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The Piper At The Gates of Dawn

The very first Pink Floyd album. Date of release: August 5, 1967.
Reissue: September 3 2007.
CoverPiper At The Gates of Dawn - 2007 version

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Columbia SX 6157
Columbia SCX 6157
EMI 8 31261 2
EMI CDP 7 46384 2
EMI M31006

 

Astronomy Domine
Lucifer Sam
Matilda Mother
Flaming
Pow R. Toc H.
Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
Interstellar Overdrive
The Gnome
Chapter 24
The Scarecrow
Bike

(See Emily Play is included on the American and Japanese edition.)
The album-title is from Kenneth Graham's book 'Wind In The Willows'. 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' reached no. 6 on the english top-20 album chart - and stayed for seven weeks.

Pink Floyd:
Syd Barrett: Lead guitar and vocals
Roger Waters: Bass guitar and vocals
Rick Wright: Organ/piano
Nick Mason: Drums

Recorded in EMI Abbey Road Studios, April 1967
Produced by Norman Smith
Recording-engineer: Peter Bown
Frontcover photo: Vic Singh
Backcover design: Syd Barrett

3CD 2007 reissue

2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking album and to mark this, a special edition of 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn', was re-issued September 3, 2007.

The packaging, designed by longtime Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson, resembles a cloth-covered book with the original Vic Singh photo on the front, and holds 3 CD discs, along with an 8 page reproduction of one of Syd Barrett's never publicly seen before notebooks. Newly remastered by James Guthrie from the original recordings.

Disc1

Full album, stereo version, remastered

Disc 2

Full album, mono version, remastered

Disc 3 (Bonus tracks)

Arnold Layne
Candy And A Current Bun
See Emily Play
Apples And Oranges
Paint box
Interstellar Overdrive (French single edit)
Apples And Oranges (Previously unreleased 1967 stereo version)
Matilda Mother (previosly unreleased)
Interstellar Overdrive (Previously unreleased take 6 from the original recording)



ASTRONOMY DOMINE

Pink Floyd 1967

Music: Barrett
Lyrics: Barrett
Vocals by: Barrett

Albums:

Film/video

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Ummagumma
A Nice Pair
Take It Back (single, 1994)
Pulse
Echoes
Live in Gdansk

Live in Gdansk

(The voice in the beginning belongs to manager Peter Jenner.)

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 Titana, 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

Pink Floyd 1967

Lyrics/music: Barrett
Vocals by: Barrett

Albums:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A Nice Pair

The original title for this song was 'Percy the Ratcatcher'.

Lucifer Sam, siam cat
It's always sitting by your side
Always by your side
That cat's something I can't explain

Ginger gently 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

I'd like to drown in sifting sands
Padding around on the ground, duty bound
when you're around
That cat's something I can't explain


MATILDA MOTHER

Pink Floyd 1967

Lyrics/music: Barrett
Vocals by: Barrett and Wright

Albums:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Masters Of Rock
A Nice Pair

There was a King who ruled the land
His Majesty was in command
The silver eyes, the scarlet eagle
showered silver on the people

Oh mother tell me more
Why'd you have to leave me there
hanging in my infant air - waiting
You only have to read the lines as scribbly black
and ev'rything shines

Across the steam with wooden shoes
Bells to tell the King the news
A thousands misty riders climb up high
and once upon a time
Wondering and dreaming
The words have different meaning
Yes they did

All the time spent in the queue
The dollhouse darkness
Old perfume and fairly stories
held me high on clouds of sun light floating by
Oh oh mother
Tell me more
Tell me more


FLAMING

Pink Floyd 1967

Lyrics/music: Barrett
Vocals by: Barrett

Albums:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A Nice Pair

Alone in the clouds all blue
Lying on an eiderdown

yuppie !
You can't see me, but I can you
Lazing in the foggy dew
Sitting on an Unicorn

No fear!
You can't hear me, but I can you
Watching buttercups come to light
Sitting on a dandelion

Too much!
I won't touch you, but then I might
Swimming 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 - yuppie !
You can't see me, but I can you


Pow R. Toc H.

Pink Floyd 1967

Music: Barrett, Wright, Waters, Mason

Albums:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A Nice Pair

See also The Journey.


TAKE UP THY STETHOSCOPE AND WALK

Pink Floyd 1967

Lyrics/music: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A Nice Pair

Doctor, Doctor
I'm in bed
Ache in head
Gold is red
Chalk on bread
Underfed
Gold is red
Cheese and bread
Pain is red
Ah me, go go, breezes fade
You spoke to me

Music seems to help the pain
Seems to motivate the brain
Doctor kindly tell your wife that I'm alive
Flowers thrive
Realise
Realise
Realise


INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE

Pink Floyd 1967

Music: Barrett, Wright, Waters, Mason

Albums:

Film/Video:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Relics
A Nice Pair
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (single, 1991)
London '66-'67

Music Power
San Francisco
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London
London '66-'67

'Interstellar Overdrive' was recorded on March 16, 1967 and produced by Norman Smith. The first version was recorded by Joe Boyd in february 1967. This 'original' version can only be heard on 'Tonite Let's All Make Love In London' and London '66-'67 - both from the soundtrack of 'Tonite Let's All Make Love In London'.

See also The Journey.


THE GNOME

Pink Floyd 1967

Lyrics/music: Barrett
Vocals by: Barrett

Albums:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A Nice Pair

I want to tell you a story
'bout a little man, if I can
A gnome named Grimble Grumble
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, ding, biding his time

And then one day - hooray
another way for gnomes to say "Hooooray!"
Look at the sky; look at the river
isn't it good?
Winding, finding places to go

And the one day - hooray
another way for gnomes to say "Hooooray!"


CHAPTER 24

Pink Floyd 1967

Lyrics/music: Barrett
Vocals by: Barrett

Albums:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Masters of Rock
A Nice Pair

A movement is accomplished in six stages
and the seventh brings return
The seven is the number of the young light
It falls when darkness is increased by one

Change, returns, success
Going and coming without ever
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 ever
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 falls when darkness is increased by one

Change, returns, success
Going and coming without ever
Action brings good fortune
Sunset
Sunrise

 



THE SCARECROW

Pink Floyd 1967

Lyrics/music: Barrett
Vocals by: Barrett

Albums:

See Emily Play (single, 1967)
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Masters of Rock
A Nice Pair
The Early Singles (Shine On)

The black and green scarecrow
as ev'ryone knows
stood with a bird on his hat and straw ev'rywhere
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 rough
and mice ran around on the ground
He stood in a field where barley grows

The black and green scarecrow was 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

Pink Floyd 1967

Lyrics/music: Barrett
Vocals by: Barrett

Albums:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Relics
A Nice Pair
Echoes

Produced by Norman Smith on May 21, 1967.

I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like it
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, everything 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

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

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, everything if you want things

I know a room of musical tunes
Some rhyme, some ching
Most of them are clockwork
Let's go into the other room and make them work

Lyrics Copyright: Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd.

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