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Pink Floyd — Summer 68
Album: Atom Heart Mother
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Released: 1970
Length: 5:28
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Would you like to say something before you leave?
Perhaps you'd care to state exactly how you feel
We say goodbye before we've said hello
I hardly even like you
I shouldn't care at all
We met just six hours ago
The music was too loud
From your bed I gained a day and lost a bloody year
And I would like to know
How do you feel?
How do you feel?

Not a single word was said
The night still hid our fears
Occasionally you showed a smile
But what was the need
I felt the cold far too soon
In a room of 95
My friends are lying in the sun
I wish that I was there
Tomorrow brings another town
Another girl like you
Have you time before you leave to greet another man?
Just you let me know
How do you feel?
How do you feel?

Goodbye to you
Charlotte Pringle's due
I've had enough for one day
And I would like to know
How do you feel?
How do you feel?

Not a single word was said
The night still hid our fears
Occasionally you showed a smile
But what was the need
I felt the cold far too soon
In a room of 95
My friends are lying in the sun
I wish that I was there
Tomorrow brings another town
Another girl like you
Have you time before you leave to greet another man?
Just you let me know
How do you feel?
How do you feel?

Goodbye to you
Charlotte Pringle's due
I've had enough for one day
Comments (237)add comment
A very nice article about the tale of the tortured creation of Atom Heart Mother.
https://www.loudersound.com/fe...
Early Floyd masterpiece
Spectacular! Always love to hear it here on RP.
Love the lp this was the first lp i got that started my collection used to lay in front of a sears stereo and play as loud as i could
 gmsingh123 wrote:


Since Gilmour has decided to dedicate his career to being one of the better Pink Floyd tribute bands out there I don't think he's the best indicator of what a hardcore PF fan thinks.  Pink Floyd was the most interesting before it became a Roger Waters solo project.
 
This is utter hogwash.  Gilmour was as essential to Floyd as Waters.  Furthermore, he (really they as 2 other members were in on the late PF offerings) hasn't released anything under the PF name in 25 years. 

Both Gilmour and Waters play PF songs live, so one could make the exact same argument (i.e. tribute band) about Roger.  Hell, he just did 2 tours of the Wall in the last 5 years.  It's sad what happened between them (and Rick Wright/Nick Mason) but most of the damage was done by Mr. Waters.  This included firing Rick Wright from the band.

I for one am glad for AMLOR and the Division Bell and thankful that PF lived on another 10 years without Roger.
absolutely top - they don't make them like this anymore (in fact no one else ever did)
A classic that both brings many of us to a specific time and place... yet transcends time. THANK YOU, RP!
Briiiillllliiiiaaaannnntt!!! I'm tingling.
we miss you Rick even more after this tune, didnt hear it in a while.. still sounds amazing, so much gems im PF back log
How do you feel?

The piano, trumpets and particularly the church organ make me very very happy. Thank you, PF and RP.
 ppopp wrote:
Excellent tune. Nice surprise. Rick at his best.

 
Have you ever heard Ummagumma ? The four live tracks ?
 
 
For me, there are some of the best Wright moments ever.
 
Udderly terrific.
Always stops me in my tracks to listen..!  Love this one.
 Proclivities wrote:

Even the members of the band expressed their disdain for this album in more recent times; Gilmour apparently called it "rubbish".  I like some of the stuff on this album though.

 

Since Gilmour has decided to dedicate his career to being one of the better Pink Floyd tribute bands out there I don't think he's the best indicator of what a hardcore PF fan thinks.  Pink Floyd was the most interesting before it became a Roger Waters solo project.
 Proclivities wrote:
Even the members of the band expressed their disdain for this album in more recent times; Gilmour apparently called it "rubbish".  I like some of the stuff on this album though.
 
Not their best effort for sure, but an interesting timepiece to listen to once in a while.
since my schooldays one of my favourites floyd tunes.

underestimated rick wright - the george harrison of the floyd if you want - together with the genius of mr gilmour was for me the responsible for the unique PF music signature. of course the lyrics of roger waters (especially from DSOTM on) mede the whole complete.

 
Their homage to The Beech Boys, with their own slant on it.   Marvellous !
Love the showcase on Rick Wright.  Thanks Bill!
 coloradojohn wrote:
So totally reminiscent of Syd...The trippy piano near the end really echoes See Emily Play! and Rick Wright made this a fabulous song!

 
Hearing this again after a very many years, suddenly the trippy piano reminded me of the Robbie Williams song "Feel".  Obviously there is 41 years gap between them and the Robbie Willams one is pure pop but still it might be a nice comparison for RP listeners to compare and contrast them both.
So totally reminiscent of Syd...The trippy piano near the end really echoes See Emily Play! and Rick Wright made this a fabulous song!
wow can`t believe this is on here thanks bill and crew 10/10
{#Bananajam} 
{#Sunny}
Long time no hear {#Bananapiano}
Thanks, Bill!
Just trippin' with the Floyd, man. Psychedelic.
Excellent tune. Nice surprise. Rick at his best.
 Proclivities wrote:

Even the members of the band expressed their disdain for this album in more recent times; Gilmour apparently called it "rubbish".  I like some of the stuff on this album though.

 
Probably he was referring to other songs on this album. This one is a real gem. Which can't be said of Alan's psychedelic breakfast. 
 plaid wrote:
I'm a huge fan of PF, but this is too repetitive, drab and underwhelming.

 
Even the members of the band expressed their disdain for this album in more recent times; Gilmour apparently called it "rubbish".  I like some of the stuff on this album though.
 rdo wrote:
Great song!

Today is election day...millions of Americans will vote for the Democratic party, millions will vote for the Republican party....and one person will even vote for the Socialists!!

As we say in Chicago:  vote early and often! 
 
Good luck with your republican party. All american people thinks worst about socialism. Meet Europe and you change your mind. EEUU has a really ancient thinking, since dinosaurus don't see anything similar.


i LOVE this song !
I don't recall ever hearing this....
Come on! Let's all jam to some Funky Dung now! Some of their tastiest improv talents come through in bits and flashes on this record.
Wow!!! This sounds like Beach Boys meet Sgt. Pepper. 
My favorite PF song. Goosebumps :)
On of the best songs of PF, really! 
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for playing this awesome song from my favorite PF era.
Great song!

Today is election day...millions of Americans will vote for the Democratic party, millions will vote for the Republican party....and one person will even vote for the Socialists!!

As we say in Chicago:  vote early and often! 
Ahhhhhh.
How do you feel?  (Summer or 2014 is here.)
J'aime ca.
Actually just got the CD over a year ago, and haven't heard this in a while.....but I guess I'm jaded; I like it....some other stuff off this LP, not so much...but this is good...
 justin4kick wrote:

Listen again.

 
I agree
Definitely not their best, oh well at least they just got better and better?
Redondo Beach meets the Cavern Club.
This song was supposedly supposed to accompany Alex in Clockwork Orange where the Beeethoven bits are now, but licensing couldn't be agreed again. Would have been amazing.
Edit: Oh no I am thinking of the atom hearth mother suite, the 20 minute long one.
 plaid wrote:
I'm a huge fan of PF, but this is too repetitive, drab and underwhelming.

 
Listen again.
I always liked how this one sounded a lot like it still bears some of Syd's influences...the dreamy melodies coming in and out, the almost childlike innocence in the words, even as they convey adult themes...and oh, so much more cheerful and bouncy than their later trends...
Brilliant! I have never heard this song on any radio station previously. Rick Wright on form.



Everybody in my churches loves this song...
 
Can I give one more 10? 
Thanks Bill, nice to hear one of these once in awhile.  Really enjoyed it in the context of where PF was at that point in their growth and where it fit into the times.
I'm a huge fan of PF, but this is too repetitive, drab and underwhelming.
 smackiepipe wrote:
Reminded me a bit of The Nice back in the day, too. Except the vocals are better.
 
Which is why Mr. Emerson of the Nice went and found himself Mr. Lake of King Crimson. 
 Tana wrote:
Did Pink Floyd somehow get an advance copy of the Beach Boys' Smile recordings? Remarkable similarities in parts.
 

Actually - the Floyd - like hundreds of other musicians including the Beatles - were probably listening to Pet Sounds a lot in the summer of '66 and all the seasons to follow  before they stepped in to record this.

Oh - and the probably listened to Revolver and Sgt Pepper as well.

This is a very cool piece of work.
A favorite Floyd cut, in part because it sounds so different from their other stuff (which I also love).
 misterbearbaby wrote:


I attended a modern dance performed to Atom Heart Mother 1971-ish. I expected it to be silly, but I was quite amazed. A somewhat neglected PF album, best taken as single composition.
 
Agreed!
Never thought this would be played here. I'm not a Pink Floyd fan but this IS for me their top song! 
Didn't like that at all.
Introspective and ahead of their time. Love this tune. Period.
 aspicer wrote:
Unbelievable memories to this tune.  Incredible piece of music!  Thanks Bill.  You certainly won't hear this on any other "radio station!"
 

I attended a modern dance performed to Atom Heart Mother 1971-ish. I expected it to be silly, but I was quite amazed. A somewhat neglected PF album, best taken as single composition.
Feel the complete opposite. After that dredge by Sigur Ros it is so good to hear something great from some talented musicians.

 tutakea wrote:
hm... following Sigur Ros, i admit this classic sounds quite lame to me, now...
really way to much assassa and humssasssa 
 


Did Pink Floyd somehow get an advance copy of the Beach Boys' Smile recordings? Remarkable similarities in parts.
Unbelievable memories to this tune.  Incredible piece of music!  Thanks Bill.  You certainly won't hear this on any other "radio station!"
I still love this after all of these years; Rick Wright's piano melodies have always been very soothing to my ear.
Reminded me a bit of The Nice back in the day, too. Except the vocals are better.
hm... following Sigur Ros, i admit this classic sounds quite lame to me, now...
really way to much assassa and humssasssa 
 lmic wrote:
I simply can't believe how much like the Kinks they sound, sometimes. Love it.
 

The Kinks couldn't carry Floyd's guitar straps or any other equipment.  No really, they asked one time and Waters told em to piss off!
One of the greatest album covers of all time BTW and a great song! 8
I'll second that...  MACROBIOTIC STUFF!

 
LSC wrote:
What about playing "Alan's psychedelic breakfast" ?

 Tim_in_N_FL wrote:

Love Pink Floyd's work, period.

Along with Relayer and a few other pals, I saw "The Wall" tour back in November '10 in Tampa. As expected, it was outstanding...no...it was epic despite the fact that it was performed in a professional ice hockey arena and we had nosebleed seats.  I spoke with one concert goer who had seen the original Wall tour in NY.  He too was positively impressed with Roger's new production.  I can't wait for the DVD to come out for it. We were hoping Gilmour would choose the Tampa show for his one-time impromptu appearance but no dice.  Does anyone know what show he played?  Has he shown up yet? ;)


 


Yes, Gilmour played at th O2 in London in May. He came on for Comfortably Numb.

Apparently Nick Mason was in the audience but resisted the urge to join in... It is very sad that they no longer have the option to reform as a 4 piece.
{#Daisy}
Fresh air to my soul,  thanks.

I just discovered you
  {#Clap}{#Group-hug}{#Dancingbanana}
What about playing "Alan's psychedelic breakfast" ?
 mandolin wrote:
...what cows want, cows get...
 


..cows help us all...
...what cows want, cows get...
"how do you feel?" summer of 2011 is coming!! {#Sunny}
I simply can't believe how much like the Kinks they sound, sometimes. Love it.
 Relayer wrote:
Ah I love this song so much.  RIP Rick.  On the up side, tomorrow I am going to see Roger Waters live in Tampa.  Would prefer to see Gilmour, but Waters will do!
 
Love Pink Floyd's work, period.

Along with Relayer and a few other pals, I saw "The Wall" tour back in November '10 in Tampa. As expected, it was outstanding...no...it was epic despite the fact that it was performed in a professional ice hockey arena and we had nosebleed seats.  I spoke with one concert goer who had seen the original Wall tour in NY.  He too was positively impressed with Roger's new production.  I can't wait for the DVD to come out for it. We were hoping Gilmour would choose the Tampa show for his one-time impromptu appearance but no dice.  Does anyone know what show he played?  Has he shown up yet? ;)


 Relayer wrote:
Ah I love this song so much.  RIP Rick.  On the up side, tomorrow I am going to see Roger Waters live in Tampa.  Would prefer to see Gilmour, but Waters will do!
 
I saw the epic "Wall" tour recently. After you see the Waters show, I can pretty much guarantee that you will change your mind about preferring to see Gilmour (and I'm a big fan of both).

