The Wall – a message to a message

Thank you Emagic for bringing “The Wall” in Bucharest!

Thank you Mr. Roger Waters for accepting and coming here, thank you for keeping this flame alive, thank you for being what you are!

I was 16 when I first listened The Wall. It was a fabulous chance I had. Back then, in 1982, in our socialist republic it was very difficult to even have a tape recorder or a pick-up player. And here I am, 30 years later, having the unbelievable chance to see this extraordinary show, live, in my own country!

I cried, I really cried at the beginning of the show, thinking of and thanking to the innocent guys that gave their life away in 1989, here in Romania! I thought about my very dear friend, a brave young man (only 20 years old) that so much believed in justice, in freedom, in liberty that he grabbed a gun and went into the fight for freedom. His name is Dragos Mladinovici and if there would be a “Romanian wall”, his picture should be there too. He died few hours after he captured one of the “terrorists” that were shooting into the crowd. I should better say he was executed. No proofs for this, of course. He and others like him died so that I and thousands like me could see today, live, The Wall.

There are so many unknown “soldiers” that died out there in this world for truth, for justice, for liberty, for the good of others! Men and women, silent and unknown soldiers of truth and justice!

I was looking to the audience this evening and was happy to see that the average age was around 35. I suppose people came not only for the super show, but for the message you so clearly expressed in our language, so that everyone could understand it, right from the beginning of the show. Wonderful thing you did!

From time to time I was looking to the great building behind the audience, a building that swallowed a lot of human lives during its construction. This “house of the people”, as Ceausescu wanted to name it, is the home of our Parliament today. The Wall was facing this building, a huge wall, quite spectacular!  I did not consider this an irony, but quite an opened door into the mirror.

Your message, Mr. Waters, is still valid. Back in 1979, now, in 2013, it is the same. We are still participants, puppets or muppets in this fearful show of the world’s craziness. “Be a light in the darkness” was written on one of your artists t-shirt! I hope everyone saw this. I hope you’ve been given to all of us here a bit of power, the power to stand for what we are, a bit of courage and dignity, a bit of your faith and strength, a bit of clarity.

And one more thing. I never bought a t-shirt or any other thing printed with the name of a band, even if I loved that band, but this evening I was so happy to ask for and receive the hammers, the symbol-logo of the Wall.  “Don’t give in without a fight” is written on the other side of the disc I got. I wished this line was not alone, but together with “Hey you, don’t help them bury the light!”

Be blessed Mr. Roger Waters, you and all your musicians and the entire crew! Fantastic show!

Daniela Maria Marin

Hey You

( Roger Waters )

Hey you, out there in the cold
Getting lonely, getting old
Can you feel me?
Hey you, standing in the aisles
With itchy feet and fading smiles
Can you feel me?
Hey you, don’t help them to bury the light
Don’t give in without a fight.

Hey you, out there on your own
Sitting naked by the phone
Would you touch me?
Hey you, with you ear against the wall
Waiting for someone to call out
Would you touch me?
Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone?
Open your heart, I’m coming home.

But it was only fantasy.
The wall was too high,
As you can see.
No matter how he tried,
He could not break free.
And the worms ate into his brain.

Hey you, standing in the road
always doing what you’re told,
Can you help me?
Hey you, out there beyond the wall,
Breaking bottles in the hall,
Can you help me?
Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all
Together we stand, divided we fall.

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