You! Yes, you! Stand still laddy

When we grew up and went to school
There were certain teachers who would
Hurt the children any way they could
By pouring their derision
Upon anything we did
Exposing every weakness
However carefully hidden by the kids
But in the town it was well known
When they got home at night, their fat and
Psychopathic wives would thrash them
Within inches of their lives


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"The Happiest Days of Our Lives" as written by Roger Waters

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    General CommentThis song is completely self-explanatory, and while usually seen as an intro into "Another Brick in the Wall part II", stands on it's own very well.

    It's a cycle of cruelty and oppression. The teachers are abused by their wives, so they take it out on the kids, where it, in turn, eats away at them. The title is extremely sarcastic. While your childhood and school days are often said to be the happiest days of your life (and for many, they are), they obviously weren't for Roger Waters. Considering the school system in England, especially at that time, that's no surprise.
    NimEdelweisson October 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song kicks and leads perfectly into another brick in the wall 2 gotta love the helicopter at the beginning
    azrealon September 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe happiest days of our lives is an obscured use of exageration... the album "the Wall" is a discography of a messed up rock star, Pink. this song he shows his feelings about the educational system back in the day and all that good stuff! Vintage Roger Waters!
    criticgon November 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt might only be me, but at the end of this song when you hear the drums and all doesn't it sound like the lion king? lol just my opinion....
    BrainStewed74on February 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentradio stations where i live play this first all the time, its great :) thats because its only classic rock on the station, so they actually know what there doing with it...
    Dark_Squallon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe title of this song is such a great example of irony. Adults always tell children that their youth contains the happiest days of their lives, but in Pink's world, there is no such happiness with the presence of his sadistic teachers.

    Also, I've heard that Roger Waters was always intrigued by the concept of cycles in life. I believe that the lyrics about the teachers' wives thrashing them is an example of a cycle within The Wall. The wives thrash the teachers, the teachers thrash Pink, Pink later thrashes his audience...
    QuadrophenicPinkon January 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rocks... i actually thought it was part of another brick in the wall 2 cuz i'v always heard them one after another. i agree with this song so much .... teachers are some fucked up people and its so true that they try to expose are weaknesses. anyways... pink floyd kicks ass... pink floyd kicks ass and everyone should listen to them
    dazdnconfuzd420on May 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remember someone asking me if I knew the song "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd, I couldn't help but say yes and starts with "You.. Yes You!... stand still laddy" which is the teacher's voice at the start of this song. The person asking me just looked at me like I had no idea what I was talking about. I had to explain how the two songs were related, almost one and the same. Somehow, I managed to look stupid even though I knew what I was talking about.... my life story. :(
    LPon May 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think this criticism of the educational system is specific to england. although i find the public school system in the US thoroughly fucked up, i have never encountered a trully sadistic teacher as potrayed in Pink Floyd's songs and movie.
    vexedprogenyon May 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe ending of this song is so orgasmic
    cheese311on June 01, 2004   Link

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