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"Signs of Life"
Song by Pink Floyd from the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason
PublishedPink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd
Released7 September 1987 (UK)
8 September 1987 (US)
RecordedOctober 1986 – May 1987
GenreProgressive rock, instrumental rock
LabelEMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
WriterDavid Gilmour, Bob Ezrin
A Momentary Lapse of Reason track listing

"Signs of Life" is the opening track on A Momentary Lapse of Reason,[1][2] the first Pink Floyd album headed by David Gilmour, in the absence of ex-member Roger Waters.


  • 1 Music
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Music[edit source | edit]

It is an instrumental piece, although in the version featured on A Momentary Lapse of Reason, the electronically processed voice of drummer Nick Mason can be heard for a few seconds reciting two verses of an unknown poem. The screen film used to accompany the song during concert performances featured Langley Iddens, caretaker of David Gilmour's Astoria houseboat-studio, rowing through "Grantchester Meadows".

The piece is Pink Floyd's first instrumental piece (excluding the live-only "The Last Few Bricks") since 1973's "Any Colour You Like", from The Dark Side of the Moon, although it could be argued that since "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (from Wish You Were Here) is split into pieces, it counts as partly instrumental.

Personnel[edit source | edit]

  • David Gilmour — guitars, synths, programming
  • Nick Mason — spoken vocal


  • Richard Wright — Kurzweil synth
  • Tony Levin — bass guitar
  • Jon Carin — synthesizer

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 

External links[edit source | edit]

  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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