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Ummagumma

CoverPink Floyd live/studio album. Released October 25, 1969.

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LIVE ALBUM:
Astronomy Domine
Careful With That Axe, Eugene
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
A Saucerful Of Secrets

STUDIO ALBUM:
Sysyphus, parts 1-4
Grantchester Meadows
Several Species Of Small Furry Animals
Gathered Together In A Cave - And Grooving With A Pict
The Narrow Way, parts 1-3
The Grand Vizier's Garden Party
1) Entrance
2) Entertainment
3) Exit

'Ummagumma' is said to be a sixties slang for 'sex'. The studio-album is actually four solo-pieces. Each of the group-members made experimental pieces by themselves.'Embryo' was the first track recorded for 'Ummagumma'. But it was not used because of the idea of solo recordings. Mason probably had a little help from his then-wife Lindy, playing flute.Waters' then-wife Jude appears on the inner sleeve photo. In the later CD-versions she was cut away.

Pink Floyd:
Roger Waters
David Gilmour
Rick Wright
Nick Mason

LIVE ALBUM
Recorded at MOTHERS Birmingham, April 27th 1969 and Manchester College of Commerge, May 2nd 1969
Produced by Pink Floyd
Engineer: Brian Humphries

STUDIO ALBUM
Produced by Norman Smith
Engineer: Peter Mew

Sleeve design and photographs by Hipgnosis



SYSYPHUS, parts 1-4

Pink Floyd 1969

Music: Wright
Vocals by: Wright

Albums:

Ummagumma


(Instrumental)


GRANTCHESTER MEADOWS

Pink Floyd 1969

Music/Lyrics: Waters
Vocals by: Waters

Albums:

Ummagumma

See also 'The Man'.

Icy wind of night, be gone
This is not your domain
in the sky a bird was heard to cry
Misty morning whisperings and gentle stirring sounds
belied a deathly silence that lay all around
Hear the lark and harken
to the barking of the dog-fox gone to ground
See the splashing of the King-fisher
flashing to the water
And a river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees
laughing as it passes through the endless summer
making for the sea

In the lazy water meadow I lay me down
All around me, golden sunflakes settle on the ground
basking in the sunshine of a bygone afternoon
bringing sounds of yesterday in to my city room
Hear the lark and harken
to the barking of the dog-fox gone to ground
See the splashing of the King-fisher
flashing to the water
And a river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees
laughing as it passes through the endless summer
making for the sea

In the lazy water meadow
I lay me down.
All around me,
Golden sunflakes covering the ground,
Basking in the sunshine of a by gone afternoon,
Bringing sounds of yesterday into my city room.
Hear the lark and harken to the barking of the dog fox gone to ground.
See the splashing of the kingfisher flashing to the water.
And a river of green is sliding unseen beneath the trees,
Laughing as it passes through the endless summer making for the sea.


SEVERAL SPECIES OF SMALL FURRY ANIMALS GATHERED TOGETHER IN A CAVE AND GROOVING WITH A PICT

Pink Floyd 1969

Music: Waters

Albums:

Ummagumma
Works

Some of the animal noises is actually speeded recordings of Waters saying 'Bring back my guitar', 'That was pretty avant-garde, wasn't it?' and more. You can hear this if you have the vinyl version and a 'DJ-record player'.

In the long live-versions of 'Embryo' you could hear something a little like 'Several species...'.

Voice in the end of the song:

Aye an' a bit of Mackeral settler rack and ruin
ran it doon by the haim, 'ma place
well I slapped me and I slapped it doon in the side
and I cried, cried, cried.

The fear a fallen down taken never back the raize and then Craig Marion, get out wi' ye Claymore out mi pocket a' ran doon, doon the middin stain picking the fiery horde that was fallen around ma feet.
Never he cried, never shall it ye get me alive ye rotten hound of the burnie crew. Well I snatched fer the blade O my Claymore cut and thrust and I fell doon before him round his feet.

[...]

...and the wind cried back.



THE NARROW WAY, parts 1-3

(BABY BLUE SHUFFLE IN D-MAJOR)

Pink Floyd 1969

Music/Lyrics: Gilmour
Vocals by: Gilmour

Albums:

Ummagumma

The first version of 'The Narrow Way' (part 1) was called 'Baby Blue Shuffle In D-Major'. That version was recorded for the John Peel show 'Top Gear' on January 14th 1969. The recording can be heard on 'The Complete Top Gear Sessions'.

See also 'The Journey' and 'Rain In The Country'.

Following the path as it leads towards the Darkness in the North
Weary strangers' faces show their sympathy
They've seen that hope before
And if you want to stay for a little bit
Rest your aching limbs for a little bit
Before you the night is beckoning
And you know you can't delay
You hear the night birds calling you
But you can't touch the restless sky
Close your aching eyes beyond your name

Mist is swelling, creatures crawling,
Hear the roar get louder in your ears
You know the folly was your own
But the force behind can't conquer all your fears
And if you want to stay for a little bit
Rest your aching limbs for a little bit
Before you the night is beckoning
And you know you can't delay
You hear the night birds calling you
But you can't touch the restless sky
Close your aching eyes beyond your name

Throw your thoughts back many years
To the time when there was life in every morning
Perhaps a day will come
When the nights will be as on that morning
And if you want to stay for a little bit
Rest your aching limbs for a little bit
Before you the night is beckoning
And you know you can't delay
You hear the night birds calling you
But you can't touch the restless sky
Close your aching eyes beyond your name
Rest your weary head, be on your way.


THE GRAND VIZIER'S GARDEN PARTY

1) Entrance
2) Entertainment
3) Exit

Pink Floyd 1969

Music: Mason

Albums:

Ummagumma

(Instrumental)

Lyrics Copyright: Pink Floyd Music Publishers.

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