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.


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