Nobody Home

Nobody Home

"Nobody Home" is a song on Pink Floyd's album The Wall. In this song, Pink describes his lonely life behind his mental wall. He has no one to talk to, and all he has are his possessions. It describes what Roger Waters went through during the 1977 tour, the band's first major stadium tour. Also, the song had some references to founding Floyd member, Syd Barrett. This was the last song written for The Wall album.

The song also has some references to Pink's broken relationship with his adulterous wife. It is played in a manner that is reminiscent of a piano player in a bar.

The line, "Surprise! Surprise, Surprise!" from Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is used.

A lot of the song describes Syd Barrett's general state during 1967, and in the documentary "Behind The Wall", David Gilmour states that it describes the state of mind of many rockstars on tour. However, these lyrics:

I got nicotine stains on my fingers.
I got a silver spoon on a chain.
Got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains.

are said to be written specifically about Rick Wright, who was allegedly going through cocaine addiction at the time.

The song ends almost abruptly with the lines

I got a pair of gohill boots
And I got fading roots
with a television playing in the background.

Personnel

Cover Version

  • A cover version of Nobody Home by Courtney Fairchild appears on the 2003 Pink Floyd tribute album A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd. This version features the use of a saw as a musical instrument.

References

  • Fitch, Vernon. The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia (3rd edition), 2005. ISBN 1-894959-24-8

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