• David Gilmour release new track Yes, I Have Ghosts

    Yes, I Have Ghosts is David’s first new track in five years, following his last solo album Rattle That Lock.

    According to David, the track was done just prior to Covid-19 and the lock-down in England. A pre-booked session with backing singers had to be cancelled, which led David to have his daughter Romany sing on the track as well as adding harp.

    Yes, I Have Ghosts is written by David Gilmour, with lyrics by his wife Polly. The lyrics are inspired by her latest novel, A Theatre for Dreamers.

    There’s no doubt that the musical inspiration for the track is Leonard Cohen. He’s been a returning inspiration throughout the so-called Von Trapped sessions from the Gilmour/Samson family and both the music and David’s singing on the track, resemble that of Cohen.

    People have complained that it’s not enough Floyd and too far off what you would expect from David. I can see that but on the other hand, this is not written for a Pink Floyd nor a solo album. It’s a much more sombre track, written for Polly’s audio version of her new book.

    It’s not a bad song though by any means. Nothing over the top, in my opinion, but a nice little tune, with some beautiful arrangements. Not least thanks to Romany’s voice and harp.

    It not a bombastic and typical Floyd tune but then again, if you go back into the catalog, it could easily have fitted onto Atom Heart Mother, More and even Obscured by Clouds. David’s soft voice, the nylon string acoustic and a hint of folk, is typical of the pre-Dark Side era Floyd.

    One can only hope that this is the start of something new. Whether it’s a new solo album and a follow-up to Rattle That Lock or, a larger collaboration between David and members of his family.

    Please use the comments field below and share your opinion! Did you like the song? Did you expect something else?

28 Responsesso far.

  1. RedBird says:

    David Gilmour is 75 year old and has been married to his wife, Polly Samson, for 28 years. Yes, she writes lyrics for and with him, and her style is very different than that of Roger Waters, but she is a writer so is eminently qualified to do so. I am a writer, too, although not a writer of songs. And yet, I love the lyrics of this song (they so reflect Leonard Cohen’s life and works) as well as what she has written for Pink Floyd and David over the years. I am happy that David is alive, well and still able to compose, write and play music. He seems to be enjoying the time with his family and, at his age, he should be spending time as much time with them as he wishes. The new Pink Floyd release – Hey Hey Rise Up – is a powerful song produced for a very worthy cause, and I thank David and Nick for doing it under the Pink Floyd name.

  2. Nick Frixos says:

    My God! People are so condescending, like paid critics, in THEIR need to sum up the value of a song in one fell swoop. Let it be. Let it exist. Let it grow, wane, recede, expand, blossom, whatever the song with its own particular life will do! Like a fine wine, let’s see how it will sound next month, next year, ten years! I actually found the song quite moving.

  3. John says:

    Where was it filmed/video’d? Was that his houseboat? Obviously he’s plain dumb rich at this point, enough to stop singing while he is still doing so on the audio track. Obviously he was able to take direction for many years from Roger W. or he would have been replaced by Ritchie Blackmore or Snowy in the mid 70’s.
    Who are the ghosts indeed? Can you imagine this short vid in the hands of a post-covid producer, superimposing Barrett and or the earlier P.F shots? You want to talk pretentious in the lyrics…I find them understated english, like a father in later life talking to his children. It may not be “The Final Cut” of parallel “The Wall” copycat images to a rehash album. While Waters makes many millions on his rehash the past on 200 ft LED screens, Dave is fairly simple, and sepagenuric, but at least pure and essier to take.

  4. Steven H says:

    I love it. It sounds like Leonard Cohen, who in some ways the song is a tribute to. I am a fan of Leonard Cohen as well as Gilmour.

  5. WarrenL says:

    I’ve tried to like it. It’s a nice enough track. David’s voice and guitar, and Romany’s contributions are very pleasant. But it’s destroyed for me by Polly’s ponderous, pretentious lyrics. She’s made some passable contributions over the years, but my charity towards her was destroyed by the frankly horrendous “Louder Than Words”. Inkslinger1 has hit the nail on the head: “He seems to have been utterly convinced that he can’t write [lyrics] by somebody who also can’t.”

  6. Jean Balczesak says:

    Beautiful, beautiful song. Not the best by Gilmour for sure, but a heartfelt tune by an aging man who is very close to my heart.

  7. Josh says:

    It’s a nice song. No, it’s not a long opus and it’s not filled with time signature changes and key changes. We all know what the man is capable of doing. Remember, the complexity of Shine On You Crazy Diamond was herd on the album that was named after a classic Floyd tune, that was done in a much simpler approach. Even though Wish You Were Here is a simplistic song, it was still worth them playing as an encore throughout the years. All that aside, it’s nice to see that the man enjoys time with his family and still enjoys the creative process.

  8. John E1 says:

    Thank you for this post, Bjorn! The world needs more soothing beautiful music like this, in a new decade where chaos, anxiety and human suffering abound on many fronts. David’s timing is a breath of fresh air.

  9. Clive McCabe says:

    Bjorn, well said, its not Floyd like at all. But it serves the project well. The big question is if everyone likes the the project! In my opinion at this stage of the game its nice to hear/see anything From David so all good. In a perfect world Pink Floyd would still “working” but for reasons we all know thats not gonna happen, so people enjoy the ride while we still can!

  10. Phil B says:

    It’s quite nice, nothing special. I told other people already it’s not made for a Floyd album or his solo work, so nobody should expect it to sound like the usual Floyd- or Gilmourish musical arrangements.

    It’s also a half-step down, isn’t it? David is singing as deep as ever, that’s why I suppose :P


    I dug it. Relaxing. Video makes me want to social distance in Greece rather than my apartment.

