A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
(An A-Z of Pink Floyd Songs)
Remember A Day (Wright) : From 'A Saucerful Of Secrets', sung by the author. There is evidence to indicate that this track was originally recorded (under
the title 'Sunshine' [qv]) for inclusion on 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn'. The track was also released as a single in the US backed by 'Let There Be More Light'. The Japanese reversed this pairing
for their single release.
-Wright: "From every album we issue in America, a single is taken and played on AM stations in order to sell the album. None of the singles makes
it, of course."
Reopening (Waters) : Generic title applied to 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun' on the bootleg 'The Early Tours'.
Return Of The Son Of Nothing (Waters, Wright, Mason, Gilmour): An alternative tag for 'Echoes' [qv] as performed in the spring of '71. -Wright: "We
went into the studios in January to put down a lot of ideas and called them all bits of 'Nothing', which is where the title comes from. It's 22 minutes long and is a piece we can do live without any
of the problems of 'Atom Heart Mother'."
Richard's Rave Up (Wright) : An unreleased track recorded in February 1968. It is possible that this is a working title for a track on 'A Saucerful of
Secrets', but more plausibly an instrumental later incorporated into the title song on that album.
Andrew King: "You could never tell with Rick what number he was playing; it always seemed to be the same. We used to call it the 'Rick's Fry's
Turkish Delight Lick'."
Round And Around (Gilmour) : An instrumental from 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason' and 'Delicate Sound Of Thunder'. At just over 30 seconds, the live
version is the shortest track ever released by Pink Floyd.
Run Like Hell (Gilmour, Waters) : From 'The Wall', sung by the authors. Performed live on both 'The Wall' tours, it was resurrected for Gilmour's '84
jaunt, his appearance at the Columbian Volcano benefit (see Miles) and the Floyd's ;87-'89 trek. The latter yielded the different live versions that appear on 'Delicate Sound Of Thunder' and the 'On
The Turning Away' singles; both of which feature vocals by Gilmour and Guy Pratt. The song appeared in its own right as a single in the US and Europe (backed by 'Don't Leave Me Now') and on various
promo releases (such as the 'Delicate Sound...' 12" [see TAP 35]). Like 'Comfortably Numb', the music came from a demo recorded around the time of Gilmour's first solo album.
Waters: "After 'Run Like Hell', you can hear an audience shouting 'Pink Floyd!' on the left hand of your stereo, and on the right hand side or in
the middle you can hear voices going 'Hammer!'. This is the Pink Floyd audience, if you like, turning into a rally."
The track became the finale of Floyd's set at Knebworth '90 and is to be found on the album and video (volume 3) of the event. Roger Waters has (so far) had the last say by releasing an appalling
'Potsdamer Mix' of the track on the CD and 12" of his 'Another Brick In The Wall pt 2' single.
Rush In A Million (Barrett) : An alternative title for the early live piece 'One In A Million' [qv]. The mistake is caused by Roger's introduction of the
piece at the Star Club Copenhagen 13/9/67 when he laughed making 'one' sound like 'rush'.
San Tropez (Waters) : From 'Meddle', sung by the author. Waters: "'Atom Heart Mother' 'Meddle' are half good. I like 'Atom Heart Mother' and
'Echoes' themselves, but we made a right mess of it on the other sides."
Saucerful of Secrets, A (Waters, Wright, Mason, Gilmour) : The title track of Floyd's second album. As there is no record of the piece having been
recorded, 'Saucerful...' would appear to be a compilation of various instrumentals - such as 'Richard's Rave Up' [qv] - recorded in early '68. This seems to be backed-up by Roger Waters' claim that
they were given the last twelve minutes of the album to do with as they pleased.
Its earliest confirmed appearance is on the BBC session of 25/6/68 under the title 'Massed Gadgets of Hercules' [qv] [see TAP 39]. The piece became a
mainstay of the Floyd's live set, performances varying from under ten to over twenty minutes. Having appeared on "Ummagumma' (where it was divided into four, titled parts: a) Something Else, b)
Syncopated Pandemonium, c) Storm Signal and d) Celestial Voices [see TAP 46]) and in the film 'Live At Pompeii', the song was eventually retired on the US tour of Autumn '72.
The 'Celestial Voices' section was also performed as the final part of 'The Journey' [qv], titles 'The End Of The Beginning' [qv] [see TAP 39].
Waters: "'A Saucerful of Secrets' allowed you to think of anything that you wanted and because it had echo, people thought it was science- fiction;
but it could be anything."
Wright: "We all believed it was going to be one of the best things we'd ever put onto record - which I think it was at that time...Parts of
Saucerful' on 'Ummagumma' came from the Birmingham gig, which we put together with the Manchester stuff...but the stuff on the album isn't half as good as we CAN play."
Mason: "It contains ideas that were all well ahead of the period, and were very much a route that I think we have followed...[Devices] like
provoking the most extraordinary sounds from a piano by scratching around inside it."
Gilmour: "I still think it's great. That was the first clue to our direction forwards, from there. If you take 'Saucerful of Secrets', the track
'Atom Heart Mother', then 'Echoes' - all lead quite logically towards 'Dark Side Of The Moon'."
Scarecrow, The (Barrett) : From 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn', sung by the author. The track first appeared as the B-side of the 'See Emily Play'
single and subsequently reappeared on 'Masters of Rock'. For some reason Pathe News chose, in 1967, to show a film clip of the Floyd messing about in fields to the accompaniment of this track. Wright:
"Just listen to Syd's songs, the imagination he had. If he hadn't had this complete breakdown, he could easily be one of the greatest songwriters today. I think it's one of the saddest stories in
rock'n'roll, what happened to Syd. He was brilliant - and such a nice guy."
Scream Thy Last Scream (Barrett) : The proposed (but later scrapped) third Floyd single, sung by Syd Barrett. This track was recorded by the band in
August 1967 shortly after it was announced as a possible follow up to 'See Emily Play'. The public were given the chance to hear this classic as it was part of the Floyd's live set in '67 and was also
performed as part of a BBC session in December of that year[see TAP 39]. It has also been listed as 'Scream Thy Last Scream Old Woman with a Casket' and the slightly shorter 'Old Woman with a Casket'
Scream thy last scream old woman with a casket, Plan, plan your pointers, point your pointers, Waddle with apples to crunchy Mrs. Stores, She'll be
scrubbing bottles of all fours...
Scream thy last scream old woman with a casket, Fling your arms madly old lady with a daughter, Flat tops of houses, mouses, houses, Piddle and diddle,
Watching tele' 'til all hours silly child, Fling your arms madly old lady with a daughter,
(Repeat 1st verse)
Scream thy last scream old woman with a casket
Seabirds (Waters) : A song, recorded by the group for inclusion in the film 'More', sung by the author. It was subsequently omitted from the soundtrack
album but can be heard in the background of the film during a party scene. The sheet music and lyrics for the piece did appear in 'The Pink Floyd Song Book' published by Lupus Music Co. Ltd. in 1976.
Waters: "We did the 'More' soundtrack as a sort of personal favour for Barbet [Schroeder]. He showed us the movie - which he'd already completed and edited - and explained what he wanted; and we
just went into the studio and did it. I don't really like working under that sort of pressure, but it can help you by focussing your ideas."
Mason: "It was a good exercise, as Barbet Schroeder, the director, was a really easy person to work with."
Seamus (Waters, Wright, Mason, Gilmour) : From 'Meddle', sung by Dave Gilmour. In the early 70's, the Floyd occasionally recorded country and western
pastiches for their own amusement; 'Seamus' was presumably the product of one such session.
Gilmour: "I was lucky to have a very broad base of stuff that the radio played and my parents played and my friends liked. It went through very wide
spheres of folk music to show music to old acoustic blues - Leadbelly, Bill Broonzy."
The track was used as the B-side of the Japanese 'One Of These Days' single.
Second Cud (uncredited) : Alternative title applied to Floyd's live blues workout on the 'Pictures of Pink Floyd Volume 1' bootleg.
See Emily Play (Barrett) : Pink Floyd's second - and, until 'Another Brick In The Wall part 2', most successful - UK single; reaching the Top 5 in
Britain and the Top 40 in the USA. Sung by the author, it was subsequently included on 'Relics', 'Masters of Rock', 'Works', and the US and Japanese releases of 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn'.
Andrew King: "The Games for May concert was in two parts: there was a Floyd set and a number of individual efforts. I think the individual efforts
came in the first half. They were basically pre-recorded tapes; Roger and Rick got some together, but no-one else did really because Syd was in the middle of writing 'See Emily Play' which was like a
theme song for that show - 'Games for May' comes in the lyric. The released version was lyrically altered a bit, but it was basically the same song."
Gary Brooker of Procol Harum was played the song as part of a 'Blind Date' singles review: "The Pink Floyd - I can tell by the horrible organ sound.
It's much better than 'Arnold Layne'."
Barrett: "Singles are always simple...The whole thing as the time was playing on stage (but) obviously, being a pop group, one wanted to have
A different version of the song had to be recorded for the Floyd's 'Top of the Pops' appearance - a performance that has allegedly been wiped from the
BBC archives. The surviving promo (with Gilmour instead of Barrett) can be found on the Rock'n'Roll: The Greatest Years - 1967' video [see review TAP 34].
Wright: "Although it sounds a bit gimmicky, hardly any special effects were used. Take that 'Hawaiian' bit at the end of each verse: that was just
Syd using a bottleneck through echo. The part that sounds speeded-up, though, was speeded-up! John Woods, the engineer, just upped the whole thing about an octave. On stage, we have to cut that
particular bit out, but then I don't think the audience minds if our reproduction isn't 100% accurate... "I don't think the success of 'See Emily Play' has affected us personally. Sure we get
more money for bookings, but the next one could easily be a flop. When I first heard the playback in the studio, I had a feeling it would go higher than it did, but I'm not complaining."
David Bowie, who included a disastrous version of the song on his 'Pin-Ups' album, commented: "Pink Floyd got a hit, and for a few months they were
moderately overground. And Syd just didn't want any part of that, so he opted out. And I understood why. I thought "Yeah, right, they're being accepted: nobody wants that' (ironic
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
(The Tracks That TAP Forgot)
Acoustic Pig (Waters) : Another bootleg listing for 'Acoustic Dog' [qv] / 'Pigs on the Wing' [qv].
Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast (Waters, Mason, Gilmour, Wright) : The sound effects were recorded in Nick Mason's kitchen.
Almost Gone (Waters) : Erroneous naming of the instrumental reprise to 'Another Brick... pt 3' on two bootlegs of 'The Wall' live.
Another Brick in the Wall pt 2 (Waters) : Russian flexi backed with 'The Trial'
Any Colour You Like (Gilmour, Mason, Wright) : A b-side in various territories that released 'Money' as a single. 'Any Colour' is incorrectly listed in
the 'Dark Side' guitar tablature book as 'Breathe (Second Reprise)' [qv].
Arnold Layne (Barrett) : The b-side of 'Point Me At The Sky' in Japan and of 'If' in Holland.
Biding My Time (Waters) : Roger played trumpet on the recording as he did at gigs (reckons Dave W.)
Big Theme (Gilmour) : An instrumental from the 'La Carrera Panamericana' film.
Bitter Love (Waters) : An alternative title for 'How Do You Feel' [qv] or a joke by Laughing Rog because 'How Do You Feel' was inspired by a bitter lemon
Blues Improvisation (uncredited) : Title applied to a blues instrumental on the 'Live In Denimark [sic] 1971' bootleg.
Blues Jam (uncredited) : Titles applied to a blues instrumental on one of the 'Embryo' bootlegs.
