"High Hopes" is the eleventh and final track from the 1994 Pink Floyd album, The Division Bell, to be composed by David Gilmour with lyrics by Gilmour andPolly Samson. Its lyrics speak of the things one may have gained and lost in life, written from Gilmour's autobiographic perspective. Gilmour has said that the song is more about his early days, and leaving his hometown behind, than about the seeds of division supposedly planted in Pink Floyd's early days.Douglas Adams, a friend of Gilmour, chose the album title from one verse in this song. Live versions are featured on Pulse, Remember That Night and Live in Gdańsk.
The 7 inch vinyl version of the single was released on a transparent record.
The song is mostly in the key of C minor, and features the sound of a single church bell chiming a 'C' throughout, except for a short section in the middle where the song briefly modulates into E minor for a guitar solo.
On Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd, a somewhat shortened version of the song segues into Syd Barrett's "Bike". The segue is accomplished by cutting from the church bell at the end of "High Hopes" to a new bicycle bell sound effect before "Bike" begins.
- CD single
- "High Hopes" — 7:57
- "Marooned" — 5:31
- CD maxi
- "High Hopes" (radio edit) — 5:16
- "Keep Talking" (radio edit) — 4:55
- "One of These Days" (live) — 6:57
- David Gilmour - lead and backing vocals, classical, bass, and lap steel guitars
- Richard Wright - Kurzweil synthesisers
- Nick Mason - drums, church bell, tambourine