You shout in your sleep.
Perhaps the price is just too steep.
Is your conscience at rest
If once put to the test?
You awake with a start
To just the beating of your heart.
Just one man beneath the sky,
Just two ears, just two eyes.

You set sail across the sea
Of long past thoughts and memories.
Childhood's end, your fantasies
Merge with harsh realities.
And then as the sail is hoist,
You find your eyes are growing moist.
All the fears never voiced
Say you have to make your final choice.

Who are you and who am I
To say we know the reason why?
Some are born; some men die
Beneath one infinite sky.
There'll be war, there'll be peace.
But everything one day will cease.
All the iron turned to rust;
All the proud men turned to dust.
And so all things, time will mend.
So this song will end.

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

Childhood's End Lyrics as written by Dave Gilmour

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  • +1
    General CommentThe song is great, and the whole album OBC is underrated. It's all great
    TheTrialon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love Roger Waters and his lyrical ability as well, but guess what folks Gilmour wrote this one. In fact I heard Roger edited some of it out as well but you know all that is here-say anyway. or however the hell you spell that word.
    It actually reminds me of what he is doing now, especially in the bridge where he has a written lead part (not exactly wirtten but pre-composed at least in his head or just what he felt should be there) and he tends to do that now adays, ie. listen to "blue" on on an island, he does a beautiful lead over the chord changes in the birdge. (personally one of my favorite rock bridges ever.... COlored in Bluuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeee)
    also cant you tell the lyrics are a little less rhythmically inclined than what waters could dish out, but thats another little personal gilmour that comes out that introduces you to his musical tap. YEE SON! LOVE YOU RICK! HELL OF A RIDE HUH! REST WELL! GREATLY MISSED!
    gmaon October 11, 2008   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionJust correcting a few mistakes...

    "You shout in your sleep
    perhaps the price is just too steep
    Is your conscience at rest
    if once put to the test
    You awake with a start
    to just the beating of your heart
    Just one man beneath the sky
    just two ears, just two eyes

    You set sail across the sea
    long past thoughts and memories
    Childhood's end: Your fantasies
    merge with harsh realities"
    PinkSpectrumon May 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is one of the most well-spoken expressions of existential crisis and that "what am I doing with my life" feeling. Great song...
    Alice_in_Soundweezeron March 29, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Childhoods end your fantasies merge with harsh realities" This is my favorite Floyd song. it is so underrated. They didnt even put any song from this album on the compelation.
    nicknockon December 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Childhoods end your fantasies merge with harsh realities" Straight up this is the message the whole song stands behind. If anyone knows where I can get the REAL tabs for this song Im dying to know. Not the single guitar tabs that slightly sound like it.
    ninjandrewon January 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnybody who visits this song on this site is a true Floyd fan. Obscurred by Clouds is as fantastic as Meddle, Wish You Were Here and Animals, although I could listen to Careful with that Axe Eugene (Come in Number 51, your time is up) forever also.
    oldhand66on February 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hear ya ...
    ninjandrewon March 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is simply fantastic; too bad so few other than real PF fans know about it. If I had a radio station, this would be on the A list.
    PubliusEnigmaon April 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI loved this song before, but I love it even more now that I know what it is about. I feel this song and "Time" go very well together.

    Good question there, dasquien. So has anyone seen La Vallee?
    AnotherBrickon May 11, 2005   Link

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