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David Gilmour — Short and Sweet
Album: David Gilmour
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Released: 1978
Length: 5:23
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You ask what is the quality of life?
Seeking to justify the part you play
And hide, fearing it incomplete
To try to make it any more or less than short and sweet

But short, short is from you to me
As close as we are wont to try to make it be
We're caught watching the dark in the sky
Who knows, helpless as time itself to hold the time of day

And you, you are a fantasy
A view from where you'd like to think the world should see
Be true and you will likely find
A few building a vision new and justice to our time

And we, we, the immoral men
We dare, naked and fearless in the elements
And free, carefree of tempting fate
Aware and holding off the moral nightmare at the gates

And sweet, sweet as a mountain stream
We'll look toward a new day breaking in the east
We'll meet as every future dream unfolds
And surely quality that is the very least
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You better run!!
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Idle chit chat alert

Mr Gilmour lives just down the road from me and he is having built a bespoke house in Brighton overlooking the sea just a few steps from a  house he already renovated as his 'south coast retreat' a few years ago.

How lovely it must be to be able to have a number of houses and be able to afford to have a home designed and built to your exact requirements in a spectacular setting overlooking the sea in one of the most dynamic of cities. 

I am looking forward to an invite for afternoon tea. . . 
 
 
Why not invite him first? He probably doesn't get to meet 'normal' people much apart from those who faint at the sight of him, and besides, you'd only be doing a neighbourly thing. 

I remember hearing Billy Connolly talking about the time that he lived near Frank Zappa, and used to regularly walk past his house.  Being in awe of him, he never plucked up the courage to knock on the door. After Frank died, Gail (aka Mrs Zappa) saw Billy go past and came out to meet him.  She told him that Frank had been a big fan of his, but was always too nervous to go and talk to him.

(By the way, cake will be essential if he accepts your kind invitation, but I'd avoid supermarket own-brand.  Thornton's at the bare minimum.)
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Idle chit chat alert
How lovely it must be to be able to have a number of houses and be able to afford to have a home designed and built to your exact requirements in a spectacular setting overlooking the sea in one of the most dynamic of cities.   
 
When he sold his London house  in 2002 ($5M), he donated ALL of the money to a project that builds hundreds of affordable houses for people who struggle with affordable housing.  Because Gilmour is awesome.  And he is my guitar god.
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Idle chit chat alert

Mr Gilmour lives just down the road from me ...

I am looking forward to an invite for afternoon tea. . . 
 
Try cranking up the RP volume to see if he comes round to applaud or complain... What songs do we think might do the trick?

I am minded of a story I heard years back of possibly Patrick Moraz allegedly playing 'Layla' loudly when living next door to George Harrison after  Eric hooked up with Pattie... Alas I can't find anything to back that one up.

 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Idle chit chat alert

Mr Gilmour lives just down the road from me and he is having built a bespoke house in Brighton overlooking the sea just a few steps from a  house he already renovated as his 'south coast retreat' a few years ago.

How lovely it must be to be able to have a number of houses and be able to afford to have a home designed and built to your exact requirements in a spectacular setting overlooking the sea in one of the most dynamic of cities. 

I am looking forward to an invite for afternoon tea. . . 
 
 
Sounds comfortably bum to me. 


 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Idle chit chat alert

Mr Gilmour lives just down the road from me and he is having built a bespoke house in Brighton overlooking the sea just a few steps from a  house he already renovated as his 'south coast retreat' a few years ago.

How lovely it must be to be able to have a number of houses and be able to afford to have a home designed and built to your exact requirements in a spectacular setting overlooking the sea in one of the most dynamic of cities. 


I am looking forward to an invite for afternoon tea. . . 
 
 
Well if you are a productive writer or artist or perhaps fully involved in the local environmental movement, you might run into him.

But if you stand around envying his material success, I kinda doubt it. 
 unclehud wrote:
As stated earlier, Mr Gilmour is a very talented guitar player.  Wonder why he's not listed highly on "best guitarist" lists?
 

But he is.  Depending on what list you read he moves higher or lower.  Good ears and a sensible musical heart cannot fail to rate Gilmour near the top.  
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Idle chit chat alert

Mr Gilmour lives just down the road from me and he is having built a bespoke house in Brighton overlooking the sea just a few steps from a  house he already renovated as his 'south coast retreat' a few years ago.

How lovely it must be to be able to have a number of houses and be able to afford to have a home designed and built to your exact requirements in a spectacular setting overlooking the sea in one of the most dynamic of cities. 

I am looking forward to an invite for afternoon tea. . . 
 
 
Go play guitar like that and you will have a much better chance of affording a bespoke house.  He not only buys a house or homes, but he can afford to donate millions of Euros/dollars/pounds from the sale of his guitars to underwrite a charity. 
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Idle chit chat alert

Mr Gilmour lives just down the road from me and he is having built a bespoke house in Brighton overlooking the sea just a few steps from a  house he already renovated as his 'south coast retreat' a few years ago.

How lovely it must be to be able to have a number of houses and be able to afford to have a home designed and built to your exact requirements in a spectacular setting overlooking the sea in one of the most dynamic of cities. 

I am looking forward to an invite for afternoon tea. . . 
 
 
That's pretty cool.
Tell him I said hello. (PF show, Rosemont Horizon  in Chicago in '87. I was in Section HH, row N seat 14...I'm sure he remembers me!)
As stated earlier, Mr Gilmour is a very talented guitar player.  Wonder why he's not listed highly on "best guitarist" lists?
Idle chit chat alert

Mr Gilmour lives just down the road from me and he is having built a bespoke house in Brighton overlooking the sea just a few steps from a  house he already renovated as his 'south coast retreat' a few years ago.

How lovely it must be to be able to have a number of houses and be able to afford to have a home designed and built to your exact requirements in a spectacular setting overlooking the sea in one of the most dynamic of cities. 

I am looking forward to an invite for afternoon tea. . . 
 
'Run Like Hell' revisited in that intro, nice.
One of the few records that I have owned in album form, cassette, CD, and now digital. I never get tired of listening to any of the songs off this collection. 
Still sounds fresh today, great body of work indeed.
 westslope wrote:
I love coloradojohn's take on things.  

 
I'm right there with you, westslope.....CoJo's the man at expressing what I'm feeling...and we've never even met! 
 deepwoodskev wrote:
There's a little riff he plays in this that sounds very Alex Lifeson-ish.

 
Mount Rushmour!
listened to this album on repeat on my walkman while backpacking in the Sierra Nevada range in the late 80s. totally hooked me. always make me think of mountains.  
This and Murder, two favorite Gilmour solo tracks. 
 coloradojohn wrote:
I think the thing about Dave's sound is more than just that bad-assed Strat — which is perhaps unbeatable. More than just effects, too. I do love the subtle Whammy Bar bend he throws in at the tail of the Intro here! Such great, fat, saturated sounds come at his bidding! Squeezing the notes, shaking and holding them, he makes them dance. I saw the great Tinsley Ellis jam a local place late November, and he does the same, and it involves a very physical style of playing, and a not stopping until the exact desired effect is achieved... Tinsley was able to get Gilmour sounds out of his Gibson ES-335, and BB King sounds out of an old Strat, so yeah, I fully believe that a person with the grasp and verve of David Gilmour could walk into a guitar shop and rock his signature sound with whatever set of strings he wraps his hands around. He rules! I freaked when he did that jam in the sand in 'Live at Pompeii!' Plays a mean steel, too!

 
Almost exactly the words I'd apply to seeing Anthony Jackson play the bass- before the bid new 6-string custome he designed with Fodera. That big man with HUGE hands just PULLS the notes from the instrument- almlost no effects - just him and the 4 strings, maybe a skosh of flanger. He fits INSIDE the music like a hand in a glove, he's the beating heart.
And "Live at Pompeii" - what a revelation! I had never understood how much of a percussion band PF were until I saw it  happen there. Wow. The premier "rock video" item of the Golden Age, if I may be so bold. 
I was cheap.  7 > 8. 
Simply amazing!
I love coloradojohn's take on things.  
 coloradojohn wrote:
I think the thing about Dave's sound is more than just that bad-assed Strat — which is perhaps unbeatable. More than just effects, too. I do love the subtle Whammy Bar bend he throws in at the tail of the Intro here! Such great, fat, saturated sounds come at his bidding! Squeezing the notes, shaking and holding them, he makes them dance. I saw the great Tinsley Ellis jam a local place late November, and he does the same, and it involves a very physical style of playing, and a not stopping until the exact desired effect is achieved... Tinsley was able to get Gilmour sounds out of his Gibson ES-335, and BB King sounds out of an old Strat, so yeah, I fully believe that a person with the grasp and verve of David Gilmour could walk into a guitar shop and rock his signature sound with whatever set of strings he wraps his hands around. He rules! I freaked when he did that jam in the sand in 'Live at Pompeii!' Plays a mean steel, too!

 
ColoradoJohn - living at altitude clearly gives you great insight!  I agree with everything you say - David Gilmour does not always rank high up in the top all time guitar greats but the sounds he wrings out of a guitar - strat or othherwise - puts him at the top of your and my list.
Two chords in and you know who this is, wielding the guitar. Such a unique voice.
I think the thing about Dave's sound is more than just that bad-assed Strat — which is perhaps unbeatable. More than just effects, too. I do love the subtle Whammy Bar bend he throws in at the tail of the Intro here! Such great, fat, saturated sounds come at his bidding! Squeezing the notes, shaking and holding them, he makes them dance. I saw the great Tinsley Ellis jam a local place late November, and he does the same, and it involves a very physical style of playing, and a not stopping until the exact desired effect is achieved... Tinsley was able to get Gilmour sounds out of his Gibson ES-335, and BB King sounds out of an old Strat, so yeah, I fully believe that a person with the grasp and verve of David Gilmour could walk into a guitar shop and rock his signature sound with whatever set of strings he wraps his hands around. He rules! I freaked when he did that jam in the sand in 'Live at Pompeii!' Plays a mean steel, too!
 thewiseking wrote:
Total Rubbish. 

 
I think you perhaps mean a band called Total Rubbish, maybe a precursor or sequel to Garbage.   Your initial caps imply a proper noun name, not a descriptor of condition. Clearly this is neither Total Rubbish nor total rubbish.  
 thewiseking wrote:
Total Rubbish. 

 
I bought this album when it first came out, and played it over and over.  Still love it all - and really enjoy David Gilmour clips on YouTube..  And, of course, his legendary riffs from Pink Floyd over the years.  What is it they say - "One man's trash is another man's treasure?"   Kinda judgmental, don't you think!
Sounds like old Dave Cousins from the Strawbs!
There's a little riff he plays in this that sounds very Alex Lifeson-ish.
Total Rubbish. 
Under  rated for a solo album , from a guy that was in one of the best bands in recent history.
 
Most excellent, overall. {#Iamwithstupid}
Not that interesting. Great bands are so much more than any one person.
 Relayer wrote:
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Still the best guitarist in my opinion.

 
I'm sure he could walk into a shop, plug a cheap guitar into a cheap amp, and sound fantastic, but it seems he uses quite a few effects for his "sound".
 Relayer wrote:


Still the best guitarist in my opinion.
...may I re-post this great comment..
 


{#Clap} not his best work, but the man can PLAY...........
I am with you 100% on this vote!  And later I will do the Sunday ritual and put on Fat Old Sun...nothing better, time and time again!
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Relayer wrote: "Still the best guitarist in my opinion."
Great jam from the past...I discovered this in a whole new and painful way 2 years or so after I first had it in my collection; a broken heart, my first real one, somehow compelled me to listen to it in those Sad Universal Condition days even when it cut me to the quick of my soul.


