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Matilda Mother by Pink Floyd

Album: The Piper At The Gates Of DawnReleased: 1967
  • A song from Pink Floyd's first album, this was written by founding member Syd Barrett. Many of Barrett's songs were inspired by children's stories, and this was based on a book called Cautionary Tales For Children by Edward Gorey and Hilaire Belloc. The book contains some warped fairy tales where all manner of horrible things happen to the poor, but naughty, kids. One of these children was named Matilda.
  • Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright sang most of this song with Barrett singing the last verse. >>
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    John - Chicago, IL
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I really love the 2010 remix of this on _An Introduction to Syd Barrett_... it now is one of my favorite Barrett compositions and easily one of the all-around coolest tunes to bubble up from the late 60's.Shane - Bloomington-normal, Il
A staple of their early live set as well...there's some decent recordings floating about of them playing this in the clubs...Terry - Wickford, Ri
woah. id never heard this song until now...a fantastic combination of trippiness and nostalgia. yet another example of the tragically fleeting stroke of mad genius that was syd barrett.Chloe - St. Louis, Mo
This song is so childlike, and yet I love it.
Think of it as a little kid sitting up in bed after his mother has just read him something he really likes, then he says "tell me more!"
It takes you back to the point before you even got into music, and you wanted to hear things that sparked your imagination...the seed that was planted in your mind, so to speak.
Oldpink - New Castle, In
What an incredible song! The nastalgia is an acquired taste, but Wrights vocals are great. What else could be said about this song besides how great it is?Tristan - Philadelphia, Pa
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