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Pink Floyd - The Final Cut

This song tells of a man's isolation, depression, sexual repression and rejection. At the end of the song he attempts suicide but "never had the nerve to make the final cut". The words "behind the wall" in the song are obscured by a shotgun blast. It is a reference to the Floyd's 1979 album, The Wall, and additionally the song may be told from its main character of Pink.

"The Final Cut" is one of many songs used in The Final Cut that had been previously rejected from The Wall. This song is in the video version of the album The Final Cut Video EP. The song made an appearance as the B-side of the "Selections From The Final Cut" radio promo single (with "Your Possible Pasts" on the A-side). It also appears in the film Strange Frame.


Through the fish-eyed lens of tear stained eyes

I can barely define the shape of this moment in time

And far from flying high in clear blue skies

I'm spiralling down to the hole in the ground where I hide

If you negotiate the minefield in the drive

And beat the dogs and cheat the cold electronic eyes

And if you make it past the shotguns in the hall

Dial the combination, open the priesthole

And if I'm in I'll tell you (what's behind the wall)


There's a kid who had a big hallucination

Making love to girls in magazines

He wonders if you're sleeping with your new found faith

Could anybody love him?

Or is it just a crazy dream?

And if I show you my dark side

Will you still hold me tonight?

And if I open my heart to you

And show you my weak side

What would you do?

Would you sell your story to Rolling Stone?

Would you take the children away

And leave me alone?

And smile in reassurance

As you whisper down the phone

Would you send me packing?

Or would you take me home?

Thought I oughta bare my naked feelings

Thought I oughta tear the curtain down

I held the blade in trembling hands

Prepared to make it but — just then the phone rang

I never had the nerve to make the final cut


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