For the 1919 film, see Nobody Home (film).
"Nobody Home" is a song from the Pink Floyd album The Wall. This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.
In the song, the character Pink describes his lonely life of isolation behind his self-created mental wall. He has no one to talk to, and all he has are his possessions. The song describes what Roger Waters says he experienced during the band's 1977 tour, the band's first major stadium tour. Additionally, the song contains some references to founding Pink Floyd member, Syd Barrett. The song was written after an argument between Gilmour, Waters, and co-producer Bob Ezrin during production of The Wall in which Gilmour and Ezrin challenged Waters to come up with one more song for the album. Waters then wrote "Nobody Home" and returned to the studio two days later to present it to the band. It was the last song written for The Wall. On the 30th anniversary of The Wall episode of the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard, Gilmour revealed that "Nobody Home" was one of his favorite songs from the album.
A television playing in the background is frequently heard, including the line, "Surprise! Surprise, Surprise!" from Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. This recalls the line:
I got thirteen channels of shit on the TV to choose from
Much of the song describes Syd Barrett's fragile mental state during 1967. In the documentary "Behind The Wall", Gilmour states that it describes the state of mind of many rockstars while on tour. However, the 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 have been written specifically about Floyd's pianist Richard Wright, who was allegedly struggling with cocaine addiction at the time.
The song tails off quietly with an abortive final verse, starting off in the same manner as the previous verses but only two lines long:
I got a pair of Gohill's boots, and I've got, fading roots
David Gilmour - bass guitar,
Roger Waters - vocals, VCS3,
Richard Wright - Prophet-5 synthesiser,
Bob Ezrin - piano,
New York Symphony Orchestra,
An orchestrated version, arranged by Jaz Coleman and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Peter Scholes, appears on the 1995 instrumental album Us and Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd.,
On Metric's 2011 tour, for their 2009 album, Fantasies.,
On the tribute album Back Against the Wall, the track is performed by Rick Wakeman.,
Fitch, Vernon; Richard Mahon (2006). Comfortably Numb: A History of The Wall 1978-1981.,
Fitch, Vernon (2005). The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia (3rd edition). ISBN 1-894959-24-8.
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