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David Gilmour — No Way
Album: David Gilmour
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Released: 1978
Length: 5:25
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There's no way I'm going to let go
There's no way, because it's my show
I'm hanging on for a little while
I won't go down easy, that's not my style

I'm all tied up, tied up in a knot
And I can't decide just what it is I've got
Did I get out of touch? Did I lose my way?
I've not forgot, no, not a single day

Now you might believe I'm not a happy man
Putting myself apart from the common clan
Well, the boat we're sailing, we have a leak or two
But I know it's sound, like me and you

So there's no way I'm going to let go
There's no way, because it's my show
I'm hanging on for a little while
I won't go down easy, that's not my style
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this is a bit PF-ish isn't it?
 coloradojohn wrote:
I can remember as if it was yesterday....[GREAT STUFF IN THIS POST]….
This and every song that has ever moved me to tears contains The Universe. I'm thankful that RP can call up The Soundtrack for me.

 
One of the many great CoJo posts...haven't seen you around lately bro...hope all's well with ya...gotta say you're friends sound like they were great folks.  And as often is the case, I'm going 8 to 9 on this one on the strength of your great post....like I've incorporated the sentiment now from your story before my "heartbreak" years.  [for me the "getting over" her began with the movie Swingers and my buds Jake the Snake and Bud.  Here's to all the new beginnings and old endings and all that we live through in between.  Long Live RP!!


Oh....I also found that reading your post while the song played worked out about right with the ending of the song and the part in your post about the ending of the song.  
Although it is clear that Pink Floyd was at its best with Waters writing the lyrics for their progressive (concept) albums, it's clear that Gilmour was an excellent songwriter. Lyrics, not so much. But he had his wife (a poet) write some of the lyrics, and it wasn't half bad. I really do like this song quite a bit. 9. 

Thank you  David Gilmour
for  No Way

For me this is 8 - Most Excellent


 coloradojohn wrote:
<lots of cool stuff>

 
I really enjoyed reading this, John! You could package a few of those up and you've got a book! Or a movie.

Thank you  David Gilmour
for  No Way

For me this is 8 - Most Excellent


I can remember as if it was yesterday how I put on this album and stood staring into the coals of the fireplace early one chilly morning after another all-night-party at my E-School buddies' party house known affectionately as The Brown Hole, and mourned the loss of my first true love, Kim S., who looked a lot like Nancy Wilson of Heart at the time, and was now being seen out and about in the small Ozark town at all the parties with "other guys." I had never known that the very thing that had taken me so high could now be carving my heart out from the inside, and, even worse, I had never suspected that I was nowhere near the end of suffering as a result...
Conehead, Click, and TFG were the older guys who presided over The Hole. They and the others who had partied with us through the long and typically psychedelic night tried their best to console me. We cranked up the volume, fired up a twister and started banging on the keg again, and we all heard That Fucking Gabbert chuckle and chug and say, "I now pronounce it a brand-new day." I tried to smile along but there were tears in my eyes, and as Gilmour's peerless guitar-work and the searing lyrics in this song tore new and deeper rips into my gasping heart, I struggled mightily, for I knew I could not find a way to bring myself to do the unthinkable and let go...
"Face it, man, she's a groovy gal, but you'll find another one," Chip said, grabbing my mug and squirting it full of the amber nectar of hoped-for but never reliable pain reliever we all wish it was.
"Yeah, dude, no big deal, I'm sure you'll find another, soon enough, and forget her," said Click, from the giant bean-bag in the corner.
"That's just it... I don't want another. I want her," I said. "And, as this song reminds me, 'There's no way/ I'm gonna let go...'" I said, with a noticeable creak in my voice. I couldn't take my eyes off of the glow of the forced transformation of carbon going on in the fireplace.
"But, come on, John, it's only been a short while... Give it some time, let yourself heal, and see what else is out there..." Leslie, Chip's girlfriend, said, patting my shoulder.
"But, be careful, because the last thing you want to do is jump right into another fling with just some other girl, just to get a rebound," retorted Laura, B-Line's girlfriend.
Champion of Cups, Mark B. himself, responding to her nudge, got up from the sofa with a slight stagger, then, surprisingly, gingerly and adroitly stepping among the limbs of others, made it all the way across the floor to come and grin right in my face. He then stood there gesturing with his arms while swaying as if on the deck of a ship at sea and preached The Gospel to me. "Listen, listen, listen, man... Doesn't matter what anybody says, man. You're gonna wallow, and then you're gonna get a rebound, and it's gonna maybe look and feel just great, and you're gonna think it's just what you need, and it will be, but then it's all gonna blow your mind, man, because then it's all gonna fall apart and you won't even know where your head is at, man, and then, you're gonna fall even deeper and harder down into what's gonna suck even more and worse than you can imagine, and —" but he was cut off by Click's girl, CC, who had come down the steps from the kitchen with some snacks, who said, "Stop it! Do you not see where this is going? Nowhere! Nowhere but in a circle. And it is a circle. And it goes around in you, and you go around in it. So let it ride. You'll get through it. And that's how it is and has to be, like it or not..."
Conehead caught my eye as the song was fading out and said, "Keep on dancing, man. Sometimes it's all you can do. And, seems like, you sure could use a party...and that's what we're here for. So, cheer up. The party ain't over, man — the trick is to keep it going..."
Of course, I felt grateful, but I rightly suspected that I might never quite learn how to let go of a single thing I've become entangled with.
This and every song that has ever moved me to tears contains The Universe. I'm thankful that RP can call up The Soundtrack for me.
 toterola wrote:

Your examples don't advance your argument. John Lennon and Paul McCartney sold millions of solo albums repeatedly after the Beatles broke up. Mick Jagger had several Top 10 hits in the 80s, as well as people STILL running over each other to try and get on TV or recordings with him. Keith has had success with every solo effort he's pursued, and he was advancing the reggae beat and mindset before Bob Marley ever toured "Babylon By Bus". David Crosby was a Byrd and a Flying Burrito Brother, not to mention a brilliant collaborator and solo performer. Steve Stills had great success with his solo and group efforts, including Buffalo Springfield and Manassas.  And Graham Nash was a founding member a little Brit pop group called The Hollies.

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You have not really submitted an "inductive fallacy", but David Crosby was never a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers.  I believe he sang backing vocals on one of their songs. 
{#Fever} ZESTY!
The cover is so evocative of winter in the UK. Cold, damp, grey.

Of course looking back on that time we did not wear the 'right' clothing as evidenced by Gilmour et al in this photo. There is no excuse these days as specialist 'outdoor wear' is readily available.

Back in the '70's I remember slushy water leaking into my fashion shoes, cold thin cotton loon pants, skimpy tank tops and velvet jackets.  

Ha - those were the days!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Love this song and most of his first 2 solo albums. However, Waters/Gilmour is yet another in a long list of "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" syndrome; Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards, CSN and so on.

 
Agreed.
 toterola wrote:

Your examples don't advance your argument. John Lennon and Paul McCartney sold millions of solo albums repeatedly after the Beatles broke up. Mick Jagger had several Top 10 hits in the 80s, as well as people STILL running over each other to try and get on TV or recordings with him. Keith has had success with every solo effort he's pursued, and he was advancing the reggae beat and mindset before Bob Marley ever toured "Babylon By Bus". David Crosby was a Byrd and a Flying Burrito Brother, not to mention a brilliant collaborator and solo performer. Steve Stills had great success with his solo and group efforts, including Buffalo Springfield and Manassas.  And Graham Nash was a founding member a little Brit pop group called The Hollies.

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Fancy!
Played this album to death as a kid, still sounds fresh, great if underrated album!
 {#Guitarist}daniel_rusk wrote:
Shows the talent and influence David had with Pink Floyd. Love all his solo work!

 


 toterola wrote:

Your examples don't advance your argument. John Lennon and Paul McCartney sold millions of solo albums repeatedly after the Beatles broke up. Mick Jagger had several Top 10 hits in the 80s, as well as people STILL running over each other to try and get on TV or recordings with him. Keith has had success with every solo effort he's pursued, and he was advancing the reggae beat and mindset before Bob Marley ever toured "Babylon By Bus". David Crosby was a Byrd and a Flying Burrito Brother, not to mention a brilliant collaborator and solo performer. Steve Stills had great success with his solo and group efforts, including Buffalo Springfield and Manassas.  And Graham Nash was a founding member a little Brit pop group called The Hollies.

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Great insight and you are on the mark. And I think Waters/ Gilmour follows this same prescription{#Think}.
'8'.


Yes! Well I remember how this soothed my aching heart and soul back in the early '80s. I've always dug the Joe Walsh-type jams in it!
 taterflatpicker2 wrote:
Awesome choice! I have not heard this in decades. …
 
That's RP for ya!
 LuvWilloughby wrote:
Very nice this cold early morning.

 
As it should be on a St. Patrick's day. Tomorrow comes the ruder awakening.
Awesome choice! I have not heard this in decades. Thanks RP!
I adore this period of Gilmour. Still powerful, but not as constrained by expectations as he is now.
Not only prog, but a hint of country or Nick Drake in there. More organic, more comfortable.

