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Pink Floyd — Cymbaline
Album: More
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:41
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The path you tread is narrow
And the drop is sheer and very high
The ravens all are watching
From a vantage point nearby
Apprehension creeping
Like a tube-train up your spine
Will the tightrope reach the end?
Will the final couplet rhyme?

And it's high time, Cymbaline
It's high time, Cymbaline
Please, wake me

A butterfly with broken wings
Is falling by your side
The ravens all are closing in
There's nowhere you can hide
Your manager and agent
Are both busy on the phone
Selling coloured photographs
To magazines back home

And it's high time, Cymbaline
It's high time, Cymbaline
Please, wake me

The lines converging where you stand
They must have moved the picture plane
The leaves are heavy around your feet
You hear the thunder of the train
Suddenly it strikes you
That they're moving into range
And Doctor Strange
Is always changing size

And it's high time, Cymbaline
It's high time, Cymbaline
Please, wake me

And it's high time, Cymbaline
It's high time, Cymbaline
Please, wake me
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Perfect song from an era which will be celebrated today

200 micrograms for this lil piggy if you wanna go anywhere
Maybe the worst PF song.  Just acceptable...4
This song takes me back to my college dorm room, exploring the Floyd catalog with my roommate who has become a lifelong friend. Good times...
I would call this another example of musical genius from Pink Floyd.  
only my very fav track of all time by PF <3 and album come to that!
 vanmas wrote:

Nee Frank... we laten je lekker slapen...

 
Fukengruven vit dem nincompoopenz! {#Mrgreen}
Where the Beatles left off in 70's
 frank_eindhoven wrote:
Can someone please wake me up when it's done? 
 
Nee Frank... we laten je lekker slapen...
Beautiful, underestimated album and soundtrack of the film More.
Play track one for once..."Cirrus Minor" with a beautiful mavis, I love it!
Can someone please wake me up when it's done? 
Ecellent
Great video! Love me some Floyd!!
 obstetricus wrote:
Interesting time in PFs development; can't imagine having the floyd do your movie soundtrack

 
Roll fwd from the 2:00 mark:



Nice!
 kcar wrote:

Was she stoned every time she called? That's dedication. 

This song sounds like the B-side to Traffic's "40,000 Headmen." 

 
Indeed. I thought this might be the live version of "40,000 Headmen". I guess it's the tablas.
i really like this! But could we get some more up beat stuff... Just a couple songs! {#Bananajumprope}
I too am a floyd fan and ive not heard this? early gilmour vocals, 4 sure....
havent heard of the album either?                   1
I just love how the Pink Floyd spectrum is so strikingly varied...always worth a listen, always puts the mind somewhere far away...NICE!
well it has been awhile .... good song still . I like it
I love that I keep discovering Pink Floyd, thanks to RP.
 islander wrote:
When I played late night DJ on the college radio station in Durango, I had some completely stoned girl calling all the time requesting this song. It took me about a month before I figured out what song she actually wanted, but I kept it handy afterwards - there are so few loyal listeners at 3:00 am.
 
Play Misty for me.
 bam23 wrote:

Nonsense, I must say. I have an old bootleg LP with this tune as part of a live performance and it has always stood out as a fine example of what this band could do in concert in their early days, not in their bombastic period. This reminds me of their show in Cleveland in 1970; truly transforming music. Also, the alleged Moody Blues similarity is all in your mind.
 
I also thought this was the Moody Blues the first time I heard it!
I don't remember this album but I like it.

 islander wrote:
When I played late night DJ on the college radio station in Durango, I had some completely stoned girl calling all the time requesting this song. It took me about a month before I figured out what song she actually wanted, but I kept it handy afterwards - there are so few loyal listeners at 3:00 am.
 
Was she stoned every time she called? That's dedication. 

This song sounds like the B-side to Traffic's "40,000 Headmen." 
This is Pink Floyd? I love this.
This is Pink Floyd? I hate this.
 crockydile wrote:
The years have not been kind to this piece. Big Floyd fan, this sounds like Moody Blues of the same period. Blech!
 
Nonsense, I must say. I have an old bootleg LP with this tune as part of a live performance and it has always stood out as a fine example of what this band could do in concert in their early days, not in their bombastic period. This reminds me of their show in Cleveland in 1970; truly transforming music. Also, the alleged Moody Blues similarity is all in your mind.
amazing, an old pink floyd song I've somehow missed all these years...
Interesting time in PFs development; can't imagine having the floyd do your movie soundtrack
 jagdriver wrote:

Well, the LP I've loved since it came out. Just saw the movie in the last year or so, though, and realize that—bare breasts aside—I didn't miss a whole lot.
 
I'd like to see it again, if only for the scene near the begining where the American woman meet's our hero and makes him a margarhita.  When she licks the rim of the glass and dips it in the salt you know she's going to do him wrong!  IMO one of the most sensual movie scenes ever.

Terrific soundtrack, forgettable movie (except perhaps for the young lass who spends a good portion of the film topless).
Again,,1969,the best of R&R year !
Still one of my most favorite old 'Royd songs - just love it! {#Music}

"What is a Mellotron?"

From Wiki:-

The Mellotron is an electro-mechanicalpolyphonic keyboard originally developed and built in BirminghamEngland in the early 1960s. It superseded the Chamberlin, which was the world's firstsample-playback keyboard. The heart of the instrument is a bank of parallel linear magnetic audio tape strips. Playback heads underneath each key enable the playing of pre-recorded sounds. Each of the tape strips has a playing time of approximately eight seconds, after which the tape comes to a dead stop and rewinds to the start position.

Very unreliable and almost impossible to tour with, needed continuous TLC.
Originally used to provide string sounds with out having an orchestra.
 
After that Robot nonsense by Mangan put my auditory sensors in a full nelson, this is a welcome change.

Thanks rcurrier.

The wiki-page has an interesting description.  I paste one paragraph:

 

Richard Wright's use of the Farfisa Compact Duo was integral to the sound of Pink Floyd's early albums, such as The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. However, Wright came to more heavily utilize the Hammond organ on later albums, such as The Dark Side of the Moon. Still, Wright continued to use a Farfisa, even on David Gilmour's 2006 tour.


The years have not been kind to this piece. Big Floyd fan, this sounds like Moody Blues of the same period. Blech!
 westslope wrote:

Is that a melletron?

 
I think it's a Farfisa organ through Leslie rotating speakers.

I always felt real sorry for the roadies who had to hump Leslies around on tour back in those days. They are big and heavy!

Personally, I don't associate the Mellotron with Floyd and Rick Wright; it was more popular with King Crimson, (Wakeman-era) Yes, and (early, good) Genesis.
One of my favorite Royd songs..Just love it!{#Music}
Would be perfect for David Bowie/Brian Eno to cover!
 MickMan wrote:
Flashbacks to college. Really good flashbacks I might mention.
 

AMEN to that Brother!

{#High-five}

Lovely

 

P.S.  islander, that is an hilarious story!



When I played late night DJ on the college radio station in Durango, I had some completely stoned girl calling all the time requesting this song. It took me about a month before I figured out what song she actually wanted, but I kept it handy afterwards - there are so few loyal listeners at 3:00 am.
 dionysius wrote:
Fear no more the heat o' the sun,
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

- Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene 2
 
Yes, that song from Cymbeline.  It was later highlighted in Sondheim's The Frogs, an hilarious musical takeoff on the original by Aristophanes.  In the modern one, none other than Dionysius stages a competition between Shakespeare and G.B. Shaw, who hurl quotes and invectives at one another taken directly from their plays.  Toward the end, Shakespeare breaks out the secret weapon and sings "that song from Cymbeline," which is the above poem beautifully set to music.  Shaw responds, "A hit, a very palpable hit!" (now quoting Shakespeare, from the death scene in Hamlet) and concedes defeat.

Great post, Dio.

I've never heard this before!
I forgot this one! Thanks Bill!

I probably already heard this once or twice on RP but didn't realize that it was Pink Floyd.

I like.  Is that a mellotron?




 Jack_Jefferson wrote:
I sometimes put Pink Floyd in that category of bands that you should have gotten over shortly after high school (along with Led Zepplin and the Doors), but this is really interesting stuff being played now.
 
Actually, I did overlook PF and Zep in high school and college, and I truly regret it.  Now I'm going back and rediscovering all of their old stuff and realizing that I missed a hell of a lot.


Again, thanks Bill. How I loved this album!
I tend to forget this CD. Good stuff.   Nice cover, too!
Used to have this record (vinyl), got married and thinned out my collection by selling away. The dude at Wuxtry Records here in Athens saw this one and put it in his own stash to buy. Marriage, in retrospect, turned me into a Dumbass. To quote another favorite band of mine, 10cc....."the things we do for love." I have since learned the error of my ways. My "remaining" vinyl collection is sacred! Oh, and Rick Wright doesn't get enough credit.
 mandolin wrote:
...i adore hearing obscure floyd...
  AMEN!!!


 mandolin wrote:
...i adore hearing obscure floyd...
 
Yes, I stopped listening to FM radio 6 years ago because all they would play is "Money" and "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2"....thank Radio Paradise!!!

MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm......
...i adore hearing obscure floyd...
9!
 Mari wrote:
have i mentioned before, this is by far my favourite pink floyd album an' a wonderful movie to boot! trippy as all fuck!
 
Well, the LP I've loved since it came out. Just saw the movie in the last year or so, though, and realize that—bare breasts aside—I didn't miss a whole lot.


 More_Cowbell wrote:
This is the ONLY PF album/CD I do not have.  I do not think I am missing much.
 
Your loss!

I love that Brit Rock...,.Especially P.F., Queen, and some others. It's so melodic.{#Clap}
This is the ONLY PF album/CD I do not have.  I do not think I am missing much.
A very interesting and overlooked album in their catalog. Its nice to see this and Cirrus Minor on RP, although "The Nile Song" could easily rank with or above either of these tracks. It would be so nice to see someone upload that and give it a try in the LRC.

fav song off fav album of pf, luv it

MORE!


It's one thing to hear the studio version, but I have a bootleg album on which this song almost induces out of body sensations. Anyone who does not see the LSD inspiration in this music has never been there. At their peak, Pink Floyd concerts were absolutely trance inducing. By the time they made it big in the US, those days were gone. If you had the great fortune to see them prior to their "success", it is possible to see what they were capable of accomplishing. The earlier shows were much more enjoyable than, say, those at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium full of horrendously drunken louts. The atmosphere had certainly changed by 1974/5.
I love RP because you get to hear these more "obscure" PF songs....thanks RP!!!!
we need "more" of this album.
I was just reading about thier efforts on this album when this came on. Odd that. the album achieved another #9 finish in the UK, and peaked at #153 in the U.S
Flashbacks to college. Really good flashbacks I might mention. :devil_pimp:
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
I sometimes put Pink Floyd in that category of bands that you should have gotten over shortly after high school (along with Led Zepplin and the Doors), but this is really interesting stuff being played now.
That's just crazy talk.
EssexTex wrote:
Too anal for me
Needs more sphincter.
have i mentioned before, this is by far my favourite pink floyd album an' a wonderful movie to boot! :dance: trippy as all fuck!
I sometimes put Pink Floyd in that category of bands that you should have gotten over shortly after high school (along with Led Zepplin and the Doors), but this is really interesting stuff being played now.
This movie is great. The song sounds good outside of the film. So are the tunes from the film La Valle. Watch them someday.
Too anal for me
Fear no more the heat o' the sun, Nor the furious winter's rages; Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages: Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. - Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene 2
"It's High Time" indeed. Probably haven't heard it in 10 year... More (please)
who cares if this isnt the BEST PF song? I like listening to "ecclectic radio" for all sorts of music, and to hear whats out there. I want it to be interesting and hopefully "good" to me, but this is definitly interesting!!
thewiseking wrote:
weak. brings to mind some of spinal tap's early material.
only not as funny.
thewiseking wrote:
csnyder wrote:
There's another type of "music fan" that slams this kind of "crap" because they think it makes them look more sophisticated. no sophistication required. not on this one.
csnyder wrote:
There's another type of "music fan" that slams this kind of "crap" because they think it makes them look more sophisticated.Posted 12 years ago by thewiseking    [ Reply ]
thewiseking wrote:
there is a certain type of "music fan" who touts this kind of crap beacause they like to imagine that they discovered it themselves.
There's another type of "music fan" that slams this kind of "crap" because they think it makes them look more sophisticated.
there is a certain type of "music fan" who touts this kind of crap beacause they like to imagine that they discovered it themselves.
IMDB listing for the movie here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064694/ Sounds like the soundtrack album is the best part.
weak. brings to mind some of spinal tap's early material.
drH wrote:
DSOTM was extremely popular. But influential?
Just how would pop avoid having influence? Perhaps if it were to be altogether forgot. Has anyone yet forgot Dark Side of the Moon?
A great song in a strange album. Probably because, as it is said, PF wrote all More cuts in 6 days. There are great live bootleg versions of the song out there.
I'm getting the impression that it's high time, Cymbaline.
dmax wrote:
Not influential at all. My listening to it regularly for the last 30 years hasn't made an impression on me in the least. :-s
Well said! For fans, check out "The Making of DSOTM" DVD
