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Pink Floyd: “High Hopes”
The Hook: Inspired by David Gilmour’s childhood, it’s a favorite of Nick Mason’s.
Album: The Division Bell
Writers: David Gilmour and Polly Samson
Stats: “High Hopes” was released as the second single from The Division Bell and peaked at number-seven on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart.
Background: “High Hopes” is the final cut and second single off Pink Floyd’s The Division Bell. It’s writer, David Gilmour, tells what inspired it and drummer Nick Mason explains why it’s one of his Floyd favorites.
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on the inspiration for “High Hopes” and Nick Mason on why he likes the song so much. OC:…song starts. :22
Gilmour: “That’s kind of a song about my childhood and the things you gain and the things you think you might have lost.”
Mason: “I suppose it embodies just all the qualities I like in a Pink Floyd track. I like the lyric content, but I also like the slightly unusual startup and the fact that the bell tone takes the rhythm and sets it and the you’re surprised when it turns round as the song starts.”