"The Wall" as written by and James Newton Howard....
There's a lot of strange men in cell block ten
But the strangest of them all
Was a friend of mine who spent his time
Staring at the wall
Staring at the wall

As he looked at the wall
So strong and tall
You could hear him softly curse
Nobody at all ever climbed that wall
But I'm gonna be the first
I'm gonna be the first

Well the warden walked by and said son don't try
I'd hate to see you fall
For there is no doubt they'll carry you out
If you ever touch that wall
If you ever touch that wall

Well a years went by since .....that's the truth
Well a years gone (them mean bastards ain't they?)
Well a years gone by since he made his try
But I can still recall
How hard he tried and the way he died
But he never made that wall
Never made that wall

Well there's never been a man ever shook this can
But I knew a man who tried
The newspapers called it a jailbreak plan
But I know it was suicide
I know it was suicide

Lyrics submitted by CharlatanSin

"The Wall" as written by Joseph Johnson Leroy Bonner

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThe drum in this song is funny, so simple if you listen to it, like a little kid banging.
    Bustedon August 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, if you'll loisten only to the drum, but as a whole it isn't funny at all IMO.
    bear_hug20on November 24, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationBesides the obvious: crime don't pay, it was suicide not a break, is there some backstory to this song?
    Machtynon June 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMachtyn - I think the suicide was inspired by the second verse (in the studio version, the live version omits it) where he received the letter from the gal he robbed and stole for (his excuse for being in prison) announcing her wedding plans to him.
    DeadSeaSquirrelson March 10, 2011   Link

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