Breathe In The Air (Waters, Gilmour, Wright) : The full title of 'Breathe' [qv] as listed on the album label and CD of 'DSotM'. These also suggest the
song is part two of 'Speak To Me' [qv].
Breathe (Second Reprise) (Gilmour, Mason, Wright) : Title given to 'Any Colour You Like' [qv] in the 'DSotM' guitar tablature book. The genuine 'Breathe
(Reprise)' was added to the performances of 'Breathe...' on the KAOS tour.
Brush Your Window : (uncredited) A bootlegger's title for 'One In A Million' / 'Rush In A Million'[qv].
Careful With That Axe, Eugene (Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason) : The b-side of 'Point Me At The Sky' in Italy. An early version of the piece was used for
the soundtrack of 'The Committee' [qv].
Carrera Slow Blues (Gilmour, Mason, Wright) An instrumental from the 'La Carrera Panamericana' film.
Childhood's End (Gilmour) : The last Floyd song with lyrics not by Waters until 'A Momentary Lapse'.
Come On Big Bum (Gilmour, Waters) : Title given to 'Comfortably Numb' on set-lists for Gilmour's 1984 tour.
Committee, The (Pink Floyd) : Music written for the film 'The Committee', consisting of a series of instrumental segments and an early version of
'Careful With That Axe, Eugene'. Bootlegs of this material are lifted from the film soundtrack and thus also include dialogue.
Country Theme (Gilmour) : An instrumental from the 'La Carrera Panamericana' film.
Cymbaline (Waters) : Sung by the author on the longer version used in the 'More' film. This version has different lyrics. Death of Sisco, The (Waters) :
A song dropped from 'The Wall' at Bob Ezrin's insistence. 'Sisco' may have been a journalist's typographical error (see Newsweek feature, TAP 46). The word in question may plausibly be either 'Disco'
or 'Cisco'; 'The Cisco Kid' being the hero of a series of Westerns from 1929-1950 (and thus a possible cultural reference point a la 'Shane' in 'Pros and Cons').
Divisions (Wright) : Title of 'The Violent Sequence' [qv] on the 'Water's Gate' bootleg label.
The Doctor (uncredited) : An alternative title ('Comfortably Numb'?) or unreleased track from 'The Wall' sessions.
Dogs (Waters, Gilmour) : The lead vocals are shared by the authors.
Dramatic Theme (Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason) : CD credit omits Gilmour and Mason.
Eclipsed (Pink Floyd) : We no longer believe this to be a correct title (see TAP 41 and Q&A, TAP 50), but would love to hear from anyone who can
prove otherwise. - Eds.
Education (uncredited) : An alternative title ('Another Brick in the Wall Pt 2' ?) or unreleased track from 'The Wall' sessions.
Electric Mind (Waters) : Title applied to 'Embryo' on the bootleg 'Big Pink'.
Eugene Axe (Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason) : Title of 'Careful With That Axe...' on the 'Water's Gate' bootleg label.
Fearless (Waters, Gilmour) : The b-side of 'One Of These Days' in the US and Italy.
Flaming (Barrett) : Sung live by Roger Waters in the 60s.
Free Four (Waters) : Single in Italy (b/w 'The Gold It's in the...'), the US (b/w 'Stay') and Japan (b/w 'Absolutely Curtains')
Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert (Waters) : Performed on the KAOS tour, not just the '85 'Pros and Cons' jaunt.
Gnome, The (Barrett) : B-side of the US 'Flaming' single.
Goodbye Blue Sky (Waters) : Argentinean promo 7" (backed with 'Another Brick in the Wall 2').
The Gunner's Dream (Waters) : On 'Pink Floyd Hits' (the Brazilian 'A Collection Of Great Dance Songs') in place of 'One Of These Days'.
Have A Cigar (Waters) : A single in the US, Japan, Italy and France.
Have You Got It Yet ? (Barrett) : Manic track invented to confuse the rest of the group (see Miles).
Hero's Return, The (Waters) : This also appears on the b-side of 'Not Now John', as well as part two.
Household Objects (uncredited) : Unreleased recordings using household implements. A section using wine glasses can be heard at the beginning of 'Shine
On You Crazy Diamond'.
I Am Quite Comfortable (Gilmour, Waters) : Title of 'Comfortably Numb' on an untitled bootleg of 'The Wall'.
If (Waters) : Single in the USA (b/w 'Fat Old Sun') and Holland (b/w 'Arnold Layne').
Improvisation (Waters) : Generic title for 'Sheep' on the 'A Mysterie Called Floyd' bootleg.
Improvisation (uncredited) : Generic title for 'Fingal's Cave' on the 'Around The Mystic' bootleg (see TAPs 48 and 49).
In G (uncredited) : Alternative title for 'Reaction In G' [qv].
Instrumental (uncredited) : The 'Mystery Tracks' bootleg uses this title for both 'Reaction In G' and 'One In A Million' [qv].
Inter Over (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) : Title of 'Interstellar Overdrive' on the 'Big Pink' bootleg.
Interstellar Overdrive (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) : The version intended for 'Ummagumma' was pressed onto acetates and given to band members and
friends. John Peel had a copy which he loved until it was stolen. Another version appears on a French EP.
Intro (uncredited) : Generic title of the opening piece in the 'Live at Pompeii' film - which is different from that on the two video re-releases. It has
no official title but is clearly from the 'DSotM' sessions, as is the video intro.
Is Anybody Out There ? (Waters) : The dialogue on this track is from an episode of the US western 'Gunsmoke', called 'Fandango', viz:
Marshall Dillon: Well, we've only about an hour of daylight left; better get started.
Miss Tyson: Is it unsafe to travel at night ?
Dillon: It'll be a lot less safe to stay here; your father's gonna pick up our trail before long.
Miss Tyson: Can Lorka ride?
Dillon: He'll hafta ride. Lorka! Time to go! Shangra, thank you for everything. Let's go.
Miss Tyson: Goodbye, Shangra.
Shangra: Goodbye, missy.
Miss Tyson: I'll be back, one day.
Shangra: The bones have told Shangra.
Miss Tyson: Take care of yourself.
Shangra: Marshall, look after my missy.
David Gilmour alleges that Bob Ezrin wrote part of this track.
It's Green (Waters) : Title of 'Green is the Colour' on the label of the 'Water's Gate' bootleg.
It Would Be So Nice (Wright) : Appears on the 'Masters of Rock' LP.
Jugband Blues (Barrett) : Exists in three official versions: the familiar UK stereo; the UK mono (on which the middle section has slightly more guitar
and no vocals over the brass band); and the stereo mix from the Canadian 'A Nice Pair'.
Jupiter's Eye (uncredited) : An apparently unique instrumental from the 'Around the Mystic' bootleg.
Just Another 12 Bar (uncredited) : A live blues recorded in 1970 for the ill-fated 'Live in Montreux' album (see TAP 6 of Best of 6-10).
Learning To Fly (Gilmour) : Believed to exist in an unreleased, alternative version with robotic vocals and acoustic guitar.
Look At My Heart, Mother (Mason, Gilmour, Waters, Wright, Geesin) : Title of 'Atom Heart Mother' on the label of the 'Water's Gate' bootleg.
Main Theme (Waters, Wright, Gilmour, Mason) : The CD writing credit omits Mason.
Matilda Mother (Barrett) : The lead vocals are shared by Wright and Barrett.
Mexico '78 (Gilmour) : An instrumental from the 'La Carrera Panamericana' film.
Money (Waters) : Not "their biggest US chart hit" (TAP 45). Seven years after 'Money' made #13, 'Another Brick 2' reached #1. 'Money' also
appeared on an Iranian EP with songs by Led Zep and Chicago.
Nile Song, The (Waters) : Single in France (backed with 'Ibiza Bar'), Japan (B/w 'Main Theme') and New Zealand (b-side unknown).
One Of These Days (Waters, Wright, Mason, Gilmour) : A single in Japan (b/w 'Seamus').
On The Turning Away (Gilmour, Moore) : Believed to exist in an unreleased, alternative version with "slightly different words and ghastly
Opening Tune (uncredited) : Title given by bootleggers to 'Stoned Alone' [qv] and 'Instrumental' [qv].
Overture (uncredited) : Piece (a la the reprise on 'Another Brick s' live?) recorded for, but omitted from, 'The Wall' movie.
Overture for Comfortably Numb (uncredited) : An alternative title or unreleased track from 'The Wall' sessions.
Pan Am Shuffle (Gilmour) : An instrumental featured twice in the 'La Carrera Panamericana' film.
Pigs (Three Different Ones) (Waters) : On a 33rpm, Brazilian (CBS) promo 7".
Pink (uncredited) : An unreleased, early live piece.
Power Touch (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) : Bootlegger's title for 'Pow R Toc H'.
Prophet (uncredited) : An alternative title or unreleased track from 'The Wall' sessions.
Round And Around (Gilmour) : Believed to exist in an unreleased longer version (about five minutes).
Run Like Hell (Gilmour, Waters) : Reissued on a CBS 3" CD in 1989, coupled with 'Comfortably Numb'.
Run Like Fuck (Gilmour, Waters) : A title given to 'Run Like Hell' by Waters at a performance of The Wall.
Run Very Fast (Gilmour, Waters) : Alternative title for 'Run Like Hell' on an untitled bootleg of 'The Wall'.
Small Theme (Gilmour) : An instrumental from the 'La Carrera Panamericana' film.
Sorrow (Gilmour) : Believed to exist as an unreleased instrumental.
Synth Theme (uncredited) : An alternative title or unreleased track from 'The Wall' sessions.
Time (Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour) : Russian flexi (with 'Money', 'On The Run' and a Russian song) and French promo 7" (backed with 'Breathe').
The term "quiet desperation" is from Henry David Thoreau's 'Walden, Or Life in the Woods', "his 1854 account of... living off the land as nature intended" (the original line being
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation").
Us and Them (Waters, Wright) : Also appears on a Russian flexi with 'Shine On' and two Russian tracks.
Variation (Wright) : An early 'The Great Gig In The Sky' on the 'Beyond The Stars', 'Dark Side of the Moon' and 'Coming of Kahoutek' bootlegs (all:
Rainbow 17/2/72). TAP #56:
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
(An A-Z of Solo Tracks)
Against The Odds (Wright) : From 'Wet Dream'.
Wright: "There's a lot of things in the songs... questioning where my roots are, where I want to live, whether I should be in England. It's all
about this place in Greece. 'Against the Odds' is about this village where I originally went on holiday and not it's my second home."
Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers) : Performed at soundchecks on David Gilmour's 'About Face' tour.
All Lovers Are Deranged (Gilmour, Townshend) : From 'About Face', sung by Gilmour. A US 12" promo single couples this with 'Blue Light'. Gilmour:
"I call it my heavy metal track... Mick Ralphs likes that one."
American Bomber, The(Waters) : An instrumental from 'When The Wind Blows'. The Russian Missile [qv] and The British Submarine [qv] use the same theme.
Anderson Shelter, The (Waters) : An instrumental from 'When The Wind Blows'.
And The Address (Mason, Fenn) : An instrumental from 'Profiles' and the b-side for 'Lie For A Lie'.
4.30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking' and the b-side of the 'Pros and Cons' single.
Waters: "I've written an explanation of what (Pros and Cons) is about, although it was quite clear to me what was going on. The narrative is by no means linear, however."
4.37 AM (Arabs With Knives and West German Skies) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'.
Waters: "(The album is) 40 minutes of waking and dreaming, based initially on a dream that I had some time before: a specific dream about travelling
in Europe where the spectre of the resurrection of Nazism came to me and all kinds of things like that... but basically it was just a record about sex."
