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David Gilmour — Murder
Album: About Face
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Released: 1984
Length: 4:57
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Some of them standing, some were waiting in the line
As if there was something that they thought they might find
Taking some strength from the feelings that always were shared
And in the background, the eyes that just stared

What was it brought you out here in the dark?
Was it your only way of making your mark
Did you get rid of all the voices in your head?
Do you now miss them and the things that they said?

On your own admission you raised up the knife
And you brought it down ending another man's life
When it was done you just threw down the blade
While the red blood spread wider like the anger you made

I don't want this anger that's burning in me
It's something from which it's so hard to be free
But none of the tears that we cry in sorrow or rage
Can make any difference, or turn back the page
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The guitar sounds so Bob Dylan in this one...
Only Billbecca Goldsmith could slither from Grateful Dead to Pink Floydesque... Bravo!
 Roger that..westslope wrote:

Waters was a a control freak but his politics would tire the hell out of me.  Waters' politics is well meaning, perhaps, but otherwise so populist and ill-informed.  Rant against the man, rant the 'machine', rant against corporate capitalism, it is so tiring and misplaced.  

If Waters was truly informed and truly cared about people, he would rail against the Neo-Marxist guided populist authoritarian regimes around the developing world that have wreaked nothing but havoc and social wealth loss.  

Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and now Venezuela.  They have all been unqualified disasters.   Except for Bolivia where the fight against Spanish imperialism continues to this day with the result that the country has basically stagnated for the last few centuries....

 


DG is one of the gods of guitar. I just LOVE the way he rips it up at the end... I recall he was working a lot with Pete Townshend then...
Two decent albums to come out post The Wall Floyd, this one and Pros and Cons.

Great support tour too...remember seeing this show outside at Jones Beach.

Perfect song, except I never quite liked the ending. 
This song is a killer!
 TomSweetwater wrote:
Reading some of the opinions got me thinking about what the differences where that drove them apart... was it just waters' ego? Gilmore seems more of a mystic and Waters a revolutionary together they could move the world.

 
Waters was a a control freak but his politics would tire the hell out of me.  Waters' politics is well meaning, perhaps, but otherwise so populist and ill-informed.  Rant against the man, rant the 'machine', rant against corporate capitalism, it is so tiring and misplaced.  

If Waters was truly informed and truly cared about people, he would rail against the Neo-Marxist guided populist authoritarian regimes around the developing world that have wreaked nothing but havoc and social wealth loss.  

Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and now Venezuela.  They have all been unqualified disasters.   Except for Bolivia where the fight against Spanish imperialism continues to this day with the result that the country has basically stagnated for the last few centuries....
Reading some of the opinions got me thinking about what the differences where that drove them apart... was it just waters' ego? Gilmore seems more of a mystic and Waters a revolutionary together they could move the world.
Ya gotta love a fretless bass
Yet I recall reading an interview with Pino from around this time (mid-80s) in which he said that he played a Precision bass because the bridge pickup on a Jazz bass was a sound that Jaco owned. In other words, what sounds exactly like Jaco to us is a sound that the player designed, out of respect, to be not too much like Jaco.  

EdEastridge wrote:

It sounded enough that I checked the date, figuring at a glance that the song, along with Pino's bass on the track that it possibly could have been a tribute to Jaco and his death, which was also very unfortunate and violent. 

 


By the way, which one is Pink?
 dpvest wrote:
Pino!  sounds like he really liked Jaco.  

 
It sounded enough that I checked the date, figuring at a glance that the song, along with Pino's bass on the track that it possibly could have been a tribute to Jaco and his death, which was also very unfortunate and violent. 
Brill......E.......Ant.
{#Dance} my fav Gilmour solo , produced by townsend I believe , great stuff
love that fret-less bass...
 SeriousLee wrote:
I hear some Animals in this one.
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{#Clap}  Well said!
As much as I love About Face (nostalgically), I do not love every track as much as I love this one.
All Lovers Are Deranged is a close second.

ppopp wrote:
This song is quite out of place on the About Face album, because it's very good indeed.

