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"Eins, zwei, drei, alle!"

Ooooh, you cannot reach me now
Ooooh, no matter how you try
Goodbye, cruel world, it's over
Walk on by.

Sitting in a bunker here behind my wall
Waiting for the worms to come.
In perfect isolation here behind...


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    Mar 22nd, 2018 3:51pm report

    I must keep referring back to "the wall", with the little rag doll hiding behind the wall he's built.
    Possibly, the wall is the only shelter from his very personal storm. Not only a witness to the outrageous antics of Herr Shickelgruber,And the punishment given to civilian targets, but mixed with all else, Overbearing Mother, Screaming Shrew Wife/Girlfriends, and Prof. Craptastic!(All have had some o'this.) The "wall" was built from all these and more. Each brick carefully laid for maximum effect.
    Then 'Waiting For the Worms' comes as the wall is nearing completion. The worms follow death and destruction. Physical, body,brain, even soul. Property as they destroy and steal.(And Allied use of tons of white phosphorus on civilians. [German] And phosphorus was also used against Britain.) Bad way to go.
    The drugs are useful in that a person can escape, be entertained, or can rise up and usurp the weak And strong. Hence weaklings, coons, reds, homosexuals, intellectuals. All may be used for a "cause". Good or Evil.


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    Oct 6th, 2016 10:07pm report

    A slippery song that is still moist and relevant today as it was before the Berlin Wall came down. Where the Eastern Berliners[german people] were ''waiting for The Worms'' there, where half of them reworked their land and ideology for years with ungodly intellectuals that unfortunately became empowered. Where the other half of The Worms became westernized, hungry fat maggots that wanted to free the individual easterner to follow them, then and now. Back to the end and after WW2 Germany. The German people were all used as scapegoats to feel ashamed and guilty for what Hitler first was ''allowed to become'' by The Worms to do their dirty work, compare to what he wanted, to conservitly save and preserve the Christian german culture. With W.Churchill, Roosevelt,Stalin's soviets and the bad partisans that went way to far in continuous bombing Germany nonstop to completely destroy and rape the German culture and country. Where the German people were left at the mercy of God to help them survive from starvation and the cold where most of them were ''waiting for The Worms'' that wanted to endulge themselves on them like a bunch of Godless parasites that have lost their God a long time ago and became The worms that are still eating their way through our brains for their One World Order. A old storm that is still trying to raise his cane on us that should be put to a STOP.


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    Jul 25th, 2012 7:45am report

    In Britain in the later 70s there was a rise in activity by a fascist party call the National Front.

    In the dystopian nightmare of The Wall they, led by an insane Pink, have taken control of the country and are starting their own holocaust. The 'black shirts' were Moseley's British Union of Fascists in the 30's and the inspiration for the NF.

    The National Front were openly racist and proposed the forced repatriation of Afro-Caribbeans from Britain. Brixton is, and was at the time, a largely black area. That is why the announcements at the end is about rounding people up.


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    Jun 10th, 2012 6:42pm report

    the song is about the holocaust and fascists
    it did involve a little bit of politics but it was mainly to due with the holocaust.
    it makes sense "Waiting to turn on the showers" gas chambers.
    "And fire the ovens" burn the bodies.
    not pleasant.
    but decent song


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    Nov 28th, 2011 11:52pm report

    I LOVE THIS ALBUM!! Some people say it's just weird and stupid but I really do love this album.

    Anyways, I don't think that this is about Sydd Barett. I really think that it's about him contemplating what he's done with his life. But fueled by the drugs (see Comfortably Numb, he gets injected with medication and stuff), he's getting filled with the idea that he's a dictator. Which I guess is true; he's his own dictator, in a way.


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    Sep 22nd, 2011 9:51pm report

    This whole song represents the Nazi's methods and ideals. Even the first lyric is the Nazi marching drill, similar to "Left, Left, Left Right Left". The Worms talk about "weed out the weaklings" which refers to Hitler's genetic cleansing when he killed those with genetic issues or had brain problems, such as schizophrenia and mental retardation. The lyric "clean up the city" refers to removing the non-aryans, and "to smash in their windows and kick in their doors" refers to the Night of Broken Glass when the Nazis forcefully protested against Jewish businesses by vandalizing them. The showers-oven lyric refers to the death camp, and the "final solution" referred to Hitler's Final Solution, which was to kill of the non-aryans and others deemed "unworthy of life" Another lyric "the queens and the coons and the reds and the jews" referred to Hitler's hated ones, the homosexuals, the blacks, the communists and of course, the Jews.


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    Apr 27th, 2011 4:12pm report

    Interpretation of the whole album: WONDERFUL WORK OF ART! I listened to this a million times. All these replies are pretty much hitting the nail on the head. Long live Floyd!


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    Dec 18th, 2010 12:29pm report

    "First off, it's Sydd*, and Sydd had left the band in 68. Get your facts straight."

    Too funny, yep Sydd was long gone when the 'Wall' was conceived.
    Rodger Waters was the major influence in Pink Floyd during their best years (imo) which include 'The Wall' album!

    The worms are fascist, white supremest types like Hitlers Nazi SS.
    At this point in the 'Wall' album the screwed up rocker character (Pink) is joining the 'worms'.
    I don't think the worms represent the government necessarily.


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    Dec 18th, 2010 12:14am report

    First off, it's Sydd*, and Sydd had left the band in 68. Get your facts straight.

    Waiting for the worms, I'm not very sure about this, but I know for a fact that the worms represent the government.


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    Nov 10th, 2010 11:54am report

    Depression, waiting to die. Sid had an on going problem with depression and drugs.

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