Still the best guitarist in my opinion.
 Jodo901 wrote:
Sorry, just can't dig the vibe. I know many people love DG solo but to me it's all very boring. It's no wonder Pink Floyd sucks so much after they split with Roger Waters. It's kind of catchy bu it starts and ends there.
  I agree—sort of.  My love affair with Pink Floyd definitely ended after Dark Side of the Moon, probably my favorite album of all time.  But I have always liked this David Gilmour album...


 toterola wrote:
Love this album. "There's No Way Out Of Here" is a well-remembered part of my childhood. Good times!
 
My sentiments exactly, although I was not a "child" when it came out.  Great album.
Sorry, just can't dig the vibe. I know many people love DG solo but to me it's all very boring. It's no wonder Pink Floyd sucks so much after they split with Roger Waters. It's kind of catchy bu it starts and ends there.
..lyrics (`nuff sed?)..plus the Gilmour musicality..but serious: you
  don't find lyrics like these, these days..(well, seldom).. 
Now I know where the riff from "Run Like Hell" was birthed.
Wow, that brought me some inspiration!
 daedalus wrote:
David being posessed by Pete Townshend?
 
What a great description of this song.
David being posessed by Pete Townshend?
A great song but this version doesn't do it full justice. Co-writer Roy Harper released his version on "Unknown Soldier" a year or two later('79/'80). Much more concise, tight and imaginative in the rearrangement of words and music; the strings by David Bedford near perfect, unable to decide on which of two takes to use, they ended up using em both with the resulting counterpoint quite exquisite. Check youtube for other live versions.

 Elsewhere on that record you get Roy, Dave G AND Kate B all on one track (The Game II). I'm surprised Bill hasn't winkled that one out of the ether yet, or the other tune with that heavenly trio on the title track of  "Once" (91).

 Come to that we haven't heard Peter Gabriel and Kate B's amazing duet on Roy Harper's "Another Day", from the KB TV special, and also covered elsewhere by the Cocteau Twins amongst others. Furthermore Roy Harper barely seems to register on RP's radar ("Have a Cigar" excepted), given his pedigree and that of his musical cohorts that's a bit of a shocker...eg JP Jones, B Bruford, D Gilmour, Chris Spedding the band, inter alia, on the HQ album; and J Page, P McCartney, Keith Emerson, John Renbourn, Ian Anderson elsewhere in the catalogue, and of course did I mention Kate Bush?

 If I'd complemented my vinyl with the CD version I'd have uploaded it already, gonna have to wright (sic) that wrong. (These songs are definitely wrought rather than cast). Someone beat me to it, I dare ya.{#Music} Must Flaidh {#Propeller}
Love this album. "There's No Way Out Of Here" is a well-remembered part of my childhood. Good times!
OK, I give up, what's an encouter?
 "Imagine your girlfriend visits you for a first encouter, and you let this sound play!"
Does it involve vivisection, or lip suction, or.......well I dunno

it's on a "Buy List" somewhere, I bet. 8 for me !
If only this dull number did what it says on the tin. Floyd were an excellent example of the whole being far greater than the sum of its parts, as the individual members, although ok as musicians, were often just plain dull or, in the case of Waters, hideously self-indulgent.
Don't understand why people get on DG...like because most of the Floyd album concepts and lyrics were waters and Barrett that Gilmour was some kind of talentless hack. The guys incredible. Maybe not hendricks or Dylan, but he's definatly worthy of a solo career.
I've never heard this before!  *hangs head in shame*  I really like it, though - David Gilmour's music has a way of sneaking up on me and surprising me with genuine delight.{#Bounce}
 Stingray wrote:
Imagine your girlfriend visits you for a first encouter,
and you let this sound play!

 
How could she be your girlfriend already if it's your first encounter?  Did you order her in the mail?  

love the guitar work.
 trissi wrote:
This is an awesome track from a great album.
My boyfriend played this for me and his musical taste was the only thing that kept me sticking around.

It sounds like Pink Floyd because David Gilmore was part of the band.
 
 
So, you only stayed with the guy because you liked his taste in music?  He had no other redeeming qualities then?


 Stingray wrote:
How unbelievably stupid and booooooring!

This band is.... - I just have no words!

No melody, no rythm, no spirit, no kicks, no nothing...!

Imagine your girlfriend visits you for a first encouter,
and you let this sound play!

See her running...?

  

I'd be willing to bet that your imaginary girlfriend runs from you regardless of what's on.
This is the best Solo David Gilmour album!
wow. i had a cassette tape of this in high school. i just hasd a serious flasback to backpacking with buddies and rockin this on my Walkman (that's what we used to call iPods a long long time ago)

Kind of a Keith Richards vibe on some of the guitar bits... and a Beatles thing at the end...
nice guitar, nice feel.  very PF-ish.
 Stingray wrote:
Imagine your girlfriend visits you for a first encouter,
and you let this sound play!

See her running...?

 
I agree with BigIslandBlues on letting the girl go.  If you are going to play music that you really like for a girl, and she runs away because she doesn't like it, then the bitch ain't worth it.  She would have to be incredibly shallow to so object to one song so much that she leaves.  Not the kind of girl I'd miss.

Also, if two music lovers are going to have a relationship, then musical tastes need to be at least somewhat similar.  If you love a girl, and you love music, then listening to music with your girl will make everything so much better.  If you are just looking to get laid, play Coldplay.  She'll either put out or think you are gay.

Besides, judging someone by their musical tastes is about as stupid is thinking someone is an idiot because they can't use spell check...

encouter = encounter I assume.

 trissi wrote:
This is an awesome track from a great album.
My boyfriend played this for me and his musical taste was the only thing that kept me sticking around.

It sounds like Pink Floyd because David Gilmore was part of the band.
 
  

 linzie wrote:

I've heard this, tho it has been awhile; why, until now, did I think it came from a Floyd album?? I know, because it sounds like Floyd, but also because I could swear I heard this on a Floyd album?? Like a Division Bell, or?


 
sisters?

nothing in this whatsoever. muzak for stoners, like the rest of the Voids output.
This is an awesome track from a great album.
My boyfriend played this for me and his musical taste was the only thing that kept me sticking around.

It sounds like Pink Floyd because David Gilmore was part of the band.
 
Stingray...isn't that a flat headed bottom feeding fish? {#Tongue}
 Stingray wrote:
How unbelievably stupid and booooooring!

This band is.... - I just have no words!

No melody, no rythm, no spirit, no kicks, no nothing...!

Imagine your girlfriend visits you for a first encouter,
and you let this sound play!

See her running...?

 
If she doesn't appreciate this, you may as well hold the door open for her and let her run.


How unbelievably stupid and booooooring!

This band is.... - I just have no words!

No melody, no rythm, no spirit, no kicks, no nothing...!

Imagine your girlfriend visits you for a first encouter,
and you let this sound play!

See her running...?

A blast from years ago...Love this tune and disk (album)!
Not one of his best but still.... 7 => 8

I've heard this, tho it has been awhile; why, until now, did I think it came from a Floyd album?? I know, because it sounds like Floyd, but also because I could swear I heard this on a Floyd album?? Like a Division Bell, or?


I love(d) this album!
 siskinbob wrote:

I whole heartedly agree with your comments. 

So many folks seem to vote for songs on the basis of reputation rather than the merits of the current song.  My view is that the great artists have to produce a certain amount of dross to make the reall gold shine above all else.

Zep, Hendrix, PF, Stones and so on have all produced some really dire tracks and some have also managed to totally trash their own best works. But when they shine....oh don't they shine.

 
Its not so bad, ey?!!

 pdemeester wrote:
I notice that some significantly high ratings are given to songs that, although playable, are not nearly as good as the artist once was. This is one of them. It's not PF. It's really a bad imitation of PF and, if left to stand on its own without the emotion of David Gilmour's past, wouldn't likely have gotten any real play.

The Lou Reed "Sweet Jane" track that played two tracks previously is in the same category for me. Lou Reed is famous for his place in history - from an era that defined music for most of us - but, again, on its own this stuff wouldn't usually see the light of day.

I'm a huge fan of PF, Led Zep, and all the great bands that made the 60's/70's a great couple of decades in music . . . but I can tell the difference between the emotional tie to the past and some of the crap that some of them have come up with since or still. The Rolling Stones are a great example of a great band who's day was done a long time ago and is now just living on the dream that people have.

Running on from my place on the soap-box on a sunny Sunday with nothing better to do . . . but please really think about why you're rating a song when you are. Sometimes the big scores aren't really warranted. 
 
I whole heartedly agree with your comments. 

So many folks seem to vote for songs on the basis of reputation rather than the merits of the current song.  My view is that the great artists have to produce a certain amount of dross to make the reall gold shine above all else.

Zep, Hendrix, PF, Stones and so on have all produced some really dire tracks and some have also managed to totally trash their own best works. But when they shine....oh don't they shine.

 FlatCat wrote:
Nope. Tired of PF and all their spawn. No melody here. Just droning.
 
Agreed. Dull. Nothing going on.

David Gilmore "Playing Drums" Live-studio

"Wow! Nearly as strange to have Guy Pratt on guitar as it is to have Gilmour on drums!"

"He is a good, musician, he is a very exact drummer nice gilmour RocKS ! "

This brings back such old memories......thanks!
Let's say we never heard Pink Floyd,,would this not be the greatest sound ever !?{#Ask}
 pdemeester wrote:
I notice that some significantly high ratings are given to songs that, although playable, are not nearly as good as the artist once was. This is one of them. It's not PF. It's really a bad imitation of PF and, if left to stand on its own without the emotion of David Gilmour's past, wouldn't likely have gotten any real play.

The Lou Reed "Sweet Jane" track that played two tracks previously is in the same category for me. Lou Reed is famous for his place in history - from an era that defined music for most of us - but, again, on its own this stuff wouldn't usually see the light of day.

I'm a huge fan of PF, Led Zep, and all the great bands that made the 60's/70's a great couple of decades in music . . . but I can tell the difference between the emotional tie to the past and some of the crap that some of them have come up with since or still. The Rolling Stones are a great example of a great band who's day was done a long time ago and is now just living on the dream that people have.

Running on from my place on the soap-box on a sunny Sunday with nothing better to do . . . but please really think about why you're rating a song when you are. Sometimes the big scores aren't really warranted. 
 
Thanks and sometimes these songs are worthy of the high ratings. You rate Sweet Jane low ... I guess you like ukele playing not great guitar solos.
My favorite guitarist of all time.
peace pot microdot
I notice that some significantly high ratings are given to songs that, although playable, are not nearly as good as the artist once was. This is one of them. It's not PF. It's really a bad imitation of PF and, if left to stand on its own without the emotion of David Gilmour's past, wouldn't likely have gotten any real play.

The Lou Reed "Sweet Jane" track that played two tracks previously is in the same category for me. Lou Reed is famous for his place in history - from an era that defined music for most of us - but, again, on its own this stuff wouldn't usually see the light of day.

I'm a huge fan of PF, Led Zep, and all the great bands that made the 60's/70's a great couple of decades in music . . . but I can tell the difference between the emotional tie to the past and some of the crap that some of them have come up with since or still. The Rolling Stones are a great example of a great band who's day was done a long time ago and is now just living on the dream that people have.

Running on from my place on the soap-box on a sunny Sunday with nothing better to do . . . but please really think about why you're rating a song when you are. Sometimes the big scores aren't really warranted. 
Nope. Tired of PF and all their spawn. No melody here. Just droning.
Most X'Lent !
I'm liking this a lot.
I picked up this album last year on recommendation.  More than one bit from it was brought back up for later Pink Floyd use.