On the Turning Away (5:39)

Cover of Orchestral Maneuvers: The Music of Pink Floyd

From Orchestral Maneuvers: The Music of Pink Floyd and 44 other releases

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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  • zmatster

    Gilmour makes that guitar come alive.

    27 Jul 7:40pm Reply
  • sharv11

    Breaks my break, but so strangely compelling...(Missing you sooo much my dear departed son)

    5 Feb 6:03am Reply
  • austinmangel

    This song is so incredibly moving

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • bkuhn1a

    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 :)

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • leolegend

    probably my favorite guitar solo ever

    9 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Dominico123

    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!

    28 Jun 2014 Reply
  • williedbeme

    18 times now for this Pink Floyd stuff this time "On the Turning Away" come pink Floyd noise

    19 May 2014 Reply
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  • sharv11

    This makes me ache for what once was...but I love it too much to not listen..

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Bolters

    Good track!!!! good story song!!!!!

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • HockeyJohn

    One of the best songs by anyone, ever.

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Speedmetal80s

    so emotional & beautiful

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • nilzzzon

    This song is a masterpiece. And the guitarsolo is...perfect!

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • srdjstuka

    One of the best tracks from MLoR, along with "Sorrow".

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • amaroK_usr

    The Bystander Effect is well documented.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mandryka

    The strongest (and most gripping) song on the album. Should have been saved for last, IMHO.

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • skutlik

    on Delicate Sound of Thunder Gilmour proves that he is the one true God, ultimate guitar solo! <3

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Otokichi

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X82V6NbGOwk&feature=colike The instrumental version lacks the power of the lyrics...

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
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  • whitebicycle

    "it's not enough just to stand and stare." democracy is not a spectator sport. do something meaningful for the greater good.

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
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