David Gilmour Recalls Roger Waters’ Sexist Comments About His Wife Polly Writing The Lyrics For Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd guitarist and co-lead vocalist David Gilmour recently revealed what his former bandmate Roger Waters thought when heard about his future-wife writing lyrics for the band during an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine, and apparently, Waters made fun of Gilmour back then for getting help from his wife with an extremely sexist attitude.
As many of you know, Roger Waters co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 and initially, he was only the bassist of the band, however, following the departure of singer-songwriter Syd Barrett in March 1968, Waters became the band’s leader when it comes to the artistic direction in order to fill the void left by Barrett. Until his departure in 1985, the iconic bassists became a dominant songwriter and the band’s principal lyricist, as well as sharing lead vocals with Gilmour.
However, Pink Floyd continued under David Gilmour’s leadership following the controversial departure of Roger Waters which left the two former bandmates with an endless dispute over the past decades, and the band released three more studio albums, ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason,’ ‘The Division Bell,’ and ‘The Endless River’ with the absence of Gilmour.
Despite the fact that it was known Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson was credited on the band’s 14th studio album ‘The Division Bell’ album only as a songwriter, helping the legendary guitarist write numerous tracks on the album including the monumental track, ‘High Hopes,’ it was recently revealed that she actually helped the band about the lyrics even way before the release of the iconic record.
During a recent interview, David Gilmour and his novelist wife Polly Samson opened up about the changes in their approach to writing music and Polly revealed that she doesn’t have to hide anymore now that Roger Waters isn’t a part of the band as well as their collaboration. Furthermore, Samson stated that Waters even made fun of his former bandmate when he first heard the two were working together on lyrics, implying that getting help from his wife is tragic.
Here is what the interviewer asked:
“How has your approach to writing music together changed over the last 27 years?”
Here is what Samson said:
“I don’t hide anymore. The first time I wrote lyrics, I got a pretty bad response from David’s former lyricist which really kind of stung at the time. It shouldn’t have, but I didn’t know anything about these things at the time. When I first wrote lyrics on The Division Bell, I didn’t want my name on it because we just lived in a time where things were really sexist.
And in fact, the angriest fan of all was the person who said, ‘Oh, how tragic, getting the wife to write lyrics.’ And I wasn’t even his wife. And anyway, what difference does being married make? So I felt like I hadn’t really wanted to stick my head above the parapet, and David forced me to.”
Being the supportive husband that he always has been, Pink Floyd’s frontman revealed that it was him who forced and supported his wife to have a more prominent role as a songwriter in the band after she has been helpful with the lyrics for the band anyway. Fortunately, Samson stated that she doesn’t need to refrain from revealing her identity as a female and Gilmour’s wife all of which doesn’t invalidate her as she’s an exceptional songwriter.
Here is what Gilmour said:
“Initially, she was trying to make me write the lyrics and just be there to nudge and remind and critique. But I quickly forced her into a more prominent role, which she then had to take some credit for.”
“Now I don’t feel like I need to hide anything. I think it’s perfectly OK. I can write lyrics. And being a wife doesn’t disqualify me. Being female doesn’t disqualify me. And it’s all fine.”
You can see the interview right here.