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Song Released: 1987

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On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won't understand
"Don't accept that what's happening
Is just a case of others' suffering
Or you'll find that you're joining in
The turning away"

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    Feb 24th, 2017 2:11pm report

    This song represents, as stated above the band and what happened to Syd. However, the way it was written was to,in effect, bring to light the way normal society deals with homelessness and hungry people. They turn away from them and in doing so they lose part of their own soul. We are meant, as a people, to help each other and not turn away from them. Once we realize the darkness we do to others we can bring in a new wind of change. But only once we acknowledge the wrongs that are done to these people.


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    Aug 10th, 2016 8:48pm report

    When it comes to people there is nothing really new under the sun that they've changed for the better by turning away from the good. This can only lead you on the path to evil that should be avoided. Unless you lived or live by the2 or 3 thousand year old mentality when evil was considered The Bad, which was the poor, the meek and the slaves and The Good was considered to be The Rich and famous political educated Elites mindset that for ''some'' reason haven't change much ''even'' after the Albert Einstein quote about living with 'those that do evil doesn't destroy the world? But by not doing nothing about it certainly will! No wonder god came down as Jesus in the Bible to educate us clowns who died for our sins in order for us to know the good from the evil, then and now. When in the present we're still ''on the turning away'' from what our evil sins have been doing to influence the rest of us that got ''even'' worse in the world since the atomic bomb drop and integrating ourselves with Israel's law and order that influenced more wars throughout the world and of course the middle east. Where a good majority of us the people slowly settled ''on the turning away'' from the ones that became ''weak and weary'' in desperate need for acceptance, shelter and love. From us the people that were conditioned to become selfish and conceited that turns away from the meek and fragile minded individuals that now have a difficult time just to live with the suffering. In a society that became a dog eat dog world with a survival of the fittest mentality that we as a people should breakaway from it's evil grip and no more turning away from them in need that also wants to reach their hopes and dreams with a healthy passion to become their own heroes and not cowards that should fight the war against the new forms of evil created, so that we didn't have to exit ourselves out ''On the turning away''.


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    Feb 4th, 2015 2:47am report

    “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”

    ― Albert Einstein

    that's its meaning!


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    Aug 17th, 2014 8:34am report

    The song is about the band Pink Floyd's 'turning away' from founding member Sid Barrett, who mental illness made him a liability. Specifically, David Gilmour was chiding Roger Waters for doing so. It was turned into a larger meaning, encompassing all such things, a 'man's inhumanity to man' thing. The words that most specifically point to Barrett are "it's not enough to stand and stare", both because that's what Barrett did, and what some band members did when he lost it.


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    Nov 26th, 2012 11:07am report

    I think the meaning is plain. No more turning away and forgetting/ignoring people who are in need. If you say it's just their problem, then you will find you are turning away yourself. It's the plans of the proud, not the humble that endanger us all.
    It's a simple but beautifully true meaning.


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    Jan 14th, 2012 1:11pm report

    This song is about the moment you overcome a bad thing that happened; it's for the new day that comes after the darkness; there is no place for division - one must be open-minded and face his "new life" with mind empty of hate.


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    Aug 12th, 2011 8:14am report

    This song is saying that we should help the people in need, because people today too often turn away from these world issues. They are saying that we should assist the poor and the needy, not leave them by themselves.


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    May 3rd, 2011 5:17pm report

    Definitely a song regarding social issues such as homelessness and depression. Sir David Gilmour is simply reflecting on the fact we should stop turning away from such sad things.

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