Ah I love this song so much.  RIP Rick.  On the up side, tomorrow I am going to see Roger Waters live in Tampa.  Would prefer to see Gilmour, but Waters will do!
Dig the udders, Daisy's due a milking

 mread wrote:
Dig the piano, dig the horns.  Good stuff from their better years.
 


Dig the piano, dig the horns.  Good stuff from their better years.
Wonderful ol' 'royd tune - Just love it {#Music}
 westslope wrote:

Spores?   Shrooms in the desert?  
 
Why, what did you think he was talking about?
 calypsus_1 wrote:Just the fact that any member of Pink Floyd would be playing at Red Square is entirely unthinkable until the current decade. Lookin back, the times certainly were a changing.
 calypsus_1 wrote:

Roger Waters on Red Square by ~Kuni4ek
Polina Kulikovskikh ©2006-2010 ~Kuni4ek

Here is one of my photos. It was done on 24 of June 2006.

 
Nice stuff there calypsus.

 scooterdog wrote:

Picture this...Its 1975 me and 4 buddies out in the desert sitting around a campfire enjoying some spores.....
 
Spores?   Shrooms in the desert?  

GREAT to hear this!!! I've forgotten how good this album is. I need to go dust it off tonight.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Remember Album-Oriented-Rock radio? I mean, before it became an over-programmed joke. They used to play what were called "deep cuts" or songs off albums that didn't get airtime.

This is one of the reasons I send a few bucks to RP. Forgotten gems.
 
++
Nice to hear this...instead of the tired old 'classics' from this band. Thanks RP. Music to my ears!!!

Roger Waters on Red Square by ~Kuni4ek
Polina Kulikovskikh ©2006-2010 ~Kuni4ek

Here is one of my photos. It was done on 24 of June 2006.

About eight years ago my son was in middle school and heard me playing this tune.  He said he really liked it asked me to put it on his iPod.  It's still there and still one of his favorite albums.  Mine too.
 wild_mercury wrote:
I know the Floyd themselves dislike this album, but I find it quite enjoyable, like most of the pre Dark Side material.  It's a little pretentious with the horns and all, but what the hell?
 
Never a big fan of Pink Floyd, but I actually like this!
Nice choice! Welcoming PF without their tired hits. This is bountiful!
I remember when I heard more than a few years ago that Rick was working on a new solo album. I was so excited...

I was really looking forward to hearing more from him.

RIP Rick 
I know the Floyd themselves dislike this album, but I find it quite enjoyable, like most of the pre Dark Side material.  It's a little pretentious with the horns and all, but what the hell?
I have a DTS version of the original Quad recording for this I just got a hold of. Brings back tons of memories.

Picture this...Its 1975 me and 4 buddies out in the desert sitting around a campfire enjoying some spores. My buddie had an 8 track quad player in his van. He brings out the box speakers and set them all around us. The sky is pitch black and the stars are amazing...He drops in this album in quad. It was one of those amazing moments in my life...

wow... thanks Bill I love this album, a little strange at times but well worth a cup of morning coffee
Wow, it has been AGES since I last heard this song.

Remember Album-Oriented-Rock radio? I mean, before it became an over-programmed joke. They used to play what were called "deep cuts" or songs off albums that didn't get airtime.

This was a "deep cut" when I was a lowly DJ way back when. And, in fact, I think the last time I heard this song was when I cued it up on WGNL (We Got No Listeners) in '72 or '73.

This is one of the reasons I send a few bucks to RP. Forgotten gems.
 sandymac2010 wrote:


Wouldn't it be great if your post could be added to every feed on RP.  Well said and I salute you!
 
Hear! Hear!


 denmom wrote:

You know, if you want a station that only plays the stuff you like, go to Pandora and make yourself one.  I happen to love this song, but even when Bill plays one I hate, I'm interested to hear it.  It's about getting another point of view from a human, not just endlessly feeding myself the stuff I already know and love.

Evolve or die, buddy.

 

Wouldn't it be great if your post could be added to every feed on RP.  Well said and I salute you!
I love this album! I originally gave it a 7 forgetting the "denouement" of the sung with the horns coming in, then the quieting of the chorus and then then horns coming back in to close the song. My favorite on this album is "Fat Old Sun" - now that song kicks ass.


