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Lost for Words

This song is by Pink Floyd and appears on the album The Division Bell (1994) and on the Bootleg box set A Tree Full of Secrets (2000).

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I was spending my time in the doldrums
I was caught in a cauldron of hate
I felt persecuted and paralysed
I thought that everything else would just wait

While you are wasting your time on your enemies
Engulfed in a fever of spite
Beyond your tunnel vision reality fades
Like shadows into the night

To martyr yourself to caution
Is not going to help at all
'Cause there'll be no safety in numbers
When the right one walks out of the door

"Ladies and gentlemen, the winner, by a knockout..."

Can you see your days blighted by darkness?
Is it true you beat your fists on the floor?
Stuck in a world of isolation
While the ivy grows over the door

So I open my door to my enemies
And I ask could we wipe the slate clean
But they tell me to please go fuck myself
You know you just can't win.


Music by:

Lyrics by:

Polly Samson, David Gilmour

Produced by:

Bob Ezrin


  • David Gilmour – lead vocal, acoustic and electric guitars
  • Bob Ezrin – keyboards, percussion
  • Nick Mason – live drums
  • Richard Wright – piano, synthesisers, Hammond organ
  • Guy Pratt – bass
  • Tim Renwick – guitars
  • Sam Brown, Durga McBroom, Carol Kenyon, Jackie Sheridan, Rebecca Leigh-White – backing vocals


Contains a spoken passage from a prerecorded boxing match. This is not included in the official lyrics, but it refers to the song's concept of hostility and the picture of boxing gloves which accompanies the lyrics.

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