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Pink Floyd — Coming Back To Life
Album: The Division Bell
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Released: 1994
Length: 6:17
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Where were you when I was burned and broken
While the days slipped by from my window watching
And where were you when I was hurt and I was helpless
'Cause the things you say and the things you do surround me
While you were hanging yourself on someone else's words
Dying to believe in what you heard
I was staring straight into the shining sun

Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime
I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life

I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the waiting had begun
And headed straight... into the shining sun
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This reminds me of my late, good friend Iggy. He played several cuts from Division Bell in the car one night, including this. He truly loved PF, in all 3-4 incarnations.  I wasn't paying close attention to any PF that wasn't Waters/Gilmour DSOTM-era and so I was somewhat unimpressed. 
Now I feel Iggy would commend me for liking this a lot more than I did then, not least because it reminds me of what a good friend and fellow he was.  He was gone far too soon and I can't help but think that this should be some of his theme music. 
 stunix wrote:
Polly Floyd.
   
Started badly, and apart from doodling Dave, it trudges thrugh the minutes and eventually ends when they all gave up to do something else.


 

Why do I even bother reading comments like these  
Polly Floyd.
   
Started badly, and apart from doodling Dave, it trudges thrugh the minutes and eventually ends when they all gave up to do something else.


A marginal simulation of PF at best.
 mgkiwi wrote:
Possibly one of the worst PF tracks ever - hate that commercial beat! {#Beat}

 
I'll go with that, its a real Polly song IMHO.
 Relayer wrote:
I picked up my copy of the new PF album, The Endless River, yesterday, and you can tell it was meant to accompany this album (originally planned 2 disc set, 1 disc Division Bell, 2nd disc "The Big Spliff" instrumentals).

But the new CD is great, as long as you know up front that it is pretty much an ambient instrumental album that was based around Rick Wright's keyboards.  With that in mind, it is a great listen.
 
Thanks for the review.
I was wonderin'.
Don't forget Syd Barrett... {#Ass}

ScottN wrote:

Calling R. Waters....{#Yell}

 


I picked up my copy of the new PF album, The Endless River, yesterday, and you can tell it was meant to accompany this album (originally planned 2 disc set, 1 disc Division Bell, 2nd disc "The Big Spliff" instrumentals).

But the new CD is great, as long as you know up front that it is pretty much an ambient instrumental album that was based around Rick Wright's keyboards.  With that in mind, it is a great listen.
Possibly one of the worst PF tracks ever - hate that commercial beat! {#Beat}
Have it and been listening to it. Its definitely got its own sound different from Division Bell. Some great riffing, juxtaposition and development from melodic ideas associated with Wish You Were Here and Saucerful of Secrets, in particular. It would be great to hear a track or two on RP. You can definitely get a sense of how important Rick Wright was for the sound.

Imkirok wrote:
PF (sans Waters) just released a new album.  It's mostly unused cuts from Division Bell. 

 


Gilmour is amazing!

{#Bananajam}
Where else but RP would I hear such a fine classic.  Love it. 
20 years?  hard to fathom.  I recall buying this album in harrisonburg, va at midnight on the release date, then returning to the house to indulge the senses  {#Cowboy}
PF (sans Waters) just released a new album.  It's mostly unused cuts from Division Bell. 
For my late good friend, Iggy, who loved PF and sang their praises. I see why. RIP, my friend. 
 pinem wrote:
Floyd never gets old; sure miss these guys collectively.

 
Calling R. Waters....{#Yell}
Underrated tune on an underrated album.
Happy Birthday Mr. Gilmour
 t00lur wrote:
so mediocre.. I mean comparing to their earlier work
 

 
Not even mediocre regardless of what I compare this to.
Floyd never gets old; sure miss these guys collectively.
 t00lur wrote:
so mediocre.. I mean comparing to their earlier work
 

 
That synth-machine rhythm section is awfully top-50 countdown pop music. I guessed this was from late-80s but apparently the band wasn't changing with the times at that point. The guitar is cool, though. 

3/17/15 edit: great segue from Beatles' "Flying"...
 1wolfy wrote:
Modified -Us and Them
 

Good call Wolfy.


Great song. Great album. Wish they were here (or anywhere).
 ziakut wrote:
I'm craving edge and crunch a bit after listening to this. Though I do like post-Waters Floyd a bit...it's a bit too smooth for me. Guitar is awesome though...faithful Gilmour at his undeniable best.
 
