The Same Song Title Pink Floyd And Bruce Springsteen Used
Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen have made a massive impact on the rock music scene with their successful creations. These two names were chosen as the most commercially prospering artists in the past by selling more than 100 million records worldwide. They won several Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their songs had high places on the Billboard charts plenty of times.
Another common point in their music career was that both used the title ‘High Hopes‘ for their songs released two years apart. Pink Floyd delivered ‘High Hopes’ from the album ‘The Division Bell’ in 1993, while Bruce Springsteen released the same title song from the EP called ‘Blood Brothers’ in 1995. Although Pink Floyd released the track before Bruce Springsteen, there was a different story behind using this title in terms of time.
Why Did Bruce Springsteen Use The Title ‘High Hopes?’
E Street Band and Bruce Springsteen recorded ‘High Hopes’ during ‘Greatest Hits,’ a compilation album in 1995. Later on, the song came out with the EP ‘Blood Brothers’ in 1996. Tim Scott Connell, the founder of a gypsy-folk-rock band called ‘The Havalinas’ originally wrote and recorded ‘High Hopes’ in 1985 on his album named ‘High Lonesome Sound.’
The new version of the song came out in 2014 from Springsteen’s album entitled ‘High Hopes.’ Bruce Springsteen shared the song’s creation on his official website in 2013. As Springsteen stated, while working on unreleased materials, Tom Morello suggested he put ‘High Hopes’ in their live set. He had a cut of Tim Scott McConnell’s song beforehand, as he told. After Morello’s suggestion, they worked on ‘High Hopes’ in Sydney.
Bruce Springsteen explained in his words:
“I was working on a record of some of our best-unreleased material from the past decade when Tom Morello (sitting in for Steve during the Australian leg of our tour) suggested we ought to add ‘High Hopes’ to our live set. I had cut ‘High Hopes,‘ a song by Tim Scott McConnell of the LA-based Havalinas, in the ’90s. We worked it up in our Aussie rehearsals, and Tom then proceeded to burn the house down with it. We re-cut it mid tour at Studios 301 in Sydney.”
Though they most likely didn’t intend to release two songs that bear the same title, the E Street Band frontman and Pink Floyd ended up having a track with identical names. However, the band’s story of their way to the title is far different than being inspired by another artist.
How Did Pink Floyd Come Up With ‘High Hopes?’
Pink Floyd’s ‘High Hopes’ was composed by David Gilmour. He also contributed to lyrics along with Polly Samson. The song was released as the second single from the band’s fourteenth album named ‘Division Bell’ in 1994. Gilmour’s author friend Douglas Adams chose the album’s title from the lyrics of ‘High Hopes.’
The song’s live version was in many recordings of Pink Floyd, such as ‘Pulse’ and ‘Remember That Night.’ It also came out on the box set ‘The Later Years’ in 2018. As David Gilmour mentioned in a past interview with Interview Magazine, the lyrics of ‘High Hopes’ are about earlier days of Gilmour. He wrote about leaving his past days and hometown behind him, as he stated.
Regarding the song, David Gilmour said:
“I think it’s more about my early days and leaving my hometown behind. There is an enormous amount of stuff about communication or lack of communication on the whole album. But that’s accidental. We started finding there were one or two songs like that, and other songs emerged that had it within them. It seemed to take over the album at some point and dominate the thinking.”
You can listen to both songs below.