Hello, darlings! This is going to sound like an eccentric request – and it certainly IS – but I’m looking for songs that mention walls. Yes, like Pink Floyd’s The Wall. An excellent example, and an album I’ve been listening to a lot. Maybe that’s what’s got me thinking in this direction. I’ve found others too, such as “The Wall” by Kansas:
It doesn’t have to be the title or central obsession of the song, though! Not by any stretch. U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” would qualify.
Why do I want songs about walls? I’m just in that kind of mood. It happens to everyone from time to time, surely. And let me just say right now: facetious suggestions, where you stick the word “wall” into a song title where it DOES NOT BELONG are… totally welcome. Because I’m in THAT kind of mood, too.
Walls! What are they good for?
36 thoughts on “Your mission, should you choose to accept it”
“Concrete Wall” by Zee Avi http://youtu.be/LFxB-LYipjo
“Climbing the Walls” by They Might Be Giants http://youtu.be/dq3HotRyOWQ
“The Great Wall” by the Dead Kennedys http://youtu.be/5CrdArHSAKA
Ooh, a whole bunch I never heard! Thank you!
How about “Joshua fought the battle of Jericho”? And the walls came tumbling down!
LOL. An apt point, my liege!
“Flowers On the Wall,” the Statler Brothers
“Wall of Death,” by Richard and Linda Thompson
I don’t know either of those! I’ll look them up, and thanks!
Ah! I was just listening to Regina Spektor, as I do, and singing the lyric:
“Tell all the neighbors to start knocking down walls
To grab their guitars and run out to the hall…”
from “The Party” ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipUf68Tu4Tk : although that sounds like just piano, and the percussion is fun too.)
Oh, wait – how about Wallflower? Peter Gabriel. Exactly the opposite mood.
No idea why that embedded. Sorry.
Oh, there’s that terrifying “balls to the wall” song. What was that?
Appears to be a German heavy metal band called Accept.
Gee, next time I’ll just CALL YOU. 😉
YOU HAVE CREATED A MONSTER.
I take full responsibility!
… from the iPod tonight, “Hurricane Drunk”, Florence and the Machine:
“No walls can keep me protected /No sleep /Nothing in between me and the rain” …
Radiohead! Climbing up the Walls!
Just going by titles here, not personally familiar with all of these songs, but here are a few:
Hello Walls by Willie Nelson
Climbing Up the Walls by Radiohead
Walls by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Walls by Gordon Lightfoot
Walls by Beck
Walls by Yes
Bridges and Walls by the Oak Ridge Boys
Four Walls of Raiford by Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Walls Have Ears by Elvis Presley
Walls of Red Wing by Bob Dylan
When Your Walls Come Down by Kiss
The Walls of a Prison by Johnny Cash
Thru These Walls by Phil Collins
Walls of My Mind by Dolly Parton
Tear Down the Walls by Queen
Stone Walls and Steel Bars by bob Dylan
Wonderwall by Oasis
Right off the top of my head (and my hard drive) I have…
Four Walls by Jim Reeves: http://youtu.be/KSvZN6W8n_0
The House Of Myth by Creature Feature: http://youtu.be/9P1HbJvql-c
Flowers On The Wall by Eric Heatherly: http://youtu.be/M9f7uhZcbfQ (Yes, it’s a cover, but I prefer it to the original)
Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap: http://youtu.be/Y4OLQB7ON9w
The Walls Came Down by The Call: http://youtu.be/kIOZTDDLDR0
an old one: Flowers on the Wall by the Statler Brothers
another old one: Hello, Walls by Faron Young (also Willie Nelson and I’m sure others.)
Chances by athlete – “Like the poster of Berlin on my wall. Maybe there’s a chance our walls might fall”
Around Us by Jonsi – “I see the walls, then see them fall. You break through them all. I see you crawl, now you stand tall. Grow and grow till tall”
Ooh Ooh ooohhh!
Oh my god, I have two that are perfect for you:
“Build That Wall (Zia’s Song)” by Darren Korb – it’s from the soundtrack for the videogame “Bastion”.
“Why We Build the Wall” by Anais Mitchell, featuring Greg Brown. This one is from a concept album called “Hadestown” inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. I love the entire album, but this song is a standout because it’s got some creepy self-reinforcing propaganda elements to it.
The two songs also have this weird symmetry, acting as commentaries/responses to each other.
The most tenuously wall connected song that will be mentioned, perhaps, but “The Berlin Wall” in “Holidays in the Sun” by the Sex Pistols.
Tear Down These Walls by Runrig http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oERVwWK5rZ8
Something Inside So Strong doesn’t exactly mention walls but it does have the awesome line: “the higher you build your barriers, the taller I become”.
Also Heroes by David Bowie mentions a wall!
Its not a song…but…
Christine Rossetti’s poem “Who Shall Deliver Me” might qualify in a “wally” topic.
Walls confine and limit us as much as they protect us,
we resent them, even as we lean on them for support.
Walls are most certainly an interesting topic for discuss, especially when put in the context of book characters.
We want a wall’s privacy, even as we resent it’s limitations.
Okay – I’m going in a totally different direction because I’m nuts, and because you sorta invited us to do so:
How about the indie group “Tillie and The Wall”
Patsy Cline “Wall-king After Midnight.”
Fats Domino “I’m Wall-kin”
David Seville “Witch Doctor” (ting tang, Wall-A Wall-A bing bang)
And back to reality:
Chris Brown “Wall To Wall” http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/chrisbrown/walltowall.html
Shakira “Wall” http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/entershikari/wall.html
“Pompei” by Bastille (a great road trip song, by the way): http://youtu.be/F90Cw4l-8NY
“Life’s for the Living” by Passenger: http://youtu.be/VuIGX_ZGgbM
I’m late to the party, but here are mine, or at least all the ones I could find on my iTunes playlist:
“Four Walls” by Charlotte Martin (I think this one is especially apropos in light of your next post)
“Hit the Wall” by Elizabeth and the Catapult
“Weathered Wall” by David Sylvian
serious (not a song, if you’re being pedantic about including words, but one of the most haunting pieces of music I know) – Couperin’s Mysterious Barricade (ok, nor is it strictly a wall);
silly – Wall you need is love; wall around my hat, etc…
OMG, I LOVE that Couperin, and haven’t heard it in years! *rushes off to have a listen*
What about “Wonderwall” by Oasis? It’s a (sort of) oldie but (very) goodie.
Well, if you can stand metal I myself love “These Walls” from Dream Theater…
OMG, I love metal, and I love Dream Theater, and I don’t know that song! Score!
“Ribbons” by Ingrid michaelson! “Wrap me up in ribbons, tie me to the wall”