Over the Wall

Echo & the Bunnymen

About Over the Wall

"Over the Wall" is a single by Echo & the Bunnymen which was released in 1981 in Australia and is from the 1981 album Heaven Up Here. The b-side of the single, which was not released in any other country, was the title track from the band's 1980 debut album, Crocodiles. Unlike the band's previous singles, "Over the Wall" was released without a picture sleeve.


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The man at the back has a question
His tongue's involved with solutions
But the monkey on my back
Won't stop laughing

Over the wall
Hand in hand
Over the wall
Watch us fall

There's something to be said for you
And your hopes of higher ruling
But the slug on my neck
Won't stop chewing

Over the wall
Hand in hand
Over the wall
Watch us fall

I'm walking in the rain
To end this misery
I'm walking in the rain
To celebrate this misery

What's that you say?
Speak up I can't hear
What did you say?
I couldn't hear

Over the wall
Hand In hand
Over the wall
Watch us fall

Pounding the road
Coast to coast
Pounding the road
Coast to coast
Come over the wall

I can't sleep at night
How I wish you'd hold me tight
I can't sleep at night
Come on and hold me tight

Hold me tight
To the logical limit

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Echo & the Bunnymen

Echo & the Bunnymen are an English post-punk band, formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band's drummer, and their debut album, Crocodiles, met with critical acclaim and made the UK Top 20. Their second album, Heaven Up Here (1981), again found favour with the critics and reached number 10 in the UK Album chart. The band's cult status was followed by mainstream success in the mid-1980s, as they scored a UK Top 10 hit with "The Cutter", and the attendant album, Porcupine (1983), reached number 2 in the UK. Their next release, Ocean Rain (1984), continued the band's UK chart success, a… more »

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10 facts about this song

Release Info
"Over the Wall" by Echo & the Bunnymen was first released as the B-side to the band's 1981 single, "A Promise."
Album association
Despite its initial B-side status, "Over the Wall" is also featured on the band’s second studio album, "Heaven Up Here," which was released in May 1981.
Chart Performance
"Heaven Up Here," the album which features "Over the Wall," achieved great success, reaching No. 10 on the UK Albums Chart.
Critical Reception
The album "Heaven Up Here" was named the best album of the year 1981 by NME, with "Over the Wall" being a standout track.
Song Theme
"Over the Wall" follows Echo & the Bunnymen's typical musical style of the time, utilizing atmospheric guitar work and enigmatic lyrics.
Live Performances
"Over the Wall" is highly regarded by fans and is a frequent inclusion in the band's live performances.
Lyrics Significance
Some fans interpret the lyrics of "Over the Wall" as illustrating a struggle with personal demons and a longing for escape.
Song Composition
Like most Echo & the Bunnymen songs of this period, "Over the Wall" was written by the band's original lineup: Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant, Les Pattinson, and Pete de Freitas.
Band's Evolution
"Over the Wall" represents a key part of Echo & the Bunnymen's early evolution, with its more somber and complex sound compared to their debut album.
Posthumous Release
A live performance of "Over the Wall" is included on the band’s posthumous release "Live in Liverpool," which was recorded in 2001 but released in 2002, three years after the death of drummer Pete de Freitas.

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