The Happiest Days of Our Lives (1:39)

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The Happiest Days of Our Lives is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was released on The Wall album in 1979.

The song is approximately 1 minute, 52 seconds in length, beginning with 24 seconds of a helicopter approaching followed by shouting from the schoolmaster. When Kate Bush tried to add a similar helicopter to the fadeout of her single “Experiment IV”, her recording engineers were unable to duplicate the overwhelming sound, so she asked Roger Waters for the original tape, and he obliged as long as it was mentioned in the credits. After that the sound effects abruptly cut out for the lyrical portion. Throughout the most of the song, the lead instrument is the bass guitar with an added delay effect and during the bridge to “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II”, there are intense drums and backing vocals. Due to the smooth transition from this song to Another Brick In The Wall Pt. II, many people think this song is part of Another Brick.

On the album, “The Happiest Days of Our Lives” segues into “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” with a loud, high-pitched scream by Roger Waters (this sound is later reprised on Run Like Hell). Because of this segue, many radio stations play one right after the other.

In the film based on the album, the sound at the beginning of the song is depicted as coming from a train entering a large tunnel, rather than a helicopter heard on the album. According to Gerald Scarfe, there was supposed to be a puppet of the teacher at the end of the tunnel in the film. Alan Parker made shots of it, but it didn’t work out, so they used Alex McAvoy, who played the teacher, to do the scene instead.

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  • sunheadbowed

    STAND STILL LADDIE

    6 Aug 11:00am Reply
  • will-neill

    Always made me cringe to hear a guy in his late 30's complaining about teachers

    15 Jul 4:56pm Reply
  • TNVWBOY

    "No Dukes of Hazzard in the classroom"

    24 Apr 6:57pm Reply
  • kaitlinandstuff

    I could probably listen to just this song over and over forever

    25 Mar 2:16am Reply
  • MUSIKUSIUSI

    ich bin 53.............also

    4 Feb 8:46pm Reply
  • nick_honest

    great song

    31 Jan 10:17pm Reply
  • Assedor

    This is creative works from the professional musicians.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good track

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Druid66

    Roger Waters envisions happiness in a unique way, I suppose... *laughs*

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • zero000000000

    then dont use last fm

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • forgie00

    I don't understand how people can listen to Another Brick in the Wall, part II without this song! [93]

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Abomination317

    oh come on, it's a concept album yes, and many of the songs are linked together but there's really no need to ALWAYS listen to them together. If there were I'm sure most of you would just have 'The Wall' as a single track in your library to ensure that you never listened out of order and out of context. But that would be stupid since the vast majority of the songs on the album will work out of the album and separately.

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Jeannyd

    I don't understand how people can listen to Another Brick in the Wall, part II without this song! [92]

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • grungeeisdead

    I don't understand how people can listen to Another Brick in the Wall, part II without this song! [90]

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • srdjstuka

    YOU!

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Ksimi

    One must issue a law prohibiting the listen of separate tracks from The Wall, so that we could only access all tracks one by one without interruption.

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • lars131

    this song shouldnt really be seperated from the wall part 1 n 2, come at me.

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • huazemoraes13

    Perfect!

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hundredsixtysix

    Я не понимаю, как люди могут слушать Еще один кирпич в стене, часть II без этой песни! [90]

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Artefvcked

    I don't understand how people can listen to Another Brick in the Wall, part II without this song! [89]

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
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