It's summer in New Orleans thirty years ago, and the windows are down so I can listen to the rain. And this album is on, with the turntable on auto-repeat - much to the dismay of my neighbors. 
I love this, as do I with most of this mans output, but here especially, there is a nervousness, an uncertainty,  almost as if he is playing everything himself on a multitrack, which I guess is possible, maybe it is the subject of the song: possible finger to Waters before the fan got hit,Maybe it is just the process of his first solo album , but the best thing is that note, the one that doesnt fit, but fits perfectly in an uneasy way "hanging on".   oh and cracking tambourine.

9
Very nice this cold early morning.
Great song from a great album - not quite caliber of DSOM or Animals - but it's up there. 
Shows the talent and influence David had with Pink Floyd. Love all his solo work!
 toterola wrote:
Your examples don't advance your argument. John Lennon and Paul McCartney sold millions of solo albums repeatedly after the Beatles broke up. Mick Jagger had several Top 10 hits in the 80s, as well as people STILL running over each other to try and get on TV or recordings with him. Keith has had success with every solo effort he's pursued, and he was advancing the reggae beat and mindset before Bob Marley ever toured "Babylon By Bus". David Crosby was a Byrd and a Flying Burrito Brother, not to mention a brilliant collaborator and solo performer. Steve Stills had great success with his solo and group efforts, including Buffalo Springfield and Manassas.  And Graham Nash was a founding member a little Brit pop group called The Hollies. . . .(edit)
 
Thanks for your extensive reply. Not sure why you had to be snarky at the end? The musicians mentioned did have varying degrees of success as solo artists (McCartney still sells out football stadiums), but that wasn't my point. They just made better music together, rather than as solo artists (ie commercial success isn't the same thing as making great music).
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Love this song and most of his first 2 solo albums. However, Waters/Gilmour is yet another in a long list of "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" syndrome; Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards, CSN and so on.

 
Your examples don't advance your argument. John Lennon and Paul McCartney sold millions of solo albums repeatedly after the Beatles broke up. Mick Jagger had several Top 10 hits in the 80s, as well as people STILL running over each other to try and get on TV or recordings with him. Keith has had success with every solo effort he's pursued, and he was advancing the reggae beat and mindset before Bob Marley ever toured "Babylon By Bus". David Crosby was a Byrd and a Flying Burrito Brother, not to mention a brilliant collaborator and solo performer. Steve Stills had great success with his solo and group efforts, including Buffalo Springfield and Manassas.  And Graham Nash was a founding member a little Brit pop group called The Hollies.

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WOW - haven't heard this in YEARS!  Just like an old friend...love this tune, and so many memories.
 Relayer wrote:
Love his voice, love his guitar sound, and he can write good music despite what the Waters fans claim.  Waters may have written 75% of the Floyd music, but to me it is obvious who was responsible for the "sound" of PF. 

If you listen to the raw demo music that was just released on The Wall Expanded, you can see that Waters originally had very rough song ideas that were transformed into perfection once the full band had their hand in it.  Gilmour is just as responsible for PF as Waters.  PF would not have been anything if they didn't have such an amazing guitar player who could conjure a sound so pure.  OK, i'll get off my soapbox.
 
Love this song and most of his first 2 solo albums. However, Waters/Gilmour is yet another in a long list of "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" syndrome; Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards, CSN and so on.
He channeled Dengue Fever 30 years ago w/ that intro.
Love his voice, love his guitar sound, and he can write good music despite what the Waters fans claim.  Waters may have written 75% of the Floyd music, but to me it is obvious who was responsible for the "sound" of PF. 

If you listen to the raw demo music that was just released on The Wall Expanded, you can see that Waters originally had very rough song ideas that were transformed into perfection once the full band had their hand in it.  Gilmour is just as responsible for PF as Waters.  PF would not have been anything if they didn't have such an amazing guitar player who could conjure a sound so pure.  OK, i'll get off my soapbox.
 Jackson_Feelgood wrote:


You need to shove your Dictionary up you A... you moronic, self indulgent, talentless jerk !
 
Geez, lighten up Mr. Feelgood.
 Cynaera wrote:

Wow - SO cool... Thanks, wolverine.  More David Gilmour is always a good thing, in my book.

 
Ditto here.  This is a great album.
 bbryan wrote:
A bit perfunctory, by Gilmour standards. Methinks a bit over-rated by the RP crowd.
 

