High Hopes Lyrics - Pink Floyd
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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 to the causeway
Do they still MEET there by the cut
There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay
The grass was greener
The light was brighter
With friends surrounded
The nights of wonder
Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some inner tide
At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights OF that dreamed of world
Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There's a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we've been so many times
The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river
Forever and ever
Writer: WITTER, RICHARD JAMES / BANKS, PAUL ADRIAN / GLADWIN, THOMAS PETER / LEACH, ALAN STEVEN
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Memories | Reviewer: tony | 3/28/14
The first time I heard High Hopes I felt as if I had been transported back to my youth. This song spoke to me as if it new my lifes story. Growing up, I was fascinated with how things worked and why, to me the lyrics speak of a simpler time, with out all the technology and a true sense of our surroundings, The song brings me great peace and I love it!
Gilmour interview | Reviewer: leeko | 1/3/14
Gilmour was interviewed about this song and it is simply him looking back to his youth and his university days in particular. But hey, is what it means to you that is the important thing.
a | Reviewer: MMREE | 12/1/13
This song is about 'imaginary' place where we have been living before anything, where imagination and kindness required for being real, where you can truly share your enjoyment with your friends with just standing near them. I wished that place was real, because I feel like I have been there. But that's maybe my imagination. Any maybe pink floyd's imagination too. Lets meet up there.
forget the past | Reviewer: James | 11/24/13
This song is actually telling us how not to live our lives. We spend too much time looking at the past and place high hopes in the future; therefore we miss the fact that the only thing real in life is this moment. He tells us desire and ambition are burdens (encumbered) and that we will never be satisfied chasing them. Let go of your desire and ambition that society has brainwashed you into having. Life is fou, nd in the dawn mist glowing, the endless river of time that we can't get back, it's just memories that will cause u to suffer as long as you perceive the past to be a world of magnets and miracles...
Pink Floyd... My Life is owed to this song indeed. | Reviewer: Dan Welsh | 7/27/13
Right now, im 15 and in a bad place indeed. I feel like life is not worth living anymore. But, Pink Floyd keep me here! There music, so full of emotions and feelings. Thank you Floyd, never shall I forget¬
Oldie Hopefulls | Reviewer: Angie | 5/29/13
I have wanted to play the guitar since I was seven. never had the chance. I am now 56 and my husband bought me a slide guitar for christmas which led me to try acoustic and electric guitar there is no stopping me now. I started with High Hopes as David Gilmour plays acoustic and slide guiter. Its starting to sound really good. I love Ping Floyd. Having grown up with their music.I havent got enough life time left to really good. Its hard work and years of expereance.Now I've found the lyrics I can sing along as well. love the song. So you oldies out there dont just wish you had done it when you were young. Pick up a guitar start with the basics, learn some cords and lets get rocking. Thank you David for fantastic music over the years Good looking guy in his time too. Good Luck
Pink Floyd Despiration | Reviewer: Justa Fan | 4/6/13
RE: "English Despiration"
The song is Time off Dark Side..."Hanging on in quiet despiration is the English way" and although not totally original it's a good application of a great quote from Thoreau's Walden:
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation...
High Hopes is the only song that gets close to touching the Waters Gilmour Floyd and I really enjoy it so well done Mr. Gilmour. With the kick start of Syd I believe that Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason were able to produce a sound that is truly unique and only could have manifested with those 4 individuals together; a perfect blend. I know from work experience that it is not until the tension producing element of a venture is removed that one realizes the quality the tension actually helped produce. Still, life is more than producing and should be enjoyed so when something has run its course and is no longer fun it may be right to let go and move in a totally new direction. I believe On an Island was a completely different idea for Gilmour and it worked splendidly, actually one of my favorite solo albums of all time. Gilmours timing and feel is second to none. Of course we all understand Waters giving us the Floyd we know and love but I'm begining to believe his mere presense even if negative helped bring the best out of the other members at that time. This may have actually been one of his greatest contributions. Fussy perfectionist have their place. I believe Floyd has over 10 masterpieces. The next best band may have 2-3 and most great bands don't even have 1 (just some hits).
Great song ! | Reviewer: Norbert | 2/7/13
So it is time to say something in German!
High Hopes ist einer der besten Lieder die ich je gehört habe. Perfekte Musik, perfekter Text und das Video brilliant.
Ich bin seit mehr als 40 Jahren Pink Floyd Fan und werde es immer bleiben. In meinem Testament habe habe ich den Wunsch geäußert, dass als Abschiedssong "high Hopes" gespielt wird.
Hope(s) | Reviewer: Io.n | 1/4/13
I was listening the song for hundred times. I don't know how many times, but now is for the first time when I'm listening carefully - for the words. I'm dreaming to my youth (I'm 52 yrs old) and all my thoughts are going to my classmates who are not living any more, or even worse, are living in another country such Canada, Australia or USA (a sort of dead for me/us, the remaining in Romania).
