"Signs of Life" is the opening track on A Momentary Lapse of Reason,[1][2] the first Pink Floyd album headed by David Gilmour, in the absence of ex-member Roger Waters.

"Signs of Life"
Song by Pink Floyd
from the album A Momentary Lapse of Reason
PublishedPink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd
Released7 September 1987 (UK)
8 September 1987 (US)
GenreProgressive rock, instrumental rock
LabelEMI (UK)
Columbia (US)
Songwriter(s)David Gilmour, Bob Ezrin


It is an instrumental piece, although in the version featured on A Momentary Lapse of Reason, the electronically processed voice of drummer Nick Mason can be heard for a few seconds reciting two verses of an unknown poem. The screen film used to accompany the song during concert performances featured Langley Iddins, caretaker of David Gilmour's Astoria houseboat-studio, rowing through Grantchester Meadows.

The piece is Pink Floyd's first instrumental piece (excluding the live-only "The Last Few Bricks") since 1973's "Any Colour You Like", from The Dark Side of the Moon.

The song segues directly into "Learning to Fly".


Additional musicians:


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5.
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X.

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