High Hopes

Album: The Division Bell (1994)
Charted: 26


  • This was the first song written for the album and yet the last one finished.
  • Within the song, Dave Gilmour's son Charlie hangs up the telephone on Pink Floyd manager Steve O'Rourke. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for above 2
  • Nightwish covered this song on their 2005 compilation album Highest Hopes. They also played it at their final concert of the Once Tour, which was released on the DVD End Of An Era. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bella - Pretoria
  • The title of Pink Floyd's 2014 album The Endless River previously appeared as part of the closing lyric on this song, which was the last single released from The Division Bell. Gilmour explained to BBC Radio 6 Music's Matt Everitt that naming 'The Endless River' after the line suggested, "some sort of continuum" connecting the two records, since they both came from the same sessions.

Comments: 56

  • Zach from CaWhat we need to do is stop comparing. To everyone who says that Division Bell was a bad album or that High Hopes was a bad song, just imagine if any other band had written it. Imagine if it just came out of a no one band. It would win a Grammy for the best album of the year.
  • Evan from Pittsburgh, PaTo all these people saying "x wasn't y, but...", no. Roger Waters is an elite bassist and David Gilmour is an elite guitarist. Speed does not equal skill. If the pink Floyd hasn't taught you that then idk why you're at this url. Reading about high hopes. Yuck. I'm not saying it's bad. It's just one of the Floyd songs I don't know every note to.
  • Ant from Morecambe EnglandThe Division Bell..... A totally awesome job! The best album they did without Waters. I'm sure of that!!!
  • Michael from Saginaw, MiI know I'm not the most qualified person to judge lyrics or songwriting, but this song to me seems very well written. I know David wrote this with his newly married wife on his house boat the Astoria. I think when Gilmour was writing this, he knew it was to be Pink Floyd's last song, the song just has that feeling and tone. But all in all I think Division Bell is an underrated album. Like others have said, I'm sure there are people who don't even consider this a Pink Floyd song because Roger Water's wasn't involved. But it is, he left them, and I think they've fared very well actually. In my opinion DG was the musical genius of the band. Roger was a great lyricist, but David was no slouch either. That's why PF could carry on and Roger's career fizzled. Anyway, this song is great, and the live version on P.U.L.S.E. leaves me speechless. That lap steel solo is just great!
  • Gaurav from Delhi, IndiaThere are great bands and there is pink floyd
  • Betto from Ciudad De México, MexicoHigh Hopes es el tema principal del album The Division Bell ya que inicia con el toque de campanas con el que se celebran las bodas en Inglaterra. El matrimonio divide a los amigos, es una frontera entre una vida de ensueño y una realidad en ocasiones oscura. Las grandes esperanzas de la juventud se diluyen con el matrimonio.
  • Erlando from Fredrkstad, NorwayI think The dude who said that Roger and David aren't great singers and guitar players, is halfways right-I mean, they dont have great, mpressive or anything, but at least Gilmour IS a great guitar player. Try playing us and them reeeally loud and not getting goosepimples on the Chorus....
  • Jair from Santiago De Cali, ColumbiaThe video was featured on an episode of Beavis and Butt-head. Beavis said that if you didn't know the name Pink Floyd or anything about the band and just saw this video, you might think this was wuss music. Butt-head replied to him that this is wuss music.

  • Jair from Santiago De Cali, Columbia"High Hopes" was really the last one, it was written after all the other (songs) were sort of, in some form or another. I think I wrote it in July or something. It was very, very quick. It's one of those ones that works, quickly, but beautifully, almost immediately and, I came up with a tiny bit of music, just had it on a cassette, just a few bars of piano. And then I went off to get away to a small house somewhere with my girlfriend, Polly, and try and make some progress on the lyric writing. And she gave me a phrase about something about before time wears you down. And I took it from there, and...got stuck into a whole sort of thing about, I suppose, my, it's autobiographical really, I suppose I'd have to say on that one, it's about my life, Cambridge life, and my childhood, I suppose. Yeah, we came up with it very, very quickly, we wrote the words to it in, most of the words to it in a day. And then I went back to the studio, with no one else there, the minute I got back, and put a demo down of it. Did everything myself on it, and it was virtually complete in a day. "

