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Echoes (Waters, Wright, Mason, Gilmour) 23:27

Overhead the albatross
Hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves
An echo of a distant time
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine.

And no one called us to the land
And no one knows the where’s or why’s.
Something stirs and something tries
Starts to climb toward the light.

Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me.
And do I take you by the hand
And lead you through the land
And help me understand
The best I can.

And no one called us to the land
And no one crosses there alive.
No one speaks and no one tries
No one flies around the sun….

Almost everyday you fall
Upon my waking eyes,
Inviting and inciting me
To rise.
And through the window in the wall
Come streaming in on sunlight wings
A million bright ambassadors of morning.

And no one sings me lullabyes
And no one makes me close my eyes
So I throw the windows wide
And call to you across the sky….

01. One Of These Days
02. Pillow Of Winds
03. Fearless
04. San Tropez
05. Seamus
06. Echoes

About The Song

“Echoes” is a monumental track by Pink Floyd, comprising the entire second side of their 1971 album “Meddle.” Known for its epic length, intricate development, and profound depth, “Echoes” is often cited as a precursor to the thematic cohesion that would characterize the band’s later works, such as “The Dark Side of the Moon.”

Spanning over 23 minutes, “Echoes” is a tour de force of Pink Floyd’s musical innovation and artistic ambition. This sprawling composition is a seamless blend of atmospheric soundscapes, haunting lyrics, and musical experimentation that together create a sonic journey through the depths of the ocean and the soul.

The song begins with a “ping,” a sonar-like sound that sets the underwater theme, produced by a grand piano processed through a Leslie speaker. From there, it unfolds into a series of movements that ebb and flow like the tides. The band members, David Gilmour (guitars, vocals), Roger Waters (bass, vocals), Richard Wright (keyboards, vocals), and Nick Mason (drums), each contribute to the rich texture of the piece, interweaving their instruments to build a cohesive and evocative narrative.

Lyrically, “Echoes” provides abstract and poetic musings on life, nature, and human connection. Lines such as “Strangers passing in the street, by chance two separate glances meet” capture the profound and serendipitous moments of human interaction. The centerpiece of the track is a lengthy instrumental section that showcases Pink Floyd’s experimental edge, featuring avant-garde guitar work, innovative keyboard sounds, and a driving rhythm section.

As the piece comes to a close, the band returns to the “ping” motif and reflective verses, bringing the listener full circle. The final fade-out leaves a lingering sense of wonder and introspection.

“Echoes” remains a cornerstone of Pink Floyd’s discography, a masterpiece that highlights the band’s capacity for creating immersive narratives and pushing the boundaries of rock music.

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