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Pink Floyd — Empty Spaces - Young Lust
Album: The Wall
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Released: 1979
Length: 5:37
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I am just a new boy,
Stranger in this town.
Where are all the good times?
Who's gonna show this stranger around?
Ooooh, I need a dirty woman.
Ooooh, I need a dirty girl.

Will some woman in this desert land
Make me feel like a real man?
Take this rock and roll refugee
Oooh, baby set me free.

Ooooh, I need a dirty woman.
Ooooh, I need a dirty girl.

Ooooh, I need a dirty woman.
Ooooh, I need a dirty girl.

"Hello..?"
"Yes, a collect call for Mrs. Floyd from Mr. Floyd.
Will you accept the charges from United States?"

"Oh, He hung up! That's your residence, right? I wonder why he hung up?
Is there supposed to be someone else there besides your wife there to answer?"

"Hello?"
"This is United States calling, are we reaching...
"See he keeps hanging up, and it's a man answering."
Comments (215)add comment
 Relayer wrote:
A song about raw sex/libido is very out of place for PF, but then once you put it in the context of the album/movie, you understand it is really about his reaction to his wife's affair and Pink being isolated/alone.   Very  sad to see in the movie how it affects him. 

Oh yea, just because I haven't said it in a while; Gilmour is God.
 



Oh yea, just because I haven't said it in a while; Gilmour is God.

yes- definately - there is no better....
A song about raw sex/libido is very out of place for PF, but then once you put it in the context of the album/movie, you understand it is really about his reaction to his wife's affair and Pink being isolated/alone.   Very  sad to see in the movie how it affects him. 

Oh yea, just because I haven't said it in a while; Gilmour is God.
 jmsmy wrote:
Pink's most commercial song - lyrically and musically - Rock & Roll , partying and getting laid.
Van Halen ain't got nothin on these hippies.
 
First and only time I've ever seen the words "Van Halen" on RP. Thumbs up for that, regardless of the context!
 obankenobi wrote:

I feel sorry for people who think Division Bell is the best Floyd
 There couldn't possibly be people out there that think that, could there?   

 BCarn wrote:
I bought the album when it came out. Still have it to this day and in great playing condition. Years later, I bought the CD of this in China years ago whilst in the Navy. Thought it was cool to see all the Chinese lettering/symbology. Was disappointed , while listening to it, that they had removed or rather censored this song. Deleted!
Glad it only cost me about $2.00!
 
Weird....how the hell can any single 'track' be removed from this album?  They all fit together exactly correctly....and I think this was my favorite part of the movie The Wall, when "Pink" is in the hotel room and about to loose it.....LLRP!!
Ah, one of my favorite one-two punch segues.
I bought the album when it came out. Still have it to this day and in great playing condition. Years later, I bought the CD of this in China years ago whilst in the Navy. Thought it was cool to see all the Chinese lettering/symbology. Was disappointed , while listening to it, that they had removed or rather censored this song. Deleted!
Glad it only cost me about $2.00!
It is not Meddle or DSOTM  but damn close!
 Troutnskibum wrote:
I feel sorry for people who didn't grow up with this stuff.
 
I feel sorry for people who think Division Bell is the best Floyd
An ironic look at rock 'n roll star infidelity?  
 red3 wrote:
Bill and Rebecca - Thanks for playing the last two Pink Floyd tunes.  This being my 50th birthday today, I love hearing them.  Keep the birthday party rolling with Peter Gabriel, Elbow, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac and Genesis.  Love the station!
 
Happy 50th, red3!   I'll celebrate w/ you and the great playlist you suggested - Long Live RP!!
Bill and Rebecca - Thanks for playing the last two Pink Floyd tunes.  This being my 50th birthday today, I love hearing them.  Keep the birthday party rolling with Peter Gabriel, Elbow, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac and Genesis.  Love the station!
eterno!!!
 Troutnskibum wrote:
I feel sorry for people who didn't grow up with this stuff.
 
Gray, depressing, kill-yourself music. I  hear the inventiveness and talent, but I can't bear to listen to it. 
Timeless music from one of the greatest bands of all times
 Troutnskibum wrote:
I feel sorry for people who didn't grow up with this stuff.
 
I don't necessarily feel sorry for them but they certainly did miss the biggest and most important, influential, creative period in modern music history.
 Troutnskibum wrote:
I feel sorry for people who didn't grow up with this stuff.
 

