The Wall was released in 1979 and is considered Pink Floyd’s last big hit before the group disbanded in the early 80’s. Much of this concept album pioneered the notion of alienation that celebrities feel from society as they are often worshiped/praised for their works but never really understood (personally). Roger Waters wrote the lyrics for Hey You and placed it as the first track on the second disc of the album. The first disc deals with the main character in the album and movie, Pink, building the imaginary wall, the second disc deals with him trying to break out of it. The wall is truly a metaphor as he says:
But it was only a fantasy
The wall was too high as you can see
No matter how he tried he could not break free
And the worms ate into his brain.
Roger Waters is constantly saying hey you as a way to communicate to the people on the other side of the wall that he wants to break out of his self containment. More details about the song can be found in our podcast (if it says failed: network error, try downloading it again).
This source gave us a strong understanding of the figurative and literal understanding of the album in relation to the band’s history.
Romero, J., & Cabo, L. (2006). ROGER WATERS’ POETRY OF THE ABSENT FATHER: BRITISH IDENTITY IN PINK FLOYD’S THE WALL. Atlantis (0210-6124), 28(2), 45-58.
This was an article found in the Rutgers library that described much of the historical context of the late 70’s and early 80’s and how it pertains to the overall meaning of the album.
Part of this source gave us an in depth reading of Roger Waters and his influence of writing the songs for this album.
We used this source to get the interpretation of what others thought the song, Hey You, was about.
Information about the album artwork was taken from this source, but we generally used our own interpretation of the artwork in our podcast
This blog was completed by:
Alfred Cacnio, Nazar Stelmakh, Anthony Bruno, and Harnil Ajbani