"In the Flesh?" as written by and Roger Waters....
So ya
Thought ya
Might like to
Go to the show

To feel the warm thrill of confusion
That space cadet glow
I've got some bad news for you, sunshine
Pink isn't well, he stayed back at the hotel
And they sent us along as a surrogate band
We're going to find out where you fans really stand

Are there any queers in the theater tonight?
Get 'em up against the wall (get them up)
Now, there's one in the spotlight
He don't look right to me
Then get him up against the wall (get them)

Now, that one looks Jewish
And that one's a coon
Who let all this riffraff into the room?
There's one smoking a joint
And another with spots

If I had my way, I'd have all of them shot


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"In the Flesh" as written by Roger Waters

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  • +4
    General CommentAm I the only one to notice that these are not the lyrics to: "In the flesh?"? Which are:

    So ya
    Thought ya
    Might like to go to the show.
    To feel the warm thrill of confusion
    That space cadet glow.
    Tell me is something eluding you, sunshine?
    Is this not what you expected to see?
    If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes
    You'll just have to claw your way through this disguise.

    The lyrics provided are from "In the flesh", with no question mark, from side four.

    Kind of an important detail no?
    RedNeckChrison February 12, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThese are the wrong lyrics. "In the Flesh?" is the first track of the album, and it ends with "If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes, you'll just have to claw your way through this disguise." It's not the "are there any queers" track. That's "In the Flesh," (no question mark at the end of the track title) on the second disc after comfortably numb.

    Sorry to be anal, but both in the flesh lyrics on this site are same song, and the two songs are different.
    sidewinderbuddon September 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love how the two versions of this song show the metamorphosis from a bright eyed, budding rock star, too an arrogant megalomaniac. The song remains the same, but the prospective/lyrics of the artist have changed drastically.

    I personally separate these two songs from the rest of the wall as 'Pinks' song. His big hit that bought him to stardom, while the rest of the album is poetic story telling.
    fleshpuppeton November 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThese lyrics are for "In the Flesh", without the question mark.
    -----
    Here's my interpretation of that one:

    When I listen to the story of The Wall and hear this one, my mind split in two and I think like this:
    -----
    I can either take the lyrics strictly, based on the songs that preceded them:

    Pink is now completely isolated from the outside world by his psychological wall. Because of all the things that happened in his life, namely:

    His father dies in WWII, he has an overprotective mother, he has a very abusive teacher who give him a very hard time in school, he become a rock star, then eventually start to question whether his fans really likes him, gets bored with his life as a celebrity, starts doing drugs, cheates on his girlfriend*, his girlfriend (whom is the real love of his life) leaves him for another man while he is on tour, he then gets his new girlfriend to join him in his hotel room, but finds that nothing is exciting anymore, so he smashes his hotel room out of frustration and scares his new girlfriend away.

    Because of this anger and frustration that's been building up during all of his life, the drugs (see "Comfortably Numb") and his recently failed relationship, he becomes explosively angry inside. His doctor revives him from a drug overdose so he can perform, and they drag him up on stage (see "The Show Must Go On",) which proves to be a very bad mistake.

    Pink then throws out all of his anger and frustration onto his fans. Why? Because at that time, he feels that he has to blame someone for his mistakes, he thinks they just scream and yell, and they all look different.

    I then begin to realise what a confused person Pink really is, and he later realises this himself (see "Stop".)
    -----

    Or, I can see it from a wider perspective; namely that if you have a very grim childhood and never really find your way in life, you will eventually ask yourself why this all happened and who is to blame for it.

    If you are unlucky, you can become like Pink in this song and blame anyone that seems to act and look a little different, and stay that way all your life. You then think that you have found a solution for all your problems and someone to blame, but in reality, you are just a confused person who needs to open up to the outside world. Because if you don't, you will never truly understand what your problem really is or how the world really works, and we have learned from history what can happen in extreme cases.

    This is no official interpretation, just my personal thoughts.

    See comments for star (*) explanations.
    A3oerton December 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentholy shit this song rocks...especially when its in the wall (movie). its like...insane. razormasticator, dream theater covers it? im def gonna go get it...im not a HUGE dream theater fan but ive heard some songs and they rock. they covered master of puppets-metallica, and that was insane.
    kornchild60on July 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is great, but is better on Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 80-81. The announcer is talking and they cut right into the song while he's talking. Its great
    TheTrialon December 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno no no. in an interview with waters, he said that he felt alienated from the audience when he performed. he realized that there were fans in the audience who couldnt even hear the music but still were screaming. he realized that people were there for the experience rather than the music which pink floyd hated. they were all about the music. This song is about people who are there for the experience "to feel the warm thrill of confusion" in the end of this song you can here someone saying to bomb the audience. in another interview waters said that he imagined dropping bombs on the audience and how they wouldnt even notice because they were so wrapped up in the 'experiece'
    adrinfgbithon May 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe man in this song is attempting to prove to his "audience" that his first impression may seem alarming, but before making judgements, he wants the people to explore what molded him into what he is.
    piperatthewallon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI aint heard this,but Dream Theater do a rocking cover of it.
    Razormasticatoron April 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about how people who go to shows have problems
    incuon May 04, 2004   Link

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