It is time once again to analyze pink Floyd's the wall..let's bring back the wall
BRING BACK THE WALL! So why now!?!?... Why is it so important now?! Lets start at the beginning... What is the wall?
The Wall is a concept album, and deals largely with themes of abandonment and personal isolation. It was first conceived during the band's 1977 In
the Flesh Tour, when bassist and lyricist Roger Waters' frustration with the spectators' perceived boorishness became so acute that he imagined
building a wall between the performers and audience. The album is a rock opera that centres on Pink, a character based on Waters. Pink's life
experiences begin with the loss of his father during the Second World War, and continue with ridicule and abuse from his school teachers, an
overprotective mother and finally, the breakdown of his marriage. All contribute to his eventual self-imposed isolation from society, represented by a
PART ONE: In the Flesh.?
The Album Begins just as it ends.. with the subtle music from the final track of the album, Outside the wall. a quick 15 second intro into madness..
Accompanied by a soft whisper.. barely coherent, Yet still unmistakable...
If you put on a pair of headphones and crank the volume up, The whisper at the beginning of the album says,"we came in" If the album is listened to in
it's entirety ( The way it was meant to be experienced). This is paired up to the final song on the album.. At the end of the final song Outside the
wall.. You can make out the same incoherent voice whispering "this is where" Now pair this up and you will soon see the Album eventually comes full
circle. And it completes the sentence "so this is where we came in." This quote has been analyzed by many..many people.
So why is the message here.? The story of The Wall is a fairly universal tale not limited to the Times it was recorded in. It's about the fictional
character Pink. Pink's story is one foreshadowed by death and life..As much as he created many of his emotional bricks, many were inherited from
previous generations. Similarly, when Pink's wall comes down, the children in "Outside the Wall" collect the bricks, possibly using them to build
their own walls, and then restarting the cycle with "In the Flesh" So you see The metaphor, And symbolism of The Wall, Are both applied to The
individual, And Society.
Here is a Very good Interpretation of the message found within the album..
the message itself, one doesn't actually know it's a question judging by
the part at the beginning of "In the Flesh?" We simply know that this is where "...we came in," a possible allusion to Pink's lament at the end of the
album in "the Trial": "There must have been a door there in the wall, when I came in." After repeated listening, the listener realizes that the door
Pink longs for to escape is the very one we used to come in and get a peek behind his wall.
Nearly every song on the Wall pulls interpretive double duty in the sense their lyrics are equally relevant to the individual as well as broader
social and universal themes. The lyrical themes of Pink's personal story dovetail nicely with the larger social themes of war, nationalism, and what
it means in the grand sense to be human. As if there weren't enough levels of interpretation already, "In the Flesh?" compounds things by offering
three different birthing transitions within Pink's narrative alone. That is to say, the lyrics of this one song can be interpreted on three different
levels within Pink's life story.
Part 2: The first brick
The wall it self is symbolism, It represents personal isolation, Whether it be isolation from the world, Isolation from the system, Or so on That is
what is so intriguing about the album.
It allows the listener to draw there own personal life experiences in it..The bricks That build up The wall, Are all symbolism of personal
experiences. For pink His first brick is his father dying in war.. And from that day forward he continues to build his wall up, Till it reaches the
point where there is no escaping it..
He struggles through much of the second half of the Album trying to find a way to break it down. For those familiar with the Album. You will remember
the Track simply titled "Goodbye cruel world" The last track on the first disc.. A haunting tune often mistaken as a suicide note..This song is
actually Pink saying his final goodbyes to the world before his self imposed isolation. This is when he puts the final brick in his wall. And closes
him self off from the world..
Part 3: TEAR DOWN THE WALL!
The second Disc opens wit the track "Hey you" This song has been interpreted many times. This being the Best one I have Seen so far.
after finishing his wall, Pink begins to wonder (too little, too late) whether he's made the right decision in completely isolating himself from the
This song Segways into Is there Anybody out there. In questioning whether anybody is out there, Pink begins to realize the expansiveness of his wall
and the consequences of his self-imposed seclusion. And the Album slowly All comes full circle..And finally climaxes with the trial segwayin into
Outside the wall..
The Moral of the Story: Though there will almost always be personal and social barriers erected out of fear, oppression, pain,
and isolation, it's the job of every socially conscious individual and community to never rest in tearing down the walls that separate us.
PART 4: So why now? Why bring The wall back now?
I was first introduced to the Wall as a young kid.. I have my sister Amanda to thank for that.. And from a Very early Age I became aware of social and
emotional values that separated us from each other..Both Personal, And culture wise.. And this changed me, Excuse the reference.. This experience was
the first brick in my Wall..
As I grew into a Young man I started realizing this more and more, And became alienated To the world..I was in a dark place for a few years that I
found to be both, comforting, And at the same time dark..I often refer to it as a very Personal, Special kind of hell.. My life was A nightmare,
Fueled by drug and alcohol abuse and lacking any form of social acceptance. And once again The wall was the only thing that made since to me.
So now I bring myself Back to The Album once again after all of these years, And once again looking at it under a new light. The Album truly is a
masterpiece open to interpretation..It has been passed down many generations now..And the message is still As strong as ever. We have to tear down the
walls holding us back as a society, And as Human beings as well. It is modern Poetry, A shining light in a society That builds it's culture around
being blind and dumb to the world around us.. And I hope that it will be analyzed and referenced for many more years to come.
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