    David Gilmour talking about "High Hopes" from the US radio premiere of The Division Bell with Redbeard, March, 1994.
  • AnonymousI think it's about missing out on the present by daydreaming about the future and remembering the past. The (division) bell (and bee at start of song) symbolize the present because either sound is alarming to the senses. Great song.
  • Prashant from Ktm, OtherThis song is about high hopes... how everyone has high hopes about their lives... how far they go but the regret of not having gotten to where they really wanted to and then "Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us. To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side" burning bridges the old metaphor.... but still "There's a hunger still unsatisfied Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon Though down this road we've been so many times" we keep looking forward until we die.
  • Kal from Bangalore, IndiaWhenever i want to fly in my imagination i listen to this song. The music and the voice is so imperious that it will literally lift you up your feet.
  • Ronit from New Delhi, IndiaI would not like to talk about who the greater artist was and frankly speaking its the music which binds rather than the person creating that.For this song ..... The best i have ever heard , brings priceless memories right back ! the solo makes me cry almost evrytime i hear , the lyrics make me wonder is this the way i wanted to live my life?and do we have a say how we want to live?anyways this song just shows how floyd can disect you and u cant help but ponder are they gods! the best thing to happen to mankind .. "pink floyd"
  • Ani from Yerevan, ArmeniaI think neither Waters nor Gilmour we can call great guitar players or great vocalists. Just every single composition they created came deep from their souls, each time they were really devoted to what they did: that's why Pink Floyd was always so amazing, so great, so GENIUS...
  • Hayden from Tka, New ZealandThe Division Bell is one of my favourite albums and High Hopes would have to be my favourite track off of it. I think it just shows that Roger Waters is not an absolute necessary for Pink Floyd to do well.
  • Bob from Southfield, MiA group called "Gregorian (Masters of Chant") does a great version of this song.
  • Alonso from Lima, Perustop fighting about who's the biggest floyd member. All of them are great musicians and united they were one of the greatests british bands.
  • Michael from Oxford, EnglandHello to all Momentary/Division bashers out there. Please come to your senses. You're bashing the last two Pink Floyd albums just because Roger Waters isn't hogging the steering wheel. If these two albums suck then so does The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Haven't you guys forgotten that Roger Waters didn't really start to dominate the band until 1973, almost a decade after they formed?!
  • Ayesha from Multan, PakistanThis is a great song..i think it can drive anyone autistic while listening to it..well takes me back to my school corridors, bunks, friends, laughter and all that was sweeter about life.
  • Allison from A Little Ol' Town In, MiTotally right, some people try to compare these two and really, we shouldn't. They would be nowhere without each other and each contributed a huge amount to the BEST BAND THAT EVER WILL EXIST: PINK FLOYD!!!! So each gets their own credit. It's just a shame that Waters wasn't up to continuing with them, not their most superb album but it's got the pink floyd sound to it and i love this song. I just wish that Waters would've had the dignity to keep going with this amazing band and not disappoint people.
    Mr. Waters. I am 100% sure that even Mr. Waters secretly envies,admire and emulate SIR GILMOUR'S guitar playing and singing capabilities.
    Sorry, but truth hurts sometimes...
  • Colin from Guelph, Onok i think that i made a major breakthrough. the bells that open up "high hopes" are the same ones that close "jugband blues". "Jugband blues" is a song that was essentially the farewell to the Syd Barrett, and "High Hopes" is the last song that the David Gilmour-led Pink Floyd ever recorded. And since David Gilmour replaced Syd Barrett, it seems kind've fitting, no? The bells are used for the end of Syd Barrett Floyd, and also the end of Dave Gilmour Floyd. Call me crazy, but i think that i make a good point.
  • Tomás from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaI think it's the perfect song to finish off a PF show. Hard to choose between Comfortably Numb + Run Like Hell and High Hopes..
  • Theinterpreter from India, IndiaI think this song is about how life catches u with age. When you were younger you could dream"Out thots strayed constantly without boundaries". You dont live life anymore, "To a life consumed by slow decay".You become corporatized with a job and ambition catcches up , "we reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world" "Theres' a hunger still unsatisfied".Yet,thats not what u want, "Steps taken forward, but sleepwalking back again". Pettiness of age and social design take its toll, "Running before time took our dreams away
    Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground". When all one wants is to be is with freinds and do some grass :-) and make music.But all you is left is just reminiscence.
  • Defy from Wellington, New Zealandi like this song. All the floyd dudes are cool. The solo stuns me when i hear it makes my spine feel strange
  • Ozzy from Fresno, Cai hate roger waters and i hate david gilmour but i love syd barrett. this song is ok esp for the bs pink floyd normally makes. its a shame that they replaced syd with his childhood friend...
  • Tim from Boolingbrook, Ilan AOl session with Gilmour (god)
    the acoustic at the end makes this song so powerful, and this is easily the best version i have ever heard

