Faces of Stone

Album: Rattle That Lock (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • Of the 10 tracks on Rattle That Lock, two feature lyrics by David Gilmour as well as the music. This is one of them.

    Gilmour explained the song's background to The Sun. "That's just a portrait of a day that I spent with my mother before she died," he said. "She had dementia caused by a mini stroke and it's a fairly literal description of moments that happened. But I thought that if they resonated with me, they'd resonate with other people too."
  • Gilmour told Mojo: "Faces of Stone is a strange one, 'cos I had a very difficult relationship with my mother. I wasn't an adoring son by any stretch of the imagination. But there is a sort of element of wanting to make a little peace with various memories I have of her and myself."
  • David Gilmour elaborated on the song's personal story in a statement tied in with the video's release: "Towards the end of my mother's life, when she was suffering from dementia, there was a brief crossover period of about nine months, when she was alive and my daughter was newly born: this song is a musing on that time. Specifically it refers to a walk in the park where my mother was 'seeing' pictures, or 'faces of stone', hanging in the trees."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula"Songwriter Interviews

Ian talks about his 3 or 4 blatant attempts to write a pop song, and also the ones he most connected with, including "Locomotive Breath."

Name the Character in the SongMusic Quiz

With a few clues (Works at a diner, dreams of running away), can you name the character in the song?

Matthew Wilder - "Break My Stride"They're Playing My Song

Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.

Chrissie Hynde of The PretendersSongwriter Interviews

The rock revolutionist on songwriting, quitting smoking, and what she thinks of Rush Limbaugh using her song.

Christmas SongsFact or Fiction

Rudolf, Bob Dylan and the Singing Dogs all show up in this Fact or Fiction for seasonal favorites.

Supertramp founder Roger HodgsonSongwriter Interviews

Roger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song."