The Thin Ice

The Thin Ice (Pink Floyd)

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"The Thin Ice" is a song by Pink Floyd. It appeared on The Wall in 1979.

The song is 2 minutes, 30 seconds in length. The first few seconds are occupied by the sound of a baby crying (carried forward from "In the Flesh?"), lasting around seven seconds. Following this, the song commences the lyrical portion sung by David Gilmour, which is soft and gentle in tone.

After a further 56 seconds, Gilmour's lyrics end, and the lyrical portion sung by Roger Waters begins. During this time, the tone of the song takes on a more cynical note, alluding to the lyrics. This portion lasts for 49 seconds, after which the remainder of the song contains a long, somewhat louder, guitar solo.

As with the other songs on The Wall, "The Thin Ice" tells a portion of the story of Pink, the album's protagonist. This song narrates the first couple of years of Pink's life, before he is old enough to realise what has happened to his father. The "Thin Ice" represents the fragile period of innocence in people's lives before they can really understand the world around them.

Furthermore, the third and fourth lines from the third verse: "Dragging behind you the silent reproach / Of a million tear-stained eyes" act...


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