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IndyDoug
(Indianapolis)
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 7:31
 

Used to listen to this CD many a time while taking a nap on the couch when it was first released.
Imkirok
(The Arctic Hinter Land)
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 7:29
 

A very prescient song, given what is happening in the world today.
ckcotton
(Adding snarky comments since 2007)
Posted: Aug 17, 2017 18:08
 

 alexmwalker wrote:
I've adored Pink Floyd since my early teens, but I don't need to hear this one again. Preachy, by-the-numbers schmaltz. If Mike and the Mechanics were asked to write a Jingle for Alliance insurance, it would sound like this.

 
Its not quite that bad but definitely not one of the best tracks on the album. 
lizardking
(Not too far from Paradise)
Posted: Apr 17, 2017 12:10
 

 ddbz wrote:
Pink Floyd without Roger? Yuck...Paul and Ringo might as well get back together and call themselves the Beatles.

 
I've always refereed to this as "dry Floyd" - without Waters.

 
Cueburned
(Prince Edward Island, Canada)
Posted: Sep 13, 2016 18:59
 

Emma Lazarus said, "Give me you tired, your poor". Yeah. We can blame them for everything.     
moodfood
(In a galaxy far far away)
Posted: Sep 13, 2016 18:59
 

 Gilmour showcasing his awesomeness.. {#Cheers}
twoplain2sea
(By my friend Amphion.)
Posted: May 09, 2016 18:41
 

On the suny side there are peaceful sleepers in another time zone. Anyways it was a catalyst in my case.
Imkirok
(The Arctic Hinter Land)
Posted: May 09, 2016 18:11
 

 CHuLoYo wrote:
 fredriley wrote:
This is a very apposite song now, with a refugee crisis afflicting Europe, which instead of accepting with sympathy, solidarity and compassion the 00s of 000s of refugees from war-torn countries, is building walls and razor wire fences to keep out the ragged, desperate masses. "No more turning away" - if only :(

 
Yes , this happens because the American spirit that is invading Europe right now. Muslims = Terrorists (I don't think that barbarity). So the 99% of refugees are muslims, for Europe is a dangerous invasion. For people with a brain inside the head this is a fucking barbarity, a crime, an uncompassion method. The history is full of refugees with protection. When we are more advanced than never, right now, the behaviour of the goverments are the opposite of the people opinion. Go out, Europe gobernators! Go to hell fucking idiots! 

 
Unfortunately, this sentiment is not unique to America, nor was it the only place that was happening before the Syrian refugee crisis.  I agree that it is a horrible trend, but don't blame America alone on this one.
floydoftherocks
(Frisco)
Posted: Apr 07, 2016 16:45
 

I'm thrilled to announce that Mr. Gilmour has decided to give every last quid of his earnings to the homeless!!!
nutrod42
(San Francisco, CA, US)
Posted: Apr 07, 2016 16:44
 

A Momentary Lapse Of Income
CHuLoYo
(Galicia, Spain)
Posted: Feb 04, 2016 8:55
 

 fredriley wrote:
This is a very apposite song now, with a refugee crisis afflicting Europe, which instead of accepting with sympathy, solidarity and compassion the 00s of 000s of refugees from war-torn countries, is building walls and razor wire fences to keep out the ragged, desperate masses. "No more turning away" - if only :(

 
Yes , this happens because the American spirit that is invading Europe right now. Muslims = Terrorists (I don't think that barbarity). So the 99% of refugees are muslims, for Europe is a dangerous invasion. For people with a brain inside the head this is a fucking barbarity, a crime, an uncompassion method. The history is full of refugees with protection. When we are more advanced than never, right now, the behaviour of the goverments are the opposite of the people opinion. Go out, Europe gobernators! Go to hell fucking idiots! 


ddbz
(The Midwest)
Posted: Feb 04, 2016 8:34
 

Pink Floyd without Roger? Yuck...Paul and Ringo might as well get back together and call themselves the Beatles.
FatPants
(Philly, PA)
Posted: Feb 04, 2016 8:31
 

Gilmour is on fire in this solo
ShaunJ
(Tsawwassen, BC)
Posted: Dec 03, 2015 11:40
 

 KAREN_SILLERY wrote:

What album is this off of?



