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?