Song Lyric Sunday – 11 April 2021 – Sorrow

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week we should aim for a song with a one word title.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

We’ve had two weeks of love so, to balance things out a little, I’ve opted for Sorrow this week, performed by Pink Floyd.

The video was recorded on 20 October 1994 at Earls Court, London, during The Division Bell Tour. It was originally released on VHS and Laserdisc in 1995 and featured David Gilmour on guitar and vocals. Nick Mason was on drums and percussion, Rick Wright on Hammond organ and synthesiser, Guy Pratt playing bass guitar, Gary Wallis on percussion and extra drums on Pulse,  Tim Renwick on rhythm guitar, and Jon Carin on synthesiser. The ladies providing fantastic support singing are Sam Brown, Durga McBroom, and Claudia Fontaine.

“Sorrow” is the closing track on Pink Floyd’s thirteenth studio album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, released in 1987.  Drummer Nick Mason stated that the song was almost entirely written by David Gilmour alone over the space of one weekend on his houseboat studio Astoria. When he returned from the weekend, only “some spit and polish” was needed to finish it off. Gilmour has also mentioned that the solo at the end of “Sorrow” was done on the boat, his guitar going through a small Gallien-Krueger amplifier. Sorrow was a poem he’d written as a lyric before he wrote music to it, which was rare for him. 

It takes 3 minutes and 17 seconds before a human voice is heard, that of Dave Gilmour, but that lead in time is filled with the divine voice of Pink Floyd’s 4th singer, Dave’s guitar. 



Pink Floyd

The sweet smell of a great sorrow lies over the land
Plumes of smoke rise and merge into the leaden sky
A man lies and dreams of green fields and rivers
But awakes to a morning with no reason for waking

He’s haunted by the memory of a lost paradise
In his youth or a dream, he can’t be precise
He’s chained forever to a world that’s departed
It’s not enough, it’s not enough

His blood has frozen and curdled with fright
His knees have trembled and given way in the night
His hand has weakened at the moment of truth
His step has faltered

One world, one soul
Time pass, the river roll

And he talks to the river of lost love and dedication
And silent replies that swirl invitation
Flow dark and troubled to an oily sea
A grim intimation of what is to be

There’s an unceasing wind that blows through this night
And there’s dust in my eyes, that blinds my sight
And silence that speaks so much louder than words
Of promises broken

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Dave Gilmour

Sorrow lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC

28 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 11 April 2021 – Sorrow

  1. The guitar sounds in this song have to be some of the best ever made. I enjoyed listening to every minute of this. I never paid much attention to the lyrics before, because I have always been totally absorbed in the music. Great share Peter.

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  2. I’m not actually a heavy metal band fan, but ironically, the Pink Floyd song that I do like, despite the fact that I resent the lyrics, is “Another Brick in the Wall”. However, this is still an interesting post and I do like to hear something new.

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      1. I checked out the category before I wrote the comment cause I wasn’t sure. I don’t actually understand the difference between heavy metal and what they were. They were listed as heavy metal, but I trust your judgement more than what I read.

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      2. If I were being unkind I would say that a lot of Heavy Metal is very loud noise with not a lot of musical ability but that would be very unfair to the bands and individuals who are very talented and produce fine records.


  3. Amazing choice, Peter! 🙂
    A fave song of mine…it always touches my heart…lyrics, voices, instruments.
    I always say poems are birth-ed…some take their time and some come so quickly. 🙂
    That this poem/song was birth-ed in pretty much two days is…Wow! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) and how are you feeling today?

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