Attack, The (Waters) : An instrumental from 'When The Wind Blows'. Waters: "I thought 'When The Wind Blows' was brilliantly written and filled a
hitherto empty slot in English literature."
At the End of the Day (Mason, Fenn) : An instrumental from 'Profiles'. Mason: "There is one track where we actually ended up using an old eight-
track. I think it's 'At the End of the Day'; we used some really old tape, a sort of original demo of it, because we couldn't quite recreate the feel on later attempts."
Baby Lemonade (Barrett) : From 'Barrett', the Peel Sessions EP and French promo LP 'A Good Harvest'. It was also played for a Radio One 'Sounds of the
Seventies' session, broadcast February 1971, with 'Dominoes', 'Terrapin' and 'Love Song'. The name 'Baby Lemonade' was subsequently adopted by a "Glasgow buzzsaw guitar outfit"
Birdie Hop (Barrett) : From 'Opel'. The title is rumoured to refer to UFO co-founder John 'Hoppy' Hopkins.
Black Ice (Mason, Fenn) : An instrumental from 'Profiles'. Mason: "I made 'Fictitious Sports' more as an exercise. There's more longevity in
'Profiles'... it's strong enough to be accepted as a 'proper' record."
Blue Light (Gilmour) : From 'About Face'. Also released as a single, with no success. A US single couples instrumental and vocal remixes of the track, by
Francois Kervorkian, who later worked with Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk among others (see DG interview, TAP 15).
Gilmour: "'Blue Light' is in fact two separate tracks recorded at the same tempo. Afterwards, neither was interesting enough individually, so we
just hacked them up with a scissors, made up a new drum part and for the bass player to redo his part. It was hundreds of pieces of 2" tape just stuck together. Bob Ezrin suggested putting the
bass parts on them. There wasn't going to be a solo; it was just going to be a fade-out. I was finishing the vocals on the last day of recording before we mixed. For the amusement of Bob Ezrin and the
engineer in the other room, I made a silly speech, and they left the tape running after the vocals ended. So that's mixed in there slightly. Bob said, 'Now that you've got that silly speech on there,
maybe we should stick a little guitar solo on the end'. So I said okay. Then we thought, how can we do it ? We were in a mixing room. We didn't have any amplifiers with us, so we just plugged a
Rockman into the mixer. Those Rockmans are great.
'Blue Light' is not the lyric I'm proudest of on this record. It's a signal for danger: on top of police cars there's a blue light...I can't really
illuminate on the song. It's a double meaning really: everything in the song pertains to either a girlfriend or to our illustrious leader, Margaret Thatcher...but only in a vague way...not
particularly deep and meaningful, that one."
Bob Dylan Blues (Barrett) : An unreleased song recorded in 1970. The lyrics boast: "I've got the Bob Dylan Blues / I've got the Bob Dylan Blues / My
hair and my hat's in a mess / but I don't give a damn about that."
Body Transport (Waters, Geesin) : Epic silliness from 'The Body'.
Boo To You Too (Carla Bley) : From 'Fictitious Sports' sung by Robert Wyatt and chorus.
Mason: "What I obviously hope is that people who are interested in the Floyd might give it a listen, simply on the grounds that it's relevant to the
Boom Tune (Barrett) : It has been speculated that this may be an alternative title for 'Here I Go' [qv], in view of the latter's line, "What a boom
Joe Boyd: "I was looking for a follow-up to the Purple Gang's 'Granny Takes A Trip' single and so I asked Syd to give me a tape of his songs. He had
some really cheerful, melodic, wonderful tunes; one of which was 'Boom Tune', which the Purple Gang were definitely going to do. But somehow it never happened, and I lost the tape."
Breathe (Waters) : From 'The Body' and the 'Harvest Sweeties' promo album. The song may have inspired the track of the same name on 'Dark Side Of The
British Submarine, The (Waters) : An instrumental from 'When The Wind Blows'.
By Touching (Wright, Harris) : From 'Identity', sung by Dave Harris.
Wright: "I know the criticism of computers is that they take the soul out of music, but I don't see it. Music is an expression of something inside
of you. It doesn't matter whether you play it on a piano or program it into a computer as long as the result - the song - is the way you want it to be."
Can't Get My Motor To Start (Bley) : From 'Fictitious Sports' sung by Karen Kraft with spoken contributions from the band and guests.
Mason: "Carla knows that I've got a particular weakness for cars - an obsession shared with Mike Mantler, her husband. We spent an awful lot of
time, when we should have been recording or engineering, talking about cars, so I think she felt that was extremely well-suited!"
Cat Cruise (Wright) : An instrumental from 'Wet Dream'.
Chain Of Life (Waters) : From 'The Body'.
Clowns And Jugglers (Barrett) : An alternative version of 'Octopus' [qv] from 'Opel'.
Malcolm Jones: "He called it 'Clowns And Jugglers' and decided to call it 'Octopus' later. I'd have preferred it to be called 'Clowns And Jugglers'
actually; I think it's a much nicer title."
Barrett:" I thought the Soft Machine were good fun."
Confusion (Wright, Harris) : From 'Identity', sung by Dave Harris. Released as a single, with an extended mix on the 12", but without any commercial
success, so a planned video for the song was scrapped.
Cruise (Gilmour) : From 'About Face' and the b-side of the UK 'Blue Light' single. Gilmour: "I can't feel it in me to commit myself to nuclear
disarmament, but there are specific aspects of the (anti-nuke) campaign I'd agree with. One is not having cruise missiles in our country and particularly not near where I live! But it would be immoral
to expect America to retain nuclear weapons in order to protect us when we don't keep them to protect ourselves. It's a difficult question."
Cry From The Street (Gilmour, E. Stuart) : From 'David Gilmour', sung by Dave.
Cuts Like A Diamond (Wright, Harris) : From 'Identity', sung by Dave Harris.
Dark Globe (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs'. Another version, titled 'Wouldn't You Miss Me' [qv], appears on 'Opel'... and Roger Waters sings it in
Peter Jenner: "I think Syd was in good shape when he made 'Madcap'. He was still writing good songs, probably in the same state as he was during
Malcolm Jones: "I always liked this one, actually."
Deafinitely(Gilmour) : An instrumental from 'David Gilmour' and the b-side of the 'There's No Way Out Of Here' single. The US CD inexplicably adds
"It's" to the title.
Gilmour: "The basic writing is, I think, quite good (on the album). I'm very happy with all the stuff. I could have spent a lot more time honing the
ideas down and making it a bit more compact... but I really wanted to get in and do it fast. I was only three weeks recording it and it does show a little bit."
The song also appears on a four-track promo sampler for the 'David Gilmour' LP, along with "Mihalis', 'Short And Sweet' and 'So Far Away'.
Deep In The Blues (uncredited) : Instrumental performed by Gilmour at the 1984 Guitar Greats show. A song of this title has been recorded by Count Basie;
further details welcome!
Dolly Rocker (Barrett) : From 'Opel'.
Dominoes (Barrett) : From 'Barrett'.
Gilmour: "The song just ended after Syd had finished singing and I wanted a gradual fade so I added that (end) section myself. I played drums on
that, by the way."
Jerry Shirley:"Dave was with Syd trying to get a lead guitar track, but Syd couldn't play anything that made sense. In a brain wave, Gilmour turned
the tape around and had Syd play guitar to the tracks coming at him backwards.. The backwards guitar sounded great; the best lead he ever played. The first time out and he didn't put a note
Do Ya? (Bley) : From 'Fictitious Sports', sung by Robert Wyatt. Steve Kincaid (manager, Our Price Records, London: "The Nick Mason (LP) sleeve looks
like a Picasso painting and... reflects the sort of music that it is."
Drop In From The Top (Wright) : An instrumental from 'Wet Dream'.
Wright: "Doing this album has helped me get back my creative energies for the next Floyd thing."
A French promo 12" couples this with Gilmour's 'No Way'.
4.58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'. The song briefly uses the chord sequence from 'In The
Waters: "Actually that tune's not from 'The Wall', it's from 'Pros and Cons'. When we were recording 'The Wall', I needed a melody suddenly because
it was developing as a theatrical idea. I thought: hang on a minute, there's one in 'The Pros and Cons'; you could take it out of its quiet self and treat it very monolithically and bombastically and
it would sound completely different and it might work. So I tried it and it did work in its new context, but for me it never lost its identity as this quiet, dreamy tune that was the beginning of
'Pros and Cons'. "Actually, I make the reference later on, in the middle of side two, at the end of 'Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin', when the truck driver is throwing the hero out of his cab. I
get the orchestra to play it and it resolves to E minor, so we actually do play it once like 'In The Flesh', which is just... a joke... for people who remember 'The Wall'."
Effervescent Elephant (Barrett) : An alternative title for...Effervescing
Elephant (Barrett) : From 'Barrett' and the Peel Sessions EP. Apparently one of the first songs Syd wrote, it was played at his appearance with Gilmour
and Jerry Shirley at Olympia on June 6 1970; a set that also included Terrapin, Gigolo Aunt and Octopus.
Barrett: "(Performing) would be nice. I used to enjoy it; it was a gas. But so's doing nothing. It's art-school laziness, really."
5.06 AM (Every Stranger's Eyes) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'. Released (and, apparently, simultaneously deleted) as a single, the
song later enjoyed more prolonged exposure on the KAOS tour.
Mason: "He played the demo tracks for us and we thought it best he record it as a solo album. I suppose if we'd said 'Oh please, please Roger, can
we record it?', we probably would have, but it was something he had to get off his chest and I'm glad he did, even if (the LP) hasn't been commercially successful."
Cherry Vanilla, the song's "waitress" (and the hitch-hiker on 'Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad' [qv], is a self-styled 'rock chick' who
has previously worked with Andy Warhol, Bowie and Vangelis, releasing two LPs of her own in the late 70s, on RCA.
Eyes Of A Gypsy(Harris) : From the 'Identity' tape, the b-side of the 'Confusion' [qv] and, in a dub edit, the 12" edition of the latter.
Wright: "Musically, Floyd and Fashion (Dave Harris' former band - Eds) were at opposite ends of the spectrum and I suppose it was a bit odd at first
when Dave said he could remember going to Mother's in Birmingham to see us perform when he was fourteen; but, from the moment we actually started working together, we realised just how close we
Fallout, The (Waters) : An instrumental from 'When The Wind Blows'.
Feel (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs'.
Gilmour: "It was like one side of the album was six months' work and we did the other tracks in two and a half days. The potential of some of those
songs... they could have really been fantastic."
Folded Flags (Waters) : From 'When The Wind Blows', sung by the author and Clare Torry.
Waters: "One of the problems with the whole of the political structure - and particularly that of North America, born out very much by Reagan - is
that people enter politics because they want to be rock stars or, in Reagan's case, film stars. He never managed it so he became the President of the United States instead...
"He'll do anything for a pat on the back from the electorate and, by god, it works. They love him. An extraordinary thing is that surveys conducted in the States now show that they do, 'Oh no, I
didn't agree with his policies; the guy's obviously an idiot... but I like him and I'm gonna vote for him'. Which is what I call the soap opera of state. I don't know Reagan personally; he may very
well be a nice chap... but he's senile."
4.56 AM (For The First Time Today 1) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking', sung by the author and Madeline Bell.
4.39 AM (For The First Time Today 2) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'. The two halves appear on the b-side of 'Every Stranger's Eyes',
in correct numerical order.