Don't feel too bad for us. It's not too hard to love good music :-)
 mirage wrote:
If I ever was stranded on a desert island, and I had the opportunity to bring two cd's, "The Wall" would be one of 'em

(the second one would be the Requiem from Mozart  {#Angel})
 
dont forget to bring a cd player!
One of the finest, among countless fine, PF songs. Unmatched guitar work!
Haters gonna hate 
It was one of the greatest Band of the World
 Troutnskibum wrote:
I feel sorry for people who didn't grow up with this stuff.
 
i feel sorry for the dopey stoners, closed off to all that was happening then, listening to this Pink Floyd crap. A Wall, indeed.
I feel sorry for people who didn't grow up with this stuff.
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
The most overplayed album ever.
 
Fixed that for you!  The rating is just fine :)
Most excellent! Thank you RP!
The most overrated album ever.
{#Bananajam}{#Music}{#Dancingbanana}
Pink Floyd's only Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll song
{#Bounce}
 vinylbob wrote:
Purchased this LP the day of release.  Seems like yesterday.  I still have the record. 

 
Same here.
{#Clap}
Purchased this LP the day of release.  Seems like yesterday.  I still have the record. 
I dirty woman for Christmas


 h8rhater wrote:

It was not scripted.  Real operators were real people back "in the day" and conversation was involved in connecting a call like this one.  That said, it did take more than one try to get the result that the producer was going for. 

From Pink Floyd: Through The Eyes Of . . . The Band, Its Fans, Friends, and Foes, edited by Bruno MacDonald. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1996. ISBN 0-306-80780-7: 

The dialogue with the operator was the result of an arrangement co-producer James Guthrie made with a neighbour in London, while the album was being recorded in Los Angeles. He wanted realism, for the operator to actually believe they had caught his wife having an affair, and so didn't inform her she was being recorded. The operator heard in the recording is the second operator they tried the routine with, after the first operator's reaction was deemed unsatisfactory.

Also from Comfortably Numb-A History of "The Wall": Pink Floyd 1978-1981 by Vernon Fitch and Richard Mahon:

Chief Engineer, James Guthrie, placed the phone call to his London apt where Chris Fitzmorris, his next-door neighbor, was asked to answer the phone, listen to the operator and simply hang up the phone.

 
That is such a neat bit of trivia!

Is it even possible to make a collect phone call now?
 LaurieinTucson wrote:

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

 

 
It was not scripted.  Real operators were real people back "in the day" and conversation was involved in connecting a call like this one.  That said, it did take more than one try to get the result that the producer was going for. 

From Pink Floyd: Through The Eyes Of . . . The Band, Its Fans, Friends, and Foes, edited by Bruno MacDonald. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1996. ISBN 0-306-80780-7: 

The dialogue with the operator was the result of an arrangement co-producer James Guthrie made with a neighbour in London, while the album was being recorded in Los Angeles. He wanted realism, for the operator to actually believe they had caught his wife having an affair, and so didn't inform her she was being recorded. The operator heard in the recording is the second operator they tried the routine with, after the first operator's reaction was deemed unsatisfactory.

Also from Comfortably Numb-A History of "The Wall": Pink Floyd 1978-1981 by Vernon Fitch and Richard Mahon:

Chief Engineer, James Guthrie, placed the phone call to his London apt where Chris Fitzmorris, his next-door neighbor, was asked to answer the phone, listen to the operator and simply hang up the phone.
{#Cheers}{#Cheers}{#Cheers}

Found this snippet from a Roger Waters interview:

RW: I think it's great; I love that operator on it, I think she's wonderful. She didn't know what was happening at all, the way she picks up on..I mean it's been edited a bit, but the way she picks up, all that stuff about "is there supposed to be someone else there beside your wife" you know I think is amazing, she really clicked into it straight away. She's terrific! 

 

Vicey wrote:

I thought I had heard that it was an actual phone operator and that Bob Ezrin had to make the call several times before he got an operator who would actually comment about the implied scenario. I could easily be wrong, though: I don't like to think about how long it has been since this album came out. 

LaurieinTucson wrote:

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

  

  


I guess none of you are old enough to remember person to person collect phone calls.  Minutes were measured in multiple dollars back then.

It's like some sort of parody of Rock and Roll. Welcome to  STONEHENGE! Bring forth the dancing dwarves!
10
I don't know how many are aware of the "backward recorded" audio between Empty Spaces and Young Lust. It went something like,
   "congratulations, you have just discovered the secret message, please send your answer to ....."
I was going to say unusually bad but with Floyd it is the usual

Found this snippet from a Roger Waters interview:

RW: I think it's great; I love that operator on it, I think she's wonderful. She didn't know what was happening at all, the way she picks up on..I mean it's been edited a bit, but the way she picks up, all that stuff about "is there supposed to be someone else there beside your wife" you know I think is amazing, she really clicked into it straight away. She's terrific! 

