Saturday, March 6, 2010

Matilda Mother

Matilda Mother 3:05
     (written by Syd Barrett)

There was a king who ruled the land
His majesty was in command
With silver eyes, the scarlet eagle
Showered silver on the people
Oh mother, tell me more

Why'd you have to leave me there
Hanging in my infant air
You only have to read the lines
Of scribbly black and everything shines

Across the stream with wooden shoes
Bells to tell the king the news
A thousand misty riders climb up
Higher once upon a time

Wondering and dreaming
The words had different meaning
Yes, they did

For all the time spent in that room     Sunshine!
The doll's house, darkness, old perfume
And fairy stories held me high
On clouds of sunlight floating by
Oh mother, tell me more
Tell me more

Lead vocals: Richard Wright (verses 1-4)
Syd Barrett (verses 2, 4, and 5)
Backing vocals: Roger Waters

Recorded on 29 June, Matilda Mother is a beautiful reminiscence of childhood experiences of being read to. The instrumental jam in the middle, which is unfortunately quite literally cut short, includes an interesting solo by Rick Wright on the basis of a B minor chord.

Re-released on The Best of the Pink Floyd in 1970, and re-re-released on Masters of Rock vol. 1 (a repackaging of The Best of the Pink Floyd) in 1974. Both were European-only releases.

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