The Girl In The Yellow Dress
(Das Mädchen Im Gelben Kleid)
||Rattle That Lock (18.09.2015)
Stand: 25.09.2015 16:49:48
Polly Samson, Schriftstellerin und Ehefrau von David Gilmour, erzählte in einem Interview 2015, den Text zu diesem Lied bereits für "On An Island" (2006) geschrieben zu haben - "der einzige Text, den David je zurückgewiesen hat" (http://www.ew.com/article/2015/09/16/polly-samson-david-gilmour-pink-floyd).
Polly: "When I was 18, when I first lived in London, I didn’t know anyone, I was very lonely, I used to go to this jazz club called Tufnell Park Tavern, on my own. I’d get my pint of lager, sit there, lonely. And there was a very very old man that played saxophone and he played it so beautifully that I developed a sort of saxophone crush. I must have freaked him out—you know, 18-year-old girl sitting there, staring at him every time he played."
"And so when that jazzy piece of music was first presented to me I thought, Oh, I’ll write about that. I wrote a song about my rather bizarre saxophone crush and David looked at these notes and said, “I don’t want to sing that, thank you.” After that failure, I stopped trying, really until Phil (Manzanera, guitarist and regular Gilmour collaborator) said one day, “Polly, you know, that song, it’s about a beautiful sexy woman. Come on, you can do that.” I thought David can’t sing about another woman. Then, I was thinking, ‘Well it is beautiful and I’ve got to come up with something.’ I was sitting in the room where I write, and I looked up, and David has a painting, and it’s set in a jazz club, and it’s a girl dancing in a yellow dress, and she’s got her hand on the shoulder of one man, but her eye contact is absolutely with, as it happens, the sax player. I was sitting, staring at this painting, and I thought, Oh my god, that’s who it’s about. It’s the closest to a short story that I’ve ever written as a song lyric. As soon as I noticed I thought, I just want to write their story: what is going on here?"