What Do You Want from Me (Pink Floyd song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"What Do You Want from Me"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album The Division Bell
Released6 May 1994
Recorded1993 at
Astoria
(London, United Kingdom)
GenreProgressive rock
Length4:21
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)David Gilmour, Rick Wright, Polly Samson
Producer(s)Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"Lost for Words"
(1994)
"What Do You Want from Me"
(1994)
"Take It Back"
(1994)
"What Do You Want from Me"
Song by Pink Floyd
from the album The Division Bell
PublishedPink Floyd Music (1987) Ltd
Released28 March 1994 (UK)
5 April 1994 (US)
Recorded1993
GenreProgressive rock, blues rock
Length4:21
LabelEMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
Songwriter(s)David Gilmour, Rick Wright, Polly Samson
Producer(s)Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour

"What Do You Want from Me" is a song by Pink Floyd featured on their 1994 album, The Division Bell.[1][2] It was composed by Richard Wright, David Gilmour, and his then-girlfriend and subsequent wife Polly Samson. A live version from Pulse was released as a single in Canada, reaching #28 in the Canadian Top Singles charts.[3]

Song structure and lyrics[edit]

The song is a slow, yet rocking ballad. It has a drum roll introduction, followed by a keyboard solo and then a guitar solo. David Gilmour has agreed with an interviewer that it is a "straight Chicago blues tune", while mentioning he is still a blues fan.[4]

In an interview, David Gilmour was asked if the song returned to the theme of alienation from the audience. He responded by saying that it "actually had more to do with personal relationships but drifted into wider territory".[5]

Reception[edit]

In a contemporary negative review for The Division Bell, Tom Graves of Rolling Stone described "What Do You Want from Me" as the only track on which "Gilmour sounds like he cares".[6]

Personnel[edit]

with:

Releases[edit]

  • The Division Bell, Pink Floyd (1994) (original release).
  • Pulse, Pink Floyd (1995) - a live album.
  • Pulse, Pink Floyd (2006) - a live concert film. The song did not appear on the original VHS release (1995) but was added as a bonus feature on the DVD re-release (2006).
  • Live at Pompeii, David Gilmour (2017) - a live album and video recorded during Gilmour's Rattle That Lock Tour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1178. ISBN 1-84195-551-5.
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X.
  3. ^ Library and Archives Canada: Top Singles - Volume 61, No. 23, July 10, 1995, July 10, 1995, retrieved 12 July 2014
  4. ^ Brad Tolinski (September 1994). "Sounds of Silence". Guitar World. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  5. ^ Fuller, Graham (July 1994). "The Color of Floyd". Interview Magazine, p. 20-21. Archived from the original on 30 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  6. ^ Graves, Tom (16 June 1994). "The Division Bell". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 11 August 2017.

External links[edit]