The Hero's Return
|"The Hero's Return"|
"The Hero's Return (Parts 1 and 2)" on vinyl
|Song by Pink Floyd from the album The Final Cut|
|Published||Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd|
|Released||21 March 1983 (UK)
2 April 1983 (US)
4:02 ("Not Now John" single)
|Label||Harvest Records (UK)
Capitol Records (US)
The song was one of the tracks included on The Final Cut that had been previously rejected from their previous album, The Wall (Then titled "Teacher, Teacher"). Guitarist David Gilmour was opposed to this recycling of songs, believing that if they "weren't good enough for The Wall, why are they good enough now?"
Like many other tracks on The Final Cut, "The Hero's Return" featured anti-war lyrics. The lyrics of "The Hero's Return" are almost entirely rewritten from its "Teacher, Teacher" demo version.
"The Hero's Return", featuring an extra verse that was not on the album version, was re-titled "The Hero's Return (Parts 1 and 2)" to be released as the B-side of "Not Now John", also from The Final Cut, in 1983. Also, despite not being released as an A-side to a single, "The Hero's Return" charted at #31 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in America.
- Roger Waters - Lead vocals, bass, synthesiser, tape effects, acoustic guitar
- David Gilmour - Lead and rhythm guitar
- Nick Mason - Drums, percussion
- Andy Bown - Yamaha electric piano
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