 


I hear some Animals in this one.
Pino!  sounds like he really liked Jaco.  
Funny you can definitely hear some "Wall" riffs in this one....  Classic stuff!
 Ableragtacker wrote:
Wow! I haven't heard this for 30 years! Had it on cassette, got gobbled {#Roflol}
 
I hate when that happens!  ; )
This song is quite out of place on the About Face album, because it's very good indeed.
 chasech5 wrote:
This is indeed Godlike. But I have to say that the ending vamp was always strange to me. It seemed incongruous musically with the rest of the song.

 
Agree completely. The ending is a whole different mood. Difference to me between a 7 and at least 8.
 changodelaplaya wrote:

Nope. That would be Pino Palladino on bass.

 

That's a really cool name.
This is indeed Godlike. But I have to say that the ending vamp was always strange to me. It seemed incongruous musically with the rest of the song.


 kingart wrote:
They just declined parole to Mark David Chapman again. I don't even understand how he could ever be eligible for it. He was charged with only 2nd degree manslaughter. I still don't fathom how that's possible. What weighed any judge or prosecutor against murder in the 1st? Premeditated, deliberate, savage, brutal. Rot in hell, subhuman, but first finish your heartbeat in solitary, with endless loops of loud death metal on headphones glued to your skull.  

 
I loved John and hate what Chapman did.

But advocating torture won't bring him back. It'll only make you as premeditated, deliberate, savage, and brutal as any murderer.
God I love Pino, from my home town too.    I always think that his style had influenced Gilmour into doing the fretless solos on The Wall, for example "Hey you".  this was 2 or 3 years after but the seeds had been sown long before.    we need more Palladino both Pino and Marco on RP.
 jmsmy wrote:
Dave can right amazing lyrics too.
 
You are so write!  ; )
Dave can right amazing lyrics too.
Sometimes an artist puts out a song or album that eclipses the work of his band. This is one of those cases. Most of Don Henley's music is the same way for me.
That's a godlike 10 in the 1st degree..{#Cheers}
 Northern_Lights wrote:
I will never understand how folks can think Roger Waters was the be all end all about Pink Floyd. This one song is miles beyond anything Waters ever released on a solo level. For me at least David Gilmour's soulful/haunting guitar and his ability to actually sing a song rather than just scream puts him head and shoulders above Waters any day.

 
Preach it!   Agree 100%.  I reside in the Gilmour camp as well.  PF was greater than the sum of its parts, but in the end, Gilmour has a better track record of music without Waters than what Waters has without Gilmour. 
They just declined parole to Mark David Chapman again. I don't even understand how he could ever be eligible for it. He was charged with only 2nd degree manslaughter. I still don't fathom how that's possible. What weighed any judge or prosecutor against murder in the 1st? Premeditated, deliberate, savage, brutal. Rot in hell, subhuman, but first finish your heartbeat in solitary, with endless loops of loud death metal on headphones glued to your skull.  
Wow.  Now that's a segue.
 
 CrowStonecypher wrote:
The ending does take a different turn, but I've always thought this was Gilmour's way of saying: "Hey, everybody much of the music on The Wall was my style, not just Roger Waters'."  To me, the ending points to The Wall. 
 

 stunix wrote:

Maybe its just a case of him making his point then moving on, but musically.   

10  I cant go lower on this stunning ditty.

https://goo.gl/TTIrDP

 

Perhaps my rating of 9 is due to nostalgia, but, man, I like to believe this is as great a song today as it was in my youth. 
 LowPhreak wrote:

I always thought the ending didn't fit, and Gilmour might have done better to just continue the main theme then fade out.

 
Maybe its just a case of him making his point then moving on, but musically.    It would lend itself to be faded earlier,  the main part of the  song itself is very short, he's just padded it out a bit with some fluff .   

10  I cant go lower on this stunning ditty.
 black321 wrote:
Never got the end of this otherwise brilliant song...filler, or am i missing it musically?  sounds like the start of another song

 
I always thought the ending didn't fit, and Gilmour might have done better to just continue the main theme then fade out.
Never got the end of this otherwise brilliant song...filler, or am i missing it musically?  sounds like the start of another song
I would like to be Davif Gilmout for five minutes. 
 danmaiullo wrote:
Is that John Giblin on bass?

 
Nope. That would be Pino Palladino on bass.
 Northern_Lights wrote:
I will never understand how folks can think Roger Waters was the be all end all about Pink Floyd. This one song is miles beyond anything Waters ever released on a solo level. For me at least David Gilmour's soulful/haunting guitar and his ability to actually sing a song rather than just scream puts him head and shoulders above Waters any day.

