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Pink Floyd — High Hopes
Album: The Division Bell
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Released: 1994
Length: 7:37
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 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

''(Spoken)
"Hello?"
"Yes?"
"Is that Charlie?"
"Yes"
"Hello Charlie"
"Great"''[[#Notes|1]]
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 obankenobi wrote:
...and I was just chastizing my son-in-law that this is "Pink Floyd" and not Pink Floyd
 
Oh, so you're that one guy who gets to decide whether a band is who they say they are?
 Chongo59 wrote:
Never bought anything of PF after Animals, have everything else, and about 200 bootlegs as well!
 
Yay for you?
Thought it was Spinal Tap.
Never bought anything of PF after Animals, have everything else, and about 200 bootlegs as well!
Long Live                                                                                                                                    Radio Paradise
My rating:                                                                                                                       8 - Most Excellent
...and I was just chastizing my son-in-law that this is "Pink Floyd" and not Pink Floyd
from the days when people still made music that took time, and songs that 'developed ',
grew and metamorphosed...
Great song, great album.
Thank for this ! Listening you from France
I really try to like  Pike Floyd but cannot get into them and  this track I find particularly irritating and really boring.

PSD
Great song!  One of their best, and less well known ones.
Soooo great !!!!!

  
One of the more underrated Floyd songs
Goose bumps from the beginning then air guitar the solo {#Bananajam} 
Always get a knot in my throat and watery eyes while listening to this gem. Guitar work is beyond amazing. Despairing sound full of love, caress and nostalgia.
Oh yeah! Right in the heart of music!  {#Music}
Just curious, what's No. 1?

VH1 wrote:

Nothing compares to this!{#Notworthy} 

No. 2 in my Top Ten Best Songs EVER!



 


This song would deserve a 11... or even 12! {#Biggrin}
Publius Enigma!
 BritGirl333 wrote:
A favourite!  Watching PF play this live at Wembley was a musical memory highlight.  So good!

 
Saw them do this show at the Horseshoe @OSU in Columbus, Ohio.  A truly wonderful experience.  The sound was perfect that night.
schlock rock
That slide guitar solo. 

Eye-wateringly beautiful.  
 VH1 wrote:

It is ever so embarrassing to pretend to be a big know all and then get it dreadfully wrong....

 
Bravo
The only PF album that I try like. High hopes is an amazing song.
 thewiseking wrote:
it's important to hear the Floyd stuff that didn't sell. it gives insight into just how artless and pretentious they were.

 
It is ever so embarrassing to pretend to be a big know all and then get it dreadfully wrong....
 thewiseking wrote:
it's important to hear the Floyd stuff that didn't sell. it gives insight into just how artless and pretentious they were.

 
In 1999 it was certified triple platinum.  Didn't sell?
A favourite!  Watching PF play this live at Wembley was a musical memory highlight.  So good!
swei mal 10 , ich liebe dich claudia
My thoughts haven't changed about Pink Floyd even after seeing them after Roger Waters left. They are a band that influenced me at an early age (teens) and they still do today even after the changes. Gilmour was spot on at the show I saw as well as the rest of the band.
 jagdriver wrote:
6 > 2

Very plodding and dreary, like all of Animals and much of The Wall. This from someone who's been a fan since first acquiring Saucerful of Secrets in '68.

(I'm also a big Gilmour fan, pretty much detesting Waters—especially his misguided politics.) 

 
You must be crazy or something. Waters was the real soul of Pink Floyd. When he lives the band all goes down. 

Or maybe you are more fan of Donald Trump than David Gilmour. American people used to misunderstanding the art with the political topics (that's exactly the opposite of art) 

Nothing compares to this!{#Notworthy} 

No. 2 in my Top Ten Best Songs EVER!


Aaaahhhh, this guitar at the end, marvelous! I wish it would go on like this forever ...
I thought it was cool how they pulled up and used subtle bits and flashes of so many earlier works at the beginning of this...BRILLIANT!
Loved The Division Bell. It was proof to me that Gilmour could carry Pink FLoyd's excellent music writing abilities on his own, and beyond Waters's legal tantrums.
 thewiseking wrote:
it's important to hear the Floyd stuff that didn't sell. it gives insight into just how artless and pretentious they were.

 
2.2% give a 1; 29% give 10.  Sorry your opinion is like an ****.  Everyone has one, but keep it to yourself.
 pinem wrote:
 More than any defunct band of the past, I believe they leave the largest hole to fill. 

 
here's a suggestion on how to fill that hole: place a pay toilet above it.
it's important to hear the Floyd stuff that didn't sell. it gives insight into just how artless and pretentious they were.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Written by Jimmy van Heusen and Sammy Cahn and recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1959.

High Hopes

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant...

I'd rather hear that tune than this one - but I guess that's just me.
Written by Jimmy van Heusen and Sammy Cahn and recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1959.

High Hopes

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your gettin' low
'Stead of lettin' go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

When troubles call, and your back's to the wall
There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall

Once there was a silly old ram
Thought he'd punch a hole in a dam
No one could make that ram, scram
He kept buttin' that dam

'Cause he had high hopes, he had high hopes
He had high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your feelin' bad
'stead of feelin' sad
Just remember that ram
Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam

All problems just a toy balloon
They'll be bursted soon
They're just bound to go pop
Oops there goes another problem kerplop
 Relayer wrote:

This is more Pink Floyd than The Final Cut.

But, of any PF album, Final Cut is the one that most closely brings me to tears due to the sad subject matter and how well it is conveyed by Waters. But The Final Cut is musically FAR from a PF album. 
 
Interesting... I actually love The Final Cut. I think that, lyrically, The Final Cut is amazing. The music/instrumentation seems very Pink-Floyd-y to me, but maybe that's cause I've been listening to it for 30 years.
To me, one thing that sets Pink Floyd's great albums apart is that i cannot just put on one track, in the middle of the album. I have to start at the beginning and listen through to the end... it's the story, the musical arc, that makes it a PF album. Sgt. Pepper is the same way.. hard to just jump into the middle...
 Professor_Taco wrote:
I wish they would have changed the name of the band.  This is... something, but it's certainly not Pink Floyd.

 
This is more Pink Floyd than The Final Cut.

But, of any PF album, Final Cut is the one that most closely brings me to tears due to the sad subject matter and how well it is conveyed by Waters. But The Final Cut is musically FAR from a PF album. 
6 > 2

Very plodding and dreary, like all of Animals and much of The Wall. This from someone who's been a fan since first acquiring Saucerful of Secrets in '68.

(I'm also a big Gilmour fan, pretty much detesting Waters—especially his misguided politics.) 
I just received the BluRay in 5.1 and it's spectacular! The song..from RW (Richard Wright) is amazing and the 5.1 mix is truly one of the best I have heard.
yeah, I can totally see a Pink Floyd fan saying that, because they don't do a thing for me but I like this! Is this Dave Gilmour on the lead vocals? 




scrubbrush wrote:
I'm a huge Waters-era PF fan.

I didn't even recognize this as PF (i had to check the RP playlist to see if this was 'new' Gilmoure material)... just doesn't have that certain something that set PF apart in their heyday.

 


I have High Hopes for their next album
I'm a huge Waters-era PF fan.

I didn't even recognize this as PF (i had to check the RP playlist to see if this was 'new' Gilmoure material)... just doesn't have that certain something that set PF apart in their heyday.
 btt wrote:

They`ll be releasing a new album this October .

 
Ooooh!  Great news!!
 pinem wrote:
 More than any defunct band of the past, I believe they leave the largest hole to fill. 

 
They`ll be releasing a new album this October .
10+ or more
This is not helping me wake up this morning.
There's a very moving and poignant video to this song, which is about the youthful dreams and ideals of the PF members at university, which are of course dashed by the brutal mundanity of life. The second comment on its Songmeanings.com page is spot on, IMO. The video definitely adds to the Nottingham jury's appreciation of this song.
I wish they would have changed the name of the band.  This is... something, but it's certainly not Pink Floyd.
Brilliant album, lovely song.
If anything, Division Bell showed Gilmour and Mason could carry on with the band's creative work, and did not miss Waters' possible contribution. I saw Waters live doing PF songs, and thought it was a waste of time.
On a personal note. This reminds me very bittersweetly of one of my best friends. Iggy and I were buddies since we were kids in NJ in 1968,  He died age 56, Sunday April 6. Which was also my birthday. He was a huge Pink Floyd and Gilmour fan. He played this entire CD when we were in his car shortly after it was released. I'm searching all Floyd songs for appropriate lyrics to read at his memorial service on 4/14.  They shouldn't be forlorn, sad or somber. Time  ?  Wish You Were Here. ?  No. I'd never get through them without losing my composure. 

RIP, Iggy, you are very much missed. There is a void I don't know how to fill.  
None of the post-Waters Floyd has appealed to me very much, although it has deepened my appreciation of Gilmour's contribution to the band's earlier work.