You need to shove your Dictionary up you A... you moronic, self indulgent, talentless jerk !
It is obvious to me where the majority of the talent in the Pink Floyd colaboration came from.  I can't imagine how "Dark Side" or "Animals" could ever be the same without Gilmores contribution ?
 mgk1064 wrote:
I'm a lifelong Pink Floyd fan, but actually really love this solo effort. Had it on vinyl and picked the CD re-issue up a few years ago. Gilmour has such a laid back playing style, and his vocals blend perfectly. I give this an 8/10.
 
Yeah, what he said.  I really like this solo album.
 meinthecorner wrote:
Okay, Bill, this one's just for you. I hope you read this:
"Dogs begin to bark
All over my neighbourhood..." Jeff Beck w/Rod Stewart

Just caught the sounds of your dogs, I guess, in the background there!
That, to me is precious!
 

Yep, they're still barking :)
Okay, Bill, this one's just for you. I hope you read this:
"Dogs begin to bark
All over my neighbourhood..." Jeff Beck w/Rod Stewart

Just caught the sounds of your dogs, I guess, in the background there!
That, to me is precious!
Oh Yeah!
I'm a lifelong Pink Floyd fan, but actually really love this solo effort. Had it on vinyl and picked the CD re-issue up a few years ago. Gilmour has such a laid back playing style, and his vocals blend perfectly. I give this an 8/10.
Whoah, this tasty warbling guitar comforted me and echoed my thoughts way back when I was feeling my first broken heart, and was pulled out at many fine parties through the 80s...then I didn't hear it for far too long, until THANKS TO RP, IT LIVES!  Hard to beat ol' David G on strings, ain't it?!

Floyd fan here...1st time I've heard this, and as it strays slightly from what I'm used to from DG, I likey!!  Of course I like most of his stuff...Saw him in '80s in Hollywood, FL.  
So worth the ticket!!
 wolverine wrote:
{#Bananajam} YAAAA!  RP has finally played a song that I've uploaded & they've added.{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}
 
Wow - SO cool... Thanks, wolverine.  More David Gilmour is always a good thing, in my book.

Needs more cowbell

Its really great to hear this for the first time - ever - and of course I can't ever listen to this for the first time again. It was a treat, thanks RP - 9!
Junky's delight!

PS
Still - I admit it's not bad.
At least it has a groove and melody!
It hurts - but I (have to) give it a 7-8.
Life without Pink Floyd.  For some reason, I never connected with any Pink Floyd after Dark Side of the Moon, which was the most interesting, beautiful, surprising music I had ever heard, even after years of their old stuff.  I was just totally blown away the first time I heard it.  Then the new stuff, that I just didn't like.  But this album was like a breath of new fresh air to me.
Great choice again! I swear RP seems to play better stuff in the evenings than in the day.
David Gilmour has always had a distinct guitar sound.{#Guitarist}
This is good stuff!!
Great to hear this one again, Bill. {#Clap}
A bit perfunctory, by Gilmour standards. Methinks a bit over-rated by the RP crowd.
It's better than most of his solo stuff, and sounds more modern too, despite being from the 1970s.
 Shimmer wrote:
What album is this from?
 

Look at the top of this comment list....{#Mrgreen}
What album is this from?


Love Pink Floyd, Love David Gilmour. . .

(just expressing one person's opinion, so don't take it personally, OK?)    
. . . .but I don't get this tune at all. Great (but some more of the same. . .) guitar, but that's all I got out of it.
After 31 years this recording sounds fresh and clean.  In regular rotation in my car right next to all the new stuff.
Wore out the grooves on this album.  Nice to hear it again, been a long, long time.
Listened to this CD for the first time on a plane a few weeks ago.  Awesome!!!  Heard it here first...IMAGINE THAT!
 wolverine wrote:
{#Bananajam} YAAAA!  RP has finally played a song that I've uploaded & they've added.{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}
 

Nice!  Upload Mihalis!
{#Bananajam} YAAAA!  RP has finally played a song that I've uploaded & they've added.{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}
Somehow, someway, Bill found one of my favorite all time tunes. Thanks Man!!!
 ivann wrote:
Blimey, first to comment!  Nothing profound just fond memories of a often played album of my youth - not made it to any digital medium yet so nice to hear after many years.
 
You beat me by minutes.  It was a flashback to my vinyl collection and how much I played this back in the late 70's.  I have heard this or the other cuts in years.  Thanks RP!

Diane

Blimey, first to comment!  Nothing profound just fond memories of a often played album of my youth - not made it to any digital medium yet so nice to hear after many years.