Bridges burning gladly
Merging with the shadow
Flickering between the lines
Stolen moments floating softly on the air
Born on wings of fire and climbing higher

Ancient bonds are breaking
Moving on and changing sides
Dreaming of a new day
Cast aside the other way
(Magic vision stirring
Kindled by and burning
Flames rise in her eyes)

The door stands ajar
The walls that once were high
Beyond the gilded cage
Beyond the reach of ties
The moment is at hand
She breaks the golden band


“Burning Bridges” is the third track from Pink Floyd’s 1972 album Obscured By Clouds, which acts the soundtrack to Barbet Schroeder’s film La Vallée.

In the film, it can be heard as Viviane first visits the tent where her future travelling companions sleep. It marks the start of her drifting away from her life as a bored diplomat’s wife looking for ways to kill time.

“Burning Bridges” is one of only three Pink Floyd songs credited to the Waters/Wright pair.

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