Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Yet Another Movie (Momentary Lapse of Reason)

Yet Another Movie 6:16
     (written by Gilmour, Leonard)

...you must have wondered why I never showed you the memberships... get drunk and fall out...

One sound, one single sound
One kiss, one single kiss
A face outside the window pane
However did it come to this?

A man who ran, a child who cried
A girl who heard, a voice that lied
A sun that burned a fiery red
A vision of an empty bed


The use of force, he was so tough
She'll soon submit, she's had enough
The march of fate, the broken will
Someone is lying very still

He has laughed and he has cried
He has fought and he has died
He's just the same as all the rest
He's not the worst, and he's not the best

And still this ceaseless murmuring
The babbling that I brook
The seas of faces, eyes upraised
The empty screen, the vacant look

A man in black on a snow white horse
A pointless life has run its course
Red rimmed eyes, the tears still run
As he fades into the setting sun

Rick:  You're getting on that plane with Victor where you belong.
Ilsa: But, Richard, no, I—!
Rick: Now you've got to listen to me! You have any idea what you'd have to look forward to if you stayed here? Nine chances out of ten we'd both wind up in a concentration camp, isn't that true, Louie?
Louie: I'm afraid Major Strasser will insist.
Ilsa: You're saying this only to make me go.
Rick: I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You're part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, for the rest of your life.
Ilsa: But what about us? (echoed)

Certainly one of the stand-out tracks from the album, Yet Another Movie features a sound bite from the film Casablanca at the end, and the lyric 'a vision of an empty bed,' which was the inspiration for the cover.

Dave Gilmour: "It's hard to explain Yet Another Movie. It's a more surrealistic effort than anything I've attempted to do before. I've tended to stick within personal experience and reality very much; but I have a desire, without getting into fiction and little stories about other people (which I generally don't care for), to find a broader base to write things about - and that's an attempt to do that. I'm very fond of it, but I don't even know what all of it means myself!" [TAP 53]

Nick Mason: "It's one of my favorites on the album, I think just because of the way it was recorded. It was an unforgettable occasion: this enormous studio with more drums than I've ever seen in my whole life. We had Jim Keltner's kit, my kit, Steve Forman the percussion player with all his stuff, and two of these people known as 'drum doctors' who are ultra-specialist drum people. They set the drums up, tune them and so on — bring you seven snare drums and say 'Which one do you think you would like to use for this?' Just the power and the sound of all that air being moved by these drums... real 'drum city' in there that day! In the past, we've used musicians other than the group, even if they haven't always been credited: it doesn't mean that I'm not playing on all the tracks. On Yet Another Movie, all three of us played together — the percussionist, Jim Keltner and me. We drummed in unison but, at other times, I kept the rhythm whilst the others played fills. It's a different approach which benefits the music." [TAP 53]

Signs of Life
Learning to Fly
Dogs of War, The
One Slip
On the Turning Away
Yet Another Movie
Round and Around
New Machine Part 1, A
Terminal Frost
New Machine Part 2, A

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