So here’s something I’ve never found a satisfying answer for… Why did Pink Floyd so obviously use the melody from John Prine’s Sam Stone in their song Post War Dream?

Here is Prine’s Sam Stone

And Pink Floyd’s The Post War Dream

Floyd’s Roger Waters doesn’t have a track record of doing things haphazardly. In fact, he’s quite intentional about most artistic choices.

But despite a few mentions on forums and a Wikipedia reference to the shared melody, this link isn’t widely discussed online (that I’ve seen).

I’m not saying it keeps me up at night. I just want some answers!