This Day #9 in 30 SONGS IN 30 DAYS

I've had an enduring love affair with Pink Floyd's music since the first time I heard Careful With That Axe, Eugene while standing on a ferry boat transformed into a hang-out in Providence, Rhode Island sometime in 1971. On The Turning Away was released in 1987 and although Pink Floyd has had band members leave the group for various reasons, the group's music lives on.

On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won't understand
"Don't accept that what's happening
Is just a case of others' suffering
Or you'll find that you're joining in
The turning away"

It's a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting it's shroud
Over all we have known
Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we're all alone
In the dream of the proud

On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite
In a silent accord
Using words you will find are strange
And mesmerized as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night

No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside
Just a world that we all must share
It's not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there'll be
No more turning away?


  1. True artists/poets.

    I hate to say it, but do they make bands like Floyd anymore?


    1. There's a few out there now who are pretty good, but none are Pink Floyd.

  2. I love this song. Pink Floyd was one of those artists I discovered in my young teens and it turned out, oh, they'd been around a while, LOL. I love that as soon as one of their songs starts playing 1) you know it's them and 2) you know what song. I love Pink Floyd. I couldn't really figure out The Wall (the movie), though. I watched it twice and finally gave up on it. :)

    1. Grace, it was a story of his life and the abuse he suffered and then all the drugs. He tries calling his wife while on the road only to have a man answer the phone...he freaks and there you have Comfortably Numb.

  3. Pink Floyd and Steely Dan got me through high school and college...

    1. Do you know where Steely Dan got the name for their group?