Lyric:- 'Strangers passing in the street, by chance two separate glances meet' - Gilmour, Mason, Waters & Wright
Well it's the last of my 'Meddle' Blogs and what a belter to finish off with the 23.32 minute monster of a Prog Rocker - Echoes. The 1972 filmed version is here and the 2006 version is here if you want to hear it for yourself. Sadly no Waters on bass in 2006 and sadly no more Richard Wright on keyboards either, or planet earth for that matter.
Anyway, the track is one you have to really listen to and get 'familiar' with and when you do, you'll simply LOVE it, hopefully as much as I do. It's a far cry from the 'Strangers passing in the street, by chance two separate glances meet'; where two people in a moment just stare into each other's eyes, just for that millisecond. A real 'Chance' of a Glance, and the word that I find really interesting in the whole song if I'm being honest.
You see we could substitute 'Chance' with 'Accident,' or 'Unforeseen', or even 'Fortunate'.
It makes me wonder how much of life could all be about 'Luck' or about 'The Moment', so neatly put in one simple line by 'The Floyd'.
If life is down to the turn of a Monopoly kind of 'Chance' card, then the deck could well be stacked against us. If we are rolling the dice for a better life but waiting ages for your roll, this might take a lot of time depending how many people you are playing with.
We could of course all be going from one 'Accident' to another. Accidents usually end up in A&E in my experience and are seldom happy ones. In that case we should lump 'Unforeseen' in with 'Accident' too, as it's all so negative to me.
'Fortunate' seems a much better option though and I often wonder in the song whether they ever did, 'Take each other's hand and reach the land' but I suppose we'll never know.
All we can do is to rejoice in their 'Chance' meeting and it's the thing that dreams and 1971, 23 minute songs are made of.