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Pink Floyd: The Gunners Dream Meaning

The Gunners Dream Lyrics

Floating down through the clouds
Memories come rushing up to meet me now.
But in the space between the heavens
and the corner of some foreign field
I had a dream.
I had a dream.
Good-bye macs,
Good-bye Ma.
After the service when you're...


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    Feb 5th, 2015 2:34pm report

    The Gunners Dream is about a soldiers sacrifice to create a civilized society..."A place to stay, enough to eat....Somewhere old hero's shuffle safely down the street."

    The soldier is willing to fight and even die to achieve this "dream."

    The "floating down, to the ground.." is not about a pilot crashing; it is the soldiers soul looking over his own funeral. The soldiers father (who is a WW2 veteran), also believed in the dream when he fought a war he believed would end all wars only to see his son fight and die in the Falkland Islands.

    The reference to their "..standard issue, kicking in your door...You can relax on both sides of the tracks and maniacs don't blow holds in bandsmen by remote control.." refers to a real democracy where government fascists don't kick in your door to make an arrest. Both side of the tracks means happiness regardless of financial status. Of course "maniacs blowing holes.." refers to terrorism as it is a direct reference to an IRA bombing of British bandsmen in the late 1970's.

    The ultimate sacrifice for the soldier is the line "no one kills the children anymore."

    His father relives the dream "night after night going round and round my brain" as the song ends "take heed of the dream" meaning it is not a fantasy.

    Quite a change for Roger Waters who normally is a pacifist but he acknowledges that soldiers reason to go to war can be noble.


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    Nov 26th, 2013 11:55am report

    Many people seem to believe that the "Dream" Is what he was trying to achieve from fighting the war. I, however disagree. The phrase "Somewhere old heroes, shuffle safely down the street" I'm getting the drift that as he falls from his plane and he realises that he is going to die, he dreams of a life after death, a perfect world. Later on when is says "This dream, is driving me insane" I think that is the gunners son being driven insane by the false hope that a perfect world with await him after he passes. Just my opinion xD

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