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Pink Floyd — Fearless
Album: Meddle
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8.5

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Total ratings: 4003









Released: 1971
Length: 5:32
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You say the hill's too steep to climb, chiding
You say you'd like to see me try, climbing
You pick the place and I'll choose the time
And I'll climb the hill in my own way
Just wait a while for the right day
And as I rise above the tree-line and the clouds
I look down hear the sounds of the things you said today

Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling
Merciless the magistrate turns round, frowning
And who's the fool who wears the crown
No doubt in your own way
And every day is the right day
And as you rise above the fear-lines in his brow
You look down hear the sound of the faces in the crowd

''...Walk on; walk on with hope in your heart,
And you'll never walk alone;
You'll never walk alone.
Walk on; walk on with hope in your heart,
And you'll never walk alone;
You'll never walk alone.

Liverpool! Liverpool!''[[#Notes|1]]
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One of these days you need to play Side 2! https://radioparadise.com/music/song/30757/Pink_Floyd-Echoes
Overplayed on RP and one of my least favourite Floyd tracks. Made worse by football anthem at close. Sorry but doesn't float my boat. :(
GMM

TIMELESS CLASSIC alarm 
Always a good omen when this comes up on the playlist before a big Liverpool game. YNWA
My rating is only  7 
Meddle was the first album I ever bought. It had just come out...

...takes me back.
Holy cow. I'm sitting at my desk at work and suddenly I smell weed.
I wish One Of These Days was on the rotation....
(Sigh!)
 bam23 wrote:
I saw Pink Floyd at Case Western Reserve University, in a gymnasium, about the time this was released. Although I was completely straight at the time, there was a contact high effect that was inescapable. In many ways, I think this era represents some of the best work they did. Even knowing what came later, this point in their evolution was unique at the time. In some ways, their own fortunes (not monetary) might have been better had they not become so popular. I guess my perspective is based on seeing this group in that setting, when knowing what Pink Floyd even meant set one apart from most people. This was a college gym.
 
I saw DSOTM tour just down the road in the Kent State gymnasium. Very small and intimate, unlike today's large arenas. Straight also, only a kid. Lotsa funny smelling cigs....
Will try this track as an induction for deep self-hypnosis next time, it should be working because the effect has already emerged while I was listening. Now I can't go back to my work.
 Relayer wrote:

Well yea, because David has a great voice, and Roger struggles to sing well. Sure, he does well on some songs, but even Roger had to know that David was a far better singer (and better bass player as well if you listen to Animals).
 
At their feudingest (not a word, don't care) Roger Waters said Gilmour wrote 3rd rate lyrics and his voice had no "soul".
I love this song.  I hear the first chord and I get excited and stop what I'm doing, even though I've heard it a hundred times before.
 lizardking wrote:
...
Fearless and Free Four were two PF tracks I'd ask folks to "name the band" and was surprised how few "Floyd Fans" could do so.
...
 
I have done exactly this, with the same results.  Also the track See Emily Play.
 ziggytrix wrote:
I can't believe how much Roger let David sing on this album.

 
Well yea, because David has a great voice, and Roger struggles to sing well. Sure, he does well on some songs, but even Roger had to know that David was a far better singer (and better bass player as well if you listen to Animals).
 capandjudy wrote:
I like this much better than their block buster albums. I'm sure this must be a minority point of view.

 
well only in the sense that "block buster" usually means "most popular."  Although I bet that the "average" PF fan has purchased the same record more than once, like w/ DSOTM; too bad there aren't stats showing how many unique purchases an album had vs. repeat purchases.

For me, in the cassette tape days when I first started my journey into PF's music, it started with The Wall, graduated to DSOTM, then WYWH, then Animals (i.e. the 3 #1s and the #3) and then into the early stuff and movie soundtracks. 

Fearless and Free Four were two PF tracks I'd ask folks to "name the band" and was surprised how few "Floyd Fans" could do so. 

LONG LIVE RP!!

I saw Pink Floyd at Case Western Reserve University, in a gymnasium, about the time this was released. Although I was completely straight at the time, there was a contact high effect that was inescapable. In many ways, I think this era represents some of the best work they did. Even knowing what came later, this point in their evolution was unique at the time. In some ways, their own fortunes (not monetary) might have been better had they not become so popular. I guess my perspective is based on seeing this group in that setting, when knowing what Pink Floyd even meant set one apart from most people. This was a college gym.
 bking wrote:
I am sick of hearing Pink Floyd on the classic rock radio stations....same songs over and over again.  So refreshing to hear Fearless.

