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Sorrow

by

Pink Floyd



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The lyrics start off with: "The sweet smell of a great sorrow lies over the land, Plumes of smoke rise and merge into the leaden sky," which has overtones from the John Steinbeck classic Grapes Of Wrath. In fact, the whole song seems to borrow ideas described in the book - these can be found in every alternate chapter, with one chapter describing the journey of a family and the next describing how the community on the whole is evolving. (thanks, Srikar - Bangalore, India)
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Comments (9):

The first line of this song, "The sweet smell of a great sorrow lies over the land, Plumes of smoke rise and merge into the leaden sky," is how many feel about the direction the United States is heading at this time. As our political leaders take us closer and closer to socialism many feel, the 'He's haunted by the memory of a lost paradise" and will the United States every be the bastion of Freedom and liberty that it has been in the past. I really like this song and it seems that it was written for this time.
- Rick`, Leesburg, VA
This is easily the best dehydrated (post-Waters) Floyd song out there.
I like how he used the arena and multiple microphone trick to give it that massive sound.
Great song, great lyrics.
- oldpink, New Castle, IN
The guitar intro (played on a Steinberger GL) was recorded in a huge arena in LA, piped through a PA system and recorded by multiple mics - which gives it a cavernous tone. Gilmour has said repeatedly that he is anything but a purist and will use any trick available to get the best tone he can from his guitar.
- Robert, Houston, TX
This song is particularly outstanding on the P*U*L*S*E DVD, where Nick Mason plays live drums rather than the machine used on the studio version. The most underrated rock drummer ever?
- Michael, Oxford, -
David Gilmour is simply a brillant composer. He makes a guitar cry for all of us.
- Joe, Blooming, IL
It's not often that Pink Floyd rock this hard!

By the way, is that the infamous backwards wah-wah pedal effect (Echoes, Is There Anybody Out There?, Marooned) in the background again, starting around 4:56?
- Michael, Oxford, England
i love this song, i love pink floyd, they're fantastic, especailly Gilmour, the lyrics are so cool, and the guitar solo is mind blowing
- daferdaty, Leicester, England
dunno if anyone thinks the same way but this song can be compared to george orwell's "1984"... its got the same eery touch to it...abt the world which has lost its way bcoz of power hungry political parties...nd ordinary people hav lost their ability to think on their own...
"...He's haunted by the memory of a lost paradise
In his youth or a dream, he can't be precise..."
u can understand these lines if u've read the book...(referring to doublethink)
- anish, pune, India
Cool first one to leave a comment on Sorrow by Pink Floyd. First off they are my all time favorite band. Pink Floyd Rocks! Second, this song does follow a lot of the book but it still is the bomb. Never used to like it much but have really connected. Turn it up loud and enjoy!
- Rick, Mishawaka, IN
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