Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Pillow of Winds

A Pillow of Winds 5:24
     (written by Waters, Gilmour)

A cloud of eiderdown draws around me
Softening the sound
Sleepy time when I lie
With my love by my side
And she's breathing low
And a candle dies

When night comes down, you lock the door
The book falls to the floor
As darkness falls and waves roll by
The seasons change
The wind is warm

Now wakes the owl, now sleeps the swan
Behold a dream, the dream is gone
Green fields, a cold rain is falling
In a golden dawn

And deep beneath the ground
The early morning sounds and I go down
Sleepy time when I lie
With my love by my side
And she's breathing low
And I rise like a bird
In the haze when the first rays touch the sky
And the night winds die

Lead vocals, fretless bass: Dave Gilmour

After the intensity of One of These Days, the beautiful, airy, and under-rated A Pillow of Winds is a refreshing change. Dominated by Dave's overlaid acoustic and electric guitars, the song also features a beautiful if inconsequential lyric by Roger. The word 'eiderdown' is used here for the third time in a Pink Floyd song; this is a substance taken from the eider duck which is particularly soft and comforting, and used as a Pink Floyd lyric to represent warmth and comfort, in an emotional as well as physical sense.

The wind of One of These Days leads directly into A Pillow of Winds without a pause, creating more of a linked feel to the songs, as if the fear of the first song is assuaged by the comfort of everything turning out all right in the second. This was a minor step towards the concept album of the following year.

One of These Days
Pillow of Winds, A
San Tropez

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