Goodbye Cruel World (Pink Floyd song)


Goodbye Cruel World (Pink Floyd song)

Song infobox
Name = Goodbye Cruel World


Artist = Pink Floyd
Album = The Wall
Released = 30 November 1979 (US), 8 December 1979 (UK)
track_no = 13 of disc 1
Recorded = April-November, 1979
Genre = Art rock/Progressive rock
Length = 1:17
Writer = Waters
Label = Harvest Records (UK)
Columbia Records (US)/Capitol Records (US)
Producer = Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour and Roger Waters
prev = "Another Brick in the Wall, Part III"
prev_no = 12 of disc 1
next = "Hey You"
next_no = 1 of disc 2
"Goodbye Cruel World" is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on "The Wall" album in 1979.

Composition

The song is quiet in dynamic, and is only somewhat rhythmic, with a soft repeating bass guitar pulse in octaves, starting with D3 to D4 and back again ["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"] -- a similar bass riff to the that used in the earlier Floyd songs "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and the fade-out of "See Emily Play" ["Pink Floyd: Anthology" songbook (1980 Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., Secaucus N.J.) for "See Emily Play"] . 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.

Plot

As with the other songs on "The Wall", "Goodbye Cruel World" tells a portion of the story of "Pink", the album's protagonist. This song details Pink's reaction to the completion of his mental wall, and marks his acknowledgement of his isolation from society.

Personnel

* Roger Waters - bass guitar [Fitch, Vernon and Mahon, Richard, "Comfortably Numb - A History of The Wall 1978-1981", 2006, p. 89] , vocals [Fitch and Mason, p. 89]
* Richard Wright - Prophet-5 synthesizer [Fitch and Mason, p. 89]

Cover Versions

An acoustic version is performed by musican Orlando Garcia.

References

* 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

External links

* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSYuzwRsr48 YouTube]


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