A Great Day for Freedom

17 december 2018

A Great Day for Freedom


Lyrics: David Gilmour, Polly Samson
Music: David Gilmour
Zang: David Gilmour

Het nummer, oorspronkelijk getiteld “In Shades of Grey”, richt zich op de grote hoop na de val van de Berlijnse Muur en de teleurstelling die volgde. David Gilmour verklaarde: “There was a wonderful moment of optimism when the Wall came down – the release of Eastern Europe from the non-democratic side of the socialist system. But what they have now doesn’t seem to be much better. Again, I’m fairly pessimistic about it all. I sort of wish and live in hope, but I tend to think that history moves at a much slower pace than we think it does. I feel that real change takes a long, long time.”
(Guitar World, September 1994)

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On the day the wall came down
They threw the locks onto the ground
And with glasses high we raised a cry
for freedom had arrived

On the day the wall came down
The Ship of Fools had finally run aground
Promises lit up the night like paper doves in flight

I dreamed you had left my side
No warmth, not even pride remained
And even though you needed me
It was clear that I could not do a thing for you

Now life devalues day by day
As friends and neighbours turn away
And there’s a change that, even with regret,
cannot be undone

Now frontiers shift like desert sands
While nations wash their bloodied hands
Of loyalty, of history, in shades of grey

I woke to the sound of drums
The music played, the morning sun streamed in
I turned and looked at you
And all but the bitter residue slipped away … slipped away

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