Take It Back (6:13)

Cover of The Division Bell

From The Division Bell and 30 other releases

“Take It Back” is a song from Pink Floyd’s 1994 album, The Division Bell. While most apparently a love song, it can also be interpreted to be about Mother Nature, and how man abuses the Earth. This latter interpretation gains some credibility from the video, which seems to have been made with the issue very much in mind. Additionally, the album was named The Division Bell by Douglas Adams in exchange for the band contributing a sizeable donation to Save The Rhino International.

The opening riff bears some similarities to Marillion’s “The Release” (a b-side from the “Seasons End” sessions). The band’s lead singer Steve Hogarth hints on the band’s official website: “I always thought this song bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain Pink Floyd single… See you in court!…”

Around the middle of the song, starting at around 03:04, between the main lyrics, can be heard children chanting lines from a nursery rhyme “Ring-O’-Roses”: “…A pocket full of posies, atichoo, atichoo, we all fall down”. (A strong allusion to the same nursery rhyme can be heard in Marillion’s song “Forgotten Sons”, from the first album, “Script for a Jester’s Tear” (1983): “Ring-a-ring-o-roses, they all fall down…”.)


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Her love rains down on me easy as the breeze
I listen to her breathing it sounds like the waves on the sea
I was thinking all about her, burning with rage and desire
We were spinning into darkness; the earth was on fire

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  • lukasz_pulawski

    One of their finest!

    9 Jul 9:03pm Reply
  • thaiswestin


    27 Mar 1:28am Reply
  • Akayz7

    sounds like u2

    19 Mar 4:51pm Reply
  • MachineCoil

    Oh, come on. Stop all the circlejerking here. Really, take a look at the song. This is the best thing U2's ever put out.

    15 Jan 2:04am Reply
  • beatthebeatles

    where the streets have no name, where the streets have no name, sheeeee could take it back, she could take it back, and when I go there, I go there with you, some day!

    2 Jan 2:34pm Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    This song is probably what killed Rick Wright, poor fellow

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Not satisfied with inventing U2 with "Run Like Hell", David Gilmour decides to go all out and *be* U2. Unfortunately, he decided to be boring 1980s U2. Shit would this song benefit from scaling down all the overdone "bigness" and more Rick Wright; the lack of any audible Rick greatness on piano or Hammond organ is a damn shame. What's the point of trying to beat another band at its own game when your band has Rick goddamn Wright in it?!

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • christuffer

    Pink Floyd needed to end after stuff like this.

    6 Aug 2013 Reply

    Awesome song. I like the "big" feel to the music in this song...very grand. Mellow, but grand.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Latemalicsirp

    Nice song!!

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • bigben989

    Love the ambient feel on this song.

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • wb7777

    The E-Bow made popular mostly by Stuart Adamson in Big Country can really be heard on this track.

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • aicstpgnr

    I love "The Division Bell"

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • SteveMono

    Jesus saves by Slayer to this, interesting! Good job I like Floyd too!

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • czarnaelka

    nice song like U2 :D

    7 Feb 2013 Reply


    10 Jan 2013 Reply

    And he sounds we different than U2...not even close. Stylistically it is similar to some U2 stuff but that's it.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply

    I like U2 but Gilmour can sing and play circles around BONO and company!

    13 Nov 2012 Reply

    Very nice one...from the Division Bell album.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • rebecaviana

    Best U2-song ever [2] HAHAHAHAHA

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
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