Grantchester Meadows (song)

Grantchester Meadows (song)

Song infobox
Name = Grantchester Meadows

Artist = Pink Floyd
Album = Ummagumma
Released = October 1969
track_no = 5
Recorded = June 1969
Genre = Psychedelic folk
Length = 7:26
Writer = Roger Waters
Label = Harvest Records
Producer = Norman Smith
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"Grantchester Meadows" is a song from the second half of the experimental Pink Floyd album "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 Grantchester meadows in Cambridgeshire, England. This is where fellow band member David Gilmour grew up and former member Syd Barrett lived. This type of Pastoral Ballad was 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, "" [ [ 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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