"Outside the Wall" as written by and Roger Waters....
All alone, or in two's
The ones who really love you
Walk up and down outside the wall
Some hand in hand
And some gathered together in bands
The bleeding hearts and the artists
Make their stand

And when they've given you their all
Some stagger and fall, after all it's not easy
Banging your heart against some mad bugger's wall

Isn't this where


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"Outside the Wall" as written by Roger Waters

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  • +5
    General CommentThank God for the bleeding hearts and artists or we might all be behind walls! lol
    Kaicille Erison December 16, 2005   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song doesn't make as much sense if you haven't seen the movie. Beware of SPOILERS: The album and the movie are both named the wall. The first part of Another Brick in the wall along with the movie basicly sets the theme. Pink's father goes off to war and dies and this places the first brick in the wall of Pink's life. The general idea being that we all build these walls to keep out the cold world. Which seems like a great idea as Pink goes through his life relatively normal-like except for that whole, becoming a rock star bit. That's when Pink first starts to experience the other side of the wall. The wall keeps out the cold world, but what we often forget is that, there are people who love us in that cold world, warmth as well is kept out by the wall. What goes up must come down. Anyways I think the important part of this song is a kind of solemn thank you to all those people who help us break down the walls that keep us from happiness. Also serving as a warning to people that we should appreciate those people as well because it isnt't easy "beating your heart against some poor buggers wall" especially when you think about how they must be trying to tear down walls of their own.
    Dojindogon January 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI see this song as sort of the final narrative. Pink Floyd's take on it, that as a band they are trying to reach people, but it's hard if they don't want to listen, trapped behind their wall.
    Mahakalaon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is one of floyd's best, and holds a personal meaning to me - the lines "some stagger and fall, after all it's not easy / banging your head against some bugger's / wall" are exactly what i felt like every time i tried to console my long-distance boyfriend (via IM) and talk him out of suicide or convince him that he's not letting me down and that he shouldn't ever think he's not good enough for me or he's not the perfect guy i wanted... i think almost anyone can relate to that; if not BF/GF then just a friend or maybe even a child who thinks he didn't live up to his parents standards but yet they still love him unconditionally...
    btw, we've been together for 4 months now and still going strong :-)
    eh well there's my story...
    Pink Floyd is phenomenal!!
    very informative site: pinkfloyd-co.net
    res87cueon January 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNevermind, it was "Isn't this where we came in?"
    nukethesunon April 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you play this song on the record, then just as it ends, if you switch to the very first one, the album loops around with the phrase "Isn't this where we came in?"
    BleedingHeartArtiston December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song to me is the final depection of pink's(the main character in this story) awakening or revelation.
    He was into his own world so far that he didnt even realize the people around him looking out for his own good. The "artists" and "bleeding hearts" mentioned numerous times on the album were going through hell trying to reach him and protect him when they could have given up and now he finally sees it. It is a wounderful ending and I believe the "isnt this, where we left off?" refers to the begining of this work of art in 'in the flesh?' where he is a child and still has his inocence. i.e. hes outside the wall.

    Well tell me what you think, im not saying thats what Roger was thinking but I belive its an insightful opinion and id like to know if anyone agrees with me.
    allias49on February 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line, "Isn't this where we came in" relates to how people go through cycles. They conquer one obstacle (wall) and move onto the next. You are never complete.

    "Die every day. Be born every day. Deny everything you have every day. The superior virtue is not to be free but to fight for freedom." - Nikos Kazantzakis
    Blarnayon October 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't think so, but it's thee same wistful tune. like most of their albums, it loops around perfectly.
    sort of like
    "and so life goes on..."
    pigonthewingon September 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoops my bad, that should be "banging your heart"... the line is even more powerful that way..
    res87cueon January 24, 2005   Link

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