“High Hopes” is the final track from the 1994 Pink Floyd album The Division Bell, composed by guitarist David Gilmour with lyrics by Gilmour and his girlfriend Polly Samson. The lyrics speak of the things one may have gained and lost in life, written from Gilmour’s autobiographic perspective. The final couplet from the song (“The endless river/Forever and ever”) recalls a line from Floyd’s second single, “See Emily Play”, from 1967, (“Float on a river/Forever and ever”) and inspired the name of their final studio album, The Endless River, released in 2014.
The lyrics refer to the band’s early days in Cambridge, specifically before they started making music and it also references ex-bandmate Syd Barrett. However, Gilmour has said that the song is more about his early days, and leaving his hometown behind, than about the seeds of division supposedly planted in Pink Floyd’s early days.
Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
In a world of magnets and miracles
Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the division bell had begun
Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
Do they still meet there by the Cut
There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before times took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay
This is David’s solo version of the song from Remember That Night…
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