 
Yeah....I could do for some Atom Heart Mother too.
I like this much better than their block buster albums. I'm sure this must be a minority point of view.
I can't believe how much Roger let David sing on this album.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Ah Meddle...a sign of things to come.  This album never gets enough attention.

Is this comparable to the Beatle's Rubber Soul?  

 
...or the Rolling Stones' Between the Buttons if you swing that way.
Very Nice
Puts me right back there in the day
vibrating along my spine
floating
disjointed but connected
none the less

Thanks... again
I am sick of hearing Pink Floyd on the classic rock radio stations....same songs over and over again.  So refreshing to hear Fearless.
If any Floyd fans are in London take a visit to the V&A where there's the Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains exhibition's on - was there Saturday - fantastic - get 10am tickets
 idiot_wind wrote:
Ah Meddle...a sign of things to come.  This album never gets enough attention.

Is this comparable to the Beatle's Rubber Soul?  

 
Excellent point!
Ah Meddle...a sign of things to come.  This album never gets enough attention.

Is this comparable to the Beatle's Rubber Soul?  
Divine! I was blessed to hear this song performed to perfection by a local jam band while partying pretty hard at a nearby bar last night.

Thank you Pink Floyd
 for Fearless

is a very STRONG 7 for me


Favourite Pink Floyd song. Favourite song by anyone.

Pink Floyd
Fearless

is a 7 for me


Perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon.  Early PF at their best.
 jgrosch wrote:
When I was in high school I had a part time job in a used record store. One Saturday afternoon I took a hit of acid at the store and listening to the first side of this album over and over again until the boss figured out what was going on and sent me home with a copy of the album.
 

 
He understood you needed to listen to the second side of the gem as well !!
This reminds me of one of my days as a student : came to my summer job still totally high after an epic acid night... having listened to Meddle a few hundred times. The boss looked at me in the eyes a veeeery long moment. But he didn't send me home, unfortunately.
=> it's been a terrible day in the bookstore that day {#Eyes} {#Fire} {#Propeller} {#Bounce} 
 MJdub wrote:
Never realized that was an ear...always thought it was some weird blurry camel or something.  Never saw it larger than a thumbnail though.
Ambulance LTD did a decent cover of this song.  Still can't believe there's no Ambulance LTD on RP {#Stupid} 

 
Somebody did upload the cover to LRC, but apparently it didn't make the grade.  Too bad.
This song is featured in the bong scene in that latest R. Linklater movie "Everybody Wants Some".

Overall, a pretty disappointing effort for Linklater, who has hit some highs and lows.  But hearing this song was probably the best bit in that movie. 
 MJdub wrote:
Never realized that was an ear...always thought it was some weird blurry camel or something.  Never saw it larger than a thumbnail though.
Ambulance LTD did a decent cover of this song.  Still can't believe there's no Ambulance LTD on RP {#Stupid} 

 
Please upload.
 Jakethemuss wrote:
These guy's have just ripped off the Charlatans "Here Come's a Soul Saver" - disappointing.

 
Forget about the Charlatans, these guys should do the Liverpudlians justice.

 willmcnaught wrote:
 Jakethemuss wrote:
These guy's have just ripped off the Charlatans "Here Come's a Soul Saver" - disappointing.

 {#Drunk}
This was released in 1971, The Charlatans were formed in 1988/89 Jake you can apologize any time you want! lmao

 
Apparently, sarcastic humor does seem to translate very well in these comment threads.
 ShaunJ wrote:

Hilarious, as there are always comments on RP about bands ripping off another bands sound. Thanks for clarifying the obvious   {#Cheers}

 
Completely agree; a band being influenced by another doesn't mean they 'ripped off' anyone!!
 willmcnaught wrote:
 Jakethemuss wrote:
These guy's have just ripped off the Charlatans "Here Come's a Soul Saver" - disappointing.

 {#Drunk}
This was released in 1971, The Charlatans were formed in 1988/89 Jake you can apologize any time you want! lmao

 
Hilarious, as there are always comments on RP about bands ripping off another bands sound. Thanks for clarifying the obvious   {#Cheers}
After making their "live at pompeii" video 45yrs ago during the Pink Floyd meddle tour, dave gilmour went back to play a concert there recently, which ought to be out on DVD at some point:
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2016/jul/14/david-gilmour-live-at-pompeii-a-photo-essay
trying to erase every trace.
 smackiepipe wrote:
Still my favorite Floyd album. It's got it all.