Four Minutes (Waters) : From 'Radio KAOS', sung by the author and Clare Torry.
Waters: "I don't know if you've ever been on an aeroplane that you think is going to crash... I have. You just go to jelly... but you do get off it,
thinking 'God, that's the last time I'm ever getting on a bloody aeroplane'."
Funky Deux (Wright) : An instrumental from 'Wet Dream'.
Get Back To Radio (Waters) : The b-side of the original 'The Tide Is Turning' single.
Waters: "It wasn't like I had an idea: 'Oh I know, I'll write this piece about this spastic Welsh kid who gets moved halfway across the globe by the
market forces.' I decided the time had come to start writing some new material and the first one was 'Get Back to Radio'. It just popped out and it went: 'Like an ember glowing in the dark, I had
almost grown cold; frozen like a soldier standing at the flag-pole; Like a player they all said was too old; I had been tempted to hand in my key'... that was the first verse. 'But I am not alone; I
feel that you are with me; I'll not be a packet of crap on MTV; I am a man; I will not be a number; Get back to radio.' "It's not on the record although it's central to the theme...and KAOS all
developed out of that."
Gigolo Aunt (Barrett) : From 'Barrett' and the Peel Sessions EP.
Gilmour: "We had baed (?) 'Wouldn't You Miss Me' [qv], appears on 'Opel'... and Roger Waters sings it in the bath. (enquote?)
Peter Jenner: "I think Syd was in good shape when he made 'Madcap'. He was still writing good songs, probabld was lying down some kind of track
before and then having him play over it. The third was him putting his basic ideas down with just guitar and vocals and then we'd try and make something out of it all. "It was mostly a case of me
saying 'Well, what have you got then, Syd?' and he'd search around and eventually work something out."
Give Birth To A Smile (Waters) : From 'The Body'; the only entry in this A-Z on which more than three members of the Floyd appear. It also featured
Roger's first significant use of female background singers.
4.50 AM (Go Fishing) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'.
Going To Live In LA (Waters) : The b-side of 'Radio Waves'. Played on the KAOS tour and once considered for inclusion on 'Amused To Death'.
Waters: "I don't want them to sit and think about (KAOS) deeply, unless they want to... If people care to read the lyrics and look at the map and
follow the story and work it out, then all well and good.
"It can mean lots of different things to different people, but when I make a record, what I'm interested in doing is moving people in the way I've been moved by other people's records - and it
doesn't have to be because there's some significant political or sociological comment in it."
Golden Hair (Barrett, James Joyce) : From 'The Madcap Laughs', 'Opel' and the b-side of the 'Octopus' single. The latter also includes an instrumental
version of the song.
Barrett: "I've got books lying around at home: Shakespeare and Chaucer, you know. But I don't really read a lot. Maybe I should."
Here I Go (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs'.
Malcolm Jones: "He wrote it, I seem to recall, in a matter of minutes. The whole recording was done absolutely live, with no overdubs at all. Syd
changed from playing rhythm to lead guitar at the very end and the change is noticeable. Syd, however, would change like that often... that accounts for the 'drop' during the solo, as Syd's rhythm
guitar is no longer there!"
Hilda's Dream(Waters) : An instrumental from 'When The Wind Blows'.
Hilda's Hair (Waters) : An instrumental from 'When The Wind Blows'.
Waters: "The one that is the most successful is the scene at the end of the film, where they die; which was the thing I had most trouble with...in
terms of the score. In fact, I should credit one of the keyboard players, Matt Irving, who, when I was starting to think about it, said to me - a very penetrating remark - 'Remember Spinal Tap?' I
tried to remember Spinal Tap, where the guy is sitting by the piano and saying, 'This is a little tune... and it's a sad song, and it's in D-minor, the saddest of all keys'. That was our starting
point, that D- minor... it's a strange piece."
Holiday (Wright) : From 'Wet Dream'.
Home (Waters) : From 'Radio KAOS'.
Waters: "There are a lot of different concerns on this record but the main one is the automation of humans: a soldier who has to press a button and
send the bomb flying. It's a thoughtless process and that's what frightens me, really.
"Ian Ritchie, who produced the record, is quite distressed that I didn't call (KAOS) 'Home', which for a long time was the working title, because
one of the things that the record is about is what home is. Is home keeping out of the weather? Being reasonably well-fed? Being safe? Is home doing those things in the context of the family? We all
think we understand what we mean by the idea of home. But is home the most important thing to a human being in the sense of belonging to a certain thing or person? Having that sense of security and
the feeling you are not going to be moved on or blown to pieces? The feeling that you have the right to a continuous existence within the context of the society to which you belong from the moment you
are born to the moment you die in order to arrange yourself into a good shape to die in? "I don't know..."
Hope (Gilmour, Harper) : From Harper's 'Whatever Happened to Jugula' album (Gilmour is only credited on the CD version). The music is based on a song
co-written by Pete Townshend and Gilmour for 'About Face', which was eventually released as the title track of Pete's 'White City' [qv] project. Unlike 'Hope', 'White City' features Gilmour on guitar,
although the former does have a creditable DG impersonation by Roy Harper's son!
Hot River (Bley) : From 'Fictitious Sports', sung by Robert Wyatt and Karen Kraft. A clear-vinyl promo 12" couples this with 'Can't Get My Motor To
Start'. Mason: "Apart from being a fairly nonsensical song, it's really a Pink Floyd pastiche - as you might guess, if you listen closely. It has all my favourite cliches of the last 14 years as
far as the drum track's concerned; Chris (Spedding) doing a slightly Dave Gilmour-style guitar; and a vocal track lifted straight off 'Dark Side Of The Moon'-apart from where it disappears underwater.
How Do You Do It (Wright, Harris) : From 'Identity', sung by Dave Harris.
I Can't Breathe Anymore (Gilmour) : From 'David Gilmour'. The song was performed at London's Roxy for a 1978 CBS promo video, along with 'There's No Way
Out Of Here', 'So Far Away' and 'No Way' (see Q&A, TAP 50).
I'm a Mineralist (Bley) : From 'Fictitious Sports', sung by Robert Wyatt.
I Was Wrong (Bley) : From 'Fictitious Sports', sung by Robert Wyatt.
Mason: "Originally, I had arranged to go to America and make an album using all sorts of material, but then Carla sent me a cassette with some of
her ideas. It was very different from what she had done before and absolutely in line with what I like. So I thought it would be much better to do that than to struggle desperately to find things that
If It's In You (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs'.
Israel (Fenn, Peyronel) : From 'Profiles', sung by Danny Peyronel.
Rick Fenn: "There was a time when we were considering it as an entirely instrumental album, but we had 'Lie For A Lie', which we wanted to go on, so
we felt it needed another song to balance it out."
It Is Obvious (Barrett) : From 'Barrett'.
Gilmour:"We always felt that there was a talent there; it was just a matter of trying to get it out onto record so that people would hear it and, of
course, Syd didn't make it any easier for us... It was very, very difficult; not really very rewarding."
Just Before You Disappear (Barrett) : From the Barrett bootleg 'Melk Weg' (Milky Way). Anyone know what it is? [A careful review of the RoIO database's
entry for 'Melk Weg' has failed to turn up this title - so perhaps it's even more mysterious than I'd initially suspected! - SF]
Lafayette Railroad (Little Feat) : A favourite of Gilmour's, which he apparently often performs at soundchecks.
Lanky (Part One) (Barrett) : An instrumental from 'Opel'.
Gilmour: "I've listened to 'Opel' and there's nothing on there that really illuminates very much or gives very much to anyone. I didn't approve of
it, personally, but it's not my choice."
Lanky (Part Two) (Barrett) : The unreleased continuation of the above, consisting of a seven-minute drum track.
Late Night (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs'.
Barrett: "I always write with guitar. I've got this big room and I just go in and do the work. I like to do the words and music simultaneously, so
when I go into the studio I've got the words on one side and my music on the other. I suppose I could do with some practice."
Let's Get Metaphysical (Gilmour) : An instrumental from 'About Face' and the b-side of the UK 'Love on the Air' single. Metaphysics ("That which
comes after physics") is the branch of philosophy whose object is to determine the real, or true, nature of things, although the title itself refers to 'Physical' by Olivia Newton John, for whom
Gilmour was often mistaken. [Eh ? What ? - SF]
Gilmour: "I wrote out the chord structure and made a demo with a guitar line on it and I also recorded various melody lines that had come into my
head. Michael Kamen, in arranging, used some of my melody lines and some of the guitar lines and incorporated them into the string parts. We had a click track and the strings were recorded first. We
then did the guitar promptly afterwards.
"There's nothing like the sound of a real orchestra standing in the room. Having a whole orchestra playing something that you wrote and standing in that room when they play it is magic."
Let's Split (Barrett) : From 'Opel'.
Lie For A Lie (Mason, Fenn, Peyronel) : From 'Profiles', sung by Dave Gilmour and Maggie Reilly. Released as a single with an extended 12" mix.
Mason: "I think the single is a _real_ single, but there's a problem in getting radio play over here. Let's face it, Radio One is the only station
that counts, and they already have enough pressure on their playlists with *real* acts, like McCartney and Duran Duran, without odd spinoffs from aging dinosaurs!"
Living Alone (Barrett) : An unreleased song recorded in 1970. The tape is believed to be owned by Gilmour (as is 'Bob Dylan Blues').
Long Gone (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs'.
Love On The Air (Gilmour, Townshend) : From 'About Face', sung by Gilmour. It was also released as a single and played at the Deep End gigs.
Gilmour: "I asked (Pete) for help because I was running short of time and even shorter of inspiration... I was very pleasantly surprised when I got
the cassette back for 'Love On The Air'. I liked where he had put the line and how he had done the vocal. I had heard the vocal line in a completely different place and deliberately sent Pete a tape
with no melody on it. It was just a completed backing track with no lines on it at all and no ideas as to what I thought the lyrics should be. He didn't have any restrictions. Of course, in some
places, which I intended to be instrumental, he put words on. 'All Lovers Are Deranged' was the same situation, only I changed the placing of his melody and lyrics a bit."
Love Song (Barrett) : From 'Barrett'.
Love You (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs' and the Harvest retrospective, 'Art School Dancing: The Harvest Story Volume 1'.
Malcolm Jones: "Lack of adequate rehearsal gave the Softs' performances a rather ragged aspect, for which I must take responsibility... although I
must add that over the years the erratic quality of these tracks has been what has endeared them to Barrett fans. I can't help feeling, though, that the Soft Machine themselves were not very proud of
Mad Yannis Dance (Wright) : An instrumental from 'Wet Dream'.
Wright: "I think most people would have expected me to do a sort of keyboard extravaganza, maybe similar to what I did on 'Ummagumma'. I decided not
to do that because there was something in me that I wanted to get out. Certainly, in the future, I would like to experiment with keyboards on an album."
Maisie (Barrett) : From 'Barrett'. The title may have been inspired by either the series of 'Maisie' films from the 30s and 40s, or the 'Perishers'
Malta (Mason, Fenn) : An instrumental from 'Profiles'.
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
(An A-Z of Solo Tracks)
Mediterranean C (Wright) : An instrumental from 'Wet Dream'. The title, of course, is a dreadful pun on "Mediterranean Sea".
Me Or Him (Waters) : From Radio KAOS.
Waters: "Actually, 'Me Or Him' is rather a confused song, I confess; it's describing more Ben and Billy... Benny and Billy (laughs), sounds like the
flowerpot men. Benny represents the conscious self and the ego. He's really angry and getting pissed, smashing windows, teetering about on motorway footbridges... he's the blundering half of these
twins. Billy is the unconscious and within him lies the true feelings and within these feelings lies the power."
