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Song Name: The Happiest Days Of Our Lives

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Wall (Disc One), Shine On, Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd

Run Time: 1:46

Year: 1979

Track Number: 4

Sung By: Roger Waters, David Gilmour (Backing vocals)

Written By: Roger Waters

Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd
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Pink Floyd - The Happiest Days of Our Lives

  • The song is 1 minute, 46 seconds in length, beginning with 24 seconds of a helicopter approaching followed by shouting from the schoolmaster. After that the sound effects abruptly cut out for the lyrical portion. Throughout the most of the song, the lead instrument is bass and during the bridge to "Another Brick In The Wall, Part II", there are intense drums and backing vocals.
  • On the album, "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" segues into "Another Brick In The Wall, Part II". Even though there's an abrupt halt between the two songs, many radio stations play one right after the other.
  • As with the other songs on The Wall, "The Happiest Days Of Our Lives" tells a portion of Pink's story. Pink's sent to a school run by overly strict and often violent teachers who want to mold their students into the "right" shape for society.
  • Pink and his friends try to put a bullet on the rail tracks (one of his father's bullets). Pink is caught in the tunnel where the train passes with masked kids inside, then the Schoolmaster appears shouting, then disappears. We then go to his school where his teacher scolds him for writing a poem (the lyrics from "Money" from The Dark Side Of The Moon), we then see him having dinner with his wife, where he then sees images of himself beating his students.
  • In the movie based on the album, the sound at the beginning of the song is depicted as coming from a train entering a large tunnel, rather than a helicopter heard on the album.
  • According to Gerald Scarfe, there was supposed to be a puppet of the teacher at the end of the tunnel in the film. Alan Parker made shots of it, but it didn't work, so they used the actor who played the teacher to do it instead.
  • When Kate Bush was trying to add a similar helicopter to the fadeout of her single "Experiment IV," her recording engineers were unable to duplicate the overwhelming sound, so she asked Roger Waters for the original tape, and he obliged as long as he was credited for it.

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