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Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk by Pink Floyd

Album: The Piper At The Gates Of DawnReleased: 1967
  • This song takes place in a hospital setting where the patient is in a great deal of pain. The lyrics don't make much sense, which could simulate the delirious condition of the patient.
  • This was the first song Roger Waters wrote for Pink Floyd. All of the songs on The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn were written or co-written by Syd Barrett, except for this one. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • The title comes from the Bible passage John 5:8 - "Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk."
  • What sound like beats at the beginning is a voice saying, "Doctor Doctor." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Madalyn - Greensburg, PA
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Comments: 6

Apparently, this was Roger's attempt at a "Barret-like" composition. He had not yet bloomed into the brilliant songwriter he was yet to become.

This song always reinds me of the Dr. Doctor character from the British cartoon "The Secret Show".
Zero - Nowhere, Nj
Great song, instrumentals are rediculous and I love it.Tristan - Philadelphia, Pa
this song has a hint of let there be more light, form saucer full of secrets in there somewhere, i heard it!Lexx - Milton, India
This song always strikes me as a sort of warm-up for Interstellar Overdrive.Michael - Oxford
I completely agree, Manuel. My favorite song from Piper is "Bike," but this is right behind it. Very underrated.Shelby - Idiotville , Ky
This is one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs, and is my favorite song from the Pipers at the Gate of Dawn. The lyrics don't make too much sense, but one can understan that it is a person in a hospital suffering great pain. However, the beat and riffs of this song make it really awesome. Shame it is not that well known.Manuel - Santo Domingo, Other
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