The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Release date: August 5th, 1967

Total Playing Time: 41'58

 

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Tracks:

Astronomy Domine (Barrett) [04:08] Vocals by Barret and Wright.

Lucifer Sam (Barrett) [03:03] Vocals by Barrett.

Matilda Mother (Barrett) [03:05] Vocals by Wright and Barrett (last verse).

Flaming (Barrett) [02:42] Vocals by Barrett.

Pow R. Toc H. (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) [04:22] Vocals by Barrett and Waters.

Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk (Waters) [03:03] Vocals by Waters.

Interstellar Overdrive (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason) [09:41] Instrumental.

The Gnome (Barrett) [02:11] Vocals by Barrett.

Chapter 24 (Barrett) [03:38] Vocals by Barrett.

The Scarecrow (Barrett) [02:07] Vocals by Barrett.

Bike (Barrett) [03:22] Vocals by Barrett.

 

Musicians:

Syd Barrett: Guitar, Vocals

Nick Mason: Drums

Roger Waters: Bass Guitar, Vocals

Rick Wright: Keyboards, Vocals

 

Astronomy Domine (Barrett)

Lime and limpid green, a second scene

A fight between the blue you once knew.

Floating down, the sound resounds

Around the icy waters underground.

Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda and Titania.

Neptune, Titan, Stars can frighten.

Lime and limpid green, a second scene

A fight between the blue you once knew.

Floating down, the sound resounds

Around the icy waters underground.

Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda and Titania.

Neptune, Titan, Stars can frighten.

 

Blinding signs flap,

Flicker, flicker, flicker blam. Pow, pow.

Stairway scare Dan dare who's there?

Lime and limpid green, the sounds around

The icy waters under

Lime and limpid green, the sounds around

The icy waters underground.

 

 

Lucifer Sam (Barrett)

Lucifer Sam, siam cat.

Always sitting by your side

Always by your side.

That cat's something I can't explain.

 

Ginger, ginger you're a witch.

You're the left side

He's the right side.

Oh, no!

That cat's something I can't explain.

 

Lucifer go to sea.

Be a hip cat, be a ship's cat.

Somewhere, anywhere.

That cat's something I can't explain.

 

At night prowling sifting sand.

Hiding around on the ground.

He'll be found when you're around.

That cat's something I can't explain.

 

 

Matilda Mother (Barrett)

There was a king who ruled the land.

His majesty was in command.

With silver eyes the scarlet eagle

Showers silver on the people.

Oh Mother, tell me more.

 

Why'd'ya have to leave me there

Hanging in my infant air

Waiting?

You only have to read the lines

They're scribbly black and everything shines.

 

Across the stream with wooden shoes

With bells to tell the king the news

A thousand misty riders climb up

Higher once upon a time.

 

Wandering and dreaming

The words have different meaning.

Yes they did.

 

For all the time spent in that room

The doll's house, darkness, old perfume

And fairy sories held me high on

Clouds of sunlight floating by.

Oh Mother, tell me more

Tell me more.

Aaaaaaaah

Aaaaaaaah

Aaaaaaaah

 

 

Pow R. Toc H (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason)

(Instrumental)

 

 

Flaming (Barrett)

Alone in the clouds all blue

Lying on an eiderdown.

Yippee! You can't see me

But I can you.

 

Lazing in the foggy dew

Sitting on a unicorn.

No fair, you can't hear me

But I can you.

 

Watching buttercups cup the light

Sleeping on a dandelion.

Too much, I won't touch you

But then I might.

 

Screaming through the starlit sky

Travelling by telephone.

Hey ho, here we go

Ever so high.

 

Alone in the clouds all blue

Lying on an eiderdown.

Yippee! You can't see me

But I can you.

 

 

Take Up Thy Stethescope and Walk (Waters)

Doctor doctor!

I'm in bed

Achin' head

Gold is lead

Choke on bread

Underfed

Gold is lead

Jesus bled

Pain is red

Are goon

Grow go

Greasy spoon

You swoon

June bloom

 

Music seems to help the pain

Seems to cultivate the brain.

Doctor kindly tell your wife that

I'm alive - flowers thrive - realize - realize

Realize.

 

 

Interstellar Overdrive (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason)

(Instrumental)

 

 

The Gnome (Barrett)

I want to tell you a story

About a little man

If I can.

A gnome named Grimble Crumble.

And little gnomes stay in their homes.

Eating, sleeping, drinking their wine.

 

He wore a scarlet tunic,

A blue green hood,

It looked quite good.

He had a big adventure

Amidst the grass

Fresh air at last.

Wining, dining, biding his time.

And then one day - hooray!

Another way for gnomes to say

Oooooooooomray.

 

Look at the sky, look at the river

Isn't it good?

Look at the sky, look at the river

Isn't it good?

Winding, finding places to go.

And then one day - hooray!

Another way for gnomes to say

Oooooooooomray.

Ooooooooooooooomray.

 

 

Chapter 24 (Barrett)

A movement is accomplished in six stages

And the seventh brings return.

The seven is the number of the young light

It forms when darkness is increased by one.

