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Song Name: Learning To Fly

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: Learning To Fly (Single), A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, Shine On, Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd

Run Time: 4:53

Year: 1987

Track Number: 2

Sung By: David Gilmour

Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd
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Written By: David Gilmour, Anthony Moore, Bob Ezrin, Jon Carin


Pink Floyd - Learning To Fly (Official Music Video)04:26

Pink Floyd - Learning To Fly (Official Music Video)

  • The song is written largely by David Gilmour. It describes David's thoughts of flying, for which he has a passion, although some commentators have read it as a metaphor for Gilmour's feelings about striking out as the new leader of Pink Floyd after Roger Waters' departure which Gilmour confirmed on the Pink Floyd 25th Anniversary Special in May of 1992. Also an avid pilot, drummer Nick Mason's voice can be heard in the middle of the song. The song is the first CD-only single to be released on a global scale.
  • The track was regularly performed live on the band's two post-Roger Waters tours, with touring guitarist Tim Renwick playing the song's guitar solos (although David Gilmour played the solos on the studio version of the track).
  • Also a video was filmed in Canada during rehearsals for the band's 1987/88/89 tour directed by Storm Thorgerson. The video combined performances of the band with a Native American working in a field and then runs and jumps a cliff to turn into a hawk. The original video depicts the Indian plus a factory worker who turns into an airplane pilot and a child who breaks free from his mother and dives off a cliff into a deep river and swims away. The video went to #9 on MTV's Video Countdown in November of 1987 and was the #60th best video of MTV's Top 100 Videos of 1987. The video also won the band its only Video Music Award for Best Conceptual Video in 1988. The red aircraft seen in the video is a rather rare Beechcraft Staggerwing.

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