  • Randy from Colerain Twp., OhPersonally, I would compare Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour to John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Both pairs were successful together. Sure, they both could still write songs apart from one another, but it just wasn't the same. Do you suppose the Beatles could have continued without either Lennon or McCartney? And bear in mind that John Lennon and Paul McCartney had never written a song together after their breakup. And the same holds true for both Waters and Gilmour. Both are completely different, like Lennon and McCartney, which is probably why they were so successful as a song writing duo. Roger Waters and John Paul Jones awsome bass players??? I agree with Sean from Canada- Geddy Lee and Chris Squire are both a hell of a lot better than those two.
  • Michael from San Jose, CaNightwish does a live cover of this song.You can find it on there cd End of an Era and Highest Hopes:The best of Nightwish.Personal I think the better recording is on Highest Hopes:The best of Nightwish.Although the song really deserved a studio recording rather than a live recording.
  • Joseph from La, CaI agree Ashley Jade. I personally TDB is a fine album, even if it doesn't live up to the higher profile Floyd albums. In its own right its great album and this is a truely beautiful song.
  • Ashley Jade from Cleveland, GaIMO, the best song on The Division Bell
  • Jonathan from TorontoI have been watching this live from pompeii dvd and it is pretty much all pre dark side of the moon and it is still amazing music. Though dark side of the moon until the wall (not final cut, I haven't heard it but it can't be that good from what I have heard about it) may b the best era in floyd, the other music from floyd is still amazing. This song is amazing as well. Roger waters also was a good singer, you may b judging by the pink floyd reunion, but that is bcause he lost his voice.
  • Pete from Cambridge, EnglandFirstly, I would like to say this really is an amazing song. Also, I think some people read to much into it. I take it as an exploration of their youth and the joy and innocence of it. The basis for this is the fact that "long road" and "the causeway" are both roads in Cambridge, England where Gilmour grew up. The first verse is an obvious exploration of the wonders of youth "magnetic and miracles". From this address of innocence I feel the song moves on to address the disillusionment with growing up and the small-mindedness of the adult world they meet. The song ends looking back, with nostalgia to their youth.
  • Joey from Hw, United Stateswhen i heard this song during the guitar solo, or whatever it is i kinda got the shivers!
  • Guy from Tel Aviv, IsraelRoger Waters have a crappy voice, are you insaine??????????? he is a great singer, mabey not in the main stream kind of way, but his voice is very unique, his voice also have this psychedalic quality and he have a lot of personalty in his voice.
  • Dweebstick from Melbourne, AustraliaGilmour is an excellent guitarist and singer imo. However, as a lyricist he sucks. Waters is a crappy singer, but I don't know enough about bass playing to comment on his prowess in that area. Put both of them in the same line-up and they are awesome-apart I think they are pretty average. Nothing Pink Floyd has done since Waters' departure has been worth listening to, and 80% of the pre-Dark Side of the Moon material is awful. The halcion years-Dark Side to Final Cut-is some of the best rock music one could hear I believe.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI've never heard the albums Syd was on. That's ashame,that fans seem to forget him though.
  • John from Boston, MaYa gotta love that slide solo ! Like only Gilmour can...
  • Vikrant from Guwahati, Indiathis song puts me in a dilemna,whether to live on or give my life to a cause

  • Nicholas from Birkirkara, EuropeQuite frankly the song is amazing. It contains Gilmours signature "empty space" sound and some pretty decent lyrics. The subject seems to be similar to Shine on you Crazy Diamond, except that this time it deals not only with Barrett but with Waters departure as well as nostalgia for youthful days and what they had accomplished.

