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Roger Waters Reinvents ‘The Gunner’s Dream’ For Martin Luther King Jr Day

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Pink Floyd co-founder, Roger Waters has shared a new studio version of the band‘s The Gunner’s Dream. Check out the video below. The video was shared on Monday to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States.

The track originally appeared on the final Pink Floyd album to feature Roger, 1983’s The Final Cut. However, the song has been rereleased for the special occasion. It is accompanied by a black-and-white video and opens with the ominous statement, “I had a dream”, which is repeated throughout the clip.

“Last night I watched the 2013 documentary film The Man Who Saved The World,” Waters said in a statement. “The man’s name is Stanislav Petrov. The year before Stanislav saved the World in the year 1982 I wrote a song ‘The Gunner’s Dream’. It’s weird to think that had Stanislav not been in the right place at the right time none of us would be alive. No one under the age of 37 would have been born at all.”

Roger continued: “It is acknowledged by all but the cretins amongst us that nuclear arms have no value. It is also acknowledged that they are a ticking bomb and we ignore them at our peril. Accidents happen. The Stanislavs of this world are a rare breed. We’ve been extraordinarily lucky.

“If I ruled the world, I would heed the words of the wise. I would get rid of nuclear weapons first thing tomorrow morning,” said Roger. On Dr. King’s name day. Of course no-one can rule the world. The world cannot be ruled. It can only be loved and respected and shared. If we’re still here in the morning.”

When his 2020 This Is Not a Drill Tour was postponed due to COVID-19, Roger Walters played a series of online performances from isolation. On one show, Waters played a version of the band’s classic Two Suns In The Sunset.