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Her Name on the Wall

Her name is written on the wall
No one hears her call
Her name is written on the wall
They tried to make her fall

She goes to sleep at night, divided in her heart
Her name is written in her blood, I can't read it no more
No one hears her call, no one hears her call
No one hears her call, no one hears her call

If I knew what her name was, she wouldn't be this mystery
Cause if I knew what her name was, I know she once was my city

Her name is written on the wall
I can't read it at all
Her name is written on the wall
They tried to make her fall

She tried to cross at night, all along the wall
And then the guns brought her down, no one saw her fall
No one saw her fall, no one hears her call
No one saw her fall, and no one hears her call

If I knew what her name was, she wouldn't be this mystery
Cause if I knew what her name was, I know she once was my city
If I knew what her name was, she wouldn't be this mystery
Cause if I knew what her name was, I know she once was my city

Oh, the wall falls, oh the wall falls, oh the wall falls on me
Oh, the wall falls, oh the wall falls, oh the wall falls on me

If I knew what her name was, she wouldn't be this mystery
Cause if I knew what her name was, I know she once was my city
Cause if I knew what her name was, she wouldn't be this mystery
Cause if I knew what her name was, I know she once was my Berlin

Oh, the wall falls, oh the wall falls, oh the wall falls on me
Oh, the wall falls, oh the wall falls, oh the wall falls on me

Oh, die Mauer, die Mauer, fliegen Sie!
 


Words and music by Peter Forrest

Year Written: 1984 (Peterborough, Ontario CANADA)
Date Recorded: 1986 (4-track, Montreal, Québec CANADA)
Musicians: Peter Forrest (guitar and vocals), John McGrath (bass), François Dubeau (drums)

Song Notes: This is one of the few songs Pete wrote at Trent University. The song was inspired by Pete's German professor's talk about the Berlin wall and how it was a bloody scar.  Pete was acquainted with the story of people trying to escape from the East so he wrote this song with some German words at the very end.  The final German phrase means, "Oh, the wall, the wall, fly away!"  This song was definitely written before its time.

This song was originally slow all the way through.  While running through the song for the first time for the first gig in London, Ontario, Trent (the drummer) and John (bassist) naturally sped up the song and that gave it a rocking edge.  Pete wasn't too thrilled at first, but he grew to love it after a few plays. This song was part of the first Vee Gates Montreal demo. 

Basic Guitar Chords: 

Opening: Am, Cmaj7, Am (etc.)
Verses: Am, Cmaj7, Am  (etc.)
Bridge 1: Cmaj7, B, Am7, Cmaj7, D, Am7, Cmaj7, B, Am7, Cmaj7, D, A
Chorus: D, Em, G, D, C
Bridge 2: Em, G, C, G
Ending: Em, G, C, G