In some of the comments there is a knock on "The Final Cut" as an indication of how bad it was getting with Waters in the band. It took the better part of 20 years for it to grow on me, but "Cut" has become one of my favorite Floyd albums for the beautiful arrangements in several of the songs (perhaps Gilmour's influence).
It took me a while to like Floyds work after the split with Waters, lyrically it took a dive, but this is a beautiful song.
 David Gilmour and Wife Polly Samson (67)
David Gilmour and wife Polly Samson



David Gilmour - High Hopes, Live-acoustic
David Gilmour in Concert. "High Hopes" from the album "The Division Bell" written in 1994 by David Gilmour and Polly Samson.

 

 More than any defunct band of the past, I believe they leave the largest hole to fill. 
Magnets? How do they work?
 ch83575 wrote:
I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt, then and now, but it just hasn't worked.  This isn't good and that is it.  I just cant enjoy any floyd after Final Cut, and even that is pushing it.
 
Yes, let us all not forget the final Floyd album with Waters. I would say that that is by far my least-played album. It has rather terrible music, insanely terrible lyrics, and messed up vocals. Granted, the two albums with Gilmour were less good than, say, Animals (my favorite), but if The Final Cut is an indication of where the band would have gone if Waters had stayed, I think we can thank him for expressing his creativity in a solo career.
 Relayer wrote:
Waters, blah blah blah.  This is a seriously good song.  Gilmour is the man.  He may not have the angst of Waters, but this was a good album.  There will never be another DSotM, every good band moves on and evolves. 
 
Very good comment!
Gilmours' live version from 2008, even better!
Touches the soul. The memories of our life.
What a spendid transition (from Radiohead - Separator)
One of my favourites from Pink Floyd....{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}
Honestly thought it was Spinal Tap. 
Epic then. Epic now.
 
A sad shell of Waters-era Pink Floyd.
{#Fight}

{#Arrowu}    Hey, just realized RP has an icon for this album cover. 
Post Syd Floyd is best , this line up is second, with Syd I thought they were poor mainly noise. Fortunately that was only 1 1/2 albums.

So I am still happy to play this album.

IMO of course. 
The Hollow Bell
Normally I don't like the new songs so much like teh old ones, but this is absolutely great, amazing an epic song!
THank you Mr.Gilmore!
Waters, blah blah blah.  This is a seriously good song.  Gilmour is the man.  He may not have the angst of Waters, but this was a good album.  There will never be another DSotM, every good band moves on and evolves. 
I can't get enough of PF!
Wonderfully unknown
 Euskadita wrote:

 That Divison Bell record passed as a steamroller over all mainstream music of the mid-90's
 
maybe...but there was a lot of excellent non-mainstream-music in the mid-90s. pink floyd would have been too soft for me back then. 
nice break from work, thanks rp :)
Forgotten CD.....Thanks R.P.
Pretty good...but lacks the angst of Waters.
 Biscobret wrote:
"Waters-era Floyd"?!?!?!?!?!
Ummm... the band was together for 2 years before Barrett left, and for only 2 mediocre albums after Waters left — pretty safe to say that "Waters-era" Floyd WAS Floyd — 20 years of the bands life — you imply it was a "period" — I disagree.  (two albums, nine albums, two albums)  
"Dude!  A Saucer Full of Secrets and The Division Bell really define what Pink Floyd was all about!"  I hear that said all the time!  ;-)

May I suggest a little more time spent outside, and maybe some herb tea.


 mikexican wrote:
More from this album please! 
 
I agree!
The last album of Pink Floyd...
More a David Gilmore album without Roger Waters...
But I love it!

 That Divison Bell record passed as a steamroller over all mainstream music of the mid-90's
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I'm sure your reaction is that of many Waters-era Floyd fans.
No question this album is a step down from the "classic" Floyd, but I do think this song is excellent.

 

"Waters-era Floyd"?!?!?!?!?!

Ummm... the band was together for 2 years before Barrett left, and for only 2 mediocre albums after Waters left — pretty safe to say that "Waters-era" Floyd WAS Floyd — 20 years of the bands life — you imply it was a "period" — I disagree.  (two albums, nine albums, two albums)  

"Dude!  A Saucer Full of Secrets and The Division Bell really define what Pink Floyd was all about!"  I hear that said all the time!  ;-)
High hopes that this song will get better at ANY point listening to it - alas, hopes were dashed.

