Run Like Hell

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Run Like Hell is the 22nd track from the Pink Floyd album, The Wall. It was released as a single in 1980.

"Run Like Hell"
Song by Pink Floyd
from the album The Wall
ReleasedApril 17, 1980
GenreProgressive rock
Length4:20 (album version) 3:41 (7" single edit)
LabelHarvest (UK) Columbia (US)
Producer(s)Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, James Guthrie, Roger Waters

Concept[change | change source]

The Wall is a concept album depicting the story of Pink, an alienated rock star. At this point in the story, Pink is imagining himself as a fascist dictator during one of his shows. His behavior turns his crowd into a vicious mob, following his commands. The lyrics are threatening, and directed to the listener. The lyrics call the listener one with an "empty smile" and a "hungry heart", "dirty feelings" and a "guilty past".

History[change | change source]

The song was originally written by David Gilmour. The lyrics were written by Roger Waters. Waters provides all of the vocals on the studio version, but in live versions, Gilmour and Waters trade vocals each line.