 
Ditto.
In my view, among the best god-like songs of all time.  Climb the hill.  Overcome internal fear.  Cast off the chiding remarks of those who won't because of their own fears.   The very first chord fills me with encouragement.
This album got overshadowed by Dark Side of the Moon. 

This is a mighty fine album. Play more from it! 
Still my favorite Floyd album. It's got it all.
Not sure if it just came up on rotation or if Bill is playing tribute.
Either way, great to hear this today.

Hillsborough inquests: Fans unlawfully killed, jury concludes
I love this album. It's like Barrett on one side, and the 'new' Floyd on the other. That transition they had to make after Syd lost the plot was nothing short of miraculous. It has to be said that if Syd hadn't taken quite so much LSD, we might never have had the classic Floyd albums we know and love so much. Crazy.
 stunix wrote:
Obscure?     very little PF is obscure, except "obscured by clouds". :)  
Arguably, this track is now obscure.  When was the last time you heard it, other than here on RP?  Seems like most young people these days (my kids' generation) know plenty of Pink Floyd, but only because of The Wall, and early stuff like this is foreign to them.
Memories of girlfriends in the 70's :-)
A 10 as no 12 available. 
 Jakethemuss wrote:
These guy's have just ripped off the Charlatans "Here Come's a Soul Saver" - disappointing.

 {#Drunk}
This was released in 1971, The Charlatans were formed in 1988/89 Jake you can apologize any time you want! lmao
 Jakethemuss wrote:
These guy's have just ripped off the Charlatans "Here Come's a Soul Saver" - disappointing.

 
1971 dude! Were the charlatans even born?
These guy's have just ripped off the Charlatans "Here Come's a Soul Saver" - disappointing.
 jgrosch wrote:
When I was in high school I had a part time job in a used record store. One Saturday afternoon I took a hit of acid at the store and listening to the first side of this album over and over again until the boss figured out what was going on and sent me home with a copy of the album.
 

 
That made me laugh. Today you'd probably get fired and maybe arrested
 sirtezza wrote:
Much less PF please.

 
Much less sirtezza please 
 jgrosch wrote:
When I was in high school I had a part time job in a used record store. One Saturday afternoon I took a hit of acid at the store and listening to the first side of this album over and over again until the boss figured out what was going on and sent me home with a copy of the album.
 

 
Thanks for sharing, that's kinda cool     {#Smile}


Much less PF please.
When I was in high school I had a part time job in a used record store. One Saturday afternoon I took a hit of acid at the store and listening to the first side of this album over and over again until the boss figured out what was going on and sent me home with a copy of the album.
 
 stevesaw wrote:

yup. One of those albums you just need to listen to straight through.

 
Driving a car— on a long trip, with a light rain falling... done that !
 Lazarus wrote:
Volume is wayyyy up...  we be dancing...

miss you, Buster...  you could play this heavenly song like an angel, brother...

this whole album is incredible... 

 
My favorite PF like many others on the list.  Lazarus, haven't seen you lately.
Never realized that was an ear...always thought it was some weird blurry camel or something.  Never saw it larger than a thumbnail though.
Ambulance LTD did a decent cover of this song.  Still can't believe there's no Ambulance LTD on RP {#Stupid} 
 Sunman wrote:
One of my favorite obscure Floyd songs. The rhythm always captivates me. Love the seg into You'll Never Walk Alone at the end.

 
Obscure?     very little PF is obscure, except "obscured by clouds". :)
Meddle sold over 2 million records in the US alone. (THE US BEING JUST 5% OF GLOBAL POPULATION).  https://goo.gl/jEHM27
 akdavey wrote:
This song could have been recorded yesterday.

 
Exactly what I was thinking.
 
 JohnnySockhead wrote:
That weird sound at end sounds like reversed crowd noises.

 
It's a recording of a crowd, played in a regular, "non-reversed" direction.  It's source is discussed in earlier posts in this thread.
Will always remember this is the tune I heard one time in the wee hours of the morning in high school on some radio station and was captivated not knowing who it was.....this was THE tune that drew me deep into a full exploration of Pink Floyd....amazing!
That weird sound at end sounds like reversed crowd noises.
This song could have been recorded yesterday.

