The song is named after a meteorological term that refers to a certain type of cloud. It starts with birdsong (called Dawn Chorus) followed by Wright's Hammond and Farfisa organs with neat vocal by David Gilmour.
The Nile Song
With this song, Pink Floyd got close to hard rock. Gilmour's "screaming" vocal and "heavy metal" guitar contrast markedly with the previous track.
The album returns to its calm sound with this lullaby, which is only softly (and very adequately) perfected with Roger Waters' bass guitar riff.
In the line "help me roll away a stone", the stone parable, which would later occur on Animals and The Wall, is used for the first time.
Up The Khyber
This song is the only one in the band's history to be co-written by Nick Mason and Rick Wright. It is a 2 minute instrumental song featuring Mason's hypnotic drums and Wright's avant-garde piano and staccato organ riffs.
The name, quite daring for its time, refers to one of the hippies' favourite symbols, the Khyber pass, which links Pakistan to Afghanistan. The pass witnessed numerous battles for dominance in this part of Asia. Climbing the pass was a metaphor for overcoming something difficult. In recent times, it has been a popular place with smugglers, while earlier people such as the Persians, the Greek, the Tatars, Alexander The Great or even the British, when they ruled India, used it.
Green Is The Colour
The mixture of sounds of flute, piano and Gilmour's almost whispered vocal gives this lyrical song a friendly, warm touch. Under the name The Beginning, it was performed as the first part of The Journey, followed by Careful With That Axe, Eugene. Together, the two songs formed a very strong contrast.
Waters expressed his dissatisfaction with the pressure of the recording industry for the first time with lines such as "your manager and agent are both busy on the phone / selling colour photographs to magazines back home" or "will the final couplet rhyme." (It does not.) Later he would deal with the topic in Welcome To The Machine and Have A Cigar. The name the song got in The Man (The Nightmare) speaks for itself.
The name was borrowed from a Shakespeare's play called Cymbeline, although there is no relation (which just can't surprise a Pink Floyd fan).
Wright used another "turkish delight" and because Waters penned the lyrics especially for the film version, on the album Gilmour sings lyrics that are slightly different.
This 1 minute instrumental consisting of melodies played on various largely unknown Arabic instruments dubbed over Mason's "crazy drums" had for a long time been the shortest instrumental piece Pink Floyd ever recorded (mainly because of their "commendable inability" to write a short instrumental song).
The soft dulcimer part at the beginning sounds much more like Waters' rather than Mason's work, because at the time, Mason was known for his furious drumming.
Soon after the beginning, Waters starts to deliver one of his inimitable bass riffs followed by Wright's organ, Mason's drums and hints of guitar and synths. In a very special concert in 1970, the song was (perhaps due to the good mood the band were in) extended to over 40 minutes to great delight of the fans.
The song sounds almost as hard as The Nile Song, although its live performances were a little bit softer.
This is indeed a blues, and although Gilmour is only credited as the third one, the song is mainly his work.
An instrumental song. In The Man, it is the part called Sleeping. Some of the electronic sounds were later used on On The Run from Dark Side Of The Moon.
A Spanish Piece
In the film, this song can only be heard from the radio at the bar. The "Spanish" voice (which resembles Manuel On The Bad Trip by Fawlty Jones) in fact belongs to David Gilmour in one of his "bad ideas."
Another very short instrumental piece (mistakenly credited only to Waters and Wright on the CD) with Gilmour's guitar which later bursts into a short, but inimitable solo.
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