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Song Name: The Show Must Go On

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Wall (Disc Two), Shine On

Run Time: 1:36

Year: 1979

Track Number: 20

Sung By: David Gilmour

Written By: Roger Waters


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  • It is probably Pink's comment on the control the managers and record companies now have over his already ruined life.
  • "The show" could be a metaphor for life. Pink's debating what to do: he realizes that isolated life is dull. He decides that "the show must go on," but the stress of continuing creates the hallucination beginning in the next song, In The Flesh.
  • Waters wanted to create a "Beach Boys" type sound, and actually got Bruce Johnston to help create it. This resembles Queen through the harmonizing voices, lyrics and title. (Queen would record a song of the same name in 1991).
  • This track doesn't appear in either the 1982 film version of The Wall or Roger Waters' 1990 concert The Wall Live In Berlin.
  • This has an extra verse that was deleted from the studio album, but nevertheless appears on the album's sleeve.
"Do I have to stand up
Wild eyed in the spotlight
What a nightmare Why!
Don't I turn and run"
  • After this, the line "It must be some mistake..." starts.

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