Mihalis (Gilmour) : Instrumental from 'David Gilmour'.
Gilmour: "'Mihalis' is the name of my boat... It's Greek for Michael. That's what it was called when I got it and, in Greece, they say it's bad luck
to change it..."
Milky Way (Barrett) : From 'Opel'.
Malcolm Jones: "He is pretty together there, isn't he?"
Molly's Song (Waters) : From the 'KAOS' project; sung live by Doreen Chanter. At one point mooted for inclusion on 'Amused To Death', it has so far only
appeared on the b-side of the 'Who Needs Information' US single (Details welcome - Eds).
5.11 AM (Moment of Clarity, The) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'.
Waters: "Certainly, it's partly about bad relationships with women - it's also about good relationships with women. That is the point of the whole
thing and how it finishes up is how I've finished up now: feeling good...but in the past I've had bad times. I mean, however good a relationship is, it's bound to feel bad some of the time, unless
you're very comfortably numb, or very numbly comfortable."
Mumbo Jumbo (Mason, Fenn) : An instrumental from 'Profiles' and the 'Lie For A Lie' 12" single.
Murder (Gilmour) : From 'About Face'. Performed at the Guitar Greats show in 1984.
Gilmour: "It's just a frustrated rage when people commit senseless acts like murder. Stealing someone else's life away makes me very angry. For
example, when John Lennon got killed, I got incredibly angry. I still feel it sometimes: the cunt! Why did he do that ?"
Near The End (Gilmour) : From 'About Face' and the b-side of the US 'Love on the Air' single.
Gilmour: "'Near The End' is about being near the end of anything you like, really; about life I suppose is what it is. Each of the verses has a sort
of double thing to it. The first verse is like talking to the person who's listening to the record; 'Will you just turn it over and start again?' means 'Will you just turn the record over and play it
again?'... "The second one is about a girlfriend... the end of a relationship, and the third one is about the end of your own life, really: 'What once burned so bright is growing dim' is your own
life spark, I suppose. "Everyone has a paranoia about getting old. No-one wants to die. A lot of people say that I'm wrong... but I never believe them.."
No Good Trying (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs'.
Malcolm Jones: "[This] was positively impossible! Syd had, before the session, taken copy tapes... which I presumed were to give to the musicians he
was booking to learn... I was wrong; he kept them!"
No Man's Land (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs'.
No Way (Gilmour) : From 'David Gilmour'. Yes way!
Octopus (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs' and released as a single (just before the album), in December '69. The song also appears on the 'Harvest
Sweeties' promo LP and an earlier version, entitled 'Clowns And Jugglers' [qv], appears on 'Opel'.
Old Faces (Gilmour, Roy Harper) : From Roy's 'The Unknown Soldier' LP. Guitar on the track, which is very reminiscent of 'More', could be Dave.
Opel (Barrett) : From 'Opel'.
Waters: "What was so stunning about Syd's songs was, through the whimsy and the crazy juxtaposition of ideas and words, there was a very powerful
grasp of humanity. They were quintessentially human songs and that it what I've always attempted to aspire to. In that sense, I feel a strong connection to him."
Our Song (Waters, Geesin) : From 'The Body', rendered by the authors.
Out Of The Blue (Gilmour) : From 'About Face'. Performed on the 'About Face' tour, the song also featured in Gilmour's set at the 1986 Columbian
Gilmour: "At some times I'm dealing with fairly depressing topics, but, at the same time, my idea is the music will be uplifting."
Peter Gunn (Henry Mancini) : Performed at soundchecks on Dave Gilmour's 'About Face' tour.
Pink's Song (Wright, Juliette Wright) : From 'Wet Dream', sung by Rick. The track is about neither Syd nor Floyd, but a tutor of Rick's children. [That's
why it's called "Pink's Song", eh? - SF] The lyrics are by Rick's wife Juliette who, as Juliette Gale, sang with Floyd forerunners the Abdabs/Sigma 6.
Playing Games (Gilmour, Roy Harper) : From Roy's 'The Unknown Soldier' LP. The track features slide guitar which may or may not be Mr. Gilmour's work.
Powers That Be (Waters) : From 'Radio KAOS', sung by the author and Paul Carrack.
Waters: "This generation of Reaganite teenagers who are rock'n'roll fans - what can you say? It upsets me that any young, or old, people feel like
that. That they can be conned into thinking the bombing of Tripoli is a good thing. You only have to look at it rationally for a minute-and-a-half to realise that it did nobody any good at all except
possibly Reagan. I feel huge anger at the perpetration of such a monstrous piece of terrorism purporting to be anti-terrorist. It's such doublethink. Real George Orwell."
Private Person (Wright, Harris) : From 'Identity', sung by Dave Harris.
Wright: "I'm not interested in electronics for (their own) sake; if you turn this knob you get this sound - why it happens I don't know."
Profiles 1-3 (Mason, Fenn) : Three instrumentals, on which the score for the 'Life Could Be A Dream' film was based, from 'Profiles'.
Mason: "I've certainly enjoyed working with Rick...I think it's useful and important to change the people you work with. You get so stuck in certain
patterns. You know: Roger will do this and Dave will do that and...well, you can go and make the tea, Nick!"
5.01 AM (Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, The) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'. Released as a single, it "died a horrible
death", although Waters did consider a remixed version to coincide with his second Hitch Hike around the US in 1985.
Waters: "Some of the ideas have come from my own dreams and also there are bits and pieces of other people's dreams. In fact, the third verse of the
album's title track talks about standing on the wing of an aeroplane, looking down at the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and Yoko Ono being there, and telling me to jump; that everybody's got
to die some time and the manly thing to do is to end it all now.
"That dream belongs to Andy Newmark, the drummer. He came in one day and over lunch in the pub he told me about this dream and I thought: 'That's a good dream, I'll try and fit that in
somewhere'. So I did."
Radio Waves (Waters) : The first single from 'Radio KAOS'. The edited, 7" version and an extended remix both appear on the 12" and CD singles.
The track also appears on the 'Radio KAOS' video EP, with 'Sunset Strip', 'Four Minutes' and 'The Tide Is Turning'. This version is slightly different to the promo video for the single.
Waters: "The lyrics are clearly ironic: 'AM, FM, weather and news, our leaders had a frank exchange of views'; but there was no irony intended in
Raise My Rent (Gilmour) : An instrumental from 'David Gilmour'.
Gilmour: "Favourite guitar solos? I like what I did on 'Raise My Rent'. That was sort of an excuse to go on a twelve-bar blues."
Rats (Barrett) : From 'Barrett'.
Jerry Shirley said: "'Rats' in particular was really odd. That was just a very crazed jam and Syd had this lyric that he just shouted over the
top..." Barrett: "I don't buy many records... there's so much around that you don't know what to listen to. All I've got at home is Bo Diddley, some Stones and Beatles stuff and old jazz
4.47 AM (Remains of Our Love, The) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'.
Waters: "(The album) was a tribute to Bob Dylan's 'Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands'. I thought having one song through a whole side of an album was
terrific. It goes on and on and on in a fairly quiet and boring way. I still like some of it a lot. It's very easy in rock'n'roll to get sucked into the idea that everything has got to be
Rhamadan (Barrett) : An unreleased song, recorded in 1968.
Malcolm Jones: "This was a long, boring track, lasting about eighteen minutes, which Syd (or at least, I have always presumed it was his playing)
had made... It featured several conga drum overdubs, with no apparent theme or direction."
Rhoda (Mason, Fenn) : An instrumental from 'Profiles'. Rick Fenn: "We both write the pieces, but I suppose, because I play the more melodic
instruments, I possibly come up with more thematically. Basically, we just toss it all around together."
Rooftop In A Thunderstorm Row Missing The Point (presumably by Barrett): A poem published in Sydzine Terrapin [issue 9 - SF] and an Italian book. The
existence of a track of the same name has been neither confirmed nor even rumoured.
Rooftop Song, The (Barrett) : An alternative title for the above.
4.33 AM (Running Shoes) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking' and the 12" of the 'Pros and Cons' single. Live on the 'Pros and Cons'
tour, the song included a third verse:
"Ooh babe, where have you been
Fragrant the feel and the flavour
of dark teenage skin
Like the river's been rushing the
I said when you go over
I wanna go back there again
Oh baby, sweet Fassbinder baby"
Russian Missile, The (Waters) : An instrumental from 'When The Wind Blows'.
Sea Shell and Soft Stone (Waters, Geesin) : From 'The Body'.
Geesin: "I was getting on well with Roger as a human... I asked him if he would like to join me. I dashed forth with me goods and Roger did four
songs. I actually did all the fill-in bits, funny spluttering noises, then classical cello and guitars; the strain nearly exploded my mind - maybe it did explode my mind, but we did it."
Sea Shell and Stone (Waters) : A pretty ditty from 'The Body'.
Seems We Were Dreaming (Wright, Harris) : From 'Identity', sung by Dave Harris.
4.41 AM (Sexual Revolution) (Waters) : From 'The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking'.
Waters: "One of the great paradoxes of the design of human beings is the disparity between the hopes and aspirations of men and women...presumably
based on the separate biological functions in terms of human survival: that man has been designed to go out and screw everything he can in order to populate the world and that we should multiply and
"It appears, from my limited experience, that, by and large, women are far more interested in providing a safe place within which to read children and, if possible, keep the hunter there, hunting
for them; which may all be very simplistic and I'm sure that I shall be attacked by all kinds of women and probably men too, all over the world, but... so what.
"Eating and sleeping and 'effing' are like 'it', really, at the fundamental level. All the other intellectual, sociological, anthropological, historical, der-der-der stuff is very Interesting!
and Exciting! and can be Elevating! and Challenging! and all those things. But compared with making love, it's small time."
Sh'boom (unknown) : From Nick Mason's 1984 'Life Could Be A Dream' film, which takes its title from the song's lyric. Originally a hit for the Crew Cuts
in 1954, this version - by Mason and Fenn - features 10cc's Eric Stewart on vocals.
She Was A Millionaire (Barrett) : Another unreleased version of a song Syd had first recorded with Pink Floyd (see TAP's A-Z, issue 50). This one is
believed to have been attempted during Syd's penultimate set of sessions in June 1970. However, neither this nor the Floyd's version has been released, officially or otherwise.
Barrett: "Piper at the Gates of Dawn? That was very difficult in some ways, getting used to the studios and everything. But it was fun; we freaked
about a lot. I was working very hard then; there's still lots of stuff lying around from then, even some of the stuff on Madcap."
She Took A Long Cold Look (Barrett) : From 'The Madcap Laughs'.
Gilmour: "I did those albums because I liked the songs; not, as I suppose some might think, because I felt guilty taking his place...I was concerned
that he wouldn't completely fall apart. The final remix of 'Madcap' was all mine as well."
Short And Sweet (Gilmour, Roy Harper) : From 'David Gilmour'. An earlier version appears on Roy's 'The Unknown Soldier'. A Gilmour-free version in on
Roy's 'Between Every Line' album, due on CD from Awareness this year. Roy Harper: "This is a celebration of life - the quality - on whatever level..."
Gilmour: "(Roy's) one of those people who never wants to compromise anything. He often takes things a lot further than I personally would, in the
way he performs, but I like it. I like and admire the way he does things: his courage, getting up there and doing it that way...his honesty and openness in the way he puts over his own life on stage.
I think he's very much more talented than a lot of people who've been more successful than he has; maybe because people are frightened of that sort of honesty he puts over. I think it scares a lot of
Siam (Bley) : From 'Fictitious Sports', sung by Robert Wyatt.
