Pink Floyd
Echoes - The Best of Pink Floyd





ASTRONOMY DOMINE

(Barrett)
Vocals Syd Barrett and
Richard Wright

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 sound surrounds the icy waters underground
Lime and limpid green, the sound surrounds the icy waters underground

Taken from
THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN
Produced by
Norman Smith
Released
1967

1967 TRO Essex Music, Inc




SEE EMILY PLAY

(Barrett)
Vocal Syd Barrett

Emily tries but misunderstands
She often inclined to borrow somebody's dreams till tomorrow

There is no other day
Let's try it another way
You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may
See Emily play

Soon after dark Emily cries
Gazing through trees in sorrow, hardly a sound till tomorrow

There is no other day
Let's try it another way
You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may
See Emily play

Put on a gown that touches the ground
Float on a river forever and ever
Emily, Emily

There is no other day
Let's try it another way
You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may
See Emily play

Produced by
Norman Smith
Released
1967

1967 TRO Essex Music, Inc


The Happiest Days of Our Lives

(Waters)
Vocal Roger Waters

When we grew up and went to school
There were certain teachers who would
Hurt the children anyway they could
By pouring their derision upon anything we did
Exposing every weakness
However carefully hidden by the kids
But in the town it was well known
When they got home at night
Their fat and psychopathic wives would
Thrash them within inches of their lives

Taken from
THE WALL
Produced by (in alphabetical order)
Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour and Roger Waters
Co-produced by
James Guthrie
Released
1979

1979 Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd (Artemis BV)




Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)

(Waters)
Vocals Roger Waters, David Gilmour and
the children of Islington Green School

We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey teacher, leave the kids alone
All in all it's just another brick in the wall
All in all you're just another brick in the wall

We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave the kids alone
Hey teacher, leave us kids alone
All in all you're just another brick in the wall
All in all you're just another brick in the wall

Taken from
THE WALL
Produced by (in alphabetical order)
Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, Roger Waters
Co-produced by
James Guthrie
Released
1979

Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd (Artemis BV)




Echoes

(Gilmour, Mason, Waters, Wright)
Vocals David Gilmour and
Richard Wright

Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves
The echo of a distant time
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine

And no-one showed us to the land
And no-one knows the where or whys
But something stirs and something tries
And starts to climb towards the light

Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me
And do I take you by the hand
And lead you through the land
And help me understand the best I can

And no-one calls us to move on
And no-one forces down our eyes
And no-one speaks and no-one tries
And no-one flies around the sun

Cloudless everyday you fall upon my waking eyes
Inviting and inciting me to rise
And through the window in the wall
Come streaming in on sunlight wings
A million bright ambassadors of morning

And no-one sings me lullabies
And no-one makes me close my eyes
And so I throw the windows wide
And call to you across the sky

Taken from
MEDDLE
Produced by
Pink Floyd
Released
1971

1971 TRO - Hampshire House Publishing Corp




Hey You

(Waters)
Vocals David Gilmour and Roger Waters
Fretless bass David Gilmour

Hey you, out there in the cold
Getting lonely, getting old, can you feel me
Hey you, standing in the aisles
With itchy feet and fading smiles can you feel me

Hey you, don't help them to bury the light
Don't give in without a fight

Hey you, out there on your own
Sitting naked by the phone
Would you touch me
Hey you, with your ear against the wall
Waiting for someone to call out, would you touch me
Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone
Open your heart, I'm coming home

But it was only fantasy
The wall was too high, as you can see
No matter how he tried he could not break free
And the worms ate into his brain

Hey you, out there on the road
Always doing what you're told, can you help me
Hey you, out there beyond the wall
Breaking bottles in the hall, can you help me

Hey you, don't tell me there's no hope at all
Together we stand, divided we fall

Taken from
THE WALL
Produced by (in alphabetical order)
Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour, Roger Waters
Co-produced by
James Guthrie
Released
1979

1979 Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd (Artemis BV)




Marooned

Instrumental


(Wright, Gilmour)
Additional keyboards Jon Carin
Bass Guy Pratt

Taken From
THE DIVISION BELL
Produced by
Bob Ezrin, David Gilmour
Released
1994

1994 Pink Floyd Music Publishers, Inc




The Great Gig in the Sky

Instrumental

(Wright)
Vocal Clare Torry

Taken from
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Produced by
PINK FLOYD
Released
1973

1973 TRO - Hampshire House Publishing Corp




Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

(Waters)
Vocal Roger Waters

Little by little the night turns around
Counting the leaves which tremble at dawn
Lotuses lean on each other in yearning
Under the eaves the swallow is resting
Set the controls for the heart of the sun
Over the mountain watching the watcher
Breaking the darkness
Waking the grapevine
One inch of love is one inch of shadow
Love is the shadow that ripens the wine
Set the controls for the heart of the sun
The heart of the sun ...