Indeed, agreed on all of this. The Final Cut demonstrated what happened with Waters fully in the lead (i.e. a depressing, whiny, incoherent collection of only mild interest). The two albums by Gilmour go too far in the opposite direction (i.e. overly smooth, not timeless, and also of only mild interest). Like Lennon and McCartney, Waters and Gilmour wrote their best as a team.
 MojoJojo wrote:
Sweet, delicious cowbell!  

 
I really miss a dedicated cowbell smiley in the Notorious RP Emoticons Selection. This will have to do for now: {#Bananajam}
I'm craving edge and crunch a bit after listening to this. Though I do like post-Waters Floyd a bit...it's a bit too smooth for me. Guitar is awesome though...faithful Gilmour at his undeniable best.
The album cover reminds me of Romney and Obama jawboning in debate the other night. 
Extraordinary song. Seldom before have I heard.  Giving me goosebumps.  
I'll admit, I was a snob with this album. What a mistake! This is an awesome song. 

It's a good thing I have RP to help me re-discover some of these tunes.
At least the album cover looks Pink Floydie.
so mediocre.. I mean comparing to their earlier work
 
 renegade_X wrote:
SCREW "THE WALL" and screw Roger Waters. This is the best work by Pink Floyd, only the close-minded disagree. This is probably the best song ever by them.
 
Well, the Wall has its place but I agree, this entire album is a Masterpiece of concept, lyrics, and guitar arrangements.....Its one of my most favorite albums of all times.
Gilmour makes that piece fly — and so it will be on my iPod in about 10 minutes. 
 renegade_X wrote:
SCREW "THE WALL" and screw Roger Waters. This is the best work by Pink Floyd, only the close-minded disagree. This is probably the best song ever by them.
 

Poke the bear......
SCREW "THE WALL" and screw Roger Waters. This is the best work by Pink Floyd, only the close-minded disagree. This is probably the best song ever by them.
Modified -Us and Them
 Jodo901 wrote:
Perfect example of why "Pink Floyd" is NOT Pink Floyd without Roger Waters. The lyrics of this song could be from a bad 80's pop love song they are so lame.
 
Call it whatever you want, It's still good :) But I must admit that I prefer the albums with Roger.
 Jodo901 wrote:
Perfect example of why "Pink Floyd" is NOT Pink Floyd without Roger Waters. The lyrics of this song could be from a bad 80's pop love song they are so lame.
 

Yyyyyep.
YYEEAAHH!!!!
Love the roaring hammond and the whole album as well.

Hey Bill,  if you're reading this, I'd love to hear something from David Gilmours semi-acoustic Meltdown concert he did in 2001.  It offered some of the best versions of Pink Floyd and David Gilmour songs I've ever heard.


I hear some Moody Blues. But a nice piece. Great for headphones in the ears on a rocking bike ride. 
 ..ZZZZZZ

Oddly, this reminds me of some of Mike Oldfield's work.
{#Arghhh}
{#Arrowd}

Perfect example of why "Pink Floyd" is NOT Pink Floyd without Roger Waters. The lyrics of this song could be from a bad 80's pop love song they are so lame.
Lame and plodding. He sounds flat, and the reverb is there to hide that.
Sweet, delicious cowbell!  

Coming Back to Life - Pulse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5y626hR-hE
dude. you're on 'random-shuffle' 

Stingray wrote:
Hello RP-Listeners!

I wish all of you "MERRY CHRISTMAS",
wherever you are - whoever you wanna be!

Christmas is a sweet-naive tradition -
not a religious event! 

I like it anyway!

Still - I hope Bill takes the chance
to rock the christmas-tree to pieces tonight!

"Happy Christmas
your "BAD SANTA",
aka STINGRAY
-from Cologne/Germany-
PS
Sermon of the day (promise: I'm serious):

The "Three Wise Men" - Melchior, Balthasar + Caspar
are buried in a golden sarcophage in"our" dome, the famous 
"Cologne dome" - the third highest church-building
in the world - right in the very centre of town, next to the Rhine.
A gothic building of extra-class!

