The sweet smell of a great sorrow lies over the land
plumes of smoke rise and merge into the leaden sky:
a man lies and dreams of green fields and rivers
but awakes to a morning with no reason for waking

He's haunted by the memory of a lost paradise
in his youth or a dream, he can't be precise
he's chained forever to a world that's departed
It's not enough, It's not enough

His blood has frozen & curdled with fright
his knees have trembled & given way in the night
his hand has weakened at the moment of truth
his step has faltered

One world, one soul
Time pass, the river roll

And he talks to the river of lost love and dedication
and silent replies that swirl invitation
flow dark and troubled to an oily sea
a grim intimation of what is to be

There's an unceasing wind that blows through this night
and there's dust in my eyes, that blinds my sight
and silence that speaks so much louder than words
of promises broken.


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by hcannon

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is definitely one of their most poetic songs, right up there with "Echoes." And the solo is heart wrenching.
    Paradoxon March 14, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA nice work ... by David Gilmour ... his voice is God gifted . Whenever I listen this song I remember my friend Nasir who is a big fan of David Gilmour and the group Pink Floyd.I agree with paradox ...solo is heart wrenching .
    avion December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentan amaing intro.
    oigreson June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI second oigres on that one. This song has such a beautifully haunting feeling to it as well.
    ZeeQuickon July 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with you all. This song is very good.
    gillianjenkinson January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe this song is about realizing your going to die
    its an incredible song, haunting beutifull.
    jefrotullon March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Haunted by the memories of a lost paradise.' Let's see what we can do as the human race to prevent these potentialy prophetic words.

    A few of the words above are due a re-wording. Demau can probably edit just a wee bit. Dogs of War is ahead of this on the album. I hope it's not that way in the future. All the tracks were read in order on alternate radio the week of,.........9 letters in Pink Floyd and 11 tracks of 1987's AMLOR.

    Great David Gilmour and his guitar's magic wonders!
    Malaria_Kiddon March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne world, one soul
    Time pass, the river roll

    :

    one world, one person
    time goes on, life goes on
    nirvanaentity013on July 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlost my love, lost my life, not much left to live for except a meaningless existence of sorts which is mandatory...good thing there is this song...or id be down to zero...not far from it anyways.
    gofigure000on September 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUm, there are 10 tracks on this song, and Sorrow is the last one. Dogs of war is the third song. So I have no idea what you're talking about Malaria Kidd
    LuciferSamon September 13, 2005   Link

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