David Gilmour has shared his first new song in five years titled ‘Yes, I Have Ghosts’. The former Pink Floyd frontman originally unveiled the song last month as part of the audiobook for a new novel by Gilmour’s wife and longtime collaborator, Polly Samson, titled A Theatre for Dreamers. Now, a week after the book’s publication, it’s been released as a standalone track. Listen to it below.
“Polly’s vivid and poetic writing, coupled with her very natural narration voice, made joining forces to produce the audio version of A Theatre for Dreamers a fantastic and fulfilling experience,” Gilmour explained in a statement. “The audiobook format has so much untapped potential, and I am surprised more musicians have not creatively collaborated with authors, narrators and audiobook producers in this way before. The two worlds seem to seamlessly link, and music can really help to bring audiobooks to life in unexpected new ways.”
Speaking of the track specifically, which features Gilmour’s daughter Romany on acoustic guitar, harp, and backup vocals, he added: “I was working on this song just as we went into lockdown and had to cancel a session with backing singers. But, as it turned out, the solution was right here and I couldn’t be happier with the way Romany’s voice blends with mine and her beautiful harp playing has been another revelation.”
Though this is marks Gilmour’s first new original song in five years, he has shared a few covers during lockdown, including classics by Leonard Cohen (who appears as a character in the novel) and Syd Barrett.