Roger Waters has shared a new version of the Pink Floyd song “The Gunner’s Dream”. The song was shared via YouTube on Monday to mark Martin Luther King Jr Day in the United States.
You can watch and listen to “The Gunner’s Dream” in the player below.
In a statement posted with the video, Rogers explained: “Last night I watched the 2013 documentary film The Man Who Saved The World. 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.
“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. 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.”
Penned by Waters, “The Gunner’s Dream” originally appeared on Pink Floyd‘s 1983 album, The Final Cut. The album was the last studio release from Pink Floyd before his departure from the band in 1985.
Roger Waters’ most recent release is his Us + Them concert film, captured on his 2017-2018 worldwide US + THEM tour.