"The Trial" as written by and Roger/ezrin Waters....
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
This will not do
Call the schoolmaster

I always said he'd come to no good
In the end your honor
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
Truly gone fishing
They must have taken my marbles away
Crazy, toys in the attic he is crazy

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 honor
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 honor, 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
Of 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
Your peers
Tear down the wall


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"The Trial" as written by Bob Ezrin Roger Waters

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about all the people that led Roger Waters build a wall around himself to block everyone out.
    PunKinDrubliCon March 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHe realizes that he built the wall, and he doesn't need it, but it was revealed to him by those who gave him reason to build it: his power-hungry schoolmaster, his cheating wife, and his control freak mother.
    Nice little twist of irony there, isn't it?
    nukethesunon April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's also about him realizing how far gone he is, the emerging from his self-imposed exile.
    Woapalanneon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe Wall album is obviously a story. You can't listen to one song without understanding it as part of the whole - and this is the best example. On a metaphorical level, the story of Pink is about his growing up and all of the factors that built the wall around him alienating him from everybody, and all the 'bricks in the wall' which made him insane. This track is the accumulation of the whole thing! His eventual mental breakdown. All of the things that have been building up throughout the album come back to haunt him and flips him over the edge. And this is a great way to go out!!
    goldfishon December 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think ThreeDogNight is an idiot. As potatoe said, the wall came out in december 1979 and he does not miss his father, he wished he would have known him because his mom is so damn over protective that he thinks that maybe if his father were still there things would be better (the show must go on). His father died in WW2 when he was still a baby.
    The trial is his mental breakdown. He has build a wall to cut himself from everything that pissed him off as a protection, but he build too high and therefore he can t get out.
    Now, what i m wondering about is, what did he mean in the trial when he says: There must have been a door there in the wall???
    You have to remember that this guy is crazy, he is actually locked in a hotel room in LA, and if any of you remember this, he beat the shit out of that hotel room in One of my Turns and smashes a window with a TV. I thought that was the door, that his only way out was suicide, through over dosing. But i m not sure, because he does get out there in the trial. And also, beside the fact that they are a symbol of decay, what are the worms, and worm your honor, how did follow the worms tied into his misery and then to the trial where he was sentenced to be exposed before his peers???
    itzakadoozieon December 03, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"There must have been a door" isn't saying "there was a door". It just refers to how completely trapped he is, and how frustrated. It's the classic, 'What goes up must come down' scenario - he got in somehow, me must be able to reverse the process and get out. Getting out implies a door. He just shows how horrible it is to be trapped IN somewhere without a way to get OUT, even though he knows there is an out.
    goldfishon December 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentJesseDC : interesting opinion that the wall is a bit like The Matrix. I think this song means that Pink is so screwed up by the life he has led. Be it from drugs, stress his upbringing(parents, teachers, and girlfriends. That he is forced to confront his demons. and only then can he be free to be who he is.
    yannifanon December 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song brings out the three things that caused Roger Waters to build walls aroudn him self. (The teacher, the girlfriend, the mother) In the end the Judge tells Roger that he is sentenced to face up to his peers and tear down the wall hes built between them and him
    Gunmetalon February 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentto me the song is about being on trial by all your peer's own twisted thoughts bout you and in order to become one of them and leaving you with the worse of all judges A GIANT ASS
    maybeyesterday616on January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've a theory that Pink being judged by the worms is a somewhat obscure reference to the Diet of Worms. The Diet of Worms was an assembly of catholicism in the town of Worms (pronounced VOHrms) in modern Germany. It is most famous for questioning Martin Luther, founder of protestantism, on his alleged heresy. The symbolism of a single individual being questioned and reprimanded by a corrupt but immense moral authority I think could well have influenced Waters in writing "The Trial", as well as forming an overriding theme of the entire "The Wall" album, and that he then named his antagonists "The Worms" in acknowledgement of this. Any thoughts?
    Kazappon February 03, 2006   Link

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