 

Vicey wrote:

I thought I had heard that it was an actual phone operator and that Bob Ezrin had to make the call several times before he got an operator who would actually comment about the implied scenario. I could easily be wrong, though: I don't like to think about how long it has been since this album came out. 

LaurieinTucson wrote:

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

 

 

 


Water's singing in this song at the beginning always sounds a bit like Elmer Fudd to me. 
One of only a few straight-up Pink Floyd Rock Songs.
oh yes! great song! 10!
I thought I had heard that it was an actual phone operator and that Bob Ezrin had to make the call several times before he got an operator who would actually comment about the implied scenario. I could easily be wrong, though: I don't like to think about how long it has been since this album came out. 

LaurieinTucson wrote:

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

 

 


this song wasn't written, it was constructed 
 jmsmy wrote:
Pink Floyd's Only RnR Song

 
Run Like Hell?
 lkovathana wrote:
  Come to think of it, no one writes rock operas anymore.

 
Maybe it's very a prog rock thing with a suitable touch of pretence.    I think the modern day progrockers such as Steven Wilson still have some theme or story telling to their albums.

I dont think "The Trial" is as easy to listen to as this but with such complicated and "simply" beautiful arrangements and production, the "not so obvious" Floyd tracks are a welcome distraction. Even if some of them are very short, Bill is happy to link a few together.
Haha — this is a crazy good song.  A necessary keystone in the epic rock opera about a performer who is slowly coming to terms with losing his mind while touring with his band.  Ah, they don't write rock operas like this anymore.  Come to think of it, no one writes rock operas anymore.
Pink Floyd's Only RnR Song
That's a great idea but I've never been able to find an "official release" of that version.

I was, however, able to digitally record it off the DVD using 'free' (shareware) recording software... I did this about 9 years ago, back when i was OK with 128kbps recordings (i now seek only 320). I'll try to re-record and upload, but i can't be sure that this recording technique will produce a file that RP can actually use. 

Zeito wrote:
What Shall We Do Now - would be awesome to hear it here.  
 


Relayer wrote:
Wish we could hear the longer version from the movie:

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where waves of hunger roar?
Shall we set out across the sea of faces
In search of more and more applause?
Shall we buy a new guitar?
Shall we drive a more powerful car?
Shall we work straight through the night?
Shall we get into fights?
Leave the lights on? Drop bombs?
Do tours of the east? Contract diseases?
Bury bones? Break up homes?
Send flowers by phone?
Take to drink? Go to shrinks?
Give up meat? Rarely sleep?
Keep people as pets?
Train dogs? Race rats?
Fill the attic with cash?
Bury treasure? Store up leisure?
But never relax at all
With our backs to the wall.

 

 


What Shall We Do Now - would be awesome to hear it here.  
 


Relayer wrote:
Wish we could hear the longer version from the movie:

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where waves of hunger roar?
Shall we set out across the sea of faces
In search of more and more applause?
Shall we buy a new guitar?
Shall we drive a more powerful car?
Shall we work straight through the night?
Shall we get into fights?
Leave the lights on? Drop bombs?
Do tours of the east? Contract diseases?
Bury bones? Break up homes?
Send flowers by phone?
Take to drink? Go to shrinks?
Give up meat? Rarely sleep?
Keep people as pets?
Train dogs? Race rats?
Fill the attic with cash?
Bury treasure? Store up leisure?
But never relax at all
With our backs to the wall.

 


Still brings the chills, even after all this Time... So bitingly, brutally, scathingly apropos, especially today — witless in The Twitter Age!
 Relayer wrote:
Wish we could hear the longer version from the movie:

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where waves of hunger roar?
Shall we set out across the sea of faces
In search of more and more applause?
Shall we buy a new guitar?
Shall we drive a more powerful car?
Shall we work straight through the night?
Shall we get into fights?
Leave the lights on? Drop bombs?
Do tours of the east? Contract diseases?
Bury bones? Break up homes?
Send flowers by phone?
Take to drink? Go to shrinks?
Give up meat? Rarely sleep?
Keep people as pets?
Train dogs? Race rats?
Fill the attic with cash?
Bury treasure? Store up leisure?
But never relax at all
With our backs to the wall.