Flaming Lips?
My Morning Jacket?
Pearl Jam?
Cold Play?
Belle and Sebastian?
War on Drugs?
Gomez?


One of my favorite obscure Floyd songs. The rhythm always captivates me. Love the seg into You'll Never Walk Alone at the end.
That's it!!! You nailed it!

willmcnaught wrote:
{#Music}also hear lol scraig wrote:


The end of this song always reminds me of the desert scene in Close Encounters

 

 


 cmcisaac wrote:
Favorite PF song off of my favorite PF album....

 
yup. One of those albums you just need to listen to straight through.
Do we really even need to submit ratings for this? Some songs should just get an automatic outstanding. It's like winning the Masters and getting a lifetime exemption.
 vancoovur wrote:
One of those songs that makes me look up from what I'm doing and smile.

 
universally mesmerizing
 
You'll never walk (alone)...

I'll just leave this right here:

https://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/ll-walk-Devon-Royal-Marine-suffers-unfortunate/story-25980878-detail/story.html


{#Music}also hear lol scraig wrote:


The end of this song always reminds me of the desert scene in Close Encounters

 


I click on the song every time I hear it but I stay stuck when I have to rate it : do I like or not ? Part of me does, another part of me finds it too long and / or repetitive. But it never fails to catch my ear and make me stop, it has to mean something that I stop any action just to listen to it, no? I'm confused.... {#Think}
Favorite PF song off of my favorite PF album....
Very nice!
Why can't I rate this song 100?!?!?!!
 scraig wrote:


The end of this song always reminds me of the desert scene in Close Encounters

 
Were they Liverpool fans in the crowd in that scene, then? ;-)
 scraig wrote:


The end of this song always reminds me of the desert scene in Close Encounters

 
An excellent observation, SCraig.
At a Victor Wooten concert a couple years ago Victor parodied a PF bassline, "Money" of course, and it seemed so boring versus his wild virtuosic funk. But that not only was unkind, it missed a few key points: 1) Pink Floyd is attuned to the higher chakras;  2) Pink Floyd is about percussion, verse and poetry, not dancing, and 3) you need to have had the Secret Decoder Drug to receive Pink Floyd.
If you doubt #2, I'll lend you my laserdisk of "Live At Pompeii" (or you can YouTube it, the whole show!) and you'll experience their percussion thing clearly. If you doubt #3, I can't help you.


The end of this song always reminds me of the desert scene in Close Encounters
 vancoovur wrote:
One of those songs that makes me look up from what I'm doing and smile.

 
Ditto
One of those songs that makes me look up from what I'm doing and smile.
My favorite Pink Floyd song too.
Better than most anything on the airwaves today.
 tiler wrote:

I like the baboons anis idea 
 
I have always seen some sort of bird embryo.  I don't want to know why!
 Padutarb wrote:
My favourite Floyd song.
Also pretty sure The Charlatans UK pinched the ascending riff for one of their songs- 'North Country Boy' if memory serves me correctly.
 
My favorite Pink Floyd album....and yes, I agree - your memory serves correct! {#Cheers}
My favourite Floyd song.
Also pretty sure The Charlatans UK pinched the ascending riff for one of their songs- 'North Country Boy' if memory serves me correctly.
 lily34 wrote:

yes, i just don't see it. i see an upside down nose/nostril.

 
I like the baboons anis idea 
New Album Coming?

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/06/pink-floyd-new-album-the-endless-river_n_5561346.html
Very World Cup-ish !! 
{#Biggrin}
 lily34 wrote:
yes, i just don't see it. i see an upside down nose/nostril.
 
The ear is a little more evident with the jacket open (and turned sideways):

https://www.artforall.co.uk/images/CCA/tho_meddle.jpg
 hayduke2 wrote:

Wiki says:

The album's title Meddle is a play on words; a medal, and to interfere. Storm Thorgerson originally suggested a close-up shot of a baboon's anus for the album cover photograph. He was overruled by the band, who informed him via an inter-continental telephone call while on tour in Japan that they would rather have "an ear underwater". The cover image was photographed by Bob Dowling. The image represents an ear, underwater, collecting waves of sound (represented by ripples in the water). 


kind of sorry for removing the mystery of that odd shape  : )

 
yes, i just don't see it. i see an upside down nose/nostril.
 lily34 wrote:
in all seriousness, i have a question - what is the cover art? to me it looks like an upside down profile of a nose in water.