Yes, the grass was greener ...
The mst beutiful nd meaningful song | Reviewer: chiro | 12/24/12
I hve no words fr this song!!! Sir David gilmour
Is just awesum... His lyrics nd compostion,
Are just the bst ... Whn i lisen this song i serisly gt
Lost in diffrnt world nd end up crying
dad was on gis deathbed | Reviewer: seth wudel | 7/22/12
When my dad was alive, he asked mw to play dark side of the moon on his grave after he died....a few years later , when he was on his deathbwd , i did him one better, and purchased dark side of the moon again, and played it for him as he was dying.....well, theres mote.....i was really addicted to crack at the time, and it was something i couldnt not buy when i had money....b and when i had a chance on the weekend to visit him on gis deathbed i had 100 bucks or so in my pocket, and seven hours to wait for the bus, already jonesing on crack, and drugs all around me....would have been so easy to give him...a couple times i thought i eould just wait til the following weekenf but it would have been to late cuz he had already died....but for whatever reason, love defeated crack this time and i got to give my dad his dying wish.....when i was in the store purchasing dark side of the moon, high hopes was playing on the tv.....it was the first time i heard it, and it absolutely mesmerized me.....it was everything i was feeling about my dad dying....when i got back to plat dark side of the mpon for my dad, he open his eyes or say anything coherent, but i caught him kicking his feet to the music a little.....that was the last time i ever saw him, and all i xould think about the way home had the song high hopes playing in the background.....when i hear the song i think of my father and its by far my favorite pink floyd song
high hops | Reviewer: poria | 7/2/12
its a fantastic song ,i cant say anything when i heard this song from the beginning i had journey to another world and i was cried at the end.thanks to pink floyd and david gilmour for this eternal song
This is The Song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/14/12
I saw the video of this song the first time I heard it.I was alone in my room, with excelent speakers, in the mood of getting "entranced" by Floyd. But I never expected what happened then.
The song engulfed me, and for seven minutes I forgot where I was or what I was doing. At the end of the song, I discovered myself crying and longing for a world I have never known.
You can take apart the video to break it down and analyze it -the deep semiotics involved, the psychological meanings-, but when mixed with the song, you're no longer hearing or seeing, but feeling the strange alchemy of this song.
It is sad, and it is strong; it is filled with melancholy and longing. It is a powerful song. I hear it everyday I can, and somehow I feel calm, and determined, and full of energy: like suddenly realizing I have a purpose I've forgotten for a long time. But then again, that's just me. Perhaps someone else out there might feel something similar to what I do.
email@example.com | Reviewer: danielle elinck | 1/30/12
Alles van deze song is geweldig, hoewel de woordenschat niet gemakkelijk is. Ik koester dit lied als een zeldzaam juweel in herinnering aan vervlogen tijden en overleden dierbaren.
Pink floyd " the merchants of melancohy " but they got it right and did it the " pink " way ! | Reviewer: sab2871 | 11/27/11
Yes High Hopes is in a sure way a " tear jerker " song ! Ofcourse, not in some corny way but it is " deep " and so meaningful that its melancholy chant , rythm and lyics invoke " thoughs " of past regrets , challenges , love and ultimately " life ". The entire song is so " haunting " and " weighty " that one would say " who the hell wants to listen to such downer music ! However, as others have said Pink Floyd is addictive almost " doping " but thats the style of 5 men , all of British desent who have grown up in a society where wars , political strife, invasions and cultural swings imprinted , an already " Germanic / Celtic people with a dry , reserved yet quick witted personality that is " English desperation " as is mentioned in one of their songs ( can't recall ). Sorry for the history lesson but thats the way I see it . The band met at cambridge university and with the exception of David Gilmore ( friend of Syd ) the others came from families of Aristocracy / Society . So for the most part it seems like their final song to mark their love , admiration and sadness over the guy that created Floyd , steared its infant days but continued to have an impact on the band through its life as it went thru it 3 phases. Not to mention the way Syd left the band and the morbid life he lead in a mental institution. But again the song airs of English melancohly and is trance like . But who hasn't gone through downs in their life ? Its really a very serious song as really most of their songs are so relevant to life reflecting pessimism from optimistic let downs. Just typing about how I view " High Hopes " and Floyd is uplifting but no sooner I replay the song in my head the melancohly thoughs return. Its a timeless song and " haunting ". Regardless, of their tendency to produce this mood of progressive rock music they still manage to blend suchlyrics with the solid rythm of Nick Mason ( drums ) , Rick wrights surrounding Keyboards and Gilmore's lingering chords and solo. Sorry to repeat myself but its all so " haunting " its hard not to dwell into the truth and realism of the song no matter how depressing and reminding it is .
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