A Great Day for Freedom

A Great Day for Freedom

Infobox Song
Name = A Great Day for Freedom

Artist = Pink Floyd
Album = The Division Bell
Released = March 30 1994 (UK)
April 5 1994 (US)
track_no = 5
Recorded = 1993
Genre = Progressive rock
Length = 4:17
Writer = David Gilmour, Polly Samson
Label = EMI (UK)
Columbia Records (US)
Producer = Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
[ Chart position = ]
prev = "Marooned"
prev_no = 4
next = "Wearing the Inside Out"
next_no = 6
"A Great Day for Freedom" is a song by Pink Floyd from their 1994 album, "The Division Bell".

While overtly alluding to the Berlin Wall, the lyrics are often read as a reflection on the bitter and estranged partnership David Gilmour had with Roger Waters. However, Gilmour rejects this idea: "I'm quite happy for people to interpret ["The Division Bell"] any way they like. But maybe a note of caution should be sounded because you can read too much into it. 'A Great Day for Freedom,' for example, has got nothing to do with Roger or his 'wall.' It just doesn't. What else can I say?" [http://www.pinkfloyd-co.com/band/interviews/djg/djg94.html]

The song was performed by Gilmour at Gdańsk during his "On An Island" tour in 2006, and features on his live album, "Live in Gdańsk".

On the album's bonus DVD documentary, "Gdańsk Diary", Gilmour states that the song is about the struggles in Eastern Europe (particularly Poland and Germany) and did their "freedom" "really" mean "freedom"? Gilmour also mentions that the song was originally titled In Shades of Grey.


*David Gilmour - Guitar and Vocals
*Richard Wright - Piano
*Guy Pratt - Bass
*Jon Carin - Programming
*Nick Mason - Drums and Percussion (Tambourine)
*Michael Kamen - Orchestral arrangement

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