Pink Floyd


Lyrics



The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
1967

1. "Astronomy Domine" (Barrett) - 4:12
2. "Lucifer Sam" (Barrett) - 3:07
3. "Matilda Mother" (Barrett) - 3:08
4. "Flaming" (Barrett) - 2:46
5. "Pow R. Toc H." (Barrett/Waters/Wright/Mason) - 4:26 (see Toc H)
6. "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk" (Waters) - 3:05
7. "Interstellar Overdrive" (Barrett/Waters/Wright/Mason) - 9:41
8. "The Gnome" (Barrett) - 2:13
9. "Chapter 24" (Barrett) - 3:42
10. "Scarecrow" (Barrett) - 2:11
11. "Bike" (Barrett) - 3:21


1. "Astronomy Domine"

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


2. "Lucifer Sam"

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


3. "Matilda Mother"

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


4. "Flaming"

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


5. "Pow R. Toc H."


6. "Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk"

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


7. "Interstellar Overdrive"


8. "The Gnome"

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!"


9. "Chapter 24"

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


10. "Scarecrow"

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


11. "Bike"

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



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