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The Wall

CoverMilestone album by Pink Floyd 1979.

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Released, UK: November 30, 1979
Released, US: December 8, 1979

In The Flesh?
The Thin Ice
Another Brick In The Wall, part one
The Happiest Days of our lives
Another Brick In The Wall, part two
Mother
Goodbye Blue Sky
Empty Spaces
Young Lust
One Of My Turns
Don't Leave me now
Another Brick In The Wall, part three
Goodbye Cruel World
Hey You
Is There Anybody Out There?
Nobody Home
Vera
Bring the Boys Back Home
Comfortably numb
The Show Must Go On
In The Flesh
Run Like Hell
Waiting For The Worms
Stop
The Trial
Outside the Wall

3.17
2.28
3.41
1.20
3.56
5.32
2.48
5.36
2.03
1.33
4.22
1.17
1.05
4.39
2.40
3.25
1.38
0.50
6.49
1.36
4.16
4.22
3.56
0.34
5.16
1.42

The lyrics for 'What Shall We Do Now?' was printed on the inner sleeve, but the song didn't make it to the album. Side 2 was too long and the song was dropped. If one more song should have been on the album it would have been necessary to comprise on the technical quality. 'Empty Spaces' was originally a short reprise of 'What Shall We Do Now?'.

See also pages on the movie and 'transcription' from the movie + the 2000 release of the Wall live.

See also Pink Floyd Books: 'Pink Floyd: The Wall'

Pink Floyd:
Roger Waters
David Gilmour
Richard Wright
Nick Mason

With...
Bruce Johnston, Toni Tennille, Joe Chemay, John Joyce, Stan Farber, Jim Haas and pupils from Islington Green School Choir.

Recorded between April and November 1979
in Super Bear Studios, France
CBS, New York
Producers' Workshop, Los Angeles

Produced by David Gilmour, Bob Ezrin, Roger Waters
CO-producer and engineer: James Guthrie
Engineers: Nick Griffiths, Patrice Quef, Brian Christian, John Mclure, Rick Hart
Orchestra arrangements: Michael Kamen, Bob Ezrin
Sound equipment: Phil Taylor
Sleeve design: Gerald Scarfe, Roger Waters



IN THE FLESH?

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

So Ya
thought ya
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'd like to find out what's behind these cold eyes
you'll just have to claw your way through the disguise


THE THIN ICE

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters, Gilmour

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Mama Loves her baby
and daddy loves you too
And the sea may look warm to you babe
and the sky may look blue
But ooooh babe
ooooh baby blue
ooooh 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 you depth and out of your mind
with your fear flowing out behind you
as you claw The Thin Ice


ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL, part one

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Daddy's flown across the ocean
leaving just a memory
A snapshot in the family album
Daddy what else did you leave for me
All in all it was just a brick in the wall
All in all it was all just bricks in the wall


THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?
In The Flesh
Echoes
A Foot in The Door

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
In The Flesh

When we grew up and went to school
there were certain teachers who would
hurt the children anyway they could
by pouring their derision
upon anything we did
and exposing any weakness
however carefully hidden by the kids
But in town it was well known
when they got home at night
their fat and psychopatic wives would thrash them
within inches of their lives


ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL, part two

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters, Gilmour, Islington Green School Choir

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
Another Brick In The Wall (single, 1979)
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
A Delicate Sound Of Thunder
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Another Brick In The Wall (single, 1990)
Shine On
Pulse
Is There Anybody Out There?
In The Flesh
Echoes
A Foot in The Door

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Another Brick... (promo-video)
Earls Court
Pulse
In The Flesh

The song has also been released on a special promotion CD before The Berlin Show. The special Roger Waters recording includes samples from Echoes and other Wall-sound effects.

We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave the kids alone
Hey teacher leave us kids alone
All in all it was just another brick in the wall
All in all you're just another brick in the wall


MOTHER

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters, Gilmour

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?
In The Flesh

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
In The Flesh

Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb
Mother do you think they'll like the song
Mother do think they'll try to break my balls
Mother 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
Is it just a waste of time

Hush now baby, baby don't you cry
Mama's gonna make all of your nightmares come true
Mama's gonna put all of her fears into you
Mama's gonna keep you right here
under her wing
She won't let you fly but she might let you sing
Mama's gonna keep baby cosy and warm
Ooooh babe, ooooh babe, ooooh babe
Of course mama's gonna help build the 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
Ooh ah Mother will she break my heart

Hush now baby, baby don't you cry
Mama's gonna check out all your girlfriends for you
Mama won't let anyone dirty get through
Mama's gonna wait up until you get in
Mama will always find out where you've been
Mama's gonna keep baby healthy and clean
Ooooh babe, oooo babe
You'll always be a baby to me

Mother did it need to be so high


GOODBYE BLUE SKY

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Gilmour

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Ooooooooooooooooh
Did you see the frightened ones
Did you hear the fallings bombs
Did you ever wonder
why we had to run for shelter
when the promise of brave new world
unfurled beneath a clear blue sky

Oooooooooooooooooh
Did you see the frightened ones
Did you hear the fallings bombs
The flames are all long gone
but the pain lingers on
Goodbye blue sky
Goodbye Blue sky
Goodbye


EMPTY SPACES

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

The Wall
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?


