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A Great Day for Freedom

This song is by Pink Floyd and appears on the album The Division Bell (1994) and on the live album P•U•L•S•E (1995).

This song has been covered by David Gilmour under the title "A Great Day For Freedom".
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January 30, 2013
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A Great Day for Freedom
On the day the wall came down
They threw the locks onto the ground
And with glasses high we raised a cry for freedom had arrived

On the day the wall came down
The Ship of Fools had finally run aground
Promises lit up the night like paper doves in flight

I dreamed you had left my side
No warmth, not even pride remained
And even though you needed me
It was clear that I could not do a thing for you

Now life devalues day by day
As friends and neighbours turn away
And there's a change that, even with regret, cannot be undone

Now frontiers shift like desert sands
While nations wash their bloodied hands
Of loyalty, of history, in shades of grey

I woke to the sound of drums
The music played, the morning sun streamed in
I turned and I looked at you
And all but the bitter residue slipped away... slipped away


Lyrics by:

Polly Samson


  • David Gilmour - Composer, lyricist, lead vocal, electric guitars, lap steel guitar
  • Nick Mason - Live drums
  • Richard Wright - Digital Rhodes piano, Hammond organ
  • Guy Pratt - Bass
  • Bob Ezrin - Keyboards, percussion
  • Dick Parry - Tenor saxophone
  • Tim Renwick - Guitars
  • Jon Carin - Programming, additional keyboards
  • Gary Wallis - Played and programmed percussion
  • Backing vocals provided by Sam Brown, Durga McBroom, Carol Kenyon, Jackie Sheridan, and Rebecca Leigh-White.
  • Orchestra arranged by Michael Kamen.

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