Mason: "(Siam) is sort of new wave 'King and I'."
So Far Away (Gilmour) : From 'David Gilmour'.
Gilmour: "That's a short moment in my life when I felt pretty desperate... I had doubts as to whether or not to put it on, to use it, because it
felt a little too close to me, too personal and that's a nervy thing to do. That's one of the things I find it hard to do. But I've worked with other people and they've played my their demo songs and
there's been one or two of these songs that have been like that - very close, personal - and I say, 'No, I can't do it'. We haven't done it and the whole album at the end has felt to me like they left
something out that they should have put in there. It's not anything for them to worry about and no-one else is going to think the worse of you for it.
"John Lennon's a great example of someone who DOES do it and Paul McCartney is a great example of someone who doesn't (laughs). Paul McCartney always seemed...frightened of exactly that, of
letting anything of his true self out, which is a shame because there probably is a true self in there somewhere."
Strange Rhythm (Wright, Harris) : From 'Identity', sung by Dave Harris.
Wright: "The great thing about the Fairlight is that every time you go back you learn something else. We had to get control over it though, because
it would have been very easy just to have ended up making funny noises. We spent several weeks sequencing and scripting everything, but it was all worth it in the end."
Summer Elegy (Wright) : An instrumental from 'Wet Dream'.
Wright: "There is a lot of stuff that I do reject, not for myself, but for the band... there are lots of things in the Pink Floyd's music that I
don't like - and I don't like them because there's four of us doing them. It's a compromise. Obviously, I do like a lot of the stuff we're doing or I wouldn't be in the band."
Sunset Strip (Waters) : From 'Radio KAOS'. Released as a single in Europe.
Waters: "I accidently tuned into FM radio station KMET. They had this bizarre spot called The Fish Report which was a strange, fanciful and very
surreal sports fishing report about the beaches in and around LA. It was complete gibberish from the beginning to end: real Monty Python. It made me realise my superior European overview of this
culture was quite wrong."
Swan Lee (Silas Lang) (Barrett) : From 'Opel'.
Peter Jenner: "I only did a couple of sessions (in 1968): it was reasonably together in a fairly wacky way - at least there were songs and
Terrapin (Barrett) : Originally from 'The Madcap Laughs', this reappeared on the Peel Sessions EP, of which Strange Fruit's
Clive Selwood said: "It was difficult to find Syd, but once I'd found his brother, who handles his business, that was fine... We also had to have
the approval - as we always do - of the other musicians involved. We had to track down Jerry Shirley, who was then working with the new version of Badfinger in the States, and also ask Dave Gilmour. I
understand that Syd himself is alive and quite well, has a happy life, spends a lot of time working in the garden and has a decent income from his songwriting royalties. So he's probably got a better
life than any of us!"
Of the five songs that Syd performed on the session, only 'Terrapin' came from the album that he was presumably supposed to be promoting. The LP version is also on 'Picnic' and the BBC version
reappeared on the compilations 'Before the Fall' (UK) and 'Best of Peel Sessions Par Bernard Lenoir' (France).
There's No Way Out Of Here (Baker) : From (and sung by) 'David Gilmour'.
Gilmour: "It's hard to get a handle on what the instrument really is" at the start, "Good. That was the intention (laughs). It's a fuzz-
tone-distorted guitar double- tracked with a harmonica." An edited version was released as a single, with no commercial success.
"Ken Baker is in a group called Unicorn that I produced a couple albums for...It was a track on one of their albums ['Too Many Crooks'] that I found suited my mood when I was making my album; we
tried it out and it worked well."
Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid), The (Waters) : From 'Radio KAOS', sung by the author and the Ponterdulais Male Voice Choir. Also on 'The Wall Live in
Berlin', sung by all and sundry. Both versions were released as singles, the former with more success than the latter.
Gilmour: "I listened to one side of it (KAOS), the first side, then I heard 'The Tide Is Turning', which I liked, on the radio. I haven't listened
to the other side.
"It's not really to my taste, most of it. It's all done with machines, too disco-ey for me. But I'm obviously biased. You shouldn't really as me about it."
Waters: "Between Ian Ritchie and myself, we really fucked that record up. We tried too hard to make it sound modern. Also the part where Billy
pretends that he's just started the third world war I now find faintly embarrassing, and I dislike the backing vocals on 'The Tide Is Turning'."
Towers Of Faith (Waters) : From 'When The Wind Blows', sung by the author and Clare Torry.
Waters: "(Clare is) just... magical."
True Story (Nick Laird-Clowes, Gilmour) : From The Dream Academy's 'A Different Kind Of Weather' album, featuring Dave on vocals, guitar and bass synth
(see review, TAP 48). Renamed 'Angel of Mercy', the song was released as a single in August 1991, and reviewed by 808 State's Martin Price: "As soon as that came on I thought it sounded like Pink
Floyd and sure enough Dave Gilmour has produced it". The six-minutes '12/8' mix of the single adds only a backwards-tape intro and drum machine solo.
Two Of A Kind (disputed credit) : From the Peel Sessions EP, officially credited to Syd Barrett but more likely to be the work of Rick Wright (see
Q&A, TAP 50).
Until We Sleep (Gilmour) : From 'About Face'.
Gilmour: "On the demos for the album, I played fretless bass myself on all the songs because I like the sound and I can play it enough to do
demos... There is a Fairlight synthesizer doing the bass part on 'Until We Sleep' but other than that, it's all fretless."
Untitled (Barrett) : Probably an alternative title for 'Let's Split' [qv], recorded in 1970.
Voices (Wright, Harris) : From 'Identity', sung by Dave Harris.
Wright: "Obviously, we hope to be successful, sell a few records and go on the road..."
Waiting For The Drummer (uncredited) : A one-off, light-hearted jam on the KAOS tour.
Waves (Wright) : An instrumental from 'Wet Dream'.
Wright: "I wanted to feature saxophone on this album because I played the saxophone myself for a bit, but not successfully. The music I first
listened to that made me decide that I wanted to be a musician was back in the days of Coltrane, Miles Davis and Eric Dolphy. If you like, they are my heroes, funnily enough, and not keyboard players.
"I liked the sound of the sax that the Floyd had, so obviously I tried to get that kind of sound. I originally wrote 'Waves' for the saxophone, and he (Mel Collins) played it so well that I
brought him onto another couple of tracks."
Waving My Arms In The Air / I Never Lied To You (Barrett) : From 'Barrett'.
Barrett: "I have lots of undeveloped things lying around. I'm still basically like I've always been - sitting around with an acoustic getting it
done. I never get worried about my writing."
Wervin' (Bley) : From 'Fictitious Sports', sung by Robert Wyatt.
Mason: "I don't feel that I'd like Pink Floyd to suddenly adopt a rather jazzy style - it's just something I'd like to investigate with some other
What's The New Mary Jane (Lennon) : A cacophonous Beatles outtake reputed (by entrepreneurial bootleggers) to feature Barrett. There is absolutely no
evidence to suggest that this is so (see the Beatles special, TAP 49).
White City (Townshend, Gilmour) : The title track of Pete Townshend's 1985 video and album. The music developed from Gilmour's contribution to Roy
Harper's 'Hope' [qv].
Who Needs Information (Waters) : From 'Radio KAOS'; also released as a single in the US.
Waters: "That's about the tabloid press and how they have ceased to be about the dissemination of news information; particularly the Murdoch press
in England - newspapers like The Sun and The Mirror. All you get is gossip, tits and ass."
Wined And Dined (Barrett) : From 'Barrett' and 'Opel'.
Gilmour: "He would never do those songs twice the same, ever. He'd change the chords and his way of singing them and everything... extraordinary.
But it would take forever with him, because he just wouldn't do it the same twice, so he kept getting it wrong. So you'd be lifting vocal lines off and moving them to a different place on the tape and
stuff. Just the method of working was so difficult... and I don't think he had as many good songs as we had for 'The Madcap Laughs'."
Wolfpack (Barrett) : Reputedly Syd's favourite track from 'Barrett'.
Barrett: "(The songs) have got to reach a certain standard and that's probably reached in 'Madcap' once or twice and on the other one only a little
- just an echo of that. Neither of them are much more than that."
Womb Bit, The (Waters, Geesin) : An instrumental from 'The Body'.
Word Song (Barrett) : From 'Opel'. Also known as 'Untitled Words' or simply 'Words'.
Barrett: "It would be terrific to do much more mood stuff. They're very pure, the words... I feel I'm jabbering."
Wouldn't You Miss Me (Barrett) : An alternative version of 'Dark Globe' [qv], from 'Opel'. A US promo 12" features this song on both sides.
Waters: "If our hobby is to be interested in... whether Syd did this or did that, or what colour shoes he wore on March 18th 1967 or whatever, who
am I to say that's obsessive? Some people collect stamps! It's better than watching Ninja Turtles on TV, in my view. Being a Syd Barrett fan seems to me to be a perfectly legitimate and reasonable way
of spending your spare time.
"He was a very interesting man. He wrote some fantastic songs. There's a body of work; unfortunately it is complete. There won't be any more, I don't think. He was a visionary, he was an
extraordinary musician, he started Pink Floyd...well, Syd and I started the band together but if he hadn't been there, nothing would have happened. I'd be working for an architect...I might be my own
boss by now - I probably would - but I would not be doing the work that I'm doing, I don't think. He was the key that unlocked the door to rock'n'roll for me."
You (The Game part II) (Gilmour, Roy Harper) : From Roy's 'The Unknown Soldier' LP, with Dave on guitar and Kate Bush on vocals. The track is a sequel to
the Gilmour-starred 'The Game (parts 1- 5)' on Roy's 'HQ' album.
You Know I'm Right (Gilmour) : From 'About Face'. Performed on the 'About Face' tour, the song was revived for Gilmour's cameos at the Columbian
Earthquake gig in 1986 and the Guitar Greats concert in 1984.
Gilmour: "When I'd been in doing the original sessions, I had the musicians booked for two weeks and we'd run out of stuff to do after eight or nine
days 'cause we'd cut it quicker than I thought we would. You have to pay them for the time and I didn't want to let them go away and keep all that money without me having had them work.
"I was trying desperately to think of new tracks and things to do, so I was running through this cassette and I picked out two bits. It was the first bit and the sort of third bit, and I quickly
wrote another little bit to put in the middle. This is in the morning at the studio before the others got there. When they came in, I said, 'I've got another track to do', and that was literally
written, put together, as a track.
"I never demoed that one, which was one thing that was nice about it. The feel of it is very nice, 'cause they weren't trying to copy or emulate a thing that they'd already heard me do."
Zip Code (Mason, Fenn) : An instrumental from 'Profiles'.
Mason: "If you think I'm going to get Phil Collins in just so I can ponce about the front of the stage with a tambourine, you're very much
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
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Another Brick in the Wall 2 (Waters) : Reissued on CD in Columbia's Hall of Fame series in 1988, coupled with, as on the '79 single, One Of My Turns.
Appears on a Mexican 7" EP (with The Happiest Days..., Stop, The Trial and Outside The Wall) and Columbia double promo LP Hitline '80!
Another Brick in the Wall 3 (Waters) :
Waters: "That's the moment of catharsis. (Gleefully) Isn't that where we break the TV sets?"
The Ballad Of Bill Hubbard (Waters) :
Jeff Beck: "I didn't know what the hell the album was about. He did explain it to me, but I wasn't really listening. Anyway, they flew the tapes in
and Roger had said to Pat, 'Hit Jeff with some chords that sound a bit ethereal.' Well, we just blazed away for about fifteen minutes, had a cup of coffee and went home. Forgot all about it. Next
thing, it wound up as the lead track.."