    Somehow, Pink Floyd fans i've met tend to forget about Syd Barrett (a far better lyricist than Gilmour or Waters). The first two albums produced by Pink Floyd outclass anything produced in their later years. Regarding bass players, check out Victor Wooten (Les Claypool should take lessons from him - no offence to Les of course), Geddy Lee, Cliff Burton and Flea.
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, Mn"High Hopes" is also noteworthy for being the final track on Pink Floyd's final studio album. The song's theme of reminiscence about youth and bygone glory gives it a vague "goodbye" feel without making it overly obvious or maudlin. All in all, a fitting swan song for a legendary rock band.
  • Sully from Clinton, MaI thought this song was about the band re-uniting some lyrics were "The grass was greener, the lights were brighter" and you can hear the wind from the Wish You Were Here album and the beat from The Wall.
  • Jl from Raleigh, NcI've thought of so many meanings through this song. We have such high hopes in our lives. We always strive to acheive those high hopes as we search for the greener grass or the sweeter taste. David may be relating this to the high hopes that the band once had and how he and Roger have some "inner tide" that is pulling them apart.

    The song could also serve as a religious meaning. Representing paradise or some sort of heaven in a way. Possibly the whole idea behind a "Division Bell", seperating the good from the bad. David addresses going to the "dizzy heights of that dreamed of world" and talks about "meeting by the cut", and seeing "the darkness glowing, the water flowing, the endless river, forever and ever."

    Could represent how when judgement day comes, one would respond they were wrong because they thought "the grass looked greener on the other side, or it tasted sweeter", sort of like adam and eve eating the apple. That is what determines where we are seperated by the "Division Bell."

    Could mean a lot of things.
  • Oz from BaghdadI personally got this song as i first listened to it as a message from Dave to Roger Inviting him back into Pink Floyd and reminding him of the good old days, He's almost begging, p.s: im a big fan of both icons.
  • Ash from Charleston, WvWhat about Les Claypool?
  • Ash from Charleston, WvDon't forget Flea!
  • Sean from Newmarket, Canadathe quality of their stuff dropped off after waters left
  • Sean from Newmarket, Canadatheres alot better bass players.. geddy lee for one, and chris squire, i only liked roger waters for his song writing, he wrote the best songs, not only lyrics, but musically.
  • Corey from Vancouver, CanadaI recomend reading "inside out" by nick mason
    its a great book that goes into great detail on the ousting of syd barret and then into the fued between roger and the rest of the band. any real floyd fan has got to read this book. I hadnt read a book in years and i couldnt put this one down.
  • Wade from Houston, TxI agree with Liquid Len. It is noteworthy about Rogers' bass playing... that David Gilmour wrote and recorded about 50% of the bass tracks for Pink Floyd (most of the best ones too).
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaProbably the best lyrics David has done on his own without Roger. The song is marginally OK, but has no real depth the way a real Floyd song has. The whole album misses Roger's vision, just like all of his solo work misses the band's musical landscapes..
  • Cameron from Parry Sound, Canadaman...why did Roger have to quit...if anybody love's pink floyd as much as i do would agree...
    Who thinks rogers the best bass player ever PUT UP OUR HANDS i also think that david has the best voice ever
  • Claudio from Belo Horizonte, Brazili agree that Roger Waters is a bloody drama queen. He's an absolutely awesome bass player (second only maybe to John Paul Jones), but christ how he complains! "oh my childhood this and the war and and and my daddy and and all the planes in the sky..." argh!! and by the way, David Gilmour did thank Roger Waters during the P.U.L.S.E tour (I have the dvd). at the end of the Dark Side of The Moon section of the show Gilmour says "thanks to our old friend roger who wrote the words i had the pleasure of singing"
  • Julie from Marquette, MiAnimosity and discontent has provided us with many interesting and great music over the years hasn't it? Although this album is far from stellar, there are several marginal songs. There are deep emotions on both sides, obviously...more than we could know, I imagine.
  • Harry from Seaville, NjWithout Roger Waters, where would David Gilmour be. Roger Waters wrote mostly all of the lyrics for there most popular albums (Dark Side Of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall.) David Gilmour shouldn't being dissing Roger Waters. He should being thanking him for the sucess they had in the 70's. Roger Waters did leave the band, but Pink Floyd was out of it's prime by 1983. The Divison Bell is a good effort by Pink Floyd, but it does not compare to the albums when Roger Waters was in the band.
  • David from Detroit, MiThis is a great song on a great album. Many people don't like it, prrobably because Roger Waters wasn't included. Roger Waters is a big baby. He is a drama queen, and the band was right to proceed after he quit. I was surprised at this album and David Gilmour's knack for writing.
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