fredag 22. februar 2013

Free four

This song is AMAZING! I've loved this sng since the first time I heard it, and that's a few years ago, and I can't remember when and where, but I know that this song was the first I heard from the album 'Obscured by clouds' from 1972 (MAN, I was born way too late!)

Me as a baby (born in 1989.. when the good music started to fade)

'Free four' is the song number 8 in this album, and if you know the lyrics, you know that this is one of Roger Waters' songs. The title of the song is a phonetic pun on the standard drummers count "one, two, free, four" (it's the same in 'Not now John' from the album 'The final cut').
Tommy Vance, the writer of the brilliant book "Pink Floyd Reflections and echoes" write this about this song:
"This is Roger Waters in uncharacteristically good time, feel good mode with a number from the mould of the Betales or at least what the Beatles might have sounded like with a VCS3".
Well said!

The album 'Obscured by clouds' is based on the soundtracks from the french movie 'La Vallè' - 'The Valley'. I actually never seen the movie, but I sure want to. But it was far away from a best selling movie, and I reckon that it's therefor hard to find. But one day I will find and watch the movie, and then after, of course, write my opinion on my blog. That's gonna be exiting!

As you may know, this is the second song by Roger, that is about his father Eric Fletcher Waters, who died in WW2. The first one was 'Corporal Clegg' from the album ' saucerful of secrets'. Roger Waters has always been a man with strong opinions, and he is not afraid to make songs about war and the evil of the record industry and so on! And that is something that I miss in the music these days. People don't make their own lyrics, but they buy them from song producers and make it 'their own'. And that is bullshit! But I wont go into that subject today. Today is a happy day, and I will not ruin it by thinking about today's music.

Very true! But they were all cute young men

Well, that is all I have to write today, and as usual you'll find a youtube video of 'Free four' below and I will deeply recomand you to read the lyrics. I think that the lyrics are amzing! 
Enjoy, and have a woonderful weekend

The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You suffle in gloom in the sickroom
And talk to yourself till you die.
Life is a short, warm moment
And death is a long cold rest.
You get your chance to try
In the twinkling of an eye:
Eighty years, with luck, or even less.
So all aboard for the American tour,
And maybe you'll make it to the top.
And mind how you go.
I can tell you, because I know.
You may find it hard to get off.
You are the angel of death
And I am the dead man's son.
And he died like a mole in a fox hole.
And everyone is still in the run.
And who is the master of fox hounds?
And who says the hunt has begun?
And who calls the tune in the courtroom?
And who beats the funeral drum?
The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You suffle in gloom in the sickroom
And talk to yourself till you die.

søndag 17. februar 2013


The song 'Fearless' is to be found on the album from 1971, 'Meddle'. This album has been one of my many favourite album for so many years, and especially the song 'Fearless'.
As the matter of fact, I've loved this song even more the last two years. It happens to be me and my boyfriends 'song'. I found the love of my life just over two years ago, and have been living with him for almost a year now. He is the very best guy there is, he is caring, loving and very funny. He is also very very beautiful, and we have such a great time together. Every time I'm feeling down, he is there to support me. Every time I am happy, he is happy with me. He makes me feel like a princess! Every day! 
I must say I am so glad I moved from where I grew up and to this city (Stavanger). I've been living here for 2,5 years, and I don't think I ever been happier! 

The most wonderful guy a girl can only dream about (exept me)

A few hours before our wery first concert together

Well, it is easy to lose track of the song, when you feel so lucky! He also share my taste in music, and have been traveling by my side to see 8 The Wall shows during the last two years, and he is, of course, coming with me to watch the last tour this summer. 
There it happend again. Now, back to the song!! I promise :)

Can some of the lyrics be about Syd? Who knows..

'Fearless' is written by David Gilmour and Roger Waters, and it's song number 3 on the album. Pink Floyd play off the song's strong melody line against the recorded sounded of Liverpool FC fans on the Anfield Kop, chanting their anthem 'You'll never walk alone'. I'm not just a Pink Floyd fan, but also a Liverpool supporter! So this song is the best of both world. What I find a bit strange, is that Roger Waters agreed to use Liverpool's anthem. This was on the time when Roger had taken the lead role in the band, and he is not a Liverpool supporter. He is actually an 'Arsenal' man. So that I find suprising.

Liverpool's greatest guy! We sure miss him!

My favorite line in the song is this one: "Fearlessly the idiot face the crowd, smiling". This line I've often find myself in. As I am the idiot and I'm facing an unwanted crowd, and I'm smiling, pretending that I don't care. There has actually been some speculations about wheather this line might be about their dear friend and ex band member, Syd Barrett. He never liked to be in the spotlight, and therefor the band used all the lasers and light on their concerts, so that the band could 'hide' and just do what they loved, play the music. 

I want to end this post with sharing my love for my roomie and boyfriend. 
I love you and I always will. Together we're fearless.

