"Murder" as written by and D Gilmour....
Some of them standing, some were waiting in the line
As if there was something that they thought they might find
Taking some strength from the feelings that always were shared
And in the background, the eyes that just stared

What was it brought you out here in the dark?
Was it your only way of making your mark
Did you get rid of all the voices in your head?
Do you now miss them and the things that they said?

On your own admission you raised up the knife
And you brought it down ending another man's life
When it was done you just threw down the blade
While the red blood spread wider like the anger you made

I don't want this anger that's burning in me
It's something from which it's so hard to be free
But none of the tears that we cry in sorrow or rage
Can make any difference, or turn back the page


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"Murder" as written by David Jon Gilmour

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    General Comment"Inspired" by John Lennon's murder.
    BleedingHeartArtiston October 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon.

    "Some of them standing, some waiting in line," refers to all the people in the crowd Chapman stood in to get a look at John Lennon or get an autograph for his then-new album "Double Fantasy."

    "What was it that brought you out here in the dark?" Chapman was from sunny Honolulu and traveled all the way to New York City in the dark month of December to murder Lennon.

    The weapon in this version of the events is changed from a pistol to a knife, probably because it rhymes better in the general scheme of things, but this is absolutely an outcry against Chapman by David Gilmour because Chapman killed Lennon who was an icon to not only him but millions of people. This would have been a good song to put over the end credits of that Jared Leto movie "Chapter 27."
    Serumon August 20, 2019   Link
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    General Commentive always heard this song in 4 respective parts according to verses.

    the first is observation, or being one with the people and crowd.

    the second is questioning as to motives... what drives a person to do such a thing.

    the third is biased judgement (or just judgement) to the accused.

    and the forth is reflection... trying to make sense of it in order to let go.
    wickedeston July 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentQuite good.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit suggests that Lemon's ideas tormented his murderer
    who sought to dispel the ideas by killing the man

    What was it brought you out here in the dark?
    Was it your only way of making your mark?
    Did you get rid of all the voices in your head?
    Do you now miss them and the things that they said?

    good to hear Gilmore

    reminded me of fearless
    Matt Holckon July 09, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningMy impression is that these lyrics referred to Roger Waters. I somehow get that the "ending another man's life" was a nod to Roger's treatment of Richard Wright who was effectively kicked out of the band during the Wall sessions. Roger also had a menacing stare and the "in the background, the eyes that just stared" could be reference to that as well.
    fnordatpanixon June 19, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationAn inexplicable wondering of unknown act like a nightmare l' ve heard this song many times my mind isn't sure what has happened although there is substance regarding a unforgivable act who portrays the act cannot be known for our own reasons we are guided throughout thinking who what and then why we are the reason and we regret more about permence then resolution l first heard an interpretation of this song in mental hospital maybe l felt empathy for victim or the murder but I definitely felt shame and deress for the people waiting in line the sense of them being the third victim sickens me 1987 was when I first heard this song
    tdshaible@gmail.comon July 08, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was directed at Roger Waters. That Waters had metaphorically killed Pink Floyd, and Gilmour was striking back.

    Regardless, this song has one of the greatest couplets in rock:
    "Did you get rid of the voices in your head?
    Do you now miss them and the things that they said?"
    GenerationXon March 27, 2009   Link

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