Brain Damage (Waters) : An early studio version (circa June 1972) appears on the 'From The Other Side' bootleg CD.
Waters: "The grass mentioned in Brain Damage is the lawn behind King's College Chapel (Cambridge). We did a May Ball there...Went down quite well,
everyone was so pissed."
Bring The Boys Back Home (Waters) : Movie version reappears on Four Temas De Film: a 7" EP from CBS Brazil.
Waters: "This piece... developed a whole new life in Berlin. That was pretty moving stuff, when there was this big Russian marching band on stage
and the big choir and the orchestra all sawing away behind the wall and these huge projected images of people of different nationalities, in different wars over the years...
"Yeah, Bring The Boys Back Home. Not a bad idea. Still not a bad idea. What are they doing out there? If we didn't all sell Saddam Hussein arms, he couldn't invade Kuwait anyway. What's he going
to do it with? Scimitars and camels?"
Comfortably Numb (Gilmour, Waters) :
Gilmour: "We argued over Comfortably Numb like mad. Really had a big fight; went on for ages. We recorded two versions..
"These things that seemed so important at the time, I can hardly remember why one thought they were (laughs). I doubt if I could even tell the difference these days. They were exactly the same
tempo; one was just a little looser - I'd call it a sloppier version myself and I liked it slightly tighter..."
Waters: "...So when Ezrin and I went off to do vocal parts, Dave spent a week recording the track...It came over on the 24-track tape and Ezrin and
I were both really expecting it to be great...and we put it on and looked at each other and (yawns)...because it was just awful - it was stilted and stiff and it lost all the passion and life the
"That became a real fight. It's most interesting that Ezrin completely agreed with me. But Dave obviously felt very, very strongly about it, and we ended up using the intro from the old one, the
first few bars from the new one. That's all we could do without somebody 'winning' and somebody 'losing'... of course, who lost, if you like, was the band, because it was clear...we didn't feel the
same way about music."
Gilmour: "While we were making The Wall, it seemed inevitable to me that he would leave. I said to myself, 'There is really little chance that we
will stay together'."
Ezrin: "I fought for the introduction of the orchestra on The Wall: the expansion of the Floyd's sound to something that was more... filmic' is the
word. This became a big issue on Comfortably Numb, which Dave saw as a more bare-bones track, with just bass, drums and guitar. Roger sided with me. So [the song] is a true collaboration: David's
music, Roger's lyric and my orchestral chart."
Gilmour: "Roger and I had a real shouting match at this Italian restaurant in North Hollywood. We'd gone there with Bob Ezrin to have it out over
something...probably Comfortably Numb, because the only thing I'd really argue with Roger over was my own music; with his music, I wouldn't bother to argue."
A 2 1/2 minute extract of Gilmour's demo for the track, from the 'David Gilmour' sessions, was played during his Radio One appearance on 28/7/92.
Gilmour: "This was just something I wrote and plonked down on a high-strung guitar one afternoon...
"The only thing that changed was that the verses I put it...weren't quite long enough to take the phrase 'I have become comfortably numb' and Roger said, Listen, I want to put one more phrase in.
Can we lengthen the verse by these few bars?"
In 'Scarfe on Scarfe', the cartoonist says:
"As a child, I [had] the most horrific nightmares...one recurring dream [was that] my hands seemed to grow larger and larger, like giant balloons." Waters, who knew Scarfe before The Wall,
may have used this as inspiration for the first chorus.
Waters: "I was in Philadelphia; I had terrible stomach pains...I can't remember exactly when it was, but this idiot said, Oh, I can deal with that,
and gave me an injection of some kind. God knows what it was, but I went (sound of hitting floor).
"That's not really what it's about, though. The song is actually about the kind of living death condition that a lot of people find themselves in when life seems unreal to them and they can't
work out why.
"I remember having a fever when I was a child and characterising the recurrent feeling of numbness...it's not numbness exactly. The thing about that delirium is that you can't put your finger on
it...you cannot describe the feeling using words. It's a feeling that I think you get when you're going crazy, probably: that everything suddenly is wrong.
"'My hands felt like two balloons': that doesn't adequately describe the feeling of everything being too big or too small or too...something. Everything is wrong...
"For Syd, it must have felt very like that...Apart from the tangible, explainable manifestations of schizophrenia, like hearing voices and all that stuff...there's the discomfort of everything
not being right. It must be almost beyond bearing..."
Ezrin: "When it came time to do the scenes like kicking the door down to get Pink out of his hotel room, we literally kicked the door in at one of
the studios. We said: 'Is it OK? May we kick your door in? We'll replace it.' They said 'Sure, fine', so we kicked the door in."
Corporal Clegg (Waters) : The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film (Plexus, 1983) claims that Captain Clegg, from Hammer's 1962 film 'Night Creatures', aka
'Captain Clegg', inspired this track. Dogs (Waters, Gilmour) :
Gilmour: "I did one or two very nice, slightly different, guitar solos on it that I was quite pleased with... Three-part, in some cases; it's
two-part in the melody sections, but the last line of the first solo, I believe, is a three-part descending augmented chord. Which is quite nice and I was very proud of it; I thought it was very
clever. Then Roger went and wiped it out, but mistake, and I had to re-create it."
Don't Leave Me Now (Waters) :
Waters: "This isn't a confessional! I'm not going through kinda 'Ladies of the Canyon' (Joni Mitchell - Eds) mode... I pick and choose from my
experience...and if the songs are unnerving or moving or whatever, great... I've done my job properly.
"However, I have been left, right; that bit I absolutely own up to. So the anguish in Don't Leave Me Now is mine."
Gilmour: "My view of [The Wall] is more jaundiced today than it was then. It appears now to be a catalogue of people Roger blames for his own
failings in life; a list of 'you fucked me up this way, you fucked me up that way'."
Ecclesiastes (Wright) : Great Gig retitled on live '72 War In The Head bootleg.
Fallen Angel (Waters) : The prototype for What God Wants (see TAP 58).
Fearless (Waters, Gilmour) :
Waters: "What's interesting about it, for me, is that it's interesting musically: (hums riff). Funnily enough, that was a tuning that Syd showed me.
It's a really beautiful open G tuning, for anybody who wants to tune their guitar: G-G-D-G-B-B."
Flaming (Barrett) : Warbling this on French TV's 'Tous en Scene' (November 26, '68; repeated March '91), DG switched lines from the second and third
verses, then changed the final lines from "Yippie, you can't see me, but I can see you" to "Hey-ho, here we go, ever so high". Also performed by "Les Pink Floyds" (sic)
for this show were Let There Be More Light and Point Me At The Sky.
Flight From Reality(Waters) : In late '75, Waters told Rock & Folk, "I'm working on another piece, Flight From Reality, which is very
strange." It is not referred to anywhere else.
Golden Hair (Barrett, James Joyce) : Our entry for this in TAP 56 gave the impression that an instrumental take appears on the Octopus single, when it in
fact appears on the Opel album.
Have A Cigar (Waters) : Appears on the Columbia double promo LP The Heavyweights.
Hey You (Waters) : "To say this was not played 'live' (TAP 55) is ludicrous. Aside from the differences in performances, there is the rehearsal tape
(see TAP 38) where it's obviously live." (Stuart Petty)
Waters: "Suddenly there's all this music and you can see lights going on behind it, but you can't see what's happening. That's what was good about
it, in the show."
Gilmour: "Did I play the fretless bass on Hey You? Yeah. Roger playing fretless bass? Please!"
Home (Waters) :
Waters: "I should never have made [Radio KAOS]. I love some of the songs; Home is one of the best things I've ever written. The Powers That Be is
great. And it comes out icky-prissy, because it's sequenced. I remember the producer saying one day, 'Oh no - that sounds old-fashioned,' and alarm bells went off in my head."
Mason: "I actually thought Radio KAOS had some great tracks on it and was a good record."
I Can Tell (Bo Diddley) : This is one of Bo's songs used by many 'beat groups', not just Floyd. Road Runner, another from their '60s repertoire, is also
a Diddley ditty.
Mason: "We probably realised there wasn't any future in recycling R&B."
Gilmour: "You mean you realised you were never going to be any good at playing it. They used to do a lot of Bo Diddley covers; it was great
Mason: "We wanted to become famous Bo Diddley players. It was a gradual transition, over many years, from the time when we began playing
improvisation like Interstellar Overdrive, which were basically free-form Rhythm and Blues, which we thought was intellectually OK."
Wright: "I guess we had all the usual influences. The music I was into at the time was Miles Davis."
In The Flesh (Waters) :
Gilmour: "We had a Hammond organ player, Freddie Mandell, on In The Flesh. Don't ask me why..."
Interstellar Overdrive (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) : The plethora of available renditions has defeated our planned guide to the adventures of
Interstellar Overdrive. 'Floyds of London' (TAP 46) describes the version used for Piper and 'Tonight Let's All Make Love In London'.
Gilmour: "I've never seen that film. It was before my time, in '67. Ask Nick about that, he would know..."
Mason: "I don't know; I can't remember."
Gilmour: "Wasn't it a live version of Interstellar Overdrive?"
Mason: "No, that was 'San Francisco'."
We concur that the Interstellar on the 'San Francisco' film was indeed a 1968 version, and not, as has been reported, the first recorded version. The one
found on a French EP sounds like an edit from the mono Piper mix. This still leaves the version used for the CBC radio interview, repeated as part of Capital's The Pink Floyd Story; another puzzler
which we entrust to future Floyd watchers.
Is There Anybody Out There? (Waters) :
Gilmour: "There's a guy playing the Spanish guitar on Is There Anybody Out There?. I could play it with a leather pick but couldn't play it properly
It's A Miracle (Waters) :
Waters: "We based it on the rhythm from the middle of Late Home Tonight, where there's Graham Broad playing lots and lots of drums with me shouting
in the background, pretending to be a mad Arab leader."
"We did a very uptempo version, and (Mr Chili Pepper) Flea played a great bass line, but it wasn't right. Then Pat started playing it on the piano in half- time, and I started singing it in the
tempo it now exists in. I put the cassette in the car and got that buzz; I was blown away."
"I played it six times on the way back to the house and then sat outside and played it three times more just because I adored it. And two days later I got Jeff Porcaro in and he played those
drums, which were amazing. And that was that."
Just Before You Disappear (Barrett) : Bootleg title for Octopus, from Syd's June '70 Olympia gig.
Late Home Tonight (Waters) :
Waters: "The pilot - it seems to me - is a victim as much as the woman...Well, not so much (but) the pilot loses his personality. It's as if he's
suborned by the arms industry and the politicians... who turn them into heroes and make them fight in an unjust fight. It's because of the seductive, almost erotic character of their hardware."
Learning To Fly (Jon Carin) : Appears on a CBS, 7" EP from Bolivia, with On The Turning Away, One Slip and Sorrow. A 90- second extract from Jon
Carin's instrumental demo for the song - eventually credited to Gilmour/Ezrin/Moore/ Carin - was aired during Dave's Radio One appearance on 28/7/92.
Gilmour: "This was right after Live Aid, to be exact...I got Jon round to my home studio...to do some stuff with me. I had to go down to the station
to pick someone up. When I got back, he'd done this so we pinched a bit of it. Simple."
Let There Be More Light (Waters) : Amnesia strikes 'Tous en Scene' again as DG mangles lyrics and moves his solo from the Song's end to before the final
Ian Anderson: "We [Jethro Tull] played the first Hyde Park concert in 1968. Pink Floyd, minus their lights of course, were top of the bill...
