Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Seamus 2:12
     (written by Waters, Wright, Mason, Gilmour)

I was in the kitchen
Seamus, that's the dog, was outside
Well, I was in the kitchen

Seamus, my old hound, was outside
Well, you know the sun was singing slowly
But my old hound dog sat right down and cried
Here is the actual dog.

Vocals: Dave Gilmour & Seamus the dog

Closing side one was a slow blues named after a dog whose yowling but highly musical voice is showcased on the song. Seamus (Irish Gaelic for James, pronounced 'shay-muhss') was basically meant as a joke, and those who misinterpreted it as a serious blues effort have thought it poor. However, it is a highly entertaining and amusing jam piece wherein two different species sing the blues.

Dave Gilmour: "Seamus was fun but I don't know whether we ought to have done it in the way we did it on that album really, 'cause I guess it wasn't really as funny to anybody else as it was to us."

The instrumental portion of this song (second half) was used as the theme music for Tom Stoppard's brilliant film of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Also appearing in that film was the 'ping!' from the beginning of Echoes.

One of These Days
Pillow of Winds, A
San Tropez

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