 
The live version from Berlin (1990?) with Bryan Adams doing this part is pretty sweet; it's just right in his vocal wheelhouse.
I love this song.
Is there supposed to be someone there besides your wife?
Wish we could hear the longer version from the movie:

What shall we use to fill the empty spaces
Where waves of hunger roar?
Shall we set out across the sea of faces
In search of more and more applause?
Shall we buy a new guitar?
Shall we drive a more powerful car?
Shall we work straight through the night?
Shall we get into fights?
Leave the lights on? Drop bombs?
Do tours of the east? Contract diseases?
Bury bones? Break up homes?
Send flowers by phone?
Take to drink? Go to shrinks?
Give up meat? Rarely sleep?
Keep people as pets?
Train dogs? Race rats?
Fill the attic with cash?
Bury treasure? Store up leisure?
But never relax at all
With our backs to the wall.

dum, dum, dum, dum, another lame Stoner Anthem from the Void

CLASSIC ROCK RULES. barf.


10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
{#Crown}

It is a scripted piece of audio for the album/movie. Real operators didn't comment on calls back then. 

 

Dave_Mack wrote:

I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.

 


As with Run Like Hell it seems like PF mocking Rock and Roll but rockin' pretty good while they're at it.
{#Clap}
Pink's most commercial song - lyrically and musically - Rock & Roll , partying and getting laid.
Van Halen ain't got nothin on these hippies.
I'm sharing Relayer's sentiment here. "What shall we do now?", the version that appears in the movie and on "Is there anybody out there?" (the live performence at the Berlin Wall) is so much better. Any chance for getting it on RP, Bill?
I wonder if that telephone operator ever found out she was an unknowing participant in that little bit of theater.


excellent song from one of the best albums of all time...

 
One of the best songs from this album!
Playing it as loud as possible...
Thanks!
 mirage wrote:
If I ever was stranded on a desert island, and I had the opportunity to bring two cd's, "The Wall" would be one of 'em

(the second one would be the Requiem from Mozart  {#Angel})
 

www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/find-a-castaway

wonderful to listen, all times...
Had the pleasure of seeing Roger Waters perform this live last weekend in BC Place stadium. Outstanding is all I can say.

BTW, this track should really be titled Empty Spaces -> Young Lust.
Haven't listened to this song in years - due to overplay on every radio station for miles around.  However, it is great to hear this again!  Fantastic song.
So freaking SINISTER...so unbelievably incisive and scathing in the extreme...and all the more powerful and urgent since all the indictments are utter TRUTH and PRIMAL ANGST...and, the way it is so eloquently and bluntly expressed CONTINUES TO BLOW ME AWAY!  It rocked the world when it broke upon the shores of airplay in '79, and it will undoubtedly go on ROCKING INTO THE NEXT!
It gets better and better....
so tired of this


I'll dance to this...

Insta-Mute
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

irony alert
 

{#Lol}
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Just saw Waters & Co. perform The Wall 3 nights ago in Vancouver; absolutely incredible.
 

NJ !! - best show i ever saw - makes ya re-visit this album again and love it even more


Thanks Bill for including the intro "Empty Spaces", I love that piece. I actually wish you could include the longer version ("What shall we do?") that is used in the movie.
 tulfan wrote:
No offense to fans but I lost interest in this over 25 yrs ago...
 
irony alert
Love the tough vocals from Mr. Gilmour on this one.
great valentine's day song, Bill...{#Roflol}
Just saw Waters & Co. perform The Wall 3 nights ago in Vancouver; absolutely incredible.
Timeless!
 tulfan wrote:
No offense to fans but I lost interest in this over 25 yrs ago...
 

Yeah, I agree with you on this. But hey, the album still works for a lot of people...

Mother, do you think they'll try to break
.......my balls?


No offense to fans but I lost interest in this over 25 yrs ago...
Guess the Guitar and singing is alright, I just love the ending with the operator.
I didn't know that - thanks - it's always sounded legit to me, now I know :)  {#Bananajam}

Took a few tries, but that was an actual operator for AT&T. The other would just ring the number and say "I'm sorry, charges were rejected,"  but that one got a bit more involved.
 


my favorite track from The Wall  {#Cool}  (although the whole album is a 10 for me!)

mm.. i'm need a dirty woman

mm.. i'm need a dirty girl


 Papernapkin wrote:
Doesn't quite hold up over time.
 
I was just thinking the opposite.  For three perfect minutes, it was 1979 again.  I could feel my acne coming back.  This song has captured a moment of my life in a glass jar.  Pity it wasn't a very good moment.  But the song is exquisite.
 Bakaretsu wrote:

"Hello..?"
"Yes, a collect call for Mrs. Floyd from Mr. Floyd.
Will you accept the charges from United States?"

