Poles Apart

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"Poles Apart"
Song by Pink Floyd
from the album The Division Bell
PublishedPink Floyd Music (1987) Ltd
Released28 March 1994 (UK)
5 April 1994 (US)
LabelEMI (UK)
Columbia (US)

"Poles Apart" is a song by Pink Floyd from the band's 1994 album, The Division Bell.


The lyrics speak to ex-bandmate Syd Barrett in the first verse, and Roger Waters in the second, according to co-writer Polly Samson.[1] As such, the second verse begins with the words "Hey you", the title of a Waters-penned song from Pink Floyd's earlier album, The Wall.


The song was performed in DADGAD tuning.[2]

[about the D,A,D,G,A,D tuning on "Poles Apart", a new tuning for David Gilmour] (...) the funny thing is that I didn't know it was such an established tuning -- I thought it was something new that I had invented. One day, I was on holiday in Greece and I had an acoustic guitar with me. I just decided to tune the bottom string down to D, and continued to experiment until I arrived at that tuning. Then I mucked around a bit and "Poles Apart" fell out of it a few minutes later.

— David Gilmour, 1994[3]


Additional musicians:


  1. ^ "Here We Go, Here We Go, Here We Go" (Interview). November 1994. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  2. ^ Tolinski, Brad (September 1994). ""Welcome to the Machines" Phil Taylor interview". Guitar World. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Sounds of Silence" David Gilmour interview, Guitar World, September 1994 Archived 2012-06-20 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 28 July 2010