drH wrote:
DSOTM was extremely popular. But influential?
You gotta be kiddin' us! DSOTM is one of the most representative LPs of the rock era. Influential? You betcher sweet bippy!
I've been gone from RP for a couple of days...have we already had the conversation about Floyd at Live 8?
One of the best Floyd LPs ever
I always forget that this song is really, really good. Guess I'll either have to buy a new copy or dust off the vinyl...
this album is so good! i need to see the movie...
KevinM wrote:
Everything Floyd did before Meddle is garbage.
I always enjoy your gift for equivocation, Kevin. :lol: :lol:
upinya wrote:
bottom out on Wish
Man, I don't know what y'all been smokin' but it's time to ease up a little . . . no, really, man, just set down the bong and slowly back away . . . okay, now, exhale, that's it, let it out . . . .
Whoah. I lost my copy of this album years ago. So long in fact, I barely remember this song at all. It sort of rings a bell...I guess...(pufffff...)
One of my all time favorites... We actually played it on our little high school garage band. :nodhead:
Wait, wasn't she that tiny.... oh, that was Thimbalina.
I just like dialog is all. And I got it. And yes, DSOTM is a technical marvel.
drH wrote:
DSOTM was extremely popular. But influential?
Not influential at all. My listening to it regularly for the last 30 years hasn't made an impression on me in the least. :-s
:music:
Great song. I think I have every Floyd album except this one - would have never discovered it.
Great song from an under-rated album.
upinya wrote:
They head downward through Dark Side, bottom out on Wish, then back up through Animals and peak again with The Wall.
That's hysterically funny! :lol: That's why Dark Side of the Moon stayed on Billboards album chart for 13+ years? DSOTM is one of those albums that has not worn out on me at all. It's still an ultimate :music: album. If that album wasn't innovation and perfection, I don't know what is. DSOTM, in my opinion is their apex, with some awesome stuff before it, and some awesome stuff that followed it.
upinya wrote:
Obscured By Clouds/Meddle/More (in no particular order) represent a great creative era for Floyd. They head downward through Dark Side, bottom out on Wish, then back up through Animals and peak again with The Wall. Havent heard Final Cut enough to say. Post-Waters (and maybe post-Barrett, for that matter) doesn't really count as Floyd.
Pink Floyd was going downhill with Dark Side of the Moon??? Wow, wonder what they would have produced if they had been going uphill?!?!
A Floyd tune I'd never heard before. Thank you!
Great song off of a great album. I actually prefer the older Pink Floyd to the newer stuff.
KevinM wrote:
Everything Floyd did before Meddle is garbage.
What an ignorant comment.
I should get this record of my attick and play it again. I've played Relics a lot, but hearing this, seems More is good enough to play again. Thanks PF! Thanks RP!
KevinM wrote:
Everything Floyd did before Meddle is garbage.
good lord man... Atom Heart Mother, UmmaGumma, Piper, More, and Saucerful are all among the most amazing pieces of music ever recorded.
KevinM wrote:
Everything Floyd did before Meddle is garbage.
LOL ! .
KevinM wrote:
Everything Floyd did before Meddle is garbage.
WRONG!!
Everything Floyd did before Meddle is garbage.
Yes, DSOTM was very influencial. You can still hear a lot that influence 30 years later in bands like Radiohead and The Mars Volta. I totally can't understand how somebody would say that Floyd went downhill with DSOTM and bottomed out with WYWH. That's fried. Every album that Floyd recorded between '66 and '83 is kickass in my book. I hate it that Syd went insane and got kicked out. It would have happened, anyway, because the guy was totally psychotic. I agree, Animals was one of their best, but damn you can't deny DSOTM. DSOTM was full of creativity and innovation.
rgrace wrote:
Uh huh, and DSOTM wasn't really one of the most influential rock albums in history. Nice try. Agree otherwise, though.
DSOTM was extremely popular. But influential?
Wow, what an amazing coincidence... I just bought this tune at iTunes!
upinya wrote:
Obscured By Clouds/Meddle/More (in no particular order) represent a great creative era for Floyd. They head downward through Dark Side, bottom out on Wish, then back up through Animals and peak again with The Wall. Havent heard Final Cut enough to say. Post-Waters (and maybe post-Barrett, for that matter) doesn't really count as Floyd.
Uh huh, and DSOTM wasn't really one of the most influential rock albums in history. Nice try. Agree otherwise, though.
Obscured By Clouds/Meddle/More (in no particular order) represent a great creative era for Floyd. They head downward through Dark Side, bottom out on Wish, then back up through Animals and peak again with The Wall. Havent heard Final Cut enough to say. Post-Waters (and maybe post-Barrett, for that matter) doesn't really count as Floyd.
Thanks Bill. The Studio version recieves almost no airplay. I believe this song was a staple in their early tours. 1970-1972. There are some very intense live versions of this song available. Check them out if at all possible.