Hey You

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About Hey You

"Hey You" is a song by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on their 1979 double album The Wall. The song, along with "The Show Must Go On", was edited out of the film for fear on the part of the filmmakers that the film was running too long; however, a rough version is available as an extra on the 25th Anniversary Edition DVD.


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Hey you, out there in the cold
Getting lonely, getting old
Can you feel me?
Hey you, standing in the aisles
With itchy feet and fading smiles
Can you feel me?
Hey you, don't help them to bury the light
Don't give in without a fight

Hey you out there on your own
Sitting naked by the phone
Would you touch me?
Hey you with you ear against the wall
Waiting for someone to call out
Would you touch me?
Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone?
Open your heart, I'm coming home

But it was only fantasy
The wall was too high
As you can see
No matter how he tried
He could not break free
And the worms ate into his brain

Hey you, out there on the road
Always doing what you're told
Can you help me?
Hey you, out there beyond the wall
Breaking bottles in the hall
Can you help me?
Hey you, don't tell me there's no hope at all
Together we stand, divided we fall

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Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. more »

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Written by: Roger Waters

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11 facts about this song

Band Origin
"Hey You" is a song by Pink Floyd, a musical ensemble that originated in London, England, in the year 1965.
Album Placement
The song is from Pink Floyd's eleventh studio album titled "The Wall," released in 1979. It's the third track on the second disc of the double-disc album.
Roger Waters, the band's bassist, and co-founder, wrote "Hey You".
The song falls under the Progressive rock genre and is a part of the rock opera concept album, 'The Wall.' The album itself narrates the story of Pink, an alienated and disillusioned rock star.
Contextual Meaning
In the context of 'The Wall's' storyline, "Hey You" is a cry for help. Pink, the protagonist, has completed his wall of isolation and now realizes he's trapped behind it and is trying to call out for help.
Absence from Film
Interestingly, though the song was included on the album, it was cut from the 1982 Pink Floyd film adaptation, 'Pink Floyd: The Wall.'
Guitar Solo
The song includes two guitar solos by David Gilmour, one of the band's members, and is praised for its emotional and stirring guitar work.
Music Production
Like the entire album, "Wall," "Hey You" was co-produced by Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, and Roger Waters.
Iconic Status
The song is considered one of Pink Floyd's most iconic and well-known songs, despite not being released as a single itself.
As of today, the song "Hey You" has over 200 million streams on Spotify, asserting its long-lasting popularity.
Commercial Success
The album "Wall," which includes "Hey You," is one of Pink Floyd's most commercially successful works, receiving multi-platinum status worldwide.

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