 
This is the sound of Pink Floyd, but it's empty inside. Try Waters' "Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" album. It doesn't sound as much like Floyd, but it has all the intensity and bite that this song is missing.
This is a very good album, showcasing his skills for guitar and music.
Is that John Giblin on bass?
 oldfart48 wrote:
DO THE REST OF US A FAVOR, FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO HATE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR..........
 
People who live in glass houses . . .
 oldfart48 wrote:


DO THE REST OF US A FAVOR, FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO HATE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR..........

 

AT LEAST IT IS NOT SKUWEALLLL YOUNG?!!!?!!!
 oldfart48 wrote:


DO THE REST OF US A FAVOR, FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO HATE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR..........

 
Hey look, peeps...a song that oldfart doesn't call 'bubblegummi'! Guess he reserves that for the likes of Tom Petty and Neil Young...
 Deadwing wrote:
I've always been in the Gilmour camp.

 
......... and me
I've always been in the Gilmour camp.
 Marr wrote:


I've gotta disagree (respectfully) with you on this. I saw PF in 1988 without Waters and they were remarkable. And they were clearly still Pink Floyd to the audience.

 
I've read that Waters was turned off by the fans in stadiums when PF toured for "Animals", which led him to pretty much take over the band, fire Rick Wright and write "The Wall" all by himself.

Somewhere along the way that disgust with fans turned into a few more tours of "The Wall" and boatloads of dosh for Roger. Hopefully he got a personality transplant too.

This song is pretty good--it reminds me of some of the stuff PF put out without Rogers, but this is better.   
 rdo wrote:
Sounds like Pigs or Sheep or both...I cannot take this anymore...PSD..

 

DO THE REST OF US A FAVOR, FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO HATE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR..........
 Northern_Lights wrote:
I will never understand how folks can think Roger Waters was the be all end all about Pink Floyd. This one song is miles beyond anything Waters ever released on a solo level. For me at least David Gilmour's soulful/haunting guitar and his ability to actually sing a song rather than just scream puts him head and shoulders above Waters any day.

 
While it's well documented that Roger felt that way, I find no evidence that anyone agreed with him.
Sounds like Pigs or Sheep or both...I cannot take this anymore...PSD..
 Northern_Lights wrote:
I will never understand how folks can think Roger Waters was the be all end all about Pink Floyd. This one song is miles beyond anything Waters ever released on a solo level. For me at least David Gilmour's soulful/haunting guitar and his ability to actually sing a song rather than just scream puts him head and shoulders above Waters any day.

 
Yes, and Paul Stanley was way more valuable to KISS than Ace Freely.
I will never understand how folks can think Roger Waters was the be all end all about Pink Floyd. This one song is miles beyond anything Waters ever released on a solo level. For me at least David Gilmour's soulful/haunting guitar and his ability to actually sing a song rather than just scream puts him head and shoulders above Waters any day.
 black321 wrote:
Best solo single/album from David. 

 
......and a catchy 3/2 time signature overlay........
A David Gilmour fan-always in space!
8 > 9. 
 Cynaera wrote:

Well, I'd expect nothing less from you.  This was written in anger against Mark David Chapman, the guy who murdered John Lennon. If you find that "boring," I'm seriously concerned about what would excite you.

 

Miss you, Cynaera...

this is a fine song from a great album...

Was surprised this was Gilmour by himself....don't remember this, but really like it!
 hatechris wrote:
Great song...and album by the way. He was much more creative when he had hair.
 
It's called the "Samson Syndrome"   {#Wink}
 Cynaera wrote:
Thanks for submitting this one, Relayer - it's one of my all-time favorite songs by David Gilmour! (I also love "Take It Back.") {#Dancingbanana_2}
 
Mine too.
Great song...and album by the way. He was much more creative when he had hair.
 jmsmy wrote:
Great Lyrics.

Great GTR.
 
yes, i'm surprising myself and really enjoying it.
Great Lyrics.

Great GTR.


Best solo single/album from David. 

Shit, turned in late for this.....I have the CD; great song!!

....did NOT know until recently it was about Lennons murder?! I hear some clues, but didnt connect the two until now...