Have a look:
https://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Koelner_Dom_bei_Nacht_1_RB.JPG&filetimestamp=20060517174554

The "grave" for the non-believers:
https://www.koelner-dom.de/17450.html?&L=1

+

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine_of_the_Three_Kings
 


Thanks again for reminding me to get this excellent CD out again!

Even though Waters was the backbone of Floyd, without him on this album this track shows that Gilmour himself certainly has what it takes to create the quality Floyd music we love.

Heard the intro, and jumped onto the site to see who it was, and leave a comment like "Man, digging that guitar."  The I saw Pink Floyd, and wasn't the least bit shocked...  So here I am.

And Man, I'm digging that guitar.

David Gilmour - Coming Back To Life, Live-acoustic

London in June 2001 "David Gilmour in Concert"

"From Dave Mustaine of Megadeth: "David Gilmour can do more with one note than most guitar players can do with the whole fretboard." Enough said. "    
1swede1

"People who think in terms of scales and theory probably think Dave's style is limited. But, I consider him a virtuoso. He's not a shredder but, so many great guitarists overlook the side of playing that he maximizes. I learned a lot about making notes matter from him. I see great shredders more often than I see guitarists who can also include the kind of patient, smooth, emotional finesse and accurate note bending he does. I love both approaches. I think he deserves equally great status."     stringslasher

 


Just had to sit down, turn it up and listen - Loving it
incredibly suave segue...
Wonderful, just wonderful

{#Notworthy}
Hello RP-Listeners!

I wish all of you "MERRY CHRISTMAS",
wherever you are - whoever you wanna be!

Christmas is a sweet-naive tradition -
not a religious event! 

I like it anyway!

Still - I hope Bill takes the chance
to rock the christmas-tree to pieces tonight!

"Happy Christmas
your "BAD SANTA",
aka STINGRAY
-from Cologne/Germany-
PS
Sermon of the day (promise: I'm serious):

The "Three Wise Men" - Melchior, Balthasar + Caspar
are buried in a golden sarcophage in"our" dome, the famous 
"Cologne dome" - the third highest church-building
in the world - right in the very centre of town, next to the Rhine.
A gothic building of extra-class!

Have a look:
https://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Koelner_Dom_bei_Nacht_1_RB.JPG&filetimestamp=20060517174554

The "grave" for the non-believers:
https://www.koelner-dom.de/17450.html?&L=1

+

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine_of_the_Three_Kings


Yep, What he said....Outstanding!
 lewie221 wrote:
Remarkable - the first note of this and the last note of the Cure's "The Walk" are exactly the same, making a seamless segue.

Who knew? (Apart from Bill, of course.)
 
Yep, that was some fine bridging!

We played this song on huge speakers in the southern desert of Israel, on an improvised camping site after a sleepless night of drinking, as the sun was rising. Great moment inspired by a beautiful PF song!


Remarkable - the first note of this and the last note of the Cure's "The Walk" are exactly the same, making a seamless segue.

Who knew? (Apart from Bill, of course.)
good critique, if it were on american idol... but this is RP, I'd like to think there is a deeper journey we are on.

 
johkir wrote:
Not sure how to score this.  I like how this song starts, and I generally like the song, but it is completely im-memorable for me.  If you asked me to hum this song back to you in a few hours, nothing.  But I can easily hum any number of other Pink Floyd tracks at a whim.
 


 bugleboy624 wrote:
This is the album that got me hooked on Pink Floyd and I so dearly love this album! 

I know I'm going to catch all kinds of hell from the other RPers, but I don't care. I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!! 
 
Mine was MLoR, but I too get crap for it not being 'REAL' Floyd ... I don't care though, I love all Floyd now.

Not sure how to score this.  I like how this song starts, and I generally like the song, but it is completely im-memorable for me.  If you asked me to hum this song back to you in a few hours, nothing.  But I can easily hum any number of other Pink Floyd tracks at a whim.
The aged and noble beast, toothless yet endearing.
If David Gilmour had cut back the trailing delay just a bit on his vocal...it would have made this tune a bit better. Still pretty good, but it lacks the emotion of Waters. Lacks some dynamic, but the guitar is awesome as usual.
This is the album that got me hooked on Pink Floyd and I so dearly love this album! 

I know I'm going to catch all kinds of hell from the other RPers, but I don't care. I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!! 
Just got back from a trip to Ely Cathedral in England...the church between the heads on the album cover.

The last of the Floyd.

...outstanding...