Poles Apart

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"Poles Apart"
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, psychedelic rock
Length 7:04
Label EMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
Writer(s) David Gilmour
Polly Samson
Nick Laird-Clowes
Producer(s) Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour

"Poles Apart" is a song by Pink Floyd from the band's 1994 album, The Division Bell.


The lyrics speak to ex-bandmate Syd Barrett in the first verse, and Roger Waters in the second, according to co-writer Polly Samson.[1] 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


The song was performed in DADGAD tuning.[2]




  1. ^ "Here We Go, Here We Go, Here We Go" (Interview). November 1994. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Tolinski, Brad (September 1994). ""Welcome to the Machines" Phil Taylor interview". Guitar World. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sounds of Silence" David Gilmour interview, Guitar World, September 1994, retrieved 28 July 2010