 
Wiki says:

The album's title Meddle is a play on words; a medal, and to interfere. Storm Thorgerson originally suggested a close-up shot of a baboon's anus for the album cover photograph. He was overruled by the band, who informed him via an inter-continental telephone call while on tour in Japan that they would rather have "an ear underwater". The cover image was photographed by Bob Dowling. The image represents an ear, underwater, collecting waves of sound (represented by ripples in the water). 


kind of sorry for removing the mystery of that odd shape  : )
 fredriley wrote:
Entrance to Liverpool FC ground

The famous entrance to Anfield, Liverpool FC's home.

 
cool, now I'm goin to wiki Carousel and listento the tune, Cheers! 
in all seriousness, i have a question - what is the cover art? to me it looks like an upside down profile of a nose in water.
 BillG wrote:

Any Liverpool Football Club fan will be happy to set you straight on that one :-)  Or just ask The Google.

 
True enough, Bill. I've been to Anfield for matches as an away fan, and have heard the Kop singing You'll Never Walk Alone before kick-off, which brought the hairs up on the back of my neck. Any UK football (soccer, to youse across the Pond) fan will tell you that the song is Liverpool FC's official anthem, and has been for decades. The song itself was most famously (in the UK) performed by Gerry and the Pacemakers, who are from Liverpool themselves.
{#Cowboy}
loverly to hear on this Spring morning….
 Mari wrote:
'71...b'fore i was even geborn'd! what a wonderful era of music to archive! (for a young 'un!;)

 
Archive hell, I'm still living it brother!
{#Cheers}
Thanks for being there for me PF, all praise is to Almighty God!
you'll never walk alone... :)
'71...b'fore i was even geborn'd! what a wonderful era of music to archive! (for a young 'un!;)
An incredibly underrated song in the Pink Floyd canon.
{#Sunny} Love it
{#Yell}   "this is Sublime"
Volume is wayyyy up...  we be dancing...

miss you, Buster...  you could play this heavenly song like an angel, brother...

this whole album is incredible... 
I must apologize for the 9 rating, now a 10. After all these years this still emerges from the flotsam of the ages, in something approaching perfection.
 BillG wrote:

Any Liverpool Football Club fan will be happy to set you straight on that one :-)  Or just ask The Google.

 
Dang!... kingart got called out by BillG. 
Great way to interrupt my otherwise productive day, RP. {#Angel}
Great, catchy, guitar & sing along song made in the days when Pink Floyd was still trying to find its voice after Syd went over the rainbow!
rharvey658 wrote:

You are correct that it is originally from Carousel, but you are wrong to say that it is not from a Liverpool football game!  It is obviously a chant that the fans use at their matches.

 

Many years ago I worked in the best record store around & during my time there I worked with a man from England. He told me many a story & well you don't always believe all of them.
However he claimed to be at this particular Floyd concert and added his voice to the refrain. Every time I here this It makes me think of him.
He also claimed to have lived in the same block of flats as John Lennon. He was there at the right time so who am I to say different.
Why I love RP… reaching back to 1971 for a little played number by one of the greats. Now, if RP would only get the courage to play "Echoes" from the same album….all 23 minutes and 32 seconds of it!
 kingart wrote:

That's not a football game chant. OK, it may have been recorded at a football game (more likely a concert), but in itself it's an excerpt from You'll Never Walk Alone, a tune from Rodgers & Hammerstein's wonderful 1950s musical Carousel. I don't know know what else it may be referring to. 

 
You are correct that it is originally from Carousel, but you are wrong to say that it is not from a Liverpool football game!  It is obviously a chant that the fans use at their matches.
 BillG wrote:

Any Liverpool Football Club fan will be happy to set you straight on that one :-)  Or just ask The Google.

 
Well said. And kingart, that actually is a recording of a Liverpool FC crowd at a game at the end of the song: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fearless_(Pink_Floyd_song)#Recording 
now we're gettin somewhere.. {#Music}
ok so whether or not you like this song, one this for sure IMHO - RP plays this one just too often.
Personally I love the song, but just a little too much play.  I guess it's a good thing to maybe get people exposed to more pink floyd other than the "biggies" - RP - try some other non-hit pink floyd stuff (all with roger, please).
  
Never liked the football chant at the end, so I give it a '9'.