The Wall



(1979)

Recorded between
April and November 1979
All lyrics by Rogers Waters
1979 HARVEST

  01 - In The Flesh?  
02 - The Thin Ice
03 - Another Brick In the Wall (Part One)
04 - The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
05 - Another Brick In the Wall (Part Two)  
06 - Mother
07 - Goodbye Blue Sky
08 - Empty Spaces
09 - Young Lust  
10 - One Of My Turns  
11 - Don't Leave Me Now
12 - Another Brick In the Wall (Part Three)
13 - Goodbye Cruel World

14 - Hey You  
15 - Is There Anybody Out There?
16 - Nobody Home
17 - Vera
18 - Bring The Boys Back Home
19 - Comfortably Numb  
20 - The Show Must Go On
21 - In The Flesh
22 - Run Like Hell
23 - Waiting For The Worms
24 - Stop
25 - The Trial  
26 - Outside The Wall

David Gilmour: Guitar, vocals
Roger Waters: Bass, guitar, vocals
Richard Wright: Keyboards, vocals
Nick Mason: Drums

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
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 just have to claw your way through the
Disguise

THE THIN ICE
Mamma 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
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 out of your 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)
Daddy's flown across the ocean
Leaving just a memory
Snapshot in the family album
Daddy what else did you leave for me
Daddy what d'ya leave behind 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
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 every weakness
However carefully hidden by the kids
But in the town it was well known
When they go home at night, their fat and
Psychopatic wives would thrash them
Within inches of their lives

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART TWO)
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 kid alone
All in all it's just another brick in the wall
All in all you're just another brick in the wall

MOTHER
Mother do you think they'll drop the bomb
Mother do you think they'll like the song
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
Mother am I really dying
Hush now baby don't you cry
Mama's gonna make all of yours
Nightmares come true
Mama's gonna put all of her fears into you
Mama's gonna keep you right here
Under her wings
She won't let you fly but she might let you sing
Mama will keep baby cosy and warm
Ooooh Babe
Of course Mama'll help build the wall
Hush now baby don't you cry
Mama's gonna check out all your girlfriends for you
Mother won't let anyone dirty you through
Mama's gonna wait up till you come in
Mama's will always find out where
You've been
Mama's gonna keep you healthy and clean
Ooooh Babe
You'll always be a baby to me
Mother did it need to be so high

GOODBYE BLUE SKY
Did you see the frightened ones
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
Unfold beneath a clean blue sky

Did you see the frightened ones
Did you see the falling bombs
The flames are all long gone
But the pain lingers on
Goodbye blue sky
Goodbye blue sky
Goodbye

EMPTY SPACES
What shall we use to fill the empty
Spaces where we use to talk
How shall I fill the final places
How shall I complete the wall

YOUNG LUST
I am just a new boy
A stranger in this town
Where are all the good times
Who's gonna show this stranger around?
I need a dirty woman
I need a dirty girl
Will some cold woman in this desert land
Make me feel like a real man
Take this rock'n'roll refugee
Babe set me free
I need a dirty woman
I need a dirty girl

ONE OF MY TURNS
Day after day love turns grey
Like the skin of a dying man
Night after night we pretend it's all right
But I've grown older and
You have grown colder and
Nothing is very much fun any more
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 bedroom in the suitcase in 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
Oh 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 you 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
I need you baby
Oh babe
Why are you running away?

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART THREE)
I don't need no arms around me
I don't need no drugs to calm me
I have seen the writings on the wall
Don't think I need anything at all
No, don't think 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
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
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 you would you touch me
Hey you! wuold 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 are 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?
Is there anybody out there?

NOBODY HOME
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 a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone in
I got elastic bands keeping my shoes on
Got those swollen handblues
Got thirteen channels of shit on the TV to chose 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 have a grand piano to prop out 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
Oh babe when I pick out the phone
There's still nobody home
I've got a pair of Gohills boots
And I've got fading roots

VERA
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
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
Hello
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home?
Come on now
I hear you are feeling down
I can ease your pain
And get you on your feet again

Relax
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 smoke on the horizon
You are 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 ballons
Now I've got that feeling once again
I can't explain, you would not understand
This is how I am
I have become comfortably numb

O.K.
Just a little pin prick
There'll be no more aaaaaaaaah!
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 are 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 have become
Comfortably numb

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
Ooh Ma ooh Pa
Does the show have to go on
Ooh Pa take me home
Ooh Ma let me go
Do I have to stand up
Wild eyed in the spotlight
What a nightmare! 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
Ooh Ma Ooh Pa
Where has the feeling gone?
Ooh Ma Ooh Pa
Will I remember the songs?
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've got some bad news for you sunshine
Pink isn't well he stayed back at the hotel
And they sent us along as surrogate band
And we're going to find out where you fans
Really stand
And there any queers in the theather tonight
Get them 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
You better run like hell
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 cockshell shatters
And the hammers batter
Down the 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 back-seat
Trying to pick her locks
They're gonna send you back to mother
I a cardboard box
You better run

WAITING FOR THE WORMS
Ooh You cannot reach me now
Ooh 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
In perfect isolation here behind my wall
Waiting for the worms to come
Waiting to cut up 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 strenghten 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 ant 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
Stop
I wanna go home
Take off this uniform
And leave the show
And I'm waiting in the cell
Because I have to know
Have I been guilty all this time?

THE TRIAL
Good morning Worm your honor
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
Shame on him
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
Crazy toys in the attic I'm crazy
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'lord I never wanted him to
Get in any trouble
Why'd ever had to leave me
Worm your honour let me take him home
Crazy over the rainbow I'm crazy
Bars in the window
There must have been a door there in the wall
When I came in
Crazy over the rainbow I'm crazy
The evidence before the court is
Incontrovertable, there's no need for
The jury to retire
In all my years of judging
I have never heard before
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
But 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 love you
Walk up and down outside the wall
Some hand in hand
Some gathering together in bands
The bleeding hearts and the artists
Make their stand
And when they've given you them all
Some staggers and falls after all it's not easy
Banging your heart against some mad buggers
Wall

 

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