Pink Floyd bassist and vocalist Roger Waters has debuted a reimagined version of Pink Floyd's 1983 track "The Gunner's Dream". According to Waters, he was inspired to revisit the song after watching the 2013 documentary film The Man Who Saved The World.
"Last night I watched the 2013 documentary film The Man Who Saved The World. The man’s name is Stanislav Petrov," said Waters. "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 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."