Lost for Words (Pink Floyd song)

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"Lost for Words"
Pink Floyd - "Lost For Words" (Promotional single).jpg
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album The Division Bell
Released26 March 1994
Recorded1993 at
(London, United Kingdom)
GenreProgressive rock
Songwriter(s)David Gilmour, Polly Samson
Producer(s)Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"Keep Talking"
"Lost for Words"
"What Do You Want from Me"

"Lost for Words" is a song recorded by English rock band Pink Floyd, focused on forgiveness, written by guitarist and lead singer David Gilmour and his spouse Polly Samson for the band's 14th studio album, The Division Bell. It appears as the penultimate track on the album. The lyrics, mostly penned by Samson, are a bitterly sarcastic reflection on Gilmour's then-strained relationship with former bandmate Roger Waters[citation needed]. The song was released to US rock radio the week of the album's release,[1] succeeding "Keep Talking", the previous promotional release, released the week before. The song reached #53 in the Canadian singles chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

US promotional single (CSK 6228)
1."Lost For Words" (Clean version)David Gilmour, Polly SamsonBob Ezrin, Gilmour5:14
2."Lost For Words" (Album version)Gilmour, SamsonEzrin, Gilmour5:14


Pink Floyd


Chart (1994) Peak
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks[3] 21

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalog no.
United States[4] March 26, 1994 CD-R (Modern rock/Alternative radio) Columbia Records CSK 6228


The second-to-last line, "But they tell me to please go fuck myself", is the fifth (and final) instance of the word "fuck" being used in a Pink Floyd lyric within the band's official discography and the eighth instance of a Pink Floyd lyric using any profanity at all, the other ones being:


  1. ^ "Lost For Words (CD, Single, Promo)". Pink Floyd Discography. Discogs. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ Library and Archives Canada: Top Singles - Volume 61, No. 1, February 06 1995, February 6, 1995, retrieved 12 July 2014
  3. ^ "Artist Chart History (Singles) – Pink Floyd". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
  4. ^ "US CD Singles". Pink Floyd Discography Archive. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Pink Floyd – Speak to Me".