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The song references issues of poverty and oppression, lamenting on the tendency of people to turn away from those afflicted with such conditions. It ends on a hopeful note, with the last stanza beginning, "no more turning away …".

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On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won't understand

Pink Floyd - On the Turning Away Lyrics


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  • please someone show this song to justin bieber so he kills himself
  • Gilmour makes that guitar come alive.
  • Breaks my break, but so strangely compelling...(Missing you sooo much my dear departed son)
  • This song is so incredibly moving
  • For me, this song is scripture. Moore & Gilmour are right at home with much of the prophetic message found in the Tanakh on social justice. Go look at at Amos 5:15, Deuteronomy 15"7-11, Isaiah 1:17, Micah 6:8 (my favorite biblical passage), Leviticus 19:15, Ezekiel 16:49-50, and many others. We have forgotten or ignore these messages - I'm glad we have songs like this to help us remember. And a killer guitar solo to boot :)
  • probably my favorite guitar solo ever
  • Take heed of the words. "Don't accept that what's happening is just a case of all the suffering.....It's not enough just to stand and stare". Most of the suffering in the world is caused by man. Therefore it's up to us to do something about it. Go and stand up for what is right. Help people worse off than yourself. Fight corrupt governments and corporations!!! Become an activist!
  • 18 times now for this Pink Floyd stuff this time "On the Turning Away" come pink Floyd noise
  • Super!!!
  • This makes me ache for what once was...but I love it too much to not listen..

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