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Song Name: The Gunner's Dream

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Final Cut

Run Time: 5:07

Year: 1983

Track Number: 5

Sung By: Roger Waters

Written By: Roger Waters


Pink Floyd - The Gunner's Dream (The Final Cut)05:29

Pink Floyd - The Gunner's Dream (The Final Cut)

  • Tells the story and thoughts of a gunner as he falls to his death. Though never performed live by the band, it was featured in Roger Waters's 1984 and 1985 live performances.
  • The 1984 renditions were extended to include a new guitar solo improvised by Eric Clapton each performance, who was touring as Waters's guitarist at the time. The 1985 versions featured a standardized solo from his replacement.
  • It was taken out of Waters' setlists until 2006, when it was played in the first setlist, amongst other older Pink Floyd songs and Waters's solo works.
  • The line "and maniacs don't blow holes in bandsmen by remote control" is a reference to the 1981 Hyde Park and Regents Park bombings.
  • The line "in the corner of some foreign field, the gunner sleeps tonight" alludes to the poem "If I Should Die Tonight" by First World War poet Rupert Brooke which contains the lines "If I should die tonight, think only this of me/ That there is a corner of some foreign field, that is forever England," as well as the 1950s hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," a modified version of a 1939 African pop song.

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