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.
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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.
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
Songwriters: Dave Gilmour
Sorrow lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC