When I try to get through,
On the telephone to you,
There'll be nobody home.
I got the obligatory Hendrix perm,
And the inevitable pinhole burns,
All down the front of my favorite satin shirt.
I got nicotine stains on my fingers.
I got a silver spoon on a chain.
Got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains.
I've got wild, staring eyes.
And I got a strong urge to fly,
But I got nowhere to fly to (-- fly to.. fly to.. fly to..).
Ooooo Babe,
When I pick up the phone,
There's still nobody home.
I got a pair of Gohill boots,
And I got fading roots.
Comfortably Numb
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone home?
Come on, now.
I hear you're feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain,
Get you on your feet again.
I need some information first.
Just the basic facts:
Can you show me where it hurts?
There is no pain, you are receding.
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're sayin'.
When I was a child I had a fever.
My hands felt just like two balloons.

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Now I got that feeling once again.
I can't explain, you would not understand.
This is not how I am.

Pink Floyd's The Wall Lyrics

I have become comfortably numb.

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Just a little pinprick.
There'll be no more --Aaaaaahhhhh!
But you may feel a little sick.
Can you stand up?
I do believe it's working. Good.
That'll keep you going for the show.
Come on it's time to go.
There is no pain, you are receding.
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're sayin'.
When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse,
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child is grown, the dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.
The Show Must Go On
Must the show go on?
Oooooo Pa, (Let me go, let me go, let me go.)
Oooooo Ma, (Take me home, take me home, take me home.)
There must be some mistake,
I never meant to let them take,
Away my soul.
Am I too old?
Is it too late?
Where has the feeling gone?
Will I remember this song?
The show must go on.
In The Flesh
So ya thought ya might like to go to the show.
To feel the warm thrill of confusion, that space cadet glow.
I got me some bad news for you, Sunshine.
Pink isn't well, he stayed back at the hotel,
And he sent us along as a surrugate band.
We're gonna find out where you fans really stand.
Are there any queers in the theatre tonight?
Get 'em up against the wall. -- 'Gainst the wall!
And that one in the spotlight, he don't look right to me.
Get him up against the wall. -- 'Gainst the wall!
And that one looks Jewish, and that one's a coon.
Who let all this riffraff into the room?
There's one smoking a joint, and another with spots!
If I had my way I'd have all of ya shot.
Run Like Hell
You better make your face up,
In your favorite disguise,
With your button-down lips,
And your roller blind eyes.
With your empty smile,
And your hungry heart,
Feel the bile rising,
From your guilty past.
With your nerves in tatters,
As the cockleshell shatters,
And the hammers batter,
Down your door,
You better run.
You better run all day,
And run all night.
And keep your dirty feelings deep inside.
And if you're taking your girlfriend out tonight,
You better park the car well out of sight.
'Cause if they catch you in the back seat,
Trying to pick her locks,
They're gonna send you back to Mother,
In a cardboard box.
You better run!
Waiting For The Worms
Oooo You cannot reach me now,
Oooo No matter how you try.
Goodbye cruel world, it's over.
Walk on by.
Sitting in a bunker,
Here behind my wall,
Waiting for the worms to come. ( Worms to come. )
In perfect isolation,
Here behind my wall,
Waiting for the worms to come. ( Worms to come. )
Waiting, to cut out the deadwood.
Waiting, to clean up the city.
Waiting, to follow the worms.
Waiting, to put on a black shirt.
Waiting, to weed out the weaklings.
Waiting, to smash in their windows and kick in their doors.
Waiting, for the final solution to strengthen the strain.
Waiting, to follow the worms.
Waiting, to turn on the showers and fire the ovens.
Waiting, for the queers and the coons and the Reds and the Jews.
Waiting, to follow the worms.
Would you like to see Britannia,
Rule again, my friend?
All you have to do is follow the worms.
Would you like to send our colored cousins,
Home again, my friend?
All you need to do is follow the worms.
I wanna go home,
Take off this uniform and leave the show,
But I'm waiting here in this cell because I have to know,
Have I been guilty all this time?
The Trial
Good morning, The Worm, Your Honour,
The Crown will plainly show,
The prisoner who now stands before you,
Was caught red-handed showing feelings.
Showing feelings of an almost human nature.
This will not do.
Call the schoolmaster!
I always said he'd come to no good,
In the end, Your Honour.
If they'd let me have my way,
I could have flayed him into shape.
But my hands were tied.
The bleeding hearts and artists,
Let him get away with murder.
Let me hammer him today.
Toys in the attic, I am crazy.
Truly gone fishing.
They must have taken my marbles away.
(Crazy. Toys in the attic, he is crazy.)
You little shit, you're in it now.
I hope they throw away the key.
You should've talked to me more often than you did.
But no! You had to go your own way.
Have you broken any homes up lately?
Just five minutes, Worm, Your Honour,
Him and me alone.
Come to Mother, baby.
Let me hold you in my arms.
M'Lord, I never meant for him to get in any trouble.
Why'd he ever have to leave me?
Worm, Your Honour, let me take him home.
Over the rainbow, I am crazy.
Bars in the window.
There must have been a door there in the wall.
For when I came in. . .
(Crazy. Over the rainbow, he is crazy.)
The evidence before the court is incontravertible.
There's no need for the jury to retire.
In all my years of judging I have never heard before,
Of someone more deserving of the full penalty of the law.
The way you made them suffer,
Your exquisite wife and mother,
Fills me with the urge to deficate! -- No, Judge, the jury!
Since, my friend, you have revealed your deepest fear,
I sentence you to be exposed before your peers.
Tear down the wall!
Outside The Wall
All alone, or in twos,
The ones who really know you,
Walk up and down outside the wall.
Some hand in hand,
Some gather together in bands,
The bleeding hearts and artists,
Make their stand.
And when they've given you their all,
Some stagger and fall.
After all it's not easy,
Banging your heart against some mad bugger's wall.