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West Of The Wall: Toni Fisher, and the Wayne Shanklin Orchestra [1962]

An overly emotional track with a defiant tone about a couple whose love is separated by the Berlin Wall, an indelible symbol of the Cold War that, oddly, is rarely mentioned in this genre of songs.

Torch singer 'Miss' Toni Fisher was born in Los Angeles, California in 1931 and is probably best remembered for her one top ten hit The Big Hurt released in 1959 which is considered to be one of the first songs to employ the production technique of ‘phasing.’ This distinctive sound, which was later used in many psychedelic songs of the ‘60s, was the result of vocals and instrumentation being processed in and out of a rhythmic fuzz tone. Another charting single by the artist was her cover of Irving Berlin's How Deep Is The Ocean. Miss Fisher later recorded for Columbia, Capitol and Smash Records in the 1960s and in 1973 retired to a ranch in Utah. Fisher died of a heart attack on February 12, 1999 in Hyrum, Utah.

Fisher also recorded an unreleased German version: of West Of The Wall as Dort in Berlin. The German lyrics were by Hermann Lüth (1921-1978). In 1992, Texas rock band Drain recorded a tribute song, The Ballad Of Miss Toni Fisher (Trans Syndicate TR 11).

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
West Of The Wall: Toni Fisher, and the Wayne Shanklin Orchestra [1962]

West of the wall, I'll wait for you
West of the wall, our dreams can all come true
Though we're apart, a little while
My heart will wait until we both can smile

That wall built of our sorrow
We know must have an end
‘Til then, dream of tomorrow
When we meet again

West of the wall, where hearts are free
West of the wall, your heart can come to me
And in my arms, that hold you tight
You will forget the darkness of the night

The world knows of our sadness
And we are not alone
West of the wall, that soon will fall
And you come ho-o-o-o-ome

Wall, built up on sorrow, one day you will end
Hearts true to each other will not break, they will not bend
In our hour of sadness how clearly we can see
Tomorrow's gladness, free, free, free, free, free, free

West of the wall, where hearts are free
West of the wall, your heart can come to me
And in my arms, that hold you tight
You will forget the darkness of the night

The world knows of our sadness
And we are not alone
West of the wall, that soon will fall
And you come ho-o-o-o-ome
The curse of the wall!

Toni Fisher, and the Wayne Shanklin Orchestra [1962]
West Of The Wall
(Wayne Shanklin)
Big Top 3097

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