"We'd actually played support to the Floyd a year or so earlier when Syd Barrett was in the band. They were genuinely amazing. It wasn't their songs as much as the way they broke down all musical
and presentational barriers. I never did any drugs, so I wasn't particularly interested in the psychedelic aspect of what they were doing. But the way they seemed to mix rock and folk and Eastern
influences was fascinating. Very eclectic. It prompted me to pick up an instrument again."
Like A Rolling Stone (Dylan) : A 100-second extract only from this home demo was played during his Radio One appearance on 28/7/92.
Gilmour: "The sort of thing you get up to late at night in your own recording studio...I bought, for one of my kids, one of those little Casio
calculator things...They've got a little music set-up, and one of the rhythms on it, if you slowed it right down...turns into that sort of reggae rhythm. You just press a button and hold down one
"I stuck it down on a tape machine and sang on it. I think I added a little bit of organ and maybe reinforced the bass a little bit. That's all it is. There's nothing else on it - it's just for a
"Peter Barnes, our music publisher, did suggest to me that I should put it out as a single under another name for fun, but..."
On the Radio 1 show, DG cited Dylan's To Ramona (from 'Another Side of Bob Dylan') as his favourite love song.
Molly's Song (Waters) : The US 7" on which this appears (with introductory dialogue from Jim Ladd and Billy) in on Columbia, #38-07617, in a generic
Money (Waters) : Appears on 'Quadrafile', a limited edition (5000) double LP produced for the quadraphonically-inclined Hi-Fi News & Record Review
readers, in 1976.
A 100-second extract of Waters' demo was played during Gilmour's Radio One appearance on 28/7/92.
Gilmour: "It's Roger playing a double tracked acoustic guitar and singing Money over the top...
"We created a 4/4 progression for the guitar solo and made the poor sax player play in 7/4. It was my idea to... become dry and empty for the second chorus of the solo. I really wanted to make a
dramatic statement with each of the three solos."
Mother (Waters) :
Gilmour: "The timing follows: Mo-ther-do-you-think-they'll-drop- the-bomb? How many beats is that? Nine. It was very, very difficult to get it to
work... You've got to find a way of floating through it, which (drummer) Jeff Porcaro did immediately."
Waters: "There was a keyboardist and Lee Ritenour and Jeff. His father Joe played the military snare in Bring The Boys Back Home."
On The Run (Gilmour, Waters) :
Waters: "That was just a Synthier and then you turned it up and it went from going ch-ch ts-ts to du-du-du-de-de-le. 'Hey! That sounds good - record
it!' It's a bit like those young groups now, who I have no interest in at all... that get a Roland 808 out of the box, plug it in and it goes bum-petek, bum-bum petek...'Oh wow! We're a band!' Then
they talk over it and it's called music..."
Alan Parsons: "One of my contributions was to add the footsteps to On The Run. There were no band members present - it was just me with my assistant
engineer, Peter James. Poor Peter [ran] back and forth while I recorded him. I remember instructing him to do things like 'breathe harder' (laughs)."
One Of My Turns (Waters) :
Gilmour: "I got a rhythm player in on One Of My Turns because I couldn't think of a good part to play. Lee Ritenour played that part on the last
half of that."
The groupie sequence was originally performed by Roger. It was re-recorded by a girl Bob Ezrin "found" in LA.
One Of These Days (Pink Floyd) :
Gilmour: "For some reason, we decided to do a double track of the bass. You can actually hear it if you listen in stereo. The first bass is me. A
bar later, Roger joins in on the other side of the stereo picture. We didn't have a spare set of strings for the spare bass guitar, so the second bass is very dull-sounding (laughs). We sent a roadie
out to buy some strings, but he wandered off to see his girlfriend instead."
One Slip (Gilmour, Manzanera) :
Phil Manzanera: "I know Roger, not as well as I know Dave, but I've always got on well with him. To be honest, though, after recording with Dave, I
don't think Roger would want to work with me! I think he gets a lot of criticism from people who don't really listen to his music.
"When I first arrived in the UK, I went to see Dave, who had just joined Floyd, and asked if he could give me some advice on how to get into a band...They were mixing Dark Side of the Moon at the
same time as we were recording Roxy Music's first album in their studio."
Perfect Sense 1 (Waters) :
Waters: "PP Arnold was recommended to me by one of the other singers. I remembered her from some musicals she had done and I told her: Why don't you
come and do a session with me? She was supposed to do the backing, but I suggested she should do the lead on this part of the song. She agreed, and did it beautifully."
Piggy Got Stoned (uncredited) : A "really messy, guitar-focused, instrumental" of dubious authenticity found on a bootleg tape, 'Pink Floyd:
Early Freakout Demos'. (Andrew Pask)
Waters: "We don't want people to be stoned out of their minds all the time when they go to hear us. We'd like to induce an experience without drugs.
Anyone is free to have that kind of experience."
Pink Jungle, The (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) : Alternative title for Pow R Toc H, as played in The Journey, may have been inspired by 1968
adventure- comedy of the same name, starring James Garner.
5.01 AM (The Pros And Cons Of Hitch-Hiking) (Waters) : The UK 12" / US promo 12" versions are longer (5:25) than the LP cut (4:38) and have an
alternative, laid-back, country-ish guitar solo after "all men must die". Other unique features include a sax solo and a later fade.
Rats (Barrett) : Ex-Mr Chili Pepper, John Frusciante: "...unless you've heard Rats I can't really explain what it's about. It's mainly acoustic,
this riff, but when he comes in with the vocal...It's wild. Real fugitive sound, ya know?"
The Riot Sequence (Wright) : Alternative title for Us and Them's prototype, The Violent Sequence [qv].
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Waters) :
Waters: "I managed to get hold of a book of Chinese poetry from the late T'ang period - and I just ripped it off. Except for the title: I've no idea
where it came from. It came from... within me."
"I'm glad it did, because I got a letter many years ago from a woman whose child had died of cancer. This kid...had listened to this song a lot, towards the end, and it had, in some strange way,
really comforted her...I find that, obviously, very touching. I don't know where it came from, and so her connection with it is probably as strong as mine was..."
Karl Dallas has identified the title as a quote from William S. Burroughs.
Sheep (Waters) : The 23rd Psalm was originally read by Nick Mason, but the recorded version is by Floyd roadies. Live '77, this borrowed the bass line
and 'Dr Who' keyboard improvisation from One of These Days.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond(Waters, Gilmour, Wright) :
Waters: "'Steel breeze'? Well, Syd was seriously cut up by the winds that were wafting in through those early days of rock'n'roll. That's all. He
was carved by it."
Smiles For Miles (Waters) : A song recorded for, but rejected from, Amused To Death.
Sorrow (Gilmour) :
Bob Ezrin: "We hired a 24-track truck and a huge P.A. and brought them inside the LA Sports Arena... We piped Dave's guitar tracks out into the
arena and re-recorded them in 3D. So the tracks that originally came from a teeny little Gallien Krueger and teeny little Fender... sound like the Guitar From Hell."
Speak To Me (Mason) :
Waters: "God, I resent giving that to him [Nick] now. 'Cause he had nothing to do with it... it was like a gift. It was alright at the time."
Time (Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour) : Early studio version, on 'From The Other Side', described thus: 'No solo lead guitar after "starting
gun" [or] Breathe reprise".
The Trial (Waters, Ezrin) : During the judge's bit, Rog yells 'Go on judge, sit on it!'. (Stuart Petty)
Waters: "Christ! What a brilliant idea [The Wall] was. It hangs together so well...The Trial scene still grabs me."
Ezrin: "One of the great things about working with Pink Floyd is the excessive nature of the individuals involved...So when we moved to France, we
didn't get hotel rooms: we bought a town (laughs)...We didn't, *they* did. Each one of them went out and got these huge manors in the country and they all had the fastest cars. There were Ferraris
flying all over the place and fabulous, beautiful people dropping in at all times. So it was really quite something; it was real, jet-set living."
Us And Them (Waters, Wright) :
Gilmour: "We wanted to put it on Zabriskie Point, on the sequence where they're having the riots and the police beating heads on UCLA campus; the
counterpoint between that slow, rather beautiful music and this violence going on was great. We thought that really, really worked."
"We couldn't understand it when Antonioni said: 'Ees not quiiite riiight for thees beet'."
"...So [the music] had been around for three years. That was when three years was three years (laughs). They seem to whiz by so fast these days." Early studio version, on 'From The Other
Side', is described thus: "Sax solo at the beginning has a different ending...no echo on the voice...sax continues under the voice into the second verse... On the record the sax is the same take
just mixed in and out."
Alan Parsons: "It was literally a fight to get the delay effect on Us And Them. We spent a tremendous amount of time hooking up Dolby units and
realigning machines at the wrong speed to accomplish that effect. Us And Them was all done with tape delays, because digital delays didn't exist then. All these things took hours to set up."
The song is quoted in Bret Easton Ellis' novel 'The Rules of Attraction', with appropriate credits.
Watching TV (Waters) :
Waters: "I had been watching the pictured taken from [Tiananmen] Square, in the days leading up to the massacre, and I was struck by how articulate
they were - at least, the ones who spoke English."
"It was interesting to see... the flowering of the new individual freedom within the repressive nature of the Communist regime. So when they murdered them, it was a cruel blow and I wept. I was
" I went to the studio, picked up the guitar and I wrote the song...I described this one, specific girl because what was important about our connection with the event (was that) TV enabled us to
relate to the individual. If you read it in a paper, you see a certain number of students were killed. But because you've seen their faces, spectacles and the girls who are pretty..."
"That way I described it in kind of sexual terms in the song, it forced a personal connection between us watching TV and her dying in the Square." The "Welcome to the jukebox
jamboree" soundbite is taken from John Waters' film, Cry Baby.
Welcome To The Machine (Waters) :
Waters: "What's more interesting about it, rather than its content, is the use of the VCS3 which was one of the original synthesizers - and that
with the tape delay on it. All those machine-like noises in the background were generated by this particular synthesizer, one of which I still have, I'm happy to say... and I use it to this day,
because it's an analog machine that makes sounds that non of the new, digital synthesizers will make, because it's so technically simple. I thought that was great. I love that rhythmic effect. It was
kinda breaking new ground, musically."
"The song? Oh, it's all that stuff about buying guitars and punishing your ma and all that stuff, yeah ? Well, there you go. It's kind of self- explanatory. We don't have to talk about those
What God Wants (Waters) :
Waters: "It's the same bass line as Another Brick... listen to it." Beck: "Roger had been chasing me for several months... but then he
caught me on a good day when I was around town and he said, 'Look, you don't have any obligation - I'll rent a studio for you for two hours...you can go along and listen, with just an engineer to play
you the tapes.'"
"I heard What God Wants and I loved it, so I made the commitment...I enjoyed it, I really did...Roger's a good musical director."
"But when he put me on, the thing was nowhere near completed or in any shape where you could say 'Ah, I know exactly what's needed.' He would play me only pieces where he wanted guitar. I think
he tried to prevent me from getting too blown away by the majesty of the whole album, y'know ?"
Wish You Were Here (Waters) :
Waters: "It's the only song I co-wrote with David that I do; no other song that I do when I'm doing gigs was co-written But I love that song so
much; not least his riff..."
"It still brings tears to my eyes...It's so important everyday in my life and, in my view, in everybody's life - because we fail to make the connections that we ought to." The intro's
orchestral tidbit is from Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. As for the dialogue, who knows ?"