 
As per the album cover: A Momentary Lapse of Reason {#Biggrin}
KAREN_SILLERY
Posted: Dec 03, 2015 11:36
 

What album is this off of?


planet_lizard
(Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy)
Posted: Dec 03, 2015 11:35
 

 alexmwalker wrote:
I've adored Pink Floyd since my early teens, but I don't need to hear this one again. Preachy, by-the-numbers schmaltz. If Mike and the Mechanics were asked to write a Jingle for Alliance insurance, it would sound like this.

 
{#Lol}

The sentiment might be worthy, but the music doesn't do much for me. A shadow of former greatness.
fredriley
(Nottingham, UK)
Posted: Nov 02, 2015 5:05
 

This is a very apposite song now, with a refugee crisis afflicting Europe, which instead of accepting with sympathy, solidarity and compassion the 00s of 000s of refugees from war-torn countries, is building walls and razor wire fences to keep out the ragged, desperate masses. "No more turning away" - if only :(
Larry_Rosenow
(Bend, OR)
Posted: May 29, 2015 14:14
 

First listen to Pink Floyd in my '57 Ford Coup on a 4/8 track tape player a loong time ago.  This song resonates well with me.
alexmwalker
Posted: Apr 27, 2015 19:02
 

I've adored Pink Floyd since my early teens, but I don't need to hear this one again. Preachy, by-the-numbers schmaltz. If Mike and the Mechanics were asked to write a Jingle for Alliance insurance, it would sound like this.
MinMan
(Bay Area, CA)
Posted: Feb 23, 2015 10:51
 

 Tony0600 wrote:
I agree.  I think Pink Floyd have constantly tried to exploit the guitar sound on tracks like Time and Money on their later albums.  I tend not to listen to much after The Wall....
 
Yes, I stopped buying their albums following release of "Animals". They became too commercial for my taste.
ScottN
(An inch above the K/T boundary. But smth near fracking still has appeal.)
Posted: Feb 23, 2015 10:49
 

The very good lyrics would have benefited from a more more restrained approach.  No need for the long guitar solo outro, or the overdone mid-section.
Less would have been more here, imo, bcs it has the nut of a very fine song.
thewiseking
(New York, New York)
Posted: Feb 23, 2015 10:48
 

can someone say bombastic? a rock solid 3
Tony0600
(West Sussex, UK)
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 5:01
 

 gregormiz wrote:
One more rehash of a sound that got old after Dark Side of the Moon.
Yes, "Comfortably Numb" has legs, this one doesn't. MTV trash at its worst.
Oh GOD...  the guitar solo...  kill me now. 

 
I agree.  I think Pink Floyd have constantly tried to exploit the guitar sound on tracks like Time and Money on their later albums.  I tend not to listen to much after The Wall....
Tony0600
(West Sussex, UK)
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 4:55
 

I grew up listening to Pink Floyd - first band I ever saw in 1974 - Dark Side of The Moon time. I don't think this rates as good as The Wall and stuff before it.   
Hoosfoos
Posted: Jul 19, 2014 12:05
 

Not really Pink Floyd without Waters or Wright.
fedtho
(Switzerland)
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 14:02
 

There are really, really amazing comments in this thread, wow.

Among a lot of other things, they helped me understand what happened to my relationship with PF just before this album came out.

I started listening to PF thanks to my older brother when I was 12 (1978.) I have incredibly strong feelings and memories associated to all their albums until 'The Wall' included.
I was swimming in their music, breathing through it.

After The Wall, I just was... fed. In the best sense of the word. I didn't need more PF, wasn't in synch with them anymore, and I consider Water's departure as being only one of the numerous reasons I disconnected with them.
It just so happens that, just when he left the band, I moved on to other music, bands, arts.

I'm actually really glad to hear so many people having positive things to say about this tune and this album. It comforts me to know that even with Waters gone, people kept having great experiences listening to PF.

And when Gilmour plays a guitar solo, the world's a MUCH better place to me. 40 years ago just as well as today.
paradisepig
(Inverness-Scotland)
Posted: Aug 07, 2013 0:01
 

{#Daisy}{#Daisy}{#Daisy} Sweeeeeeeeet{#Daisy}{#Daisy}{#Daisy}
joelbb
Posted: Aug 06, 2013 23:59
 

 Lazarus wrote:

No more turning the FBI away...

