High Hopes (Pink Floyd song)

High Hopes (Pink Floyd song)

Infobox Single
Name = High Hopes

Artist = Pink Floyd
from Album = The Division Bell
B-side = Keep Talking (edit)/One of These Days (live)
Released = 1994
Format = 7", 12", CD
Recorded = 1994
Genre = Progressive rock
Length = 8:30 (7:50 w/o O'Rourke sequence)
Label = EMI (UK)
Columbia Records (US)
Writer = David Gilmour, Polly Samson
Producer = Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
Last single = "Take It Back"
This single = "High Hopes"
Next single = "Wish You Were Here EP"
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = The Division Bell
Type = studio
prev_track = "Lost for Words"
prev_no = 10
this_track = "High Hopes"
track_no = 11
"High Hopes" is a song from the 1994 Pink Floyd album, "The Division Bell", written by David Gilmour and Polly Samson. Its lyrics speak of the things one may have gained and lost in life and also an autobiographical flair to it for Gilmour. Douglas Adams, a friend of Gilmour's, chose the album title from one of the lyrics in this song, the last song recorded for the album in what David Gilmour described as a "flash of inspiration".

Pink Floyd manager, Steve O'Rourke, who lobbied to be included on one of the group's albums, appears at the end with Gilmour's stepson, Charlie, who hangs up a telephone on O'Rourke.

The beginning of "High Hopes" is reminiscent of another of his songs, "Fat Old Sun", from the Pink Floyd album "Atom Heart Mother". Bells chime at the beginning of both pieces, for example.

The bird sounds and fly buzzing can also be traced back to "Grantchester Meadows", a song from the 1969 Pink Floyd album, "Ummagumma", written by Roger Waters.

This being the very last song that Pink Floyd has written to date (and its placement at the end of their last album of new material to date) lends itself to the interpretation that the song narrates the story of the band's career, from their beginnings to their grandiose success (with "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall") to their breakup to their carrying on. The final line ("The endless river, forever and ever") ties into one of the band's first hits, "See Emily Play" ("Float on a river, forever and ever").

"High Hopes" was included in the 2001 compilation, "" with a shortened slide-guitar solo. The group Nightwish closes their Highest Hopes album with a cover version of this song.


David Gilmour talking about "High Hopes" from the US radio premiere of "The Division Bell" with Redbeard, March, 1994.

Music video

The music video to High Hopes was used as a screen film on the Division Bell tour, as seen on "P*U*L*S*E" and is set mostly on Fenland in Cambridgeshire.The video features a man looking over the Fens at Ely Cathedral, the same building which can be seen between the metal heads on the cover of the album. Also, the video has many references to Cambridge, where Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and David Gilmour grew up. The university scarves, bikes and punts on the river being obvious ones. Also shown is an oversized bust of Syd Barrett.

The video was featured on an episode of "Beavis and Butt-head". Beavis said that if you didn't know the name Pink Floyd or anything about the band and just saw this video, you might think this was wuss music. Butt-head replied to him that this "is" wuss music.


*David Gilmour - lead and backing vocals, Chet Atkins model classical guitars, bass guitar, lap steel guitar
*Richard Wright - Kurzweil synthesizers
*Nick Mason - drums, percussion
*Jon Carin - piano
*Michael Kamen - orchestrations
*Edward Shearmur - orchestrations


Cover versions

*A cover of "High Hopes" by Shark 'N The Smoke appears on 2003 Pink Floyd tribute album "A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd" and features former Warren Zevon touring guitarist John Would on lap steel guitar.
*The song was covered by the Finnish band Nightwish for their 2005 compilation album "Highest Hopes".
*The song was covered a second time by Nightwish on an official release. It was played live at their final concert of their Once Tour, which was recorded and released on their "End of an Era" DVD.
*The song was covered by Gregorian for their album "Masters of Chant Chapter IV".
*The song was covered by the german band Sylvan in 2000 for the album 'Signs of Life - A Tribute to Pink Floyd'

External links

* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ioavsW0tgI High Hopes video on YouTube]


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