Goodbye Cruel World (Pink Floyd song)

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"Goodbye Cruel World"
Song by Pink Floyd from the album The Wall
Published Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd
Released 30 November 1979 (UK)
8 December 1979 (US)
Recorded April – November 1979
Genre Progressive rock
Length 0:48
Label Harvest (UK)
Columbia (US)
Writer Roger Waters
Producer Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie, Roger Waters
The Wall track listing

"Goodbye Cruel World" is a song by Pink Floyd. It appears on their 1979 double album, The Wall.

Composition[edit]

A quiet song, the Prophet-5 analog synthesizer provides the D major chord sequence: D, G, D, A, D, while the bass guitar plays the root notes and their octaves.[1] A similar bass riff was used in the earlier Pink Floyd songs "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and the fade-out of "See Emily Play".[2] Notably, the final instance of the word "goodbye" is spoken as the music is cut, causing the final "goodbye" to appear somewhat despairing, as well as identifying the listener with Pink as he cuts all ties to the outside world.[original research?]

Plot[edit]

As with all tracks on The Wall, "Goodbye Cruel World" relates to the listener a segment of Pink's (the album's protagonist) story. More specifically, this song expresses Pink's recognition of the completion of his mental wall, and acknowledgement of his thorough isolation from society.

Live versions[edit]

In all performances of The Wall, both by Pink Floyd and in Roger Waters' solo career, the song represents the end of the first half of the show. The wall is built, apart from one brick. Waters appears in this small gap and as he sings the final word, "goodbye", the last brick is put into place, ending the first half of the show.

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  • Fitch, Vernon. The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia (3rd edition), 2005. ISBN 1-894959-24-8
  • Pink Floyd: The Wall (1980 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd., London, England, ISBN 0-7119-1031-6 [USA ISBN 0-8256-1076-1]) for "Goodbye Cruel World"
  • Pink Floyd: Anthology songbook (1980 Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., Secaucus N.J.) for "See Emily Play"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pink Floyd: The Wall (1980 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd., London, England, ISBN 0-7119-1031-6 [USA ISBN 0-8256-1076-1]) for "Goodbye Cruel World"
  2. ^ Pink Floyd: Anthology songbook (1980 Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., Secaucus N.J.) for "See Emily Play"
  3. ^ Fitch, Vernon and Mahon, Richard, Comfortably Numb - A History of The Wall 1978-1981, 2006, p. 89
  4. ^ a b Fitch and Mason, p. 89

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