Coming Back to Life

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"Coming Back to Life"
Song by Pink Floyd from the album The Division Bell
Published Pink Floyd Music (1987) Ltd
Released 28 March 1994 (UK)
5 April 1994 (US)
Recorded 1993
Genre Progressive rock
Length 6:19
Label EMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
Writer David Gilmour
Producer Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
The Division Bell track listing

"Coming Back to Life" is a song from Pink Floyd's 1994 album The Division Bell, and is credited solely to David Gilmour.


Gilmour has said (as can be heard on the David Gilmour in Concert DVD) that the song was written about his wife, Polly Samson.

The song is played in C major. It opens with a synth droning a C major chord, leading to a slow guitar solo played with a clean sound. The first verse is then sung slowly over synth chords, before the main rhythm of the song appears, and the rest of the band join the arrangement. Another verse is sung, and followed by a guitar solo. After this guitar solo, the last few lines of the verse are sung again, and then a guitar solo is played until the end of the song.[original research?]



Live performances[edit]

The song has been a staple in Gilmour's performances from 1994-2006. It was featured at every show during the 1994 Division Bell Tour, at every one of Gilmour's semi-acoustic shows in 2001 and 2002, at Gilmour's performance at the Fender Stratocaster 50th anniversary concert in London in 2004, and was played at most shows during his solo 2006 On an Island Tour. It has currently been played at a handful of shows only during the current 2015-16 Rattle That Lock Tour.

Live personnel[edit]

Live releases[edit]

The song appears on the following live albums, DVDs or Blu-rays: