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Album: The Final CutReleased: 1983
Written by Roger Waters, this song is about Pink, the main character in Pink Floyd's album The Wall. The song describes what it's like to alienate yourself from the world. Pinks tells us about his young life, and how hard it was for him to socialize with humanity while he was behind his wall. The final part of the song tells us how he almost killed himself. The song is pretty much an epilogue to The Wall, telling the story of Pink while he was "behind the wall."
Many believe this album to be the sequel to The Wall album, but it is mainly songs that were written from a narrative point of view for the 1982 movie, which starred Bob Geldof in the leading role. (thanks, Kieran - Glasgow, Scotland, for above 2)
"The Final Cut" is a movie term used to describe the last edit before the film is sent to theaters. Having the final cut means ultimately deciding what's in the film. In the context of this song, the term relates to suicide, as Pink declares, "I never had the nerve to make the final cut," meaning he couldn't work up the courage to end his life.
The Final Cut was a pivotal album for the band. Their previous album was The Wall in 1979, which was wildly successful but led to tensions in the group as Roger Waters asserted control. The grandiose tour that followed - a spectacular artistic achievement - was Waters' brainchild.
When Pink Floyd began work on The Final Cut, it was spearheaded by Waters, who wrote all the songs and did nearly all the vocals. The theme of the album was the repercussions of war.
The album was Waters' last with Pink Floyd. He released a solo album called The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking the following year; the next Pink Floyd album (without Waters) came in 1987 with A Momentary Lapse of Reason.