  12. Pablo Plaza says:

    I think it’s a beautiful song. David’s music is amazing, and he’s capable of writing in diverse styles and complexity. He’ll get to a broader audience with this song and for sure, a truly fan would always appreciate it.

  13. Rene says:

    Hi Bjorn..I think its a beautifull song. I don’t see why people say its not the Floyd style..ofcourse it is not because Pink Floyd is not making any album anymore. I love David and his music..and this lovely tune is really beautifull. Regards, Rene

  14. Crimson says:

    This is a really awful song. Nobody would take care of it if it was not Gilmour.

    • John Bass says:

      Unfortunately I have to agree with you. Mediocre at best. We have come to expect so much more.

      • inkslingers1 says:

        I have to agree with you John, and lyrically it seems dire. He seems to have been utterly convinced that he can’t write them by somebody who also can’t. It feels like I’m listening to an afternoon play on Radio 4. Pass the toffees and put the crumpets on.

        • Jules says:

          To the contrary, Polly actually pushed David to write some lyrics of his own for the last two albums, so that he wouldn’t become totally reliant on her writing.

  15. Arya Boustani says:

    Hi Bjorn, it’s been a long time. Thanks for posting the track and the write up. I heard about it in David Gilmour’s live session in Facebook I think a couple of weeks ago. I was curious to hear it. I should listen to it more not that it’s hard to digest or grasp what it is but hard to shift my perspective. I love Leonard Cohen’s works and this kind of tune would fit along many other nice tunes of early folk rock songs that I miss not seeing produced as often for many years now. I think part of it is the texture, chords, tempo, lyrics, etc. as you know that are the ingredients of creating the tune and part of it is living in that spirit. When I listen to a track from late 60s or early 70s work, there is something incredibly organic that may not be right on the tempo and may have many other imperfections that just came out naturally as part of living in those years, being laid back, high, living with a psychedelic point of view about life, etc. Although I think if it was in Cohen’s spirit, it would be perhaps somewhere in the tune to slow down, have a long pause or voice only part before rolling back to the repetition of the waltz rhythm, and other means of creating a sense of lament for the audience. I know what you mean though about not comparing it with Pink Floyd (or even earlier David Gilmour works). He is at this point of his journey and he is so musical regardless. It’s always nice to see the effort that goes to put something musical together to bring light and peace to the people of the world especially in this time of our lives.

  16. Being a Guitarist Myself I love all the work of David Gilmour. He is by far one of the very best all around Guitarist in the world and to hear His work is truly a God send. I myself will have it in My collection. Job well done and what a pleasure to hear Your Daughter work with You.

  17. Richard C Lynch says:

    The talent Mr. Gilmour possesses along with his family is inspirational.
    Anything Cohen related is a plus. Lyrics that takes you places and makes you think is a rare commodity.

  18. Sean says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! As a hardcore Floyd and Gilmour and Waters fan (all eras) I don’t understand why people would expect an artist like David to keep doing the same thing over and over. He has stated many times he is done with the Floyd. It’s all there, in
    My opinion the greatest albums ever recorded, no need to try and repeat. Would van Gogh paint Irises again and again had he lived? Of course not. David is speaking to where he is in life now and that’s what artists do. He seems to be in a deep, content, mellow and thoughtful place as he ages. Would that we could all do it so gracefully. And the guitar, as always, is impeccable. Cheers David!

  19. Alex Kithara says:

    Hi Bjorn, I love this tune simply ‘cause it’s David. Or better, it’s him at this point now and reflect his feelings for a 73 years old man. You know, once I read an interview with another great musician, Steve Lukather, were he said “at the Sony times, after the success of Toto IV, people asking for a bunch of new Rosanna or Africa tunes. We replied that is impossible!”. I know that David was “the voice and the guitar of Pink Floyd”, but once there was…not today. A real musician evolve, continuously and change his cards almost every new song. I don’t know why It can’t just be the same for David…

  20. Les says:

    What a beautiful tune! Thanks, Bjorn!

  21. piazzi says:

    there are lines in Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat that say my brother, my killer:

    And what can I tell you my brother, my killer
    What can I possibly say?
    I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you
    I’m glad you stood in my way

    Gilmour’s song having Phrase My Killer, My Friend, reminded me of that

    The video’s location looked like Greece. Leonard Cohen lived ab artistically productive life Hydra

    Thanks for posting this

    To those who complain something is not Floydee, so freaking what? they wanna live in their cherished nostalgia of a past, that’s their business not Gilmour’s business.

    To those who complain the music is not Gilmouree enough, first, what makes them think that they know the many enough to know what is Gilmouree enough, then have they been really listening to so many meditative pieces Gilmour has done since the bygone days of Pink Floyd?

  22. JSTN says:

    Bjorn can you tell us what big muff he used on this track?

    I thought the song was beautiful. following Pollys instagram over the years, romany is plastered all over the feed… and while instagram of course is an amplification/exaggeration of ones life, it’s filled with endless shots of the family enjoying an afternoon in a golden hour field, picturesque lake-side or river. David in a Panama hat riding alone in a boat until you realise there is a puppy with him. Romany learning how to play guitar and even Charlie playing with his magpies and other birds. it’s great to see people who have the capability to do anything with their lives, living it up in ‘wealth’. not the ‘wealth’ we normally associate with today’s designer culture. but wealth in each other.

    I love the song. I obviously miss the tone but… I really love how deep and textured Davids voice has gotten. His vocal abilities have certainly improved over the years when usually it’s the opposite.

  23. inkslingers1 says:

    It seems to contain all the problems that Polly’s lyrics always do. Not for me.

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