Monday, January 19, 2009

Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict

Aye an' a bit of mackerel, settler rack and down
Ran it down by the home, and I flew
Well, it slapped me and I flopped it down in the shade
And I cried, cried, cried
The tear had fallen down he had taken, never back to raise
And then cried Mary, an' took out wi' your Claymore
Right outta a' pocket, i ran down, down by the mountain side
Battlin' the fiery horde that was falling around the feet
"Never!," he cried. "Never shall ye get me alive
Ye rotten hound of the burnie crew!"
Well I snatched fer the blade an' a Claymore cut and thrust
And I fell down before him round his feet
Aye! A roar he cried!
Frae the bottom of 'is heart
That I would nay fall but as dead
Dead as I can by y' feet, d'ya ken?
...And the wind cried back

- Released October 1969

- The track consists of several minutes of noises resembling rodents and birds simulated by Waters' voice and other techniques, such as tapping the microphone played at different speeds, followed by Waters providing a few stanzas of quasi-lyrics in an exaggerated Scottish brogue.

The Picts were the indigenous people of what is now Scotland that merged with the Scots.

- There is a "hidden message" in the song at approximately 4:34. If played at a slower speed, Waters can be heard to say, "That was pretty avant-garde, wasn't it?"(PF-Species-avantgarde.ogg sample (help·info)). Also, at the very end of the rant, Waters is heard to say "and the wind cried Mary", followed by "Thank you."

- "It's not actually anything, it's a bit of concrete poetry. Those were sounds that I made, the voice and the hand slapping were all human generated - no musical instruments." - Roger Waters.

- The album's title supposedly comes from a Cambridge slang word for sexual intercourse, commonly used by one of Pink Floyd's friends and occasional roadie, Iain "Imo" Moore who would joke 'Am I gunna' have sex tonight?! . However, some band members have since stated that the word was "totally made up and means nothing at all".

- Historical information on the Picts.

- Author's Note: I remember listening to this album when I was very young. At the time, I had a dog who went absolutely nuts when I played this record. He'd be barking and howling all through the song, pacing around the room, and glancing nervously out the window- most likely looking for several different species of invisible creatures in our backyard. I also remember my mother walking past my room and she threw open my bedroom door when I was listening to this song, "What in God's name are you listening to?" All I know is I couldn't answer anything other than, "It's Pink Floyd." Quite amazing, when you consider Waters used no musical instruments on this track.

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