Grantchester Meadows by Pink Floyd

Today’s piece diverges a bit from my original intentions for starting this blog–to showcase my favorite works of classical music and where I was when I first heard them. Today’s piece is Grantchester Meadow by Pink Floyd (written by Roger Waters.) Floyd was really “pyschadelic” back then and created pieces using “found” sounds, tape loops, overdubs, synthesizers (new things back then), screams, etc.

Grantchester Meadows was the first song accoustic song I heard by them, and it instantly grabbed me. The lyrics about lying in a green meadows hearing about the splashing of kingfishers and the dark fox gone to ground, painted vivid images in my mind. It’s one of my favorite songs. It appears on the album, Ummagumma, and it ends with some interesting stereo effects of a fly buzzing around your head, a man walking down a flight of stairs, and a fly-swatter smashing the fly to bits.

I first heard the album at in a little bungalow along the railroad tracks in Mishawaka, Indiana, that my friend, Kerry Wade took me to where there were some psychotropic herbs ingested. The auditory and visual experience I had is something I still experience when I listen to certain pieces of music. Hmm. I wonder if that is technically a type of synesthesia.

Wikipedia entry for this song


About kurtnemes
Writer and Education Professional. Specialties include Ethics, Personal Memoir, Classical music, Tai Chi, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Coping, Classical Music, Aging, Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity (& what interests me.)

4 Responses to Grantchester Meadows by Pink Floyd

  1. richibi says:

    in the ’70s, Pink Floyd were my religion, on one knee I’d spread my arms to their music, extend my other leg behind me to steer my course, and pretend to fly, an exercise in hope and possibilities, Daedalus discovering wings, sometimes, not always, abetted by LSD, an utterly sacred combination – thanks for the memories – Richard

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  2. I believe we are experiencing the phenomenon known as “Eurphoric Recall.”

    Yes, those were the days, being comfortably numb.

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  3. darlamsands says:

    Oh, nice. Thank you for sharing. I rather envy your experience. ~grin~ Be well!


  4. This has been thoroughly enjoyable musical medicine experience!!!
    Thank you.



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