"Oh, He hung up! That's your residence, right? I
wonder why he hung up?
Is there supposed to be someone else there besides
your wife there to answer?"
"Hello?"
"This is United States calling, are we reaching...

"See he keeps hanging up, and it's a man answering."
  Took a few tries, but that was an actual operator for AT&T. The other would just ring the number and say "I'm sorry, charges were rejected,"  but that one got a bit more involved.


mirage wrote:
If I ever was stranded on a desert island, and I had the opportunity to bring two cd's, "The Wall" would be one of 'em
(the second one would be the Requiem from Mozart {#Angel})
Both tragically beautiful, but I'd peg your life expectancy at two weeks with those two selections for inspiration!
Doesn't quite hold up over time.
"We'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes!"  (ArthurDent?) -Douglas Adams  {#Frustrated}
 Jamunca wrote:
Interesting. Released in 1979, and currently rated 7.9

On a side note, any have the transcript of the dialog at the end?
 
"Hello..?"
"Yes, a collect call for Mrs. Floyd from Mr. Floyd.
Will you accept the charges from United States?"

"Oh, He hung up! That's your residence, right? I
wonder why he hung up?
Is there supposed to be someone else there besides
your wife there to answer?"
"Hello?"
"This is United States calling, are we reaching...

"See he keeps hanging up, and it's a man answering."


Interesting. Released in 1979, and currently rated 7.9

On a side note, any have the transcript of the dialog at the end?
If I ever was stranded on a desert island, and I had the opportunity to bring two cd's, "The Wall" would be one of 'em

(the second one would be the Requiem from Mozart  {#Angel})
Wow, not sure if I have ever heard "The Wall" on here. So giving you money right now.
ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Love that squonky guitar solo!

SQUONKY?
I love it!!!!
My vocabulary addition for the day!

gilesclone wrote:
Of all the Pink Floyd songs this isn't in the top 100.

A little to much information about Roger's personal life for me.
I don't know, the arrangement is tight as hell, and Gilmore's solo is signature genius. Its one of those rare pieces where every note just seems right. I give it a 10, but there is much room for debate and preference here. So much of their work fits the above description, I could never choose a favorite!


 vit wrote:
Real crapper that the album takes off one of the coolest songs from the movie. Here's Empty Spaces in its entirety.

 
Seriously!  I forgot that the album did not have that part until "Young Lust" kicked in.  I had visions of the thug bashing the head in with no soundtrack.  I know 'tis total fantasy, but dream for a moment and think what the live show would be like now with all of the technology we have available.  Roger wouldn't have to wear those god-awful ugly, huge headphones this time around!


Of all the Pink Floyd songs this isn't in the top 100. 

A little to much information about Roger's personal life for me.


Every time I hear a cut off this album, I wonder what it was that inspired me to buy it as my first album as a kid. I was certainly far too young to really appreciate it back then like I do now.
Real crapper that the album takes off one of the coolest songs from the movie. Here's Empty Spaces in its entirety.

...is there suppose to be somebody else there besides your wife? {#Rolleyes}

 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:

Mid-life? It was a crisis of stardom, and it was a marauding rock and roller arriving in town looking for whores.

 
Yes, but doing so because his marriage had become an empty sham, hence the 'phone call' from Mrs Floyd at the end of the song, and the beginning about "empty spaces".

fredriley wrote:
In the context of the whole album, this is a sad number about mid-life crisis and marital disintegration. Not an album that's a barrel of laughs, but a classic all the same, despite its self-indulgence.

Mid-life? It was a crisis of stardom, and it was a marauding rock and roller arriving in town looking for whores.

Love that squonky guitar solo!
 ad4tise wrote:
They could be singing they need a dirty anything and I will always give Pink Floyd a 10!
 
Isn't that funny — they could be singing about how Jesus Christ was elected president of the world and I will always give Pink Floyd a 1.

aronson wrote:
Keep people as pets...


Wouldn't it be cool if that song were here instead of Young Lust? It's one of the best numbers from the movie.

They could be singing they need a dirty anything and I will always give Pink Floyd a 10!
In the context of the whole album, this is a sad number about mid-life crisis and marital disintegration. Not an album that's a barrel of laughs, but a classic all the same, despite its self-indulgence.
Ah...I remember this scene from the movie. However, for some reason (perhaps the fact I'm a middle-aged male) I've never been able to parlay the act for back stage passes. In this case, like Christmas, it really is better to receive than give.
Keep people as pets...