"And none of the tears we cry in sorrow or rage
Can make any difference, or turn back the page"

Nailed it.  {#Meditate}
I've loved this since the first time I heard it all those years ago. It is very powerful IMO.
 redmachine wrote:
Love you Dave. thanks for enriching my life. Trips, travels and dream scapes opened up through your music.
 
Ditto.  Well said.

Love you Dave. thanks for enriching my life. Trips, travels and dream scapes opened up through your music.
 Stingray wrote:
Soooo boring!
 
Well, I'd expect nothing less from you.  This was written in anger against Mark David Chapman, the guy who murdered John Lennon. If you find that "boring," I'm seriously concerned about what would excite you.

 Tippster wrote:
Whoah - nice segue from Lennon's "Remember."
 
Yes, Bill does it again!

Soooo boring!
Thanks for submitting this one, Relayer - it's one of my all-time favorite songs by David Gilmour! (I also love "Take It Back.") {#Dancingbanana_2}
 capandjudy wrote:  (re: Bassist is Pino Palladino etc)

The fretless bass line is the bee's knees!

 
Pino is a great player, although technically he is only in JM's power blues trio, I think there is another bass player who tours with him for the pop shows.

As far as DG's solo efforts, I love the Gdansk live DVD - what a great symbolic event, to play "A Great Day for Freedom" in that very shipyard.  You could see how moved the Poles in attendance were to have that song played for them.  Shivers down the spine moment.

First song by Gilmour, that i dont like!
The overall emotion shown in this tune is what he lacks in ANY of his current work. Miss the old David Gilmour. We want you back.
 scrubbrush wrote:

Love Gilmour but i wish he'd have let the Pink Floyd name retire after Waters left... his solo stuff (and the post-Waters Floyd stuff) is good but it's not 'real' Pink Floyd as far as i'm concerned. 


 

I've gotta disagree (respectfully) with you on this. I saw PF in 1988 without Waters and they were remarkable. And they were clearly still Pink Floyd to the audience.

Love Gilmour but i wish he'd have let the Pink Floyd name retire after Waters left... his solo stuff (and the post-Waters Floyd stuff) is good but it's not 'real' Pink Floyd as far as i'm concerned. 


 RedGuitar wrote:

I think he's aged well.  Looks like he could be the King of England.

 
That would probably be a cut in salary for him.


 Roverfish wrote:
Let me shake the hand of whoever uploaded this! Phenomenal album by legendary artist. Thank you!
 
Totally agree - I love David Gilmour's music.  This song is dripping with vitriol and condemnation, and his voice... Oh, I repeat:  I love David Gilmour's music.{#Dancingbanana_2}

P.S. - Relayer uploaded this one. Kudos and hugs!


Oh my~! 8->9
Whoah - nice segue from Lennon's "Remember."
So I'm sitting here in my office, and just opened Windows Media so I could hear a shuffle of music I downloaded from my CD's, and the end of this comes on and I think "Damn, let me hit it again, and hear it from the beginning!"...only to find out it was Radio Paradise!! What a pleasure; and damn sorry I missed it! Signing off now to listen to the whole CD, since I'm so inspired!!  Keep it up, a damn good solo effort from Mr. G!!
 fredriley wrote:

Screw that - rockers should grow old disgracefully, like ol' rubber lips Jagger for instance. They shouldn't be taking gongs off royalty. What next - John Lydon getting an OBE? Nice song, if a little generic, but a shame about the pic of yer man dressed up like a Regency toff.
 
Dude, don't give them any ideas. They are probably making up the New Year's Honours List even as we speak and some wise-ass on HM staff is thinking having a newly-cleaned-up Johnny Rotten on one knee would be a great joke.
 Relayer wrote:
Sweet! I uploaded this song. Once you know that the subject of the lyrics is about the murder of John Lennon....the song becomes even more emotional.
 
Thanks Relayer.

 Relayer wrote:

Yes, it was about his sadness over losing his friend Lennon, and his rage at Chapman.  You can hear the raw anger in his voice in the second part of the song.  Gives me chills.  I love Gilmour.

 

Damn straight!
 EssexTex wrote:
Great to hear Gordon Lightfoot again...with Pino on bass
 
LOL!   

