High Hopes by Pink Floyd: Did they see the global disaster coming?

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When art tells reality and predicts the future with poetry, imagination and music (all in a broader sense), it fulfills its highest role.  The Division Bell is my favorite Pink Floyd’s album, contrary to many people’s opinions out there. The song High Hopes describes the world we knew, and to push the interpretation further, the world before the pandemic maybe:

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

And the global sanitary shift started the division of our life into old and new normal, taking our dreams away:

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 times took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay

Back then the grass was greener and the memory of our old life brings light images to our minds:

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
When friends surrounded
The nights of wonder

 

Yes, we all dreamed bigger because we thought the world was somehow safe and ambition was indeed unsatisfied, actions were endless, restless global movements:

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
For ever and ever

It is a beautiful song, deep and rich with meanings like all Pink Floyd’s and to keep the pleasure ongoing, that’s the link to the musical video:

10 thoughts on “High Hopes by Pink Floyd: Did they see the global disaster coming?”

  1. Big fan of Pink Floyd! Favorite Albums were “The Dark Side of the Moon” and ”The Wall”. Other concept albums like Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century” also contain songs whose haunting lyrics can be subjectively associated to today. Surely not foreseeing, but with a broad and coincidental foresight that could be interpreted in many different ways.

    No-doubt the emotional intensities, fears and uncertainties in a pandemic and socially changing world today are influencing our perceptions. Not only on what’s happening around us, but in what we read. Including perhaps, the words in a poem or in the lyrics of a song.

    Think if you will, when this is over. When the dark skies roll away and the sun once again shines on humanity. And we all must hope that yes this will one day happen! Then the words to our song will change, as our perspectives, and perhaps we will feel again as Louis Armstrong once did in his recording of “What a Wonderful World.”

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    1. Yes sure, when the sun shines again, we would not even listen/read dark poetry. But, no matter what the situation is, Pink Floyd are special: from their lyrics to their music, videos, concerts etc..
      Are they considered the biggest rock band ever? Maybe but definitely the deepest and most conceptual one.
      Thank you for your insights!

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