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Listen to New David Gilmour Song Yes I Have Ghosts

David GIlmour Yes I Have Ghosts
David GIlmour Yes I Have Ghosts

David Gilmour has released his first music in 5 years and recorded it on lockdown with his daughter Romany Gilmour. The beautiful song features in David’s wife’s new audio book A Theatre for Dreamers and is now available to stream online.

You can listen to the song in the video below, lyrics are below too. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the song. Discuss on Forum.

“Yes, I Have Ghosts” Lyrics by David Gilmour and Polly Samson

The heat of the sun stayed on through the night
Made specters of strangers playing games with my sight
I passed through the station, a face in the crowd
The whistle was blowing, the barrier came down

There was my baby, in another’s embrace
I called out her name in shame and disgrace
Yes, I have ghosts, not all of them dead
Making dust of my dreams, spinning round and around
Around in my head

Train on the tracks, teeth of the zip
The slider moves down, we were joined at the hip
Stealing the groove, the widening gap
Unfastening rails from a past with no map

Yes, I have ghosts, a fleeting sight
It’s always the living that are haunting my nights

Where is the sweet soul that you used to be
Gone like a thistle that’s blown on the breeze
I guess when it’s over, this haunting will end
The waiting, the baiting, my killer, my friend

Yes, I have ghosts, not all of them dead
And they dance by the moon, millstones white as the sheet
On my bed

Press Release

Polly Samson and David Gilmour recording A Theatre for Dreamers audiobook [Pic: Polly Samson]

Yes, I Have Ghosts is the first new song from David Gilmour in five years and features the voice and harp playing of his daughter Romany. The inspiration for the track was Polly Samson’s new novel A Theatre for Dreamers.

Of Yes, I Have Ghosts, David says “I was working on this song just as we went in to lockdown and had to cancel a session with backing singers but, as it turned out, the solution was right here and I couldn’t be happier with the way Romany’s voice blends with mine and her beautiful harp playing has been another revelation”.

The song has previously only been available as part the ground-breaking audiobook for the novel. Polly Samson, who wrote the lyrics, says “Collaborating with David – as I have done many times over the last 30 years, writing songs for both Pink Floyd and his solo albums – we were able to bring together the worlds of literature and music to enhance the listening experience and connect with audiences in a way which I don’t think has been done before”.

David Gilmour rehearsing with daughter Romany Gilmour. [Pic: Romany Gilmour]

Here are some links to explore:

David Gilmour and Polly Samson Live Video Event 2nd April

Polly Samson, David GIlmour and the family dog [Pic: Polly Samson]

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and writer Polly Samson will appear in a live video stream tomorrow to publicise the new book A Theatre of Dreamers. It will also feature new material from David Gilmour performed live.

Polly Samson, who is married to David Gilmour, wrote lyrics for Pink Floyd and David Gilmour solo work and features on albums Division Bell, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and On an Island. The Endless River, Pink Floyd’s last studio album, had Polly’s lyrics on Louder than Words.

Book Launch Postponed

Originally, the book launch was to be accompanied by three live events at Manchester, Birmingham and London, UK. These events have been postponed to later in the year. Each of these special events will feature Polly Samson in conversation with journalist Rosie Boycott, readings, film and live music, including a new song Yes, I Have Ghosts written by David Gilmour and Polly Samson.

Polly Samson and David Gilmour [Pic: Polly Samson]

The audience will be transported to the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, and a world dancing on the edge of revolution, where a circle of poets, painters, writers and musicians live tangled lives. It’s a story of utopian dreams and innocence lost, of the troubled King and Queen of Bohemia, Charmian Clift and George Johnson, of a young poet named Leonard Cohen, and his Marianne; and of Erica Hart, an 18-year-old in search of answers.

Online Broadcasts

Many artists have turned to Facebook recently due to the Coronavirus shutting down tours and appearances. The Gilmour’s will be broadcasting live, probably from their home in Brighton on England’s sunny south coast, at 8pm BST on Facebook.

It said on David’s Facebook feed…

Sadly, our launch events for Polly Samson’s new book A Theatre For Dreamers – out tomorrow – had to be postponed, so we’re having a go at doing something live from home with the family on Facebook on release day. Join us at 8pm BST tomorrow (Thru 2nd April) here on Facebook.

How to Watch

It will be a live streaming event so should appear on David and Polly’s Facebook pages so be sure to check the links out below at 8.30pm BST. Note that we are in “British Summer Time” in the UK so that is GMT+1 hour. If you are fumbling around for the live broadcast and can’t see it, it could be an hour later than you expect.

Some of you might not have Facebook and do not with to join up in order to watch this video. I imagine it will appear on Youtube at some point so you can still potentially watch and listen to David Gilmour’s new song.

If you would like to order a copy of Polly’s new book, set in the Greek Island of Hydra where Leonard Cohen made many memories, then get yours from Amazon.co.uk

Polly Samson with her latest book, A Theatre for Dreamers, whilst on her jollies in Hydra, Greece