The Wall
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Song Name: In The Flesh

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Wall (Disc Two), Shine On

Run Time: 4:13

Year: 1979

Track Number: 21

Sung By: Roger Waters

Written By: Roger Waters


Pink Floyd - The Wall - In The Flesh part 203:52

Pink Floyd - The Wall - In The Flesh part 2

  • The song is rather loud in dynamic. The intro of the song features the same explosive organ sequence heard in the intro to "In The Flesh?". Following this, the song then moves into a quieter, "angelic sounding" choir chorus, before the lyrics start. The outro features another organ sequence, and the song fades out to the chanting of "Pink Floyd", then segues into "Run Like Hell". Like the other songs on The Wall, "In The Flesh" tells a portion of Pink's story. This song marks the first of a series of songs in which Pink, fuelled by a hallucination, likens himself to a fascist dictator, crowing over his faithful audience; this particular song is his hallucination that his concerts can be likened to a political rally, and a satire of the fan-following modern musicians such as rock and pop stars are responsible for. It may serve as an exploration of the actions of some as an effect of insecurity behind their respective 'walls'.
  • This and the two songs which follow it - "Run Like Hell" and "Waiting For The Worms" - can be compared to the three stages of Hitler's rise to power. This song is his rallying cry for everyone to follow him. "Run Like Hell" is the beginning of his attempts to destroy those he hates, and "Waiting For The Worms" is the culmination of his insanity. In the end he forces his people to fear him rather than to follow him. In the movie this is seen in the sequence of people throwing their curtains closed as he passes by on the street.
  • While the song was intended as a satirical piece, during the filming of the corresponding sequence in The Wall, a number of the youths acting the parts of Pink's loyal cult members became considerably excited with the lyrics.
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