- Grantchester Meadows (song)
Name = Grantchester Meadows
Released = October 1969
track_no = 5
Recorded = June 1969
Length = 7:26
Producer = Norman Smith
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prev_no = 1-4
Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict
next_no = 6"Grantchester Meadows" is a song from the second half of the experimental
Pink Floydalbum " Ummagumma". It was written and performed entirely by Roger Waters. The song features Waters' lyrics accompanied by an acoustic guitar, while a tape loop of a skylark chirps in the background throughout the entire song. At approximately 4:13, the sound of a honking goose is temporarily introduced, followed by the sound of it taking off. The lyrics describe a pastoral and dream-like scene at the Grantchestermeadows in Cambridgeshire, England. This is where fellow band member David Gilmourgrew up and former member Syd Barrettlived. This type of Pastoral Balladwas typical of Roger Waters' compositional approach in the late sixties and early seventies. It was a style that he was to continue on his first solo album - " Music from "The Body"" and "If" from " Atom Heart Mother".
Interestingly, considering the song's idyllic setting, a fly can be heard buzzing close to the listener at the end of the song, followed by someone (presumably Waters) walking down a flight of stairs and across a room to swat and kill the fly (an ending that
segues into the following song, "Several Species...")
"Grantchester Meadows" was incorporated into Pink Floyd's "
The Man and the Journey" concert suite as "Daybreak." It was performed live during the American 1970 tour, often opening the show.
This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, "" [ [http://www.pinkfloyd.co.uk/echoes/ae/james.html James Guthrie: the audio ] ] , and would have been the only song from "
Ummagumma" to be included on the compilation.
Roger Waters- Classical guitar, vocals and tape effects
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