The Secret Message Roger Waters Hid In Pink Floyd’s ‘Empty Spaces’
Pink Floyd achieved international success thanks to the concept albums such as ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ ‘Wish You Were Here,’ ‘Animals,’ and ‘The Wall’ all of which were released under the conceptual leadership of bassist, lyricist, and co-lead vocalist Roger Waters.
Since the musician has his unique ways of creating never-before-seen albums and songs, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he actually hid a cryptic message in one of Pink Floyd’s songs. That message is the key to their iconic movie, ‘Pink Floyd – The Wall,’ and we’re here to crack the code.
Pink Floyd Released A Movie Named ‘The Wall’
Following the success of their eleventh studio album, ‘The Wall,’ Pink Floyd made a musical psychological drama film based on their record, named ‘Pink Floyd – The Wall‘ in 1982. The movie was directed by Alan Parker, and Roger Waters wrote the screenplay.
The film revolves around a rock star named Pink, who was portrayed by Boomtown Rats vocalist Bob Geldof. He is driven into insanity by his father’s death and constructs a physical and emotional wall to protect himself. The movie is highly metaphorical, much like the album itself.
The final product received generally positive reviews despite its turbulent production. Furthermore, ‘Pink Floyd – The Wall’ has an established cult following as the movie has some iconic symbolic imagery mainly driven by the band’s music.
Pink Floyd Has Snuck A Message In ‘Empty Spaces’
‘Empty Spaces’ is the second track of the B-side of Pink Floyd’s 1979 album, ‘The Wall.’ While it may sound like a regular song from their legendary record, it actually has a peculiar message hidden by its lyricist, Roger Waters.
The song, which is a little over 2 minutes, has a line in it that takes on a different meaning once it’s played backward. Roger Waters is heard saying, ‘Congratulations. You have just discovered the secret message. Send your answer to Old Pink in care of the funny farm.’ Then, a second person, engineer James Guthrie says, ‘Roger, Carolyne is on the phone.’
Obviously, the person Waters is referring to is Pink from their movie, ‘Pink Floyd – The Wall.’ However, the following line uttered by Guthrie revealed that the character in the film is actually based on Pink Floyd’s lead vocalist since the name Carolyne mentioned in the background was that of Roger’s wife from 1976 to 1992.
Roger Waters has opened up about the importance of Carolyne Christie in his life during multiple interviews by saying that if it had not been for Carolyne, he would have ended up insane like Pink. His past statements and the hidden line in ‘Empty Spaces’ reveal the inspiration behind Pink as a character quite brilliantly.
You can watch the trailer and listen to ‘Empty Spaces’ below.