The Pink Floyd Song David Gilmour Regretted Writing
David Gilmour began his music career full of success by joining Pink Floyd in 1967 following the departure of founder Syd Barrett. He became a part of the band’s global triumph with the albums such as ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ ‘Animals,’ and ‘The Wall’ as the guitarist and songwriter. Gilmour and group members’ achievements were praised by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
However, no matter how successful he was, the rocker was not satisfied with every job he created. Even though the fans and fellow musicians appreciated his achievements, Gilmour had some records he regretted looking back, almost as most musicians experienced. The guitarist’s primary composition, ‘The Narrow Way’ for the fourth album, ‘Ummagumma,’ was a record he regretted writing.
David Gilmour Regretted Writing ‘The Narrow Way’
Pink Floyd’s fourth album ‘Ummagumma‘ was released on November 7, 1969, as a double album. The first disc included the band’s concert recordings from Birmingham and Manchester, while the second one presented the solo compositions of each group member. The album was among the top five on the UK album charts and received positive reviews. However, as the band members revealed several times, they were not fans of this record.
David Gilmour agreed with his bandmates regarding his composition ‘The Narrow Way,’ as he mentioned in a past interview reported by A Fleeting Glimpse: Pink Floyd. Gilmour stated that he had never written a song on his own until this track. As revealed in the interview, the rocker desperately entered the studio and tried to create a song by collecting pieces. Gilmour regretted writing the song that he did not even listen to it again. David also added that he had no idea what it was like.
David Gilmour explained his regret when asked about the inspiration for the track:
“Well, we’d decided to make the damn album, and each of us to do a piece of music on our own. It was just desperation, really, trying to think of something to do, to write by myself. I’d never written anything before; I just went into a studio and started waffling about, tacking bits and pieces together. I haven’t heard it in years. I’ve no idea what it’s like.”
You can listen to the song below.