Judge orders Google to comply with FBI's secret NSL demands

A federal judge tells the company to comply with the FBI's warrantless National Security Letter requests for user details, despite ongoing concerns about their constitutionality...
 



 
These lyrics have nothing to do with political issues of command and control.  Rather, they are about our en masse personal failures to care.for the lost and broken.
Lazarus
(Bethany)
Posted: Jun 04, 2013 9:43
 

Everybody in my homeless camp loves this song...
Jazbo
(Beautiful Valparaiso IN.)
Posted: Jun 04, 2013 9:42
 

like from on high....teach me
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: May 03, 2013 14:08
 

 kingart wrote:
The passion of this is on a really high plane. That guitar is almost overwhelming. So not the first time I cry on hearing it. One problem: it's about 20 minutes too short. 

 
Kind of what I said. 
ziakut
(Slightly North of Obvlivion)
Posted: Apr 02, 2013 10:44
 

Beautiful transition from Life on Mars...Bowie. The art of an instrumental within a 4 minute song is an art of a lost and forgotten world. The guitar solo is a an expression that rarely gets explored anymore. Such a sad thing! Luckily David Gilmour provides nearly every time, which always evokes emotion from me.
waleed
Posted: Nov 27, 2012 23:11
 

Pink Floyd barbification
docentmas
Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:55
 

Nice during running: when that solo starts you can run twice as fast
stevendejong
Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:52
 

 TwinEngine wrote:
I think this is my favorite Pink Floyd song, and I'm not really a fan (in proportion to HOW POPULAR they are). They are musically interesting, but I always had difficulty getting over the sledgehammer rhetoric in their most popular songs: "mother this" and "money that" and "bricks in the wall". Perhaps because this one has an earnest as opposed to a skeptical viewpoint, and "on the turning away" is subtler, it works for me.
 
The summary of your comment is that you don't like Roger Waters.
stevendejong
Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:51
 

 gregormiz wrote:
One more rehash of a sound that got old after Dark Side of the Moon.
Yes, "Comfortably Numb" has legs, this one doesn't. MTV trash at its worst.
Oh GOD...  the guitar solo...  kill me now. 
 
I hope you go to a heaven without Gilmour guitar solo's, and I hope when I do, I will not go there too.
stevendejong
Posted: Sep 26, 2012 2:48
 

 ziakut wrote:
Unwittingly have to say I enjoy this song. It's not my favorite PF tune, but it does have a majestic cadence to it. It brings back memories to me...grand or small. Like a slide show that replays with perfect transitions. I personally miss the essence of a guitar solo in a rock song. Something that is truly missing in today's music. It allowed another expression of the song. The lyric has its say...then the music. Sometimes when the solo mimicked the melody a bit...it always provided a thrill to me. David Gilmour was a master at this!
 
Absolutely. Fortunately there are still bands that do a very satisfying solo now and then... Porcupine Tree always comes to mind.
RKeaton
(South of Paradise)
Posted: Aug 25, 2012 19:55
 

Better than their old stuff.
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 12:02
 

The passion of this is on a really high plane. That guitar is almost overwhelming. So not the first time I cry on hearing it. One problem: it's about 20 minutes too short. 
cmarcan
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 12:02
 

This gets a 10.  Live version gets a 12.
ziakut
(Unmoon)
Posted: Feb 17, 2012 18:12
 

Unwittingly have to say I enjoy this song. It's not my favorite PF tune, but it does have a majestic cadence to it. It brings back memories to me...grand or small. Like a slide show that replays with perfect transitions. I personally miss the essence of a guitar solo in a rock song. Something that is truly missing in today's music. It allowed another expression of the song. The lyric has its say...then the music. Sometimes when the solo mimicked the melody a bit...it always provided a thrill to me. David Gilmour was a master at this!
d-don
(Oregon)
Posted: Nov 14, 2011 14:44
 

 Hodgie wrote:
People who listen to RP have a greater appreciation for music than your average citizen.

Many of us have very strong associations and memories with specific songs that get played on RP.

On The Turning Away.

It's January of 1988 and my father passes away. I fly down to the Florida Panhandle from UMass. In the days preceding and post his funeral, I spend a lot of time in cars, driving from place to place. Everywhere I go, I hear this song. Even at two separate taverns, this song finds me. Must have heard it 8 times in 5 days.

