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Song Name: The Thin Ice

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Wall (Disc One), Shine On

Run Time: 2:27

Year: 1979

Track Number: 2

Sung By: David Gilmour, Roger Waters

Written By: Roger Waters


  • The song is quiet in dynamic. It is 2 minutes, 27 seconds long. The first few seconds are of the sound of a baby crying (carried forward from In The Flesh?), lasting around 6 seconds. Following this, the song commences the lyrical portion sung by David Gilmour, which is soft and gentle in tone.
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  • After a further 56 seconds, Gilmour's lyrics end, and Waters' lyrical portion begins. During this time, the tone of the song takes on a more "cynical" note, alluding to the lyrics. This portion lasts for 49 seconds, after which the remainder of the song contains a long, somewhat louder, guitar solo.
  • As with the other songs on The Wall, The Thin Ice tells a portion of Pink's story. This song narrates the first couple of years of Pink's life, before he is old enough to realize what has happened to his father. The "Thin Ice" represents the fragile period of innocence in our lives before we can really understand the world around us.
  • Furthermore, the third and fourth lines from the third verse: "Dragging behind you the silent reproach, Of a million tear-stained eyes" act as a very poignant metaphor for the psychological and emotional effects war has not only on the population that suffered it, but also the generation of children left to suffer as the final bearers of that war's damage.
  • It shows thousands of men in the war, either wounded or dead, then goes to Pink in his motel pool suffering over his father's loss in a blood filled pool.

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