Sunday, February 28, 2010

Empty Spaces

Empty Spaces 2:10
     (written by Roger Waters)

Lyrics: now approaching.
Last call for the 750.

Roger, backwards:
Congratulations, you have just discovered the secret message. Please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the Funny Farm, Chalfont.  Second Voice, backwards: Roger, Carolyn's on the phone.

What shall we use to fill (echoed)
The empty spaces
Where we used to talk
How shall I fill the final places
How should I complete the wall?

This was the original location of the song What Shall We Do Now? [see the Pink Floyd The Wall film entry for details on this song]. The song was removed due to time constraints, at such a late stage that it was still listed on the album lyric sheet, which had already gone to the printer. This unfortunately makes the narrative of 'Pink' slightly unclear. The song was meant to represent the time of questioning as Pink sets off into the world, and wonders what to do in it. Empty Spaces was originally intended simply as a reprise of What Shall We Do Now? at the end of the second side (between Don't Leave Me Now and Another Brick in the Wall part 3, as per the lyric sheet), as it echoes the first four lines of the original song.

Roger: "...this side was too long and we've put Empty Spaces where What Shall We Do Now? is... [though] it makes less sense."

However, What Shall We Do Now? did make it into the Wall film in its proper place.

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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