My father was a very flawed man with a huge heart and a wonderful sense of humor. I admittingly don't think that much about him any more, 22 years after his passing. When this song plays however, it feels like I lost him yesterday.

Could not live without music.....

 
This is beautiful, eloquent stuff. You have captured the essence of what music means, and reading this with "On the Turning Away" as its soundtrack makes it that much more meaningful. Thanks for writing this - your father would be proud. 

kurtster
(Back in Ohiya, for now ...)
Posted: Nov 14, 2011 14:39
 

 martinc wrote:
I just love screaming guitar songs
 
Yep, that will do.

I can't believe I never rated this one.  10.

A great album, start to finish.
MiracleDrug
(Earth)
Posted: Nov 14, 2011 14:36
 

Top#3 PF...
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Jul 11, 2011 19:39
 

As a respite from the overblown egocentric Waters, this is a little treat.

 
mandolin wrote:

...i think this is the weakest song from momentary lapse of reason, which as an album i quite like...it's telling that i find RPWL's masters of war cover to be a far stronger song than this original which clearly inspired it; perhaps gilmour and mason should have recruited bob dylan to fill roger waters' shoes...

...i think roger waters' solo work is an outstanding high-water mark of music-as-art, and certainly he didn't hesitate to bring in some of the very best to fill his former bandmates' shoes, including eric clapton, michael kamen, andy brown, and jeff beck among a host of guests, but music-as-art doesn't neccessarily function well as sonic decor, which is where gilmour's new-floyd clearly outpaced roger waters in popular reception...

...which resonates more strongly?..it depends entirely upon which creative vision one embraces, but while i find both efforts eminently savory in their respective contexts, roger waters' augmented albums still achieve a masterwork status which new-floyd's unaugmented outings don't quite attain, timeless though both may be...
 


mandolin
(...drifting...)
Posted: May 09, 2011 13:07
 

 Relayer wrote:
In 1987, Waters was only recurring songs that were fevered rants about everything. Far from his talents in the 70s. Here we have Gilmour doing a great song; incredible music, good lyrics, and it resonates more than the 80s Waters stuff. Love Gilmour.
 
...i think this is the weakest song from momentary lapse of reason, which as an album i quite like...it's telling that i find RPWL's masters of war cover to be a far stronger song than this original which clearly inspired it; perhaps gilmour and mason should have recruited bob dylan to fill roger waters' shoes...

...i think roger waters' solo work is an outstanding high-water mark of music-as-art, and certainly he didn't hesitate to bring in some of the very best to fill his former bandmates' shoes, including eric clapton, michael kamen, andy brown, and jeff beck among a host of guests, but music-as-art doesn't neccessarily function well as sonic decor, which is where gilmour's new-floyd clearly outpaced roger waters in popular reception...

...which resonates more strongly?..it depends entirely upon which creative vision one embraces, but while i find both efforts eminently savory in their respective contexts, roger waters' augmented albums still achieve a masterwork status which new-floyd's unaugmented outings don't quite attain, timeless though both may be...
estprophet22
(neit hertHereNor here)
Posted: May 09, 2011 12:39
 

Got a portable cd player from my parents for a birthday present when i was a kid. First cd player I ever had. The next present was a disc... Dark Side of the Moon. Little did I know how important that present would be in my influencing my musical taste.
First concert I ever went to was the tour that supported this album. Blew me away! 
martinc
(Ottawa Canada)
Posted: May 09, 2011 12:37
 

I just love screaming guitar songs
cakkafracle
(the Republic of Harper)
Posted: May 09, 2011 12:35
 

*SIGH*
i can't even think of anything witty to say that encapsulates my blah for this album.
DD rabbi_phil
(beach)
Posted: Apr 07, 2011 21:39
 

 scrubbrush wrote:
Gilmour is just about my favorite guitarist.

Waters is by FAR my favorite lyricist.

Although i don't consider this 'real' Pink Floyd, it's a great song

 

I like your comment about it being 'real' Floyd and am agreed. Although you can definitely pick out Animals and Wall in the song. Personally I liked his(Gilmore) solo stuff especially 'About Face' and songs like 'Murder'(thats one killer tune if you're a guitar nut).