From morning to night I stayed out of sight
Ditn't recognise I'd become
No more than alive I'd barely survive
In a word...overrun

Won't hear a sound
From my mouth
I've spent too long
On the inside out
My skin is could
To the human touch
This bleeding heart's
Not beating much

I murmured a vow of silence and now
I don't even hear when I think aloud
Extinguished by light I turn on the night
Wear its darkness with an empty smile

I'm creeping back to life
my nervous system all awry
I'm wearing the inside out

Look at him now
He's paler somehow
But he's coming round
he's starting to choke
It's been so long since he spoke
Well he can have the words right from my mouth

And with these words I can see
Clear trough the clouds that covered me
Just give it time then speak my name
Now we can hear ourselves again

I'm holding out
For the day
When all the clouds
Have blown away
I'm with you now
Can speak your name
Now we can hear
Ourselves again


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Wearing the Inside Out song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentIt's about isolation
    Lateralus518on October 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIf you haven't been there, you won't know.
    afentonon March 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song alone is worth the price of the album.
    Lateralus518on December 01, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAn excruciating song. I'd never heard it before until very recently - which surprised me to start with. All I could say that it was the most oppressive and depressing song I think I've ever heard. I was prepared to hate it and found I was compelled to listen again and again. The man who wrote this nailed it. It describes this state of depression perfectly. Afenton said it best. "If you haven't been there, you won't know." Unfortunately, I know.
    Now that I've been able to get a handle on it I find it quite layered. The background singers and their counter melody gives it an unexpected and legitimate R&B spin. Very nicely done. Very appropriate song conclusion. I almost want to cry when I listen to this.
    I agree that it is a Rick Wright vehicle to describe Roger Water's domination of Pink Floyd and especially him. Dave Gilmour said that Rick was so negatively affected by Roger's dictatorship that Rick was virtually convinced he couldn't play his instrument anymore.
    Pink Floyd has always been a band with bizarre issues. Obviously there was the late great Roger 'Syd' Barrett issues. I don't think Roger Waters ever really got over that. Frankly I think it scared him for life. He keeps resurrecting the subject in one way or another. And now we become aware of the mental dysfunction of the band members under Waters.
    HungFaoon November 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRichard was quite a reserved and quiet person, this song is about the struggles introverts face with the world, I also feel this song is partly aimed at Barrett "just give it time and speak my name" but that could also be to fans who feel depressed "speak my name" could be "look how far i've come with these problems"

    Richard is a legend, nearly all of my favourite moments of Dark Side Of The Moon were orchestrated by him.
    reecejon May 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGod I love this song. Definitely my fav on the album. Fucking great.
    pink_floyd_ownz_youon June 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeen there as well... not that im happier now, but i do long for being 'there' again. as dismal as it sounds, depression is a great motivator and teacher.
    wickedeston March 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRick Wright is so underrated, his contributions were as good as Roger's or Dave's easily, but he had so few oppurtunities, I think they really underused him. I look at my list of favorite Pink Floyd songs and most are penned by his hand, and quite a few sung by him.
    TheFranzFerdinandon July 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song comes from the album The Division Bell which is about Communication.
    This song communicates a message of healing to someone who is very depressed. "and with these words I can see clear through the clouds that covered me" With the words of this song, the person listening can come back, as in Coming Back to Life which is another song which communicates a message.
    The artwork for The Division Bell, two figures lying in a barley field, or gold Field or Field of Gold??
    All that Glitters is not Gold peeps!!
    luvwingson December 18, 2007   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionFrom morning to night I stayed out of sight
    Didn't recognize I'd become
    No more than alive I'd barely survive
    In a word...overrun

    Won't hear a sound
    >He's curled into the corner
    From my mouth
    >But still the screen is flickering
    I've spent too long
    >With an endless stream of garbage to
    On the inside out
    >...curse the place
    My skin is cold
    >In a sea of random images
    To the human touch
    >The self-destructing animal
    This bleeding heart's
    >Waiting for the waves to break
    Not beating much

    I murmured a vow of silence and now
    I don't even hear when I think aloud
    Extinguished by light I turn on the night
    Wear its darkness with an empty smile

    I'm creeping back to life
    My nervous system all awry
    I'm wearing the inside out

    >Look at him now
    >He's paler somehow
    >But he's coming around
    >He's starting to choke
    >It's been so long since he spoke
    >Well he can have the words right from my mouth

    And with these words I can see
    Clear through the clouds that covered me
    Just give it time then speak my name
    Now we can hear ourselves again

    I'm holding out
    >He's standing on the threshold
    For the day
    >Caught in fiery anger
    When all the clouds
    >And hurled into the furnace
    Have blown away
    >...to curse the place
    I'm with you now
    >He's torn in all directions
    Can speak your name
    >And still the screen is flickering
    Now we can hear
    >Waiting for the flames to break
    Ourselves again
    artcrimeon February 04, 2010   Link

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