Where is my head? I thought this was Phish....
 DoctorHooey wrote:
Wow, I forgot how much I like this album. I gotta dig it out again and enjoy a nice psychedelic breakfast
 
Breakfast in Los Angeles.....macrobiotic stuff......
 DoctorHooey wrote:
Wow, I forgot how much I like this album. I gotta dig it out again and enjoy a nice psychedelic breakfast
 
Marmalade, I like Marmalade
 helgigermany wrote:
Not like a normaly 9 for PF.
 

Yeah, actually 7 -> 8
OMG Yes!

I love RP!

This is one of many awesome Floyd tunes you never hear on FM radio!

Not like a normaly 9 for PF.
Wow, I forgot how much I like this album. I gotta dig it out again and enjoy a nice psychedelic breakfast
 denmom wrote:

You know, if you want a station that only plays the stuff you like, go to Pandora and make yourself one.  I happen to love this song, but even when Bill plays one I hate, I'm interested to hear it.  It's about getting another point of view from a human, not just endlessly feeding myself the stuff I already know and love.

Evolve or die, buddy.

 
Holy words !!

Full my opinion too. I can even listen to David Byrne at RP ...most of the time {#Liar}.
I also happen to love this pearl from the Floyds.

Hey there,
To me it was beautiful and moving to hear that Pink Floyd song again.Don't forget IT WAS 1968 !!!!!!!!
Greetings from Amsterdam
 


Wow...sitting in the desert with 4 of my buddies. He had a quad 8 track player wiith the quad verion of this. He pulled his speakers out and put it around the camp. There were spores involved and the night was pitch black and full of stars. Wow is all I can say

Something about this segueing from Apocalyptical/Metallica made me chuckle.  But I find it curious that Bill joins lattalo ( see comment 12/03/08 here) in connecting brass with cellos.  Tuba in Supertramp's case,  I think...maybe bass trombone?


Love the Beach Boys like vocals


 ballyhairs wrote:
I hate this song, please delete it from your library{#Headache}
 
You know, if you want a station that only plays the stuff you like, go to Pandora and make yourself one.  I happen to love this song, but even when Bill plays one I hate, I'm interested to hear it.  It's about getting another point of view from a human, not just endlessly feeding myself the stuff I already know and love.

Evolve or die, buddy.

Thank you, thank you, RP, for playing this gem... I love Atom Heart Mother — have loved it since long-ago college days (late seventies, DJ at WGTB).

You guys are unrivaled. 
Sorry Radio Paradise and Pink Flyod, I love you, but not this song.
I hate this song, please delete it from your library{#Headache}
RP has led me to find out, about 30 years too late, that I should have been a huge Pink Floyd fan way back in the day. Thanks for that. I'll start catching up now...
Wow, this is great.



love it...


Just so.  You must be gathered together in a cave with several species of small furry animals and grooving with a Pict.

 vit wrote:

This is one of those songs that has been stuck in my head for over 10 years since I heard it last. Good to refresh the grooves in the gray matter.

Edit:
I've come up with a rating system to make your Pink Floyd Rating Experience a little bit easier.

  1. Every PF song starts at 11
  2. If it's a Roger Waters-centric song you may subtract 3
    1. If it's pre-Wall you can't do that
    2. From The Wall all but from side a (and isn't Hey You): only subtract 2
    3. If it's The Trial and you didn't catch the R. Crumb reference then you must give it a 10
      • If you did catch it give yourself a 10
    4. If it's from the Final Cut and you're anti-Waters you can subtract an extra point on general principle (hey it's still a 7 ... or something)
  3. If it's a Post-Waters song and Gilmour tried to write/sing something you may subtract 3
    • If it's instrumental you can't subtract anything
  4. If it's a Syd Barrett joint keep clicking the rating menu until an 11 shows up
  5. If it's post-Syd Barrett but it's Wright you can add 1 as an epitaph.
    • If Wright's singing about being a lech and you're not into that sort of thing, sub 1
  6. If it lasts longer than six minutes add 1
  7. If BillG plays two PF songs in a row to keep album continuity then apply the Waters/Gilmour rules above, but multiplied by 1/1000 of the year the album cameout.
  8. If it's a song you heard in the supermarket subtract 2
There. I hope that helps.

 


Which one's Pink?
 Otomi wrote:
I'm feelin' real fine, man, how 'bout you?
 
Nice psychedelic feel there Otomi!

Looks like a Plymouth add from '69- '70!








I wonder what they were thinking over there at Plymouth back then?