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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.