Is There Anybody Out There?

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"Is There Anybody Out There?"
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, rock opera
Length 2:44
Label Harvest (UK)
Columbia (US)
Writer Roger Waters
Producer Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie and Roger Waters
The Wall track listing

"Is There Anybody Out There?" is a song from the Pink Floyd album, The Wall.[1][2]

Music[edit]

The first half of the piece has the same concept of "Hey You", being a distress call from Pink. The second half is instrumental. An interesting part of the song is the classical guitar solo, as it is not widely known who played it. In several interviews, David Gilmour said that he tried to perform it, and was not satisfied with the final result ("I could play it with a leather pick but couldn't play it properly fingerstyle").[3] Accordingly, session musician Joe DiBlasi[4] was brought in by Michael Kamen to play with the rest of the orchestra. Gilmour also says that the song was composed by Bob Ezrin, with the understanding that Roger Waters would receive credit.[5] The shrill siren-like sound effect used during this song is also used in an earlier Pink Floyd work, "Echoes". The noise was originally used as a sort of whale call for the deep-water-based "Echoes", and is created by Gilmour using a wah-wah pedal with the cables reversed. The guitarist in the song, Joe DiBlasi, was wrongly credited as "Ron DiBlasi" on the album sleeve because Roger Waters only remembered that it was a three-letter name; Ron was the closest name he could remember to Joe when creating the record.

Plot[edit]

At this point in the plot, the album's protagonist, Pink, is attempting to reach anybody outside of his self-built wall. The repeated question "Is there anybody out there?" suggests that no response is heard.

TV excerpts[edit]

There are two excerpts from the TV programmes Gunsmoke and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. overlaid in the background of the track.

The Gunsmoke excerpt is from the episode entitled "Fandango" (first aired: 11 February 1967); Dialog starts at 32:54 of the show; the dialogue is as follows:

Marshall Dillon: Well, only about an hour of daylight left. We better get started.
Miss Tyson: Is it unsafe to travel at night?
Marshall Dillon: It'll be a lot less safe to stay here. Your father's gonna pick up our trail before long.
Miss Tyson: Can Lorca ride?
Marshall Dillon: He'll have to ride. Margret, time to go! Maegret, thank you for everything. Let's go.
Miss Tyson: Goodbye Chengra!
Chengra: Goodbye Missy!
Miss Tyson: I'll be back — one day.
Chengra: The bones have told Chengra.
Miss Tyson: Take care of yourself.
Chengra: Marshall, look after my Missy.

The Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. excerpt is from the episode entitled "Gomer Says "Hey" to the President" (first aired: 20 October 1967); Dialog starts at 1:45 of the show; the dialogue is as follows:

Sgt. Carter: All right, I'll take care of them part of the time. But there's somebody else that needs taking care of in Washington.
Cpl. Chuck Boyle: Who's that?
Sgt. Carter: Rose Pilchek.
Cpl. Chuck Boyle: Rose Pilchek? Who's that?
Sgt. Carter: 36-24-36. Does that answer your question?
(This is where the next song in the album, "Nobody Home" starts.)
Cpl. Chuck Boyle: Who is she?
Sgt. Carter: She was Miss Armoured Division in 1961.
Cpl. Chuck Boyle: How'd you get to meet her?

Personnel[edit]

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Versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  3. ^ "Careful With That Axe", interview with David Gilmour by Matt Resnicoff, Musician magazine, August 1992.
  4. ^ Fitch, Vernon, The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia, p. 155.
  5. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas (2005). "Another Brick in the Wall Part 1". Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey (New ed.). London: Helter Skelter. p. 228. ISBN 1-905139-09-8. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Fitch, Vernon and Mahon, Richard, Comfortably Numb — A History of The Wall 1978–1981, 2006, p. 93.

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