Love you! You psyco ;)

As always, here's a clip from youtube, and the lyrics is to be found underneath. Have a great night and a wonderful weekend to come

You say the hill's too steep to climb. (climbing)
you say you'd like to see me try. (climbing)
you pick the place and I'll choose the time,
And I'll climb the hill in my own way, just wait a while for the right day
And as I rise above the tree-line in the clouds
I look down hearing the sound of the things you've said today.

Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd,smiling
Merciless the magistate turns round, frowning
And who's the fool who wears the crown
No doubt in your own way
And every day is the right day
And as you rise above the fear-lines in his brow
you look down hear the sound of the faces in the crowd

tirsdag 12. februar 2013

Ibiza bar

And now, we're going back to the 1969 and the album "More". I've probably written this before, but this album is my least favourite Pink Floyd album. But don't get me wrong! I do not NOT like it, it's just that it is the album that I'm listening the least too. It never 'catched' me like the other album did, but it does have many great songs on it!

They went to Ibiza bar, and wake up, feeling lik this?

"Ibiza bar" is song number 9 on this album and it's a song by David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason & Richard Wright. I love the songs were the whole band is a part of the making, even if it's the melody or the lyrics. "Ibiza bar" is a short variation on the theme first heard in "The nile song" and treads very similar ground (which I've wrote about before, as one of my favourite songs on this album - so you all see that this song is high up in the best liked song list for this album).

A thing that I really like about this album and this song, it the heavy and raw guitar playing. David Gilmour really get to show off his skills. His voice is also very suited to songs like "Ibiza bar". It's truly a likable song and with this I'm suggesting that you will all give it a listen before you go to bed. Then you'll go to bed with a smile on your face and automaticly play the air-guitar in your sleep.

Here's the video and the lyrics is to be found beneath the video. Enjoy

I'm so afraid of mistakes that I made 
Taking every time that I wake 
I feel like a cardboard cut-out man 
So give me a time when the characters rhyme and the storyline is kind 
Are days made since the first page 
I've lived every line that you wrote 
Take me down, take me down, from the shelf above your head 
So give me a time when the characters rhyme and the storyline is kind 
And if I live on the shelf like the rest 
And if love bleeds like a sad song 
Please pick-up your camera and use me again 
So give me a time when the characters rhyme and the storyline is kind 

tirsdag 5. februar 2013

Astronomy Domine


I've been waiting for so long to write about this song, and the reason I waited for so long, is that my love for this song is huge! I did not know how to write about this song in a good way, so then I waited. But now I've been waiting in about a year and a half, and since this will be my blog post 100! Yes, that is correct! Number 100 is going to be about a great song from a great album!
I want to thank you all for reading my blog and to all my friends who's been supportive, to all of you who's left a comment and I have to send out a special thank you to my cousin Tone, because she was the one who suggested that I should start a Pink Floyd blog. Thank's for having enough faith in me to suggest something this big!    So a great thank you to all, and hope you will continue reading this blog! :)

Well, now it is time to write about this wonderful song!
"Astronomy Domine" is the very first song from the album "The piper at the gates of dawn" from 1967 and it's sung by Syd Barrett and Richard Wright. The song gives the album a flying start and you know that you are up for a treat and a journey through whimsical tunes, childish songs, instrumental experiences and great vocals. "The piper at the gates of dawn" is the first Pink Floyd album and the first and sadly the last album under Syd Barrett's leadership. But he did such a great job, and I think he had a great influence on the rest of the band, so that when he left, the band had already an album out and they had an idea of what worked and what did not work.

Syd was not exactly a major sience-fiction fan. He did like some of the classics sci-fi films like "Journey into space", but little else beside. Nontheless this is a fine piece of early space rock and boasts some very graphic psychedelic poetry. Their manager, Peter Jenner, has suggested that some of the lyrics were inspired by the pages of "The observer book of planets" especially lines like the chanted "Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda and Titania".
In the beginning of the song you can hear this wild, distorted voice recording through a megaphone at the beginning of the track. That voice is Peter Jenners!

"Astronomy Domine" is to be found on other albums as well as "The piper at the gates of dawn". You can also find it on "Echoes - the best of Pink Floyd" (that's where I first heard it. I was around 12-13 when I first discovered this song. And when I'd listen to it over and over again, I found the album "Piper.." and I found myself in heaven!) The song is also to be found on the live side of the album "Ummagumma" and on "Pulse", but here, of course, David Gilmour is singing. David is also singing this song on several live dvd's, like "Live in Gdansk", "Live at Royal Albert's Hall" etc. I think David love this song, even though he did not participate on the album. But he and Syd were good friends, so maybe it's his was of remembering his friend.

David, Syd, Nick, Roger & Richard

All in all, a great song, that I am sure all huge Pink Floyd fans love. For you who like a song or two, try out this one, and a new door may be opened!

Listen and enjoy. Lyrics are to be found under the video

Lime and limpid green, a second scene
A fight between the blue you once knew.
Floating down, the sound surrounds
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 surrounds
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.