Wowwww! Haven't heard this since on air since I played it on my radio show! COOOOOL!
 snowcat wrote:
A couple interesting things about this album...The drummer, the late Jeff Porcaro, was in Toto and also played drums on nearly all of Michael Jackson's Thriller. The bassist, Pino Palladino, now plays with John Mayer.
 
The fretless bass line is the bee's knees!

 Hannio wrote:


We would be doing quite well to look so distinguished.  We all grow old, a few age with grace and dignity.
 
Screw that - rockers should grow old disgracefully, like ol' rubber lips Jagger for instance. They shouldn't be taking gongs off royalty. What next - John Lydon getting an OBE? Nice song, if a little generic, but a shame about the pic of yer man dressed up like a Regency toff.

 On_The_Beach wrote:
I believe this song is directed at Mark David Chapman, Lennon's killer:

What was it brought you out here in the dark?
Was it your only way of making your mark?
Did you get rid of all the voices in your head?
Do you now miss them and the things that they said?

 
Yes, it was about his sadness over losing his friend Lennon, and his rage at Chapman.  You can hear the raw anger in his voice in the second part of the song.  Gives me chills.  I love Gilmour.

As usual, another excellent one from Mr. Gilmour and RP.
What's this, a worst-of set?
 d00kie wrote:
whoa!!!

This guy doesn't look like he rocks that hard! HaHah!
 
He looks like a genius......oh yeah.....because he is.

 trekhead wrote:
Paging Mr. Lynne, a Mr. Jeff  Lynne, your party will meet you in the Synth lounge.

7.
 

    
8.

I believe this song is directed at Mark David Chapman, Lennon's killer:

What was it brought you out here in the dark?
Was it your only way of making your mark?
Did you get rid of all the voices in your head?
Do you now miss them and the things that they said?

{#Yell}
 Hannio wrote:


We would be doing quite well to look so distinguished.  We all grow old, a few age with grace and dignity.
 
I think he's aged well.  Looks like he could be the King of England.

 radioshock wrote:
I would gradly shine this man's shoes for free.
 
{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}
It seems to me that D. Gilmour tends to write the same song (musically at least) over and over, but I still love most of them - especially this one.  Good pick.
 lattalo wrote:


Someday we all are going to look like this, eeeeeeck!!!!!
 

We would be doing quite well to look so distinguished.  We all grow old, a few age with grace and dignity.
I would gradly shine this man's shoes for free.
 1wolfy wrote:
Gilmour is great....
 
On An Island is a terrific CD, as is the tour DVD. Count me as a fan!

 snowcat wrote:
A couple interesting things about this album...The drummer, the late Jeff Porcaro, was in Toto and also played drums on nearly all of Michael Jackson's Thriller.

The bassist, Pino Palladino, now plays with John Mayer.
 
Pino is also the Who's bass player after Boris' passing

Paging Mr. Lynne, a Mr. Jeff  Lynne, your party will meet you in the Synth lounge.

7.
Nice to hear this again, been years.
A couple interesting things about this album...The drummer, the late Jeff Porcaro, was in Toto and also played drums on nearly all of Michael Jackson's Thriller. The bassist, Pino Palladino, now plays with John Mayer.
have not heard this in years! thanks for playing!
have passed a few years!!!
d00kie wrote:
whoa!!! This guy doesn't look like he rocks that hard! HaHah!
Someday we all are going to look like this, eeeeeeck!!!!!
Gilmour is great....
bizon wrote:
I like it, but it's as though he went through the Floyd catalogue, found every formulaic "Floydism" and crafted it into this song (aside from the little Pino fretless bass solo).
My thoughts exactly.
Relayer wrote:
Except that he didn't write "There's No Way Out Of Here".... I can't remember who wrote it, but it was someone else....
There's No Way Out of Here - Written by Ken Baker
I like it, but it's as though he went through the Floyd catalogue, found every formulaic "Floydism" and crafted it into this song (aside from the little Pino fretless bass solo).
Contaminator wrote:
Maybe after "There's No Way Out Of Here"? But "Murder" is way okay. :cheers:
Except that he didn't write "There's No Way Out Of Here".... I can't remember who wrote it, but it was someone else....
better than the new stuff!
Great to hear Gordon Lightfoot again...with Pino on bass