The other day I presented “See Emily Play” to good reviews and insightful thoughts.
Today I want to play for you something that is about as unlike “Pink Floyd” as you might imagine. This piece is pure poetry.
“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.
Ummagumma was a two-disc recording, the first being live, and the second (always my favorite) being a studio masterpiece. Listen to this with headphones if you can, for the amazing sounds, but even if you can’t, I trust you will find yourself captivated by the poetry of the lyrics.
I give you one of my all-time favorites from Pink Floyd, Grantchester Meadows: