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High Hopes (Pink Floyd)

2 years ago

1. Listen to the song and read the lyrics.

2. What do you think this song means?

3. Can you spot any idioms?

4. Which words did you have to look up?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lku1fP-LszI


Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young In a world of magnets and miracles Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary The ringing of the division bell had begun

Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway Do they still meet there by the Cut

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps Running before times took our dreams away Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground To a life consumed by slow decay

The grass was greener The light was brighter When friends surrounded The nights of wonder

Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again Dragged by the force of some in a tide At a higher altitude with flag unfurled We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition There's a hunger still unsatisfied Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon Though down this road we've been so many times

The grass was greener The light was brighter The taste was sweeter The nights of wonder With friends surrounded The dawn mist glowing The water flowing The endless river

Forever and ever



My interpretation: It's about achieving a great ambition and then looking back and asking: What was the driving force behind it? The answer then is given in the chorus. What made you move forward? Answer: It was that old phrase the grass is always greener on the other side.


Obviously it's a future phrase, referring to the future. Therefore it's talking about a time frame of future hope from the past. One which was, and yet is, because it always is. That's what propels you.


The final guitar solo is totally victorious and celebratory, therefore it's not looking at the past with any form of sentiment or regret but rather as a great victory over those myriad creatures which tried to "tie us to the ground". "Encumbered by ambition and desire" is not in my view a negative thing, just that they were unable to stop, "a hunger unsatisfied" means that that grass was greener and remains greener perpetually. The guitar solo reiterates: "We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world". They fulfilled the dream and must celebrate that dominating victory but then also admitting that the saying holds true still now. It was greener, it is greener and will continue to be greener, endlessly always in some future time. Forward looking.