Witness the man who raves at the wall
Making the shape of his question to Heaven
Whether the sun will fall in the evening
Will he remember the lesson of giving
Set the controls for the heart of the sun

The heart of the sun ...

Taken from
A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS
Produced by
Norman Smith
Released
1968

1967 TRO Essex Music International




Money

(Waters)
Vocal David Gilmour
Saxophone Dick Parry

Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and your o.k.
Money it's a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I'll buy me a football team

Money get back
I'm all right jack keep your hands off my stack
Money it's a hit
Don't give me that do goody good bullshit
I'm in the hi-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet

Money it's a crime
Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie
Money so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a rise it's no surprise that they're giving none away

Taken from
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Produced by
PINK FLOYD
Released
1973

1973 TRO - Hampshire House Publishing Corp




Keep Talking

(Gilmour, Wright, Samson)
Vocal David Gilmour
Featuring the voice of Stephen Hawking
Backing vocals Sam Brown, Durga McBroom,
Carol Kenyon, Jackie Sheridan and Rebecca Leigh-White
Additional keyboards Jon Carin
Bass Guy Pratt
Programmed percussion Gary Wallis

For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals
Then something happened which unleashed the power of
our imagination
We learned to talk

There's a silence surrounding me
I can't seem to think straight
I'll sit in the corner
No one can bother me
I think I should speak now
Why won't you talk to me
I can't seem to speak now
You never talk to me
My words won't come out right
What are you thinking
I feel like I'm drowning
What are you feeling
I'm feeling weak now
Why won't you talk to me
But I can't show my weakness
You never talk to me
I sometimes wonder
What are you thinking
Where do we go from here
What are you feeling

It doesn't have to be like this
All we need to do is make sure we keep talking

Why won't you talk to me
I feel like I'm drowning
You never talk to me
You know I can't breathe now
What are you thinking
We're going nowhere
What are you feeling
We're going nowhere

Why won't you talk to me
You never talk to me
What are you thinking
Where do we go from here

It doesn't have to be like this
All we need to do is make sure we keep talking

Taken From
THE DIVISION BELL
Produced by
Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
Released
1994

1994 Pink Floyd Music Publishers, Inc




Sheep

(Waters)
Vocal Roger Waters


Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air
You better watch out there may be dogs about
Well, I've looked over Jordan and I have seen
Things are not what they seem
What do you get for pretending the danger's not real
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well-trodden corridors into the valley of steel
What a surprise
A look of terminal shock in your eyes
Now things are really what they seem
No, this is no bad dream

The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want
He makes me down to lie
Through pastures green
He leadeth me the silent waters by
With bright knives
He releaseth my soul
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places
He converteth me to lamb cutlets
For lo he hath great power and great hunger
When cometh the day we lowly ones
Through quiet reflection
And great dedication
Master the art of karate
Lo we shall rise up
And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water

Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a scream
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream
Have you heard the news? The dogs are dead
You better stay home and do as you're told
Get out of the road if you want to grow old

Taken from
ANIMALS
Produced by
PINK FLOYD
Released
1977

1977 Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd (Artemis BV)




Sorrow

(Gilmour)
Vocal David Gilmour
Drums programmed by David Gilmour
Additional keyboards Jon Carin
Bass Tony Levin
Backing vocals Darlene Koldenhaven,
Carmen Twillie, Phylis St. James and
Donnie Gerrard

The sweet smell of a great sorrow lies over the land
Plumes of smoke rise and merge into the leaden sky
A man lies and dreams of green fields and rivers
But awakes to a morning with no reason for waking
He's haunted by the memory of a lost paradise
In his youth or a dream, he can't be precise
He's chained forever to a world that 's departed
It's not enough, it's not enough
His blood has frozen and curdled with fright
His knees have trembled given way in the night
His hand has weakened at the moment of truth
His step has faltered
One world, one soul,
Time pass, the river roll

And he talks to the river of lost love and dedication
And silent replies that swirl invitation
Flow dark and troubled to an oily sea
A grim intimation of what is to be
There's an unceasing wind that blows through this night
And there's dust in my eyes, that blinds my sight
And silence that speaks so much louder
Than words of promises broken

Taken from
A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON
Produced by
Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
Released 1987

1987 Pink Floyd Music Publishers, Inc




Shine on You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-7)

(Gilmour, Waters, Wright)
Vocal Roger Waters
Saxophone Dick Parry
Backing vocals Venetta Fields and Carlena Williams

Remember when you were young
You shone like the sun
Shine on you crazy diamond
Now there's a look in your eyes
Like black holes in the sky
Shine on you crazy diamond
You were caught in the cross fire of childhood and stardom
Blown on the steel breeze
Come on you target for faraway laughter
come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine

You reached for the secret too soon You cried for the moon
Shine on you crazy diamond
Threatened by shadows at night And exposed in the light
Shine on you crazy diamond
Well you wore out your welcome
With random precision, rode on the steel breeze
Come on you raver, you seer of visions
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine

Nobody knows where you are
How near or how far
Shine on you crazy diamond
Pile on many more years and I'll be joining you there
Shine on you crazy diamond
And we'll bask in the shadow of yesterday's triumph
Sail on the steel breeze
Come on you boy child, you winner and loser,
Come on you miner for truth and delusion and shine

Taken from
WISH YOU WERE HERE
Produced by
PINK FLOYD
Released
1975

1974 Pink Floyd Music Publishers, Inc / Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd (Artemis BV)




Time

(Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour)
Vocals David Gilmour and Richard Wright
Backing vocals Doris Troy, Leslie Duncan,
Liza Strike and Barry St. John

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time has gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say

Breathe Reprise (Unlisted track)
Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells

Taken from
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Produced by
PINK FLOYD
Released
1973

1973 TRO - Hampshire House Publishing Corp




The Fletcher Memorial Home

(Waters)
Vocal Roger Waters
Orchestra arranged and conducted by Michael Kamen
Piano Michael Kamen

Take all your overgrown infants away somewhere
And build them a home
A little place of their own
The fletcher memorial home for incurable tyrants and kings
They can appear to themselves every day
On closed circuit tv
To make sure they're still real
It's the only connection they feel
"Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Reagan and Haig, Mr. Begin and friend Mrs. Thatcher and Paisley, Mr. Brezhnev and party
The ghost of McCarthy
And the memories of Nixon
And now adding colour a group of anonymous Latin American
meat packing glitterati"
Did they expect us to treat them with any respect They can polish their medals and sharpen their smiles And amuse themselves playing games for a while
Boom boom, bang bang lie down you're dead Safe in the permanent gaze of a cold glass eye
Their favourite toy
They'll be good girls and boys
In the fletcher memorial home for colonial wasters of life and limb Is everyone in?
Are you having a nice time?
now the final solution can be applied

Taken from
THE FINAL CUT
Produced by
Roger Waters , James Guthrie and
Michael Kamen
Released
1983

1982 Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd (Artemis BV)




Comfortably Numb

(Gilmour, Waters)
Vocals Roger Waters and
David Gilmour
Orchestration by
Michael Kamen and
Bob Ezrin

Wrong! Do it again.
knock knock knock knock
Time to go!
Are you feeling okay?
There's a man answering but he keeps hanging up.

Is there anybody out there?

Hello
Is there anybody in there
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home
Come on now
I hear you're feeling down
Well I can ease the pain
And get you on your feet again
Relax
I'll need some information first
Just the basic facts
Can you show me where it hurts

There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons
Now I've got that feeling once again
I can't explain, you would not understand
This is not how I am
I have become comfortably numb
I have become comfortably numb

O. K.
Just a little pinprick
There'll be no more aaaaah!
But you may feel a little sick
Can you stand up
I do believe it's working, good
That'll keep you going through the show
Come on it's time to go

There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown
The dream is gone
And I have become
Comfortably numb

Taken from
THE WALL
Produced by (in alphabetical order)
Bob Ezrin,
David Gilmour and
Roger Waters
Co-produced by
James Guthrie
Released
1979

1979 Pink Floyd Music Publishers, Inc / Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd (Artemis BV)




When The Tigers Broke Free

(Waters)
Vocal Roger Waters
Orchestra conducted and arranged by Michael Kamen
The Pontardulais Male Voice Choir by Noel Davis

It was just before dawn
One miserable morning in black forty-four
When the Forward Commander was told to sit tight
When he asked that his men be withdrawn
And the Generals gave thanks
As the other ranks
Held back the enemy tanks for a while
And the Anzio Bridgehead was held for the price
Of a few hundred ordinary lives

And kind old King George
Sent Mother a note
When heard that Father was gone
It was, I recall, in the form of a scroll
With gold leaf and all
And I found it one day
In a drawer of old photographs
Hidden away
And my eyes still grow damp
To remember His Majesty
Signed it with his own rubber stamp

It was dark all around
There was frost in the ground
When the tigers broke free
And no one survived
From the Royal Fusiliers Company C
They were all left behind
Most of them dead
The rest of them dying
And that's how the High Command took my Daddy from me

Taken from
THE WALL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK
Produced by
Roger Waters,
David Gilmour,
James Guthrie and
Michael Kamen

1979 Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd (Artemis BV)




One of These Days

Instrumental


(Gilmour, Mason, Waters, Wright)
Double tracked basses Roger Waters and David Gilmour
Vocal phrase Nick Mason

