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Pink Floyd — If
Album: Atom Heart Mother
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Released: 1970
Length: 4:24
Plays (last 30 days): 1
If I were a swan, I'd be gone
If I were a train, I'd be late
And if I were a good man
I'd talk with you more often than I do

If I were asleep, I could dream
If I were afraid, I could hide
If I go insane
Please, don't put your wires in my brain

If I were the moon, I'd be cool
If I were the rule, I would bend
If I were a good man
I'd understand the spaces between friends

If I were alone, I would cry
And if I were with you, I'd be home and dry
And if I go insane
Will you still let me join in with the game?

If I were a swan, I'd be gone
If I were a train, I'd be late again
If I were a good man
I'd talk with you more often than I do
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 lizardking wrote:

Well now...there IS someone else that wants to hear that tune (which I like to abbreiveate for obviousl reasons) - and I don't think we'll hear SSoSFAGTiaCaGwaP on RP...or maybe we will?  Long Live RP and whatever tunes BnR play!!
 
LOVE that tune  - now THAT would be radical to hear - even for RP!
 kbs wrote:
After the Proclaimers it surely should have been "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict" from Ummagumma...
 
Well now...there IS someone else that wants to hear that tune (which I like to abbreiveate for obviousl reasons) - and I don't think we'll hear SSoSFAGTiaCaGwaP on RP...or maybe we will?  Long Live RP and whatever tunes BnR play!!
After the Proclaimers it surely should have been "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict" from Ummagumma...
 tkosh wrote:
Still love the old PF best.  After Dark Side of the Moon (best album ever!) it was all over for me...

 
After Meddle it was all over for me. 
Great song apart from the pace and the vocals. 
Enough already with this maudlin pap.  This song is evidently on constant rotation. So many better PF alternatives.
Drum Hat Buddha followed by Atom Heart Mother. I see what you did there Bill. {#Clap}
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 Skydog wrote:
let's kick it up a few notches with "Astronomy Domaine"
 

 
Astronomy Domine
{#Sleep}
Beautiful tender song not played enough anywhere
let's kick it up a few notches with "Astronomy Domaine"
 
All I can think of is Blutowski grabbing the guitar and smashing it.
Rubbish. Make it stopppppppppppp
 tkosh wrote:
Still love the old PF best.  After Dark Side of the Moon (best album ever!) it was all over for me...

 
Really?  I'm not arguing that DSOTM was a great album, but to disregard Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall seems short sighted.  Personally, I think their high-water mark was either Shine On You Crazy Diamond (both halves) or Dogs.

Also, old PF would best be considered to be the material that preceded DSOTM, like this great album Atom Heart Mother.
 tkosh wrote:
Still love the old PF best.  After Dark Side of the Moon (best album ever!) it was all over for me...

 
I concur...
Not sure why I gave this a 4 originally, must have been in a bad mood.   Going up to a 6 or 7.  Not the best Floyd but interesting non the less.
goodbye cruel world.. oops wrong Floyd era..{#Think}
Still love the old PF best.  After Dark Side of the Moon (best album ever!) it was all over for me...
 misterbearbaby wrote:
If it wasn't all a dream, I saw a modern dance troupe do a one of those flailing, wacked-out modern ballets to (the full-length recording of) "Atom Heart Mother" in upstate New York in the winter of 1971-72. It impaired my enjoyment of this fine album essentially for life.
 
Now THAT is a 'word picture'!  I'm sorry for your impairment, but I'm laughing my brain out thinking about the 'ballet'!
It's incredible how much genius can hide in such a simple tune.
I recently cranked up my nearly abandoned turntable and played a fantastic Japanese pressing of this album that I bought for $1 at a yard sale about 10 years ago (flawless condition). With the possible exception of Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast, which rather wears out its welcome, the album is really enjoyable. I understand that Pink Floyd did not consider it so great, but having seen much of the album performed in the Case Western Reserve gymnasium in 1971, it seared itself into the brain. I was totally straight, but the psychic energy in the room overwhelmed this lapse on my part. Great if simple song, anyway.
Just LOVE this tune - fantastic!
 
Now, there's some damn fine bands right there, damn fine.

 
bpkengor wrote:

So, the consensus is that RP plays a lot PF, PG, LZ, TH, & PT, is that right?  



 


 spacemoose wrote:

I suggest applied use of psychadelics, or empathogens.  They are very effective at breaking and/or reprogramming associations.  This mechanism is what makes them so effective in treating alcoholism and trauma. 

Get some good friends in a nice environment, take some shrooms, lsd or extacy, and have a nice trip while listening to the album.  Thatl'll probably fix the problem.


 
A friend cured blinding migraine attacks that would have him bedridden for three days, by ingesting a quarter dose of  ecstacy just prior to the onset. Go figure.
 spacemoose wrote:

I suggest applied use of psychadelics, or empathogens.  They are very effective at breaking and/or reprogramming associations.  This mechanism is what makes them so effective in treating alcoholism and trauma. 

Get some good friends in a nice environment, take some shrooms, lsd or extacy, and have a nice trip while listening to the album.  Thatl'll probably fix the problem.

 



That will work a whole lot better than wires in the brain.
Such a great song.
lame
 Xstar wrote:

Awe dude, give it another chance!  I totally get it, but it was the dance and not the Floyd twas the flailing!
 
I suggest applied use of psychadelics, or empathogens.  They are very effective at breaking and/or reprogramming associations.  This mechanism is what makes them so effective in treating alcoholism and trauma. 

Get some good friends in a nice environment, take some shrooms, lsd or extacy, and have a nice trip while listening to the album.  Thatl'll probably fix the problem.

 misterbearbaby wrote:
If it wasn't all a dream, I saw a modern dance troupe do a one of those flailing, wacked-out modern ballets to (the full-length recording of) "Atom Heart Mother" in upstate New York in the winter of 1971-72. It impaired my enjoyment of this fine album essentially for life.
 
Awe dude, give it another chance!  I totally get it, but it was the dance and not the Floyd twas the flailing!


If it wasn't all a dream, I saw a modern dance troupe do a one of those flailing, wacked-out modern ballets to (the full-length recording of) "Atom Heart Mother" in upstate New York in the winter of 1971-72. It impaired my enjoyment of this fine album essentially for life.
 bpkengor wrote:

So, the consensus is that RP plays a lot PF, PG, LZ, TH, & PT, is that right?  
 
Are you implying that this is a bad thing?  When bands put out as much fantastic material as they have, it's hard to not play it.

 bpkengor wrote:

So, the consensus is that RP plays a lot PF, PG, LZ, TH, & PT, is that right?  
 
I think they meant not enough.

 horstman wrote:

Let's not forget Peter Gabriel, Led Zeppelin, and Porcupine Tree!

Love the PF and most of what Mr. Goldsmith plays, hey it's his station, and I thank him for his creative efforts.

 
So, the consensus is that RP plays a lot PF, PG, LZ, TH, & PT, is that right?  


 Furgas wrote:
"Goodbye Cruel World" comes to my mind when I listen to this song. Anyone else hear some resemblance?
 
Yes, I hear it. Both songs written by Waters.

I like cows....and PF.
"Goodbye Cruel World" comes to my mind when I listen to this song. Anyone else hear some resemblance?
I love Pink Floyd. Inclusive.{#Daisy}
 coomerfan wrote:
"I gave my love a chicken that had no bone...."

YAWN
  I'm not a fan of your comment....Coomer
This song is extraordinary in it's simplicity....


"I gave my love a chicken that had no bone...."

YAWN
I kind of missed the pre DSM Floyd in my journey - and I thank Bill for playing some now and then.

Apparently it pisses some listeners off to hear PF. . .yeah, I've worn out an LP or two in my day, but I bet someone will enjoy being introduced to those songs I've gotten tired of, so can the negative vibes. . . Viva RP!
9 to 10.  regardless of how I feel about Waters.
Quite mooooving.
My favorite Pink Floyd album
Grandpa talks about the good old times!

AS STUPID AS THE COVER COW!
 mgoldman wrote:
Here at RP you can count on Pink Floyd every Day.  And if you get tired of that, you can always listen to the Talking Heads EVERY DAY.  With the Billions of recorded tunes there are, a day OFF once in a while would be really nice.  Just my 2 cents, which ain't worth a nickle.
 
Let's not forget Peter Gabriel, Led Zeppelin, and Porcupine Tree!

Love the PF and most of what Mr. Goldsmith plays, hey it's his station, and I thank him for his creative efforts.

 mgoldman wrote:
Here at RP you can count on Pink Floyd every Day.  And if you get tired of that, you can always listen to the Talking Heads EVERY DAY.  With the Billions of recorded tunes there are, a day OFF once in a while would be really nice.  Just my 2 cents, which ain't worth a nickle.
 
Y'know, I sorta like Bill's PF jones. I wasn't a big PF fan back then, and he's opened my ears considerably to the variety and complexity of their recorded heritage. But...to your point, if this were my station, there would be a whole lot more Joe Jackson, Split Enz, Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, Allmans, and others. But it's not. So, I'm good with PF and whatever else Bill chooses to serve up. BTW I have all the Talking Heads stuff, and I love 'em; so for all you haters out there...{#Nyah}


 GriffinMN wrote:
You don't like hearing PF every day? I sure do! And I would love it if RP would play the whole Animals album one time. As for AHM - how great to hear it at all on radio. Great song - beautifully minimalist and wonderful understated guitar from Gilmour.
 
I love the juxtaposition of acronyms that permeates our daily existence...one man's Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM) is another's Atom Heart Mother (AHM).

Now why does this song makes me crave Chang's Chinese?

 mgoldman wrote:
Here at RP you can count on Pink Floyd every Day.  And if you get tired of that, you can always listen to the Talking Heads EVERY DAY.  With the Billions of recorded tunes there are, a day OFF once in a while would be really nice.  Just my 2 cents, which ain't worth a nickle.
 
If recorded songs are anything like web pages, blogs or opinions, 90% of them aren't worth your time. 

Nice song. I like that I get exposed to PF here that I wouldn't normally hear. Thanks Bill.  
Love the separation of the instruments in this tune.
Any chance we could hear "Alans Psychedelic Breakfast" for old times sake {#Lol}...... no marmalade.....

You don't like hearing PF every day? I sure do! And I would love it if RP would play the whole Animals album one time. As for AHM - how great to hear it at all on radio. Great song - beautifully minimalist and wonderful understated guitar from Gilmour.
Here at RP you can count on Pink Floyd every Day.  And if you get tired of that, you can always listen to the Talking Heads EVERY DAY.  With the Billions of recorded tunes there are, a day OFF once in a while would be really nice.  Just my 2 cents, which ain't worth a nickle.
And if I hear this again
I'll.... something that rhymes with again.
 DaveInVA wrote:

Nice Akai GX-620D! I restore and use old reel to reel machines daily. Mostly studio stuff like Studer, Ampex. Magnecord etc. I especially like the earlier tube stuff and even use them for live recording of bands for "vintage" sound... Here is a Tapesonic 70 I still use:


  I still have an Akai Tape Deck, which i use and it works perfektly since more than 20 Years! By the way, this is a nice song!


 justin4kick wrote:
This prehistoric piece of equipment has played this recording till the tape finally broke.
 
Nice Akai GX-620D! I restore and use old reel to reel machines daily. Mostly studio stuff like Studer, Ampex. Magnecord etc. I especially like the earlier tube stuff and even use them for live recording of bands for "vintage" sound... Here is a Tapesonic 70 I still use:


As a certified Floyd disliker (hate is such a strong word). I must say I really like this.
 h_in_bristol wrote:
I love Atom Heart Mother....
 


I have always thought of Trey and Phish when I listen to this track...intro tease at a live show.
If I were a swan, I'd be gone.
If I were a train, I'd be late.
And if I were a good man, I'd talk with you more often than I do.
If I were to sleep, I could dream.
If I were afraid, I could hide.
If I go insane, please don't put your wires in my brain.
If I were the moon, I'd be cool.
If I were a book, I would bend.
If I were a good man, I'd understand the spaces between friends.
If I were alone, I would cry.
And if I were with you, I'd be home and dry.
And if I go insane, will you still let me join in with the game?
If I were a swan, I'd be gone.
If I were a train, I'd be late again.
If I were a good man, I'd talk to you more often than I do.

I love Atom Heart Mother....
Oi... early Floyd was so stunning... specially aided by a few enhancing substances. I had such fun {#Lol}
One of the most undervalued songs by the Floyd, and you can see the origins of Dark Side in the lyrics and chord progressions.  Great track.
 justin4kick wrote:
This prehistoric piece of equipment has played this recording till the tape finally broke.
 
I've got an old R-to-R machine, too.  They were great for long stretches of music.  Use the 3 3/4 ips speed and you still get better fidelity than a cassette player! 

 cyaleah30 wrote:
This is a very soothing song...it's making me sleepy {#Sleep}
 

agreed
absolutely love this one - used to play it myself on the acoustic
 carl wrote:
I normally think of Floyd as having such distinct phases... but polish this old tune a bit, and it could have fit right in with later day albums like Animals, The Wall, or Final Cut. Anyway, it's all Floyd. It's all good... and I sure appreciate hearing hidden gems like this.
 
{#Clap} Good post from Dec 2001. 
This is a very soothing song...it's making me sleepy {#Sleep}
 justin4kick wrote:


This prehistoric piece of equipment has played this recording till the tape finally broke.
 
Mine was a 10-1/2" TEAC 7010 GSL with automatic reverse. It was awesome for the time, along with a pair of JBL L200 Studio Monitors being driven by 250W per side. And I knew how to splice!

(Breakfast in Los Angeles....macrobiotic stuff...)


A pedant writes: how nice to hear the subjunctive used properly - "if I were" rather than the increasingly common, and grammatically wrong, "if I was". That's all, folks :o)
justin4kick wrote:
This prehistoric piece of equipment has played this recording till the tape finally broke.
I used to have a r to r ...... what a classic .... much more elegant for music than a CD player. About the song .......... What a wonderful tune. Perfectly suited to today's weather; sunny, cool, clear, gentle breeze, peaceful. Great accompaniment to a bottle of Mojito with a Rocky Patel Series 1992. Bliss.............. :meditate: :meditate: :meditate: :cowboy: :cheers:
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This is classic Roger Waters - say what you will about his lack of melody, or whatever, but he was the idea man in the 70's - he just needed help polishing things up.
This prehistoric piece of equipment has played this recording till the tape finally broke.
classic floyd... luverly!
this is way to slow for me.... if i had a gun....
Love all the old Pink Floyd on RP. I own this album, but would never think to put it on. Takes me back to college.
braincloud wrote:
This is a fascinating album. Floyd is the greatest band of all time.
Damn, it is comments like this that I so wish the RP had the ability to 'digg-up'. :: sigh :: I'm only left with the profoundly lame, 'Yeah, me too'. :biggrin:
How funny....I don't know Floyd at all and thus didn't recognize this song. To my ear it sounded like some sappy young hipster strumming his acoustic. That is, until I heard the line that ended with "put wires in my brain" and thought "that sounds like something Pink Floyd would say". Only then did I look and see it was them. Made me chuckle.
This is a fascinating album. Floyd is the greatest band of all time.
their personal matters and issues are not important at all , they are producer of PF they offered it as a gift to the world which means whats going on behind the name of pink floyd is their own business . enjoy the music and dont ruin its great name with their bullshit conflicts .
j-mccull wrote:
....i love gilmour solo stuff, and like newer PF stuff, but roger waters(and earlier,sid barrett) was the sound...
How wrong you are. Joining right after Piper At the Gates of Dawn was released, Gilmour had to battle regularly with Waters to have some melody in their music. It's Gilmour playing trippy guitar sounds on Astronomy Domain, et al., Gilmour playing outstanding blues-laden guitar riffs, Gilmour with the beautiful lead vocal work. And Rick Wright, though it's little known, is quite accomplished on the keyboards. This is borne out in the DVD, Classic Albums: The Making of DSOM, which you can rent from your favorite mail subscription service. As an aside, on Rick's MySpace site he writes: "I'd like to meet a bass player (who) doesn't just write songs about his dad" ¬ó a poignant dig at Waters' The Wall. floydslips.blogspot.com
wild_mercury wrote:
I remember reading that David Gilmour finds AHM to be his least favorite PF effort, embarrassing and a complete failure. Not my favorite one either. I much prefer Green is the Colour....
That's Gilmour's opinion. Though the Floyd had little to do with the orchestration and final mix, I love the AHM Suite. I'm also fond of marmalade ("Marmalade, I like marmalade"), thanks very much. (wink) Listen to this CD in its entirety before you blast it, and try not to let Gilmour's comments sway your opinion.
govna wrote:
this album was great, you get a little taste of everybody. wait...EEEEEWWWWWW!!! ...oh and then there was the recipe for that wierd goat stew or whatever. it had like goat heads and shit. wait...EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!!!
You're seriously confused. This LP had a cow on its jacket, but no recipe¬ónot even for BBQ'd tri-tip. Perhaps you're thinking of the Stones' Goat Head Soup?
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Maybe they can get Syd Barrett to play. Oh, wait.
Have a look at the Pulse concert DVD...it's especially fabulous on a home theater system. floydslips.blogspot.com
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Pink Floyd was a completely different band several times. Band membership continually changed.
That's a big load of bunk. The only change was when David Gilmour came aboard after Piper At the Gates of Dawn due to Syd's declining ability to do anything. From that point own, it was always Gilmour, Waters, Wright, and Mason.
pevend wrote:
I must be a cretin, but I don't have any appreciation for pre-Meddle Pink Floyd. It seems like a completely different band.
Pink Floyd was a completely different band several times. Band membership continually changed.
I must be a cretin, but I don't have any appreciation for pre-Meddle Pink Floyd. It seems like a completely different band.
