Skip to content

David Gilmour Covers 2 Leonard Cohen Songs With His Family

LONDON - JULY 02: Dave Gilmour from the band Pink Floyd on stage at "Live 8 London" in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raising awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

Outside of auctioning off his guitars for charity and launching a podcast where he talked about those guitars, Pink Floyd singer-guitarist David Gilmour has laid low since finishing a short run of shows behind the release of his 2016 album Rattle That Lock.

However, with his wife and co-lyricist, Polly Samson, releasing a novel during quarantine, Gilmour and his family hung out with her during a livestream and he performed a few Leonard Cohen songs in the process.

As you can see below, Gilmour performed “Bird on a Wire” (at the 7:30 mark of the video) and “So Long Marianne” (at the 30-minute mark). The reason for those songs? Samson’s novel, titled Theater for Dreamers, takes place on the Greek island of Hydra during the 1960s.

Cohen’s songs — “Bird on a Wire,” specifically — took place on Hydra and was partially written while the singer-songwriter lived on the island.

Theater for Dreamers was supposed to receive a grand rollout at an event in London before restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak shelved that.

Watch Gilmour perform with his family by his side below: