Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another Brick In The Wall part 1

Another Brick In The Wall part 1  3:21
     (written by Roger Waters)

Daddy's flown across the ocean
Leaving just a memory
A snap shot 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
(cacophony of children)

In terms of the progressing narrative, this song details the first 'brick' in Pink's wall: the loss of his father during WWII. More specifically, since Pink was an infant when his father died, it deals with Pink's dawning awareness of the painful gap in his young life left by the absence of a loving 'daddy.' In this respect, Pink's life parallels that of Roger Waters exactly. However, Roger has specified that the song is not just about children whose parents were killed in war, "but about being left, more generally." The resulting sense of loss causes the initial erection of emotional defenses against further hurt, i.e. the first brick in the wall.

Roger Waters: "On the simplest level, whenever something bad happens, he [Pink] isolates himself a bit more — i.e., symbolically he adds another brick to his wall to protect himself." [Schaffner 225]

Disc One
In the Flesh?
Thin Ice, The
Another Brick in the Wall part 1
Happiest Days of Our Lives, The
Another Brick in the Wall part 2
Goodbye Blue Sky
Empty Spaces
Young Lust
One of My Turns
Don't Leave Me Now
Another Brick in the Wall part 3
Goodbye Cruel World
Disc Two
Hey You
Is There Anybody Out There?
Nobody Home
Bring the Boys Back Home
Comfortably Numb
Show Must Go On, The
In the Flesh
Run Like Hell
Waiting for the Worms
Trial, The
Outside the Wall

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