Nabla wrote:
If... I could turn back the clock, I would try to enjoy many, many concerts of those masters! That's a big pity that Pink Floyd nowadays is in our memory only! Why don't they play again...? :ask:
Maybe they can get Syd Barrett to play. Oh, wait.
If... I could turn back the clock, I would try to enjoy many many concerts of those masters! That's a big pity that Pink Floyd nowadays is a memory only!
. . . Goodbye, cruel world . . .
I like the sound in the background during "don't put your wires in my brain"
Holy smoke !!
trekhead wrote:
Boy, those opening notes were Sara Harmer all over the place!
WHAT?!!!! Sarah Harmer was BORN only a month after this album was released!!!! If you want to talk about similarity and who's copping who; Sarah even has an album entitled "You Were Here" - Somewhat similar to "Wish You Were Here" which came out when she was still a child. If there's a similarity , the comparison should be the other way around.
Really makes evident the thread between early Floyd and "the Wall" lyrically, and slightly musically via "Dark Side of the Moon".
Yeah, 6. One of those early floyd jams that I just don't get. I used to have this cd, and I didn't even remember this cut, that's how much of an impression it made.
This is how you take very simple lyrics...a simple melody...and you create a beautiful song.
A linguistic pedant writes: nice to hear a song using the subjunctive "if I were" rather than the increasingly common - and wrong - "if I was". Yes, I know I should get out more... I'd not heard this number before, and I thought I'd heard most early Floyd. Typical of their early years, and quite pleasant, though perhaps lacking the edge of their better stuff. 6 from the Nottingham jury.
Boy, those opening notes were Sara Harmer all over the place!
govna wrote:
this album was great, you get a little taste of everybody. wait...EEEEEWWWWWW!!! ...oh and then there was the recipe for that wierd goat stew or whatever. it had like goat heads and shit. wait...EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!!!
Has someone been doing a few too many drugs today? :propeller: :stupid:
zoran wrote:
This is my favorite song and I am pleasantly surprised to hear it on the radio. Thank you Bill. It's a nice Barret-Waters mix, thought it may sound (and in many way, it is) simple, it's still pretty interesting, "natural" and pleasent to hear. Especially if you know "old" Pink Floyd stuff and the circumstances...
Barret was long gone when this was recorded.I rarely listen to this album now,but I still enjoy it when I do,and of course hearing cool stuff is why I keep coming here.
this album was great, you get a little taste of everybody. wait...EEEEEWWWWWW!!! ...oh and then there was the recipe for that wierd goat stew or whatever. it had like goat heads and shit. wait...EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWW!!!
This song is the reason I donated money to RP this year. Well, that and so I could maybe win that Roku thingy, but mainly because RP plays cool stuff like this.
never a pink floyd fan, but this made me sit up and listen... i love this station for keeping me on my toes.:hearteyes:
I remember reading that David Gilmour finds AHM to be his least favorite PF effort, embarrassing and a complete failure. Not my favorite one either. I much prefer Green is the Colour....
there's always something new to learn at RP..Thanks
I like Pink Floyd as much as the next person, but this one really drags on far too long.
I am glad you like it. As for me, it is treacly, phlegm-inducing bilge.
Early Floyd - Style - vocals - lyrics - vibe bang on!!!!
One of the best songs of its time. Engraved in the memories of a lot of good ol' RP listeners like me. Nostalgia is forever ! Gimme de lighter ! :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap: :good-vibes: :clap:
This is my favorite song and I am pleasantly surprised to hear it on the radio. Thank you Bill. It's a nice Barret-Waters mix, thought it may sound (and in many way, it is) simple, it's still pretty interesting, "natural" and pleasent to hear. Especially if you know "old" Pink Floyd stuff and the circumstances...
Quite simply... the most overrated band ever.
If I blah blah sucko
MojoJojo wrote:
"I gave my love a chicken, it had no bones..."
HAHAHAHA!
"I gave my love a chicken, it had no bones..."
Play this at 4:00AMlease , and no other time, for god's sake! Barf Barf, Possibly the worst Pink Floyd ever, unless one is on acid.
I didn't realize it was Pink Floyd, and thought "cool, here's a band to check out." I never liked their pre-Meddle stuff that much, but I guess I hadn't heard all of it...
Granted I'm only about half way through my first listen....but this song is just too "simple", regardless if it is PF or not. I can't bring myself to give it any higher than a "6" at this point. "Animals" feels more complex to me, this is just blah. It isn't something I would pop into my CD player at home, that's for sure.
Amazing song from an amazing album.