Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

Album: A Saucerful Of Secrets (1968)
  • Little by little the night turns around
    Counting the leaves which tremble and turn
    Lotus's lean on each other in union
    Over the hills where a swallow is resting
    Set the controls for the heart of the sun

    Set the controls for the heart of the sun

    Over the mountain watching the watcher
    Breaking the darkness waking the grapevine
    Morning to birth is born into shadow
    Love is the shadow that ripens the wine
    Set the controls for the heart of the sun

    Set the controls for the heart of the sun

    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun

    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun

    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun

    Who is the man who arrives at the wall?
    Making the shape of his questions at asking
    Thinking the sun will fall in the evening
    Will he remember the lesson of giving?
    Set the controls for the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun

    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun
    The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun Writer/s: ROGER WATERS
    Publisher: T.R.O. INC.
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Comments: 15

  • Mreenal from Darjeeling, Indiabeautiful song.. when i first heard it i thought it had oriental influences..
  • Michael from Middletown, Ctthis song isnt about a space pilot commiting suicide
    roger waters said that it was about the space era coming into play, watch their documentary
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InMuch of the eerie guitar effect in the free form section in the middle was Dave Gilmour using a slide rubbed back and forth across the strings on the fretboard.
    It's a great song, and one that was played all the way up until 1973, and for good reason.
  • Justin from Montpelier, VtThe "Live in Pompeii" version contains a delayed keyboard part in the middle of the song. Without any rythem section to go along with it, the keyboard creates a very haunting, free-floating atmosphere.
  • Ryan from Plano, TxUmmagumma's live version completely blows the studio cut out of the water with a bit of a psychedelic soundscape added into the middle of the song. Pink Floyd really did know how to improvise back in the day.
  • Mike from Dayton, OhSet The Controls is my most favorite song period. Hard to beleive coming from someone who likes Slayer,Sabbath,Sepultura etc...The Live at Pompeii & Umma Gumma versions are my most favorite.Not to mention that The Floyd are #1 in my book, especially 67-83
  • Michelle from San Diego , Cai just love the creativity from all original members of the band. together and seperated they literally made music that i consider magical.
  • Dev01d from Wollongong, AustraliaThis song is one of my top 5 Pink Floyd songs even though it is so hard to pick favourites, especially from the best band ever. The whole 'Live In Pompeii' DVD is just amazing. The eerie atmosphere fits with the songs so well.
  • Bill from Erie, PaThe song is about a space pilot who decides to commit suicide by sending his ship to burn up in the Sun... suprised no one has mentioned that.
  • Ashley from Moncton, CanadaThis song rules. It's a very awesome song by a very awesome band and if you don't like it you must be nuts.
  • Andrew from TorontoBeautiful song very sad but mysterious and joyous at the same time.The early Floyd stuff brings back that familiar taste on my tongue.
  • Tom from Berlin, MdThe Pompeii version is the greatest version of this, in my opinion.
  • James from Sudbury, Canadathe whole thing was from the book... cept the name
  • Corey from Dark Side Of The Moon, OtherCheck out the Pompeii version as well. VERY trippy.
  • Randy from Beaumont, TxThere's a GREAT version on the DVD "Roger Waters, In the Flesh".
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