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|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)
|Genre||Progressive rock, psychedelic rock|
|Producer(s)||Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour|
The lyrics speak to ex-bandmate Syd Barrett in the first verse, and Roger Waters in the second, according to co-writer Polly Samson. As such, the second verse begins with the words Hey you, the title of a Waters-penned song from Pink Floyd's earlier album, The Wall.
Poles Apart Lyrics
Did you know... it was all going to go so wrong for you And did you see it was all going to be so right for me Why did we tell you then You were always the golden boy then And that you'd never lose that light in your eyes
Hey you... did you ever realize what you'd become And did you see that it wasn't only me you were running from Did you know all the time but it never bothered you anyway Leading the blind while I stared out the steel in your eyes
The rain fell slow, down on all the roofs of uncertainty I thought of you and the years and all the sadness fell away from me And did you know...
I never thought that you'd lose that light in your eyes
|“||[about the D,A,D,G,A,D tuning on "Poles Apart", a new tuning for David Gilmour] (...) the funny thing is that I didn't know it was such an established tuning -- I thought it was something new that I had invented. One day, I was on holiday in Greece and I had an acoustic guitar with me. I just decided to tune the bottom string down to D, and continued to experiment until I arrived at that tuning. Then I mucked around a bit and "Poles Apart" fell out of it a few minutes later.||”|
|— David Gilmour, 1994|
- David Gilmour – acoustic & electric guitars, lap steel, bass, lead vocals, keyboards, programming
- Nick Mason – drums and percussion
- Richard Wright – Hammond organ, synths
- Jon Carin – programming
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