One of these days I'm going to cut you into little pieces

Taken from
MEDDLE
Produced by
PINK FLOYD
Released
1971

1971 TRO - Hampshire House Publishing Corp




Us and Them

(Waters, Wright)
Vocal David Gilmour)
Saxophone Dick Parry
Backing vocals Doris Troy, Leslie Duncan,
Liza Strike and Barry St. John

Us, and Them
And after all we're only ordinary men
Me, and you
God only knows it's not what we would choose to do
Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died
The General sat, and the lines on the map
Moved from side to side

Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who
Up and Down
And in the end it's only round and round and round
Haven't you heard it's a battle of words
The poster bearer cried
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There's room for you inside

Down and Out
It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about
With, without
And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about
Out of the way, it's a busy day
And I've got things on my mind
For want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died

Taken from
THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
Produced by
PINK FLOYD
Released
1973

1971 TRO - Hampshire House Publishing Corp




Learning to Fly

(Gilmour. Moore, Ezrin, Carin)
Vocal David Gilmour
Bass Tony Levin Keyboards John Carin
Percussion Steve Forman
Backing vocals Darlene Koldenhaven, Carmen Twillie,
Phyllis St. James and Donnie Gerrard

Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction holding me fast
How can I escape this irresistible grasp
Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted Just an earthbound misfit, I
Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings, I thought I thought of everything
No navigator to guide my way home
Unladened, empty and turned to stone
A soul in tension that's learning to fly
Condition grounded but determined to try
Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I
Above the planet on a wing and a prayer
My grubby halo, a vapour trail in the empty air
Across the clouds I see my shadow fly
Out of the corner of my watering eye
A dream unthreatened by the morning light
Could blow this soul right through the roof of the night
There's no sensation to compare with this
Suspended animation, A state of bliss
Can't keep my mind from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I

Taken from
A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON
Produced by
Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
Released
1987

1987 Pink Floyd Music Publishers, Inc




Arnold Layne

(Barrett)
Vocal Syd Barrett

Arnold Layne had a strange hobby
Collecting clothes
Moonshine, washing line
They suit him fine

On the wall hung a tall mirror
Distorted view
See through baby blue
He dug it

Oh, Arnold Layne it's not the same
It takes two to know
Two to know
Two to know
Why can't you see

Arnold Layne
Arnold Layne
Arnold Layne

Now he's caught, a nasty sort of person
They gave him time
Doors bang, chain gang
He hates it

Oh, Arnold Layne, it's not the same
Takes two to know
Two to know
Two to know
Two to know
Why can't you see? Arnold Layne
Arnold Layne
Arnold Layne
Arnold Layne don't do it again

Produced by
Joe Boyd
Released
1967

1967 Southern Music Pub. Co. Inc




Wish You Were Here

(Gilmour, Waters)
Vocal David Gilmour

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from hell
blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail
A smile from a veil
Do you think you can tell
And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts
Hot ashes for trees
Hot air for a cool breeze
Cold comfort for change
Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage
How I wish, how I wish you were here
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year
Running over the same old ground
What have we found
The same old fears
Wish you were here

Taken from
WISH YOU WERE HERE
Produced by
PINK FLOYD
Released
1975

1975 Pink Floyd Music Publishers, Inc / Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd (Artemis BV)




Jugband Blues

(Barrett)
Vocal Syd Barrett

It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here
And I'm most obliged to you for making it clear that I'm not here
And I never knew the moon could be so big
And I never knew the moon could be so blue
And I'm grateful that you threw away my old shoes
And brought me here instead dressed in red
And I'm wondering who could be writing this song
I don't care if the sun don't shine
And I don't care if nothing is mine
And I don't care if I'm nervous with you
I'll do my loving in the winter
And the sea isn't green
And I love the Queen
And what exactly is a dream
And what exactly is a joke

Taken from
A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS
Produced by Norman Smith
Released 1968

1967 TRO Essex Music, Inc




High Hopes

(Gilmour, Samson)
Vocal David Gilmour
Bass David Gilmour
Piano Jon Carin
Orchestra arranged by Michael Kamen
with Edward Shearmur

Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
In a world of magnets and miracles
Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the Division Bell had begun

Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
Do they still meet there by the cut

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
With friends surrounded
The nights of wonder
Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by the force of some inner tide

At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed-of world

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There's a hunger still unsatisfied
Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon
Though down this road we've been so many times

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river

Forever and ever


Taken From
THE DIVISION BELL
Produced by
Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour
Released
1994

1994 Pink Floyd Music Publishers, Inc




Bike

(Barrett)
Vocal Syd 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 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

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 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 everything if you want things

I've got a clan of gingerbread men, here a men, there a men 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 full of musical tunes, some rhyme, some ching Most of them are clockwork

Let's go into the other room, and make them work

Taken from
THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN
Produced by
Norman Smith
Released
1967

1967 TRO Essex Music, Inc

Lyrics in plain text format



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