He's sending stones skimming and flying
Circles spinning out his time
Though the earth is dying his head is in the stars
Chances are this spark's a lifetime

Out of touch he'll live in wonder
Won't lose sleep he'll just pretend
In his world he won't go under
Turns without him until the end

Rivers run dry but there's no line on his brow
Says he doesn't care who's saved
It's just the dice you roll, the here and now
And he's not guilty or afraid

One day he'll slip away
Cool water flowing all around
In the river and on the ground
Leave a pocketful of stones and not believe in other lives

Until then he'll live in wonder
He won't fight or comprehend
In his world he won't go under
Turns without him until the end

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A Pocketful of Stones Lyrics as written by Polly Samson David Gilmour


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    General CommentForgetting the words for the moment, this tune is haunting and beautiful. Gilmour is a musical genius.
    SkyPyroon July 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely gorgeous song. He has a way of blending guitar sounds with
    his voice. Who says old farts don't have a voice...
    jdschaon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe album seems to be abut some sort of relationship, I think this song is about spending too much time in a fantasy world, trying to avoid reality- a 'pocketful of stones' represents the earth he 's ignoring but carried with him.
    Treareanon December 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell I think this song may be about himself. David is said to be an athiest. I can certainly respect the position.
    The chords changes "are" truly wonderful in this song. I think they deserve to be so, because David is writing one of his personal anthems here. (Or maybe he wrote it for me ;-)
    But I do think he is contemplating the fleeting, but wonderful existence we share right here, right now on planet Earth, and not assuming much else.
    floyd336on March 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNow, If I could only spell.
    floyd336on March 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNow I've changed my mind... I agree mostly with floyd336... But I'd say based on the lyrics, he's an agnostic, not an athiest.
    mikemacon November 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a man who has never allowed anyone to ever really love him. He's always pushed away typical happiness in every shape and form. Now he's become an old man living in his own world, alone. He's starting to really hit a point of self-actualization where life is soon coming to an end and he's finally looking back on what's been left behind. The worst part of it is that he knows he'll never change.

    That's what I took away from it anyhow.
    agentoffortune10on April 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSimilar to what agent wrote, I think it's about a man who was always dreaming of something greater that he just couldn't have. Happiness just wasn't enough to please him, he kept waiting for something that never came to be. He's always been stoic and distant when with other people and just can't muster up any care for others lives.
    Blarnayon June 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about someone thinking they can distance themselves from a world that's falling apart around them.
    Holzwegeon January 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think it is reflections of a Father for his Son. He is meditating on the innocence of childhood and making a prayer that as he grows into adulthood his son will maintain as much of the purity of childhood as he can in an often impure world.
    cpnnoahon September 15, 2012   Link

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