This song opens with what sounds like oars creaking and a paddle splashing, as in rowing a boat on a river.
This is an instrumental with only one line by drummer Nick Mason: "When the childlike view of the world went, nothing replaced it." This is a reference to the bands first guitar player/vocalist Syd Barrett, he had a childlike view of the world as was expressed in his lyrics of songs such as "See Emily Play." Syd Barrett is addressed in other Pink Floyd songs such as "Shine on you crazy diamond."
Suggestion credit: Mike - The Dark Side of Moon, for above 2
The rhythm guitar chords in the background were taken from a demo recorded by Pink Floyd in 1978.
Madalyn from Greensburg, Palistening to this song right now for the first time and i lik eit very really realxing...i like how it follows dramiclly in learning to fly
Ryan from Plano, TxAround many key points in the Floyd's history, they tend to mention Syd quite a bit. It's done in '73, '75, '79, '87, and '94. For a bit of trivia, see if you can guess which songs did it in those years. For some of those years, it was more than one song.