This one makes a big thud for me - I don't even get why one would like it.  That's why we all have different tastes, I suppose!

My lowest rating ever here on RP.
 window wrote:

Hyperbole much?  Great song, mainly due to the guitar at the end, but let's not get carried away.

 
Yah.... "one of the best songs"? Hardly. Not even all that great, since you asked me.
At work still, so tired.......think I'll stay till this is over!!!!!!!

YEAAAAAHHHHHHH....
 mikexican wrote:
More from this album please! 
 
Yep..{#Yes}
 akikora wrote:
It's a pity that few people know this song. But it is one of the best songs of Pink Floyd and maybe the best one without Roger Waters. This one is Gilmour's masterpiece.
 
Hyperbole much?  Great song, mainly due to the guitar at the end, but let's not get carried away.

I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt, then and now, but it just hasn't worked.  This isn't good and that is it.  I just cant enjoy any floyd after Final Cut, and even that is pushing it.
 sirdroseph wrote:


Oh good lord, we got a young pup here! I got stools older than you!{#Lol}
 
You might want to try a different pick-up line... ;)


 Shesdifferent wrote:
I absolutely LOVE this song and the Division Bell CD.......just takes me back to my very adolescent days (for some reason was in a nostalgic mood today)........I must download this entire CD to my ipod on my iphone. Thanks RP for playing this or anything else from this CD.
 

Oh good lord, we got a young pup here! I got stools older than you!{#Lol}
 cakkafracle wrote:
This is not my Pink Floyd :(

I remember the big radio broadcast of this album just before they released it.
I was so excited and I had high hopes.
Then I was not, and did not.
 
I'm sure your reaction is that of many Waters-era Floyd fans.
No question this album is a step down from the "classic" Floyd, but I do think this song is excellent.

Interesting how Dave recycled the fly buzzing from Ummagumma on this track.
More from this album please! 
 Proclivities wrote:
What?  No mention of "that little ol' ant" or the "rubber-tree plant"?
 
{#Lol}

This is not my Pink Floyd :(

I remember the big radio broadcast of this album just before they released it.
I was so excited and I had high hopes.
Then I was not, and did not.
What?  No mention of "that little ol' ant" or the "rubber-tree plant"?
 calypsus_1 wrote:

David Gilmour - "High Hopes" Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwht3dDPL_Q

 
The song seems very nostalgic, but the solo starting at 7:30 on the video is wonderful and beautiful. 
 Bone wrote:
I have felt that the genius of Pink Floyd is found in their work as a tight ensemble.  This plodding, cliche-ridden dirge to the band that was just doesn't cut it.  Still, as far as plodding, cliche-ridden dirges go... it's still 'Floyd; so it's got that going for it.

=5=

 
yes, I agree.  Nice vocals/lyrics, some decent guitar, decent melody I suppose, but where's the rest of the band?  Nick Mason, who had been brilliant in previous efforst, was phoning it in since The Wall. 

 akikora wrote:
It's a pity that few people know this song. But it is one of the best songs of Pink Floyd and maybe the best one without Roger Waters. This one is Gilmour's masterpiece.
 
I cant agree with that.  Although not bad, I think this was a drop off CD from Pink Floyd.

I absolutely LOVE this song and the Division Bell CD.......just takes me back to my very adolescent days (for some reason was in a nostalgic mood today)........I must download this entire CD to my ipod on my iphone. Thanks RP for playing this or anything else from this CD.
 TimeWaster wrote:
Nice to hear this on RP. Gilmour's best.
 
Yes!  Six years of comments on one screen...  then a sudden deluge on Mar 2, 2011!  Amazing!

I have felt that the genius of Pink Floyd is found in their work as a tight ensemble.  This plodding, cliche-ridden dirge to the band that was just doesn't cut it.  Still, as far as plodding, cliche-ridden dirges go... it's still 'Floyd; so it's got that going for it.

=5=

Has anyone else noticed how much Pink Floyd uses that marching beat (I'm sure that's not the correct term) on the snare? Great Song 10.


I've always loved this album.

Nice to hear this on RP. Gilmour's best.
C'mon!!! Heavy rotation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's a pity that few people know this song. But it is one of the best songs of Pink Floyd and maybe the best one without Roger Waters. This one is Gilmour's masterpiece.
Strange that nobody else seem to like this song. I second the previous speaker: one of Pink Floyd's best songs.
This song realy one of the best of pink-floyd its to bad that there are not many peaple who know the song.