Keep Talking

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"Keep Talking"
Single by Pink Floyd
Released 12 March 1994 (1994-03-12)
Recorded 1993 at
(London, United Kingdom)
Genre Progressive rock, space rock
Length 4:55 (single edit)
6:08 (album version)
5:57 ("Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd" version)
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"One Slip"
"Keep Talking"
"Lost for Words"
"Keep Talking"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album The Division Bell
A-side "High Hopes"
"Keep Talking"
B-side "One of These Days (Live)"
Format 7", 12", CD (Maxi)
Label EMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"Take It Back"
"High Hopes"
/ "Keep Talking"
"Wish You Were Here (Live)"
The Division Bell track listing

"Keep Talking" is a song from Pink Floyd's 1994 album, The Division Bell.


Written by David Gilmour, Richard Wright and Polly Samson, it was sung by Gilmour and also features samples of Stephen Hawking's electronic voice, taken from a BT television advertisement.[1] Gilmour chose to use the speech after crying to the commercial, which he described as "the most powerful piece of television advertising that I’ve ever seen in my life.”[2] The song also makes some use of the talk box guitar effect.


The song was the first single to be released from the album in the United States on March 1994. It was the group's third #1 hit on the Album Rock Tracks chart (a chart published by Billboard magazine which measures radio play in the USA, and is not a measure of record sales), staying atop for six weeks.

The song was included on the 2001 compilation, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.[3]


The song was performed during the 1994 The Division Bell Tour and live versions, taken from different shows, were included in both the album Pulse and the video of the same name.

The song was sampled by Wiz Khalifa on the title track of his 2009 mixtape Burn After Rolling.


It's more of a wish [that all problems can be solved through discussion, as 'Keep Talking' suggests] than a belief. [laughs]

— David Gilmour, 1994[4]

Well, I guess I experiment more than I think I do. I had a Zoom [effects box] in my control room one day and I was mucking about with something. Suddenly, I thought I should stick the E-bow on the strings and see what would happen. It sounded great, so we started writing a little duet for the E-bowed acoustic guitar [a Gibson J-200] and a keyboard. We never finished the piece, but Jon Carin [keyboardist] decided to sample the E-bowed guitar part. We kept the sample and ended up using it as a loop on "Take It Back", and again on "Keep Talking".

— David Gilmour, 1994[4]

Stephen Hawking 1994: "For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination: we learned to talk".

"It doesn't have to be like this. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking".


Pink Floyd
Additional musicians


Chart (1994) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 26
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks[6] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalog no.
United States[7] March 12, 1994 CD-R (Modern rock/Alternative radio) Columbia Records CSK 6228
United Kingdom[8] March 28, 1994 CD-R (Contemporary hit radio, BBC Radio 1 rotation) EMI PINK 1
October 10, 1994 CDEMDJ 342


  1. ^ (liner notes from Echoes)
  2. ^ Michaels, Sean (2014-10-08). "Stephen Hawking sampled on Pink Floyd’s The Endless River". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Echoes: the album credits". Pink Floyd. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Sounds of Silence" interview, Guitar World, September 1994, retrieved 28 July 2010
  5. ^ "Pink Floyd: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Artist Chart History (Singles) – Pink Floyd". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  7. ^ "US CD Singles". Pink Floyd Discography Archive. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pink Floyd". VintageCD. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
Preceded by
"No Excuses" by Alice in Chains
Billboard Album Rock Tracks number-one single
April 9 – May 20, 1994
Succeeded by
"Shine" by Collective Soul