'Empty Spaces' is not to find on 'The Wall - Live In Berlin', though it is printed on the cover notes. The song has been confused with 'What Shall We Do Now?'

The track starts with Roger Waters' voice recorded backwards, saying:
"Congratulations, You have just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to 'Old Pink',
Care of the funny farm, Chalfont..." He is interrupted by another voice saying: ""Roger, Caroline's on the phone!."

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

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics: Waters
Music: Waters, Gilmour
Vocals by: Gilmour

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

I am just a new boy
A stranger in this town
Where are all the good times
Who's gonna show this stranger around?
Oooooooh I need a dirty woman
Oooooooh I need a dirty girl

Will some cold woman in this desert land
make me feel like a real man
Take this rock and roll refugee
Ooooh babe set me free
Oooooooh I need a dirty woman
Oooooooh I need a dirty girl


ONE OF MY TURNS

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
Another Brick In The Wall (single, 1979)
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Day after day, love turns gray
like the skin of a dying man
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 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 favourite axe
Don't look so frightened
this is just a passing phase
Just one of my bad days
Would you like to watch TV
Or get between the sheets?
Or contemplate the silent freeway?
Would you like something to eat?
Would you like to learn to fly?
Would you like to see me try?
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

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Ooooh 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

Ooooh 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

Ooooh babe
Don't leave me now
How can you treat me this way?
Running away
I need you babe
Why are you running away?
Ooooooh babe


ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL, part three

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

I don't need no arms around me
I don't need no drugs to calm me
I Have seen the writing on the wall
Don't think I need anything at all
No don't think I need anything at all
All in all it was all just bricks in the wall
All in all you were all just bricks in the wall


GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

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
Goodbye



HEY YOU

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Gilmour, Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Pulse
Is There Anybody Out There?
Echoes
A Foot in The Door

Pink Floyd The Wall (DVD only)
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Hey You !
Out there in the cold
getting lonely, getting old, can you feel me
Hey you!
Standing in the aisles
with itchy feet and fading smiles, 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 to 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
doing what you're told, can you help me
Hey you ! Out there beyond the wall
breaking bottles in the hall, 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?

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin





NOBODY HOME

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
The Tide Is Turning (Single, 1990)
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

I've got a little black book with my poems in
I've got a bag with a toothbrush and a comb in
When I'm good dog they sometimes throw me a bone in
I've got elastic bands keeping my shoes on
Got those swollen hand blues
Got thirteen channels of shit on the TV to choose from
I've got electric light
and I've got second sight
I've 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've got the obligatory Hendrix perm
and the inevitable pinhole burns
All down the front of my favourite satin shirt
I've got nicotine stains on my fingers
I've got a silver spoon on a chain
I've got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains
I've got wild staring eyes
I've got a strong urge to fly
But I've got nowhere to fly to
Ooooh babe, when I pick up the phone
there's still nobody home
I've got a pair of Gohill's boots
and I've got fading roots



VERA

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn
Remember how she said that
we would meet again
some sunny day
Vera ! Vera !
What has become of you
Does anybody else in here
feel the way I do?




BRING THE BOYS BACK HOME

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
When The Tigers Broke Free (single, 1982)
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Bring the boys back home
Bring the boys back home
Don't leave the children on their own
Bring the boys back home



COMFORTABLY NUMB

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics: Waters
Music: Gilmour, Waters
Vocals by: Waters, Gilmour

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
Delicate Sound Of Thunder
Knebworth
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Pulse
Is There Anybody Out There?
In The Flesh
Echoes
Live in Gdansk

Pink Floyd The Wall
A Delicate Sound Of Thunder
Pink Floyd Live In Venice
Knebworth 90 (TV)
Knebworth 90 - The Event
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Pulse
In The Flesh
David Gilmour in Concert
Live 8
Remember that night
Live in Gdansk

Hello !
Is there anybody in there
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home
Come on now
I hear you're feeling down
I Can ease your pain
and get you on your feet again
Relax
I'll 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 smoke on the horizon
You're only coming through in waves
Your lips move, but I can't hear what you're saying
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I've got the feeling once again
I can't explain, you would not understand
This is not how I am
I have become comfortably numb

OK
Just a little pinprick
There'll be no more aaaaaaaaaah!
but you may feel a little sick
Can you stand up?
I do believe it's working, good
That'll keep you going through the show
Come on it's time to go

There is no pain, you are receding
a distant ship smoke on the horizon
You're only coming through in waves
Your lips move, but I can't hear what you're saying
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
and I've become comfortably numb



THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Gilmour

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall

Oooh Ma, Oooh Pa
Must the show go on?
Oooh Pa take me home
Oooh Ma let me go

(Do I have to stand up
wild eyed in the spotlight
What a night mare
Why don't I turn and run)

There must be some mistake
I didn't mean to let them
take away my soul
Am I too old, is it too late
Oooh Ma, Oooh Pa
Where has the feeling gone?
Oooh Ma, Oooh Pa
Will I remember the songs?
Oooh ah!
The show must go on



IN THE FLESH

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?
In The Flesh

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
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've got some bad news for you sunshine
Pink isn't well he stayed back at the hotel
And they sent us along as a surrogate band
and we're going to find out where you fans really stand

Are there any queers in the theatre tonight?
Get 'em up against the wall
There's one in the spotlight
He don't look right to me
Get him up against the wall
That one looks Jewish
and that one's a coon
Who let all this riff raff into the room
There's one smoking a joint
and another with spots
If I had my way
I'd have all of you shot



RUN LIKE HELL

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics: Waters
Music: Gilmour, Waters
Vocals by: Waters, Gilmour

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
On The Turning Away (single, 1987)
A Delicate Sound Of Thunder
Knebworth
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Another Brick In The Wall (single, 1990)
Shine On
Pulse
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
A Delicate Sound Of Thunder
Pink Floyd Live In Venice
Knebworth 90 (TV)
Knebworth 90 - The Event
The Wall - Live In Berlin
La Carrera Panamerica
Earls Court
Pulse

You better make your face up in your favourite 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
when the cockle shell shatters
and the hammers batter down your door
You better run like hell

You better run all day
and run all night
And keep your dirty feelings deep inside
And if you take your girlfriend out tonight
You better park the car well out of sight
'Cos if they catch you in the backseat
trying to pick her locks
They're gonna send you back to mother
in a cardboard box
You better run



WAITING FOR THE WORMS

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters, Gilmour

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Ooooh you cannot reach me now
Ooooh now 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
In perfect isolation here behind my wall
Waiting for the worms to come

Waiting to cut out the dead wood
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 queens 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 coloured cousins
home again, my friend
All you need to do is follow the worms



STOP

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Stop!
I wanna go home
Take off this uniform and leave the show
And I'm waiting in this cell
Because I have to know
have I been guilty all this time?


THE TRIAL

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics: Waters
Music: Waters, Bob Ezrin
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall
The Wall - Live In Berlin

Good morning worm your honour
The crown will plainly show
The Prisoner who now stand before you
was caught red handed showing feelings
Showing feelings of an almost human nature
This will not do
Call the schoolmaster

I have 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

Crazy, toys in the attic, I am crazy
(Surely gone fishing)
They must have taken my marbles away

Call the defendant's wife
You little shit, you're in it now
I hope they throw away the key
You should have 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

Babe!
Come to mother baby let me hold you in my arms
M'lud I never wanted him to get in any trouble
Why'd he ever have to leave me
Worm your honour let me take him home

Crazy, over the rainbow, I am crazy
Bars in the window
There must have been a door there in the wall
when I came in
Crazy, over the rainbow, he is crazy

The evidence before the court is incontrovertible
There's no need for the jury to retire
In all my years of judging
I have never heard before
of someone more deserving
the full penalty of law
The way you made them suffer
Your exquisite wife and mother
fills me with the urge to defecate
Since, my friend you have revealed
your deepest fear
I sentence you to be exposed
before you peers
Tear down the wall
Tear down the wall



OUTSIDE THE WALL

Pink Floyd 1979

Lyrics/Music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Wall
Shine On
Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd The Wall

All alone, or in twos
The ones who really love you
walk up and down outside the wall
Some hand in hand
Some gathered together in bands
The bleeding hearts and the artists
make their stand
And when they've given you their all
Some stagger and falls
after all it's not easy banging your heart against
some mad buggers wall

Lyrics Copyright: Pink Floyd Music Publishers / Pink Floyd Music 1979

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