Ummagamma 1969

  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 
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Astronomy Domine (Barrett)
  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 Titania.
                       Neptune, Titan, Stars can frighten.
                       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 Titania.
                       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.
 
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Lucifer Sam (Barrett)
 Lucifer Sam, siam cat.
                       Always sitting by your side
                       Always by your side.
                       That cat's something I can't explain.
                       Ginger, ginger, Jennifer Gentle 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.
                       At night prowling sifting sand.
                       Hiding around on the ground.
                       He'll be found when you're around.
                       That cat's something I can't explain.
 
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 Matilda Mother (Barrett)
 There was a king who ruled the land.
                       His majesty was in command.
                       With silver eyes the scarlet eagle
                       Showers silver on the people.
                       Oh Mother, tell me more.
                       Why'd'ya have to leave me there
                       Hanging in my infant air
                       Waiting?
                       You only have to read the lines
                       They're scribbly black and everything shines.
                       Across the stream with wooden shoes
                       With bells to tell the king the news
                       A thousand misty riders climb up
                       Higher once upon a time.
                       Wandering and dreaming
                       The words have different meaning.
                       Yes they did.
                       For all the time spent in that room
                       The doll's house, darkness, old perfume
                       And fairy sories held me high on
                       Clouds of sunlight floating by.
                       Oh Mother, tell me more
                       Tell me more.
                       Aaaaaaaah
                       Aaaaaaaah
                       Aaaaaaaah
 
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Flaming (Barrett)
                       Alone in the clouds all blue
                       Lying on an eiderdown.
                       Yippee! You can't see me
                       But I can you.
                       Lazing in the foggy dew
                       Sitting on a unicorn.
                       No fair, you can't hear me
                       But I can you.
                       Watching buttercups cup the light
                       Sleeping on a dandelion.
                       Too much, I won't touch you
                       But then I might.
                       Screaming 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.
                       Yippee! You can't see me
                       But I can you.
 
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Pow R. Toc H (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason)
                       Instrumental only
 
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Take Up Thy Stethescope and Walk (Waters)
                       Doctor doctor!
                       I'm in bed
                       Achin' head
                       Gold is lead
                       Choke on bread
                       Underfed
                       Gold is lead
                       Jesus bled
                       Pain is red
                       Are goon
                       Grow go
                       Greasy spoon
                       You swoon
                       June bloom
                       Music seems to help the pain
                       Seems to cultivate the brain.
                       Doctor kindly tell your wife that
                       I'm alive - flowers thrive - realize - realize
                       Realize.
 
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Interstellar Overdrive (Barrett, Waters, Wright, Mason)
Instrumental only
 
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 The Gnome (Barrett)
                       I want to tell you a story
                       About 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, dining, biding his time.
                       And then one day - hooray!
                       Another way for gnomes to say
                       Hoooooooooray.
                       Look at the sky, look at the river
                       Isn't it good?
                       Look at the sky, look at the river
                       Isn't it good?
                       Winding, finding places to go.
                       And then one day - hooray!
                       Another way for gnomes to say
                       Hoooooooooray.
                       Hooooooooooooooray.
 
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Chapter 24 (Barrett)
                       A movement is accomplished in six stages
                       And the seventh brings return.
                       The seven is the number of the young light
                       It forms when darkness is increased by one.
                       Change returns success
                       Going and coming without error.
                       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 error.
                       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 forms when darkness is increased by one.
                       Change returns success
                       Going and coming without error.
                       Action brings good fortune.
                       Sunset, sunrise.
 
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 The Scarecrow (Barrett)
                       The black and green scarecrow as everyone knows
                       Stood with a bird on his hat and straw everywhere.
                       He didn't care.
                       He stood in a field where barley grows.
                       His head did no thinking
                       His arms didn't move except then 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 is 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.
 
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 Bike (Barrett)
                       I've got a bike. You can ride it if you like.
                       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, ev'rything 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.
                       You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
                       I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.
                       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.
                       You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
                       I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.
                       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, ev'rything 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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History
Pink Floyd's debut was its only recording based on the vision offounding singer/guitarist Syd Barrett, an art student whose world revolved around music,  mysticism and liberal doses of hallucinogens. The band's moniker was taken from the first names of Georgia bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council (an album of theirs was a favorite of Barrett's), and the album's title came from a chapter of Kenneth Grahame's children's classic "The Wind In The Willows" (also a staple of Barrett's library).Recorded at Abbey Road at the same time The Beatles were cutting SGT. PEPPER, PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN was an avant-gardepastiche of neo-jazz improvisation and snappy pop snippets--a blurring of musical borders that went far beyond what the Fab Four were doing a couple of rooms away. (Producer Norman Smith had been The Beatles' chief engineer for much of the early '60s.) Instrumental space-jams like "Pow R. Toc H." and "Interstellar Overdrive" smashed the conventionality of the pop mainstream by lengthening and opening up traditional song structures, as bits of Rick Wright's reverb-soaked Farfisa organ and Barrett's scratchy guitar floated in and out of the mix. Barrett's appreciation of space is alsorevealed in the various experimental soundscapes Floyd used--phased guitars, pinging notes, and Middle Eastern tonalities expanded the sonic palette the group worked with.The other side of Barrett's musical expression was an ability to write shorter "pop" songs that were similar to traditional fare only in length. Despite the ominous imagery, his acid-fueledobservations dove into simple topics and themes--a Siamese cat on "Lucifer Sam," child-like stories and observations on "The Gnome" and "Bike." PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN was an  auspicious debut, and a major influence on British pop music--its disciples include spacemen David Bowie and Marc Bolan and   trippy popsters XTC, Robyn Hitchcock and Julian Cope. But it was a one-shot deal for Pink  Floyd in terms of musical direction. Because of  his increasingly erratic behavior, Barrett was asked to leave the band soon after the album's  release.
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