High Hopes (single)

27 december 2018

High Hopes (single)


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

De teksten spreken over de dingen die men kan hebben gewonnen en verloren in het leven, geschreven vanuit Gilmour’s autobiografisch perspectief. Gilmour heeft gezegd dat het nummer meer over zijn vroege dagen gaat, en het verlaten van zijn woonplaats, dan over de begindagen in Pink Floyd’s.

Het laatste couplet van het lied (“The endless river/Forever and ever “) herinnert aan een stuk van de band’s tweede single, “See Emily Play”, uit 1967, (“Float down a river forever and ever “) en inspireerde de naam van hun laatste studio-album, The Endless River, uitgebracht in 2014.

Uitgekomen op vinyl met postercover (niet in Nederland), als promo 2 track cd (met Marooned) en als 3 track cd (met Keep Talking radio edit en One Of These Days – live 1994)

Terug te vinden op:

The Division Bell
High Hopes (single, 1994)
Live in Gdansk
A Foot In The Door

CD uitgaves in Nederland:

High Hopes / Marooned: catalogusnummer HOPE 1 – promo cd (foto 1)
High Hopes (Radio Edit) / Keep Talking (Radio Edit) / One of These Days (Live): 7243 8 81772 2 1 (foto 2) CD
High Hopes (Radio Edit) / Keep Talking (Radio Edit) / One of These Days (Live): 7243 8 81773 2 0 (karton hoesje + 7 kaarten van de High Hopes promo video) (foto 3) Vinyl


Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
In a world of magnets and miracles
Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the division bell had begun

Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
Do they still meet there by the Cut

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
With friends sorrounded
The nights of wonder

Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some inner tide

At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There’s a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we’ve been so many times

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends sorrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river

Forever and ever


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