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Pink Floyd — A Great Day for Freedom
Album: The Division Bell
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Released: 1994
Length: 4:18
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I wonder why this track is never played? The guitar solo alone is one of the best damn solos I've ever heard.  A piece of music from my childhood, from one of the first albums I knew *reminisces*

"A Great Day for Freedom" is a song by Pink Floyd from their 1994 album, The Division Bell.
The song, originally titled In Shades of Grey, addresses the great hopes following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disappointment that followed. David Gilmour stated:
 "There was a wonderful moment of optimism when the Wall came down – the release of Eastern Europe from the non-democratic side of the socialist system. But what they have now doesn't seem to be much better. Again, I'm fairly pessimistic about it all. I sort of wish and live in hope, but I tend to think that history moves at a much slower pace than we think it does. I feel that real change takes a long, long time".
Gilmour performed it at his solo concerts in 2002 and 2006, and a live album from one of the 2006 concerts, Live in Gdańsk, features the song.  wikipedia

On the day the wall came down
They threw the locks onto the ground
And with glasses high we raised a cry for freedom had arrived
On the day the wall came down
The Ship of Fools had finally ran aground
Promises lit up the night like paper doves in flight

I dreamed you had left my side
No warmth, not even pride remained
And even though you needed me
It was clear that I could not do a thing for you

Now life devalues day by day
As friends and neighbors turn away
And there's a change that, even with regret, cannot be undone
Now frontiers shift like desert sands
While nations wash their bloodied hands
Of loyalty, of history, in shades of grey

I woke to the sound of drums
The music played, the morning sun streamed in
I turned and I looked at you
And all but the bitter residues slipped away...slipped away

The moment of history that relates to this song, the inspiration and determination of the musicians of the band Pink Floyd, the lyrics, are more than enough reason to convert this song almost of mandatory hearing.