Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk Lyrics – Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk (Waters) 3:06
I’m in bed
Gold is lead
Choke on bread
Gold is lead
Pain is red
Music seems to help the pain
Seems to cultivate the brain.
Doctor kindly tell your wife that
I’m alive – flowers thrive – realize – realize
About The Song
“Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk” is a song by the English rock band Pink Floyd, written by their bassist, Roger Waters. The song was released on their debut album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, in 1967.
The lyrics of “Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk” are critical of the medical profession and the way that doctors sometimes treat their patients as objects rather than as human beings. The title is a reference to a biblical story in which Jesus heals a paralyzed man and tells him to “take up thy bed and walk.”
Musically, “Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk” features a heavy, distorted guitar riff and a driving rhythm section, with Waters’ vocals characterized by a harsh, sneering tone. The song’s aggressive sound and lyrics marked a departure from the more dreamy and psychedelic style of Pink Floyd’s earlier songs, and demonstrated the band’s growing interest in political and social issues.
“Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk” was not a commercial success and remains one of the lesser-known tracks on “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”. However, it is considered an important part of Pink Floyd’s early catalog and a significant milestone in the band’s evolution.