Change returns success

Going and coming without error.

Action brings good fortune.

Sunset.

 

The time is with the month of winter solstice

When the change is due to come.

Thunder in the other course of heaven.

Things cannot be destroyed once and for all.

Change returns success

Going and coming without error.

Action brings good fortune.

Sunset, sunrise.

 

A movement is accomplished in six stages

And the seventh brings return.

The seven is the number of the young light

It forms when darkness is increased by one.

Change returns success

Going and coming without error.

Action brings good fortune.

Sunset, sunrise.

 

 

The Scarecrow (Barrett)

The black and green scarecrow as everyone knows

Stood with a bird on his hat and straw everywhere.

He didn't care.

He stood in a field where barley grows.

 

His head did no thinking

His arms didn't move except when the wind cut up

About his head and mice spun around on the ground

He stood in a field where barley grows.

 

The black and green scarecrow is sadder than me

But now he's resigned to his fate

'Cause life's not unkind - he doesn't mind.

He stood in a field where barley grows.

 

 

Bike (Barrett)

I've got a bike. You can ride it if you like.

It's got a basket, a bell that rings and

Things to make it look good.

I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.

 

You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.

I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.

 

I've got a cloak. It's a bit of a joke.

There's a tear up the front. It's red and black.

I've had it for months.

If you think it could look good, then I guess it should.

 

You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.

I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.

 

I know a mouse, and he hasn't got a house.

I don't know why. I call him Gerald.

He's getting rather old, but he's a good mouse.

 

You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.

I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.

 

I've got a clan of gingerbread men.

Here a man, there a man, lots of gingerbread men.

Take a couple if you wish. They're on the dish.

 

You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.

I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.

 

I know a room full of musical tunes.

Some rhyme, some ching. Most of them are clockwork.

Let's go into the other room and make them work.

 

 

NOTER

The Floyd's growing underground popularity led to a single, "Arnold Layne," released in March of 1967. It entered the British charts at #20, resulting in national media exposure for the band. Their followup single, "See Emily Play," stayed on the charts for 7 weeks, reaching #6. Pink Floyd's first LP, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, also remained on the charts for 7 weeks, and also reached #6.

 

Despite being over 24 years old, the Floyd's debut release still sounds as fresh as ever (in marked contrast to its famous contemporary "Sgt. Pepper"), and was Britain's enduring contribution to the Summer of Love. In early 1967 Pink Floyd went into EMI's Abbey Road studios with a stack of whimsical tunes about gnomes, scarecrows and bikes, psychedelic ditties that bore only a passing resemblance to the prostracted spacey jams they were then famous for. The result was an unique combination of English whimsy and avant-garde sounds, featuring studio versions of the Floyd's most supremely psychedelic songs, the underground anthems "Astronomy Domine" and "Interstellar Overdrive". Two things in particular stand out: Rick Wright's strange ethereal organ sound and the sheer power and magic of Syd Barrett's songwriting--he wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs present -- and guitar playing.

 

The song "Chapter 24" relates to I Ching (the book of changes), being called "Fu", meaning Change/success.

 

Nick Mason: "We were given Norman Smith by EMI, no arguments. So Joe Boyd, our original producer, got written out of the thing. Norman was more interested in making us sound like a classical rock band. It was a bit like the George Martin thing, a useful influence to have. But I think Joe would have given Syd his head, let him run in a freer way. We spent three months recording it, which was quite a long time in those days. Bands used to have to finish albums in a week, with session players brought in to play the difficult bits. But because The Beatles were taking their time recording Sgt Pepper in the studio next door, EMI thought this was the way people now made records. We were taken in to meet them once, while they were recording Lovely Rita. It was a bit like meeting the Royal family."

 

Former manager Peter Jenner: "Norman was being the perfect A&R man. He realized Syd could write great pop songs. If we'd put out what we were playing live, it wouldn't have sold fuck at all. The one song here that was like the live shows was Interstellar Overdrive. They played it twice, one version recorded straight on top of the other. They doubletracked the whole track. Why? Well it sounds pretty fucking weird doesn't it? That big sound and all those hammering drums."

 

The album's title comes from the the seventh chapter of Kenneth Graham's "The Wind in the Willows" book, where Ratty and Molly set of to search a lost animal, and have something akin to a religious experience when they encounter The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Pan). This book was a favorite of Syd's.

 

The inkblob-like painting on the back cover was drawn by Syd Barrett, based on photographs of the band members standing behind each other.

 

The Japanese pressing of the album added "See Emily Play" at the end of Side 2.

 

The United States release was somewhat different than the United Kingdom one, featuring the following tracks: See Emily Play, Pow R. Toch, Take Up My Stethoscope And Walk, Lucifer Sam, Matilda Mother, The Scarecrow, The Gnome, Chapter 24 and Interstellar Overdrive.

 

There were some variations of the cover art. "Pink Floyd" was written either with paisley stripes, while others with rainbow stripes. Some italian pressings have a picture of the group with David Gilmour on the cover. And a 1983 low budget reissues include "Fame" (a division of the Harvest record label) written across one corner.