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Did you know that Syd Barrett reached the sound of the Piper at the Gates of Dawn album by setting all the knobs and buttons at the studio to form an ornament he liked? Did you know that Pink Floyd only performed The Wall 29 times and each time they were hidden behind a cardboard wall? Did you know that the Pink Floyd Live 8 show footage contains a short glimpse of the Battersea power station known from the Animals album artwork? It can be seen when the band is playing the song Money.
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The Division Bell

Cluster One

(Wright/Gilmour)
This instrumental song opens the album. In live concerts, it was also used as a sort of an announcement that the band were entering the stage, usually played back.
The instrument most typical for the song is blues guitar, piano and drums join in at the end.

What Do You Want From Me

(music: Gilmour/Wright, lyrics: Gilmour/Samson)
With guitar resembling Wish You Were Here and an excellent backing vocalists' part, the song's name refers to a question Gilmour asked his girlfriend Polly Samson in an argument. (Or maybe vice versa).

Poles Apart

(music: Gilmour, lyrics: Gilmour/Samson/Laird-Clowes)
Polly Samson admitted that the first verse of the very sincere lyrics was about Syd Barret, the second about Waters and the third about both. The vocal, sung by Gilmour, reminds us of his 1984 solo album About Face and is not anything he would learn or develop with Pink Floyd. There is a Hammond organ solo and another solo before the third verse, the origin of which is unclear. The song has been performed live, but quite seldom.

Marooned

(Gilmour/Wright)
An instrumental song driven by guitar, sometimes resembling Comfortably Numb. For the first time it was performed only in the half of the tour in Norway, where it was accompanied by a video of whales in the sea. It is possible that it was meant as a reference to the country, which, despite ecologists' enduring protests, continues to hunt for whales.

A Great Day For Freedom

(music: Gilmour, lyrics: Gilmour/Samson)
Like Atom Heart Mother, also the name of this song was taken from a newspaper headline (see the album's sleeve). It referred to the fall of the Berlin Wall and was much better used on Roy Harper's album Berliners. The music (according to Gilmour himself) is not very innovative, offering very few new ideas. Gilmour also shortened his solos to a reasonable minimum.

Wearing The Inside Out

(music: Wright, lyrics: Moore)
This song is opened by the soft, bluesy saxophone of Dick Parry.
The entire song is the work of Rick Wright and was generally well recieved. It was a surprise to see how Rick coped with his long departure from the band and the way he had been treated when Waters was the leader of Pink Floyd. Unfortunately, the song, although good and well balanced, is not known to have been performed live.
Gilmour shares some of the vocals and ends the song with a guitar solo.

Take It Back

(music: Gilmour/Ezrin, lyrics: Gilmour/Samson/Laird-Clowes)
The music is very similar to the style U2 play, especially concerning the guitar, which has been criticised. The song was recieved quite negatively, mostly because it was almost sure that is had been written solely for commercial purposes and to be radio-friendly. According to the critics, the style did not fit Pink Floyd.
Surprisingy, the single's B-side was Astronomy Domine.

Coming Back To Life

(Gilmour)
The only song on the album written entirely by Gilmour (although from the live shows it seems that he was not very proud of it).
It is opened by blues guitar, followed by David's almost whispered lyrics.
A simple rhythm occurs at the beginning of the second verse, but in fact the song has no real "vibe" and sounds sort of unfinished.

Keep Talking

(music: Gilmour/Wright, lyrics: Gilmour/Samson)
The opening monologue (better known as a part of a British telephone company ad), was written and recited by physicist Stephen Hawking, the author of the book A Brief History Of Time, who is paralysed and communicates through a speech generating device.
The vocoder used by Gilmour reminds us of Pigs (Three Different Ones), althought the rest (guitar) sounds more like The Wall and The Final Cut.

Lost For Words

(music: Gilmour, lyrics: Gilmour/Samson)
Gilmour denied the fans' and critics' suspicion that the lyrics, and especially the last verse, could refer to Roger Waters. However, it might be one of the reasons the song was only seldom performed on the Division Bell tour.
The sounds of steps, chiming keys and shut door are among the last sound effects, so typical of Pink Floyd.

High Hopes

(music: Gilmour, lyrics: Gilmour/Samson)
Gilmour admitted that this song (the first one he wrote for the album) is more personal than any of the others he had written.
The lyrics are very interesting and the music, with the Spanish guitar and drums, returns to the mid 1980's style.
The bell we hear ringing in the end is not the division bell from the British parliament, but rather a bell of the Cambridge College or the Ely catherdal. Both can be seen in the promotional video made by Storm Thorgerson. The Cambridge cathedral is also on the album's cover, on the horizon between the "talking heads."
The very last sound on the album, although almost inaudible, is a recording of a phone call between Charlie (the son of Polly Samson) and Steve O'Rourke, the manager of Pink Floyd, who inspired the band to take on the lack of communication among people as the theme of the album. It is the only answer to his long time desire to be allowed to record at least a few notes of the album...

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