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Pink Floyd — Childhood's End
Album: Obscured by Clouds
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Released: 1972
Length: 4:26
Plays (last 30 days): 1
You shout in your sleep
Perhaps the price is just too steep
Is your conscious at rest
If once put to the test
You awake with a start
To just the beating of your heart
Just one man beneath the sky
Just two ears just two eyes

You set sail across the sea
Of long past thoughts and memories
Childhood's end your fantasies
Merge with harsh realities
And then as the sail is hoist
You find your eyes are growing moist
And all the fears never voiced
Say you have to make the final choice

Who are you and who am I
To say we know the reason why
Some are born some men die
Beneath one infinite sky
There'll be war there'll be peace
But everything one day will cease
All the iron turn to rust
All the proud men turn to dust
So all things time will mend
And so this song will end
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This could have easily ended up on a early David Gilmour album by the sounds of it.
 h8rhater wrote:

You are easily amused. {#Rolleyes}
 
C'mon man, you're getting sloppy.  In your zeal to "punish haters everywhere" you apparently overlooked the context of that series of comments.
 wingo395 wrote:
Anyone else hear the embryo of "Time" in this song?  The tick-tock is almost identical.
 Yes, I do

 Relayer wrote:
Gilmour proving how he can be a great songwriter on his own, without Roger bullying his way into the song with a rant about his father and Thatcher.  
 

Gilmour - great voice, great guitar - but in my opinion, not a great songwriter.  That's all RW, rants included....
 Relayer wrote:
Gilmour proving how he can be a great songwriter on his own, without Roger bullying his way into the song with a rant about his father and Thatcher.  
 
How much more empty the spaces would be without the rants of the past and present 
Gilmour proving how he can be a great songwriter on his own, without Roger bullying his way into the song with a rant about his father and Thatcher.  
I remember the joy of discovering this album. I'd already heard Dark Side of the Moon and Animals, and even Meddle, before someone put this rocker on the turntable at an all-night After Party. Gilmour's amazing guitar...Waters' scene-setting lyrics...leading up to DSotM.
 Pedro1874 wrote:
Thanks to RP I am becoming re-acquainted with some of my older albums that have been gathering dust!  Always loved this but have not heard it for a loong time.  Looking forward to enjoying the whole album tonight. {#Notworthy}

 
And still lovin' it.  Great album.  Thanks for reminding me RP {#Notworthy}
Obscure Pink Floyd.  Most excellent
 aspicer wrote:
Getting psyched for the Floyd/Waters show in a few weeks in Chicago!  Roger never disappoints.  An aside - saw King Crimson last night absolutely amazing! 8 person band - 3 full set drummers positioned at the front of the stage including.....Gavin Harrison!  My God is he incredible - only Bruford compares.

 
You will be floored by Roger Waters. The show's amazing. Doesn't leave much room for non-programmed moments, but the band is tight and Roger is in his element. I saw the second show in Louisville and was just amazed. 

Would have loved to have seen King Crimson, especially with Gavin pounding the skins. Maybe they'll hit Louisville. In the meantime, got the New Pornographers this weekend as a Forecastle Festival after show.
Getting psyched for the Floyd/Waters show in a few weeks in Chicago!  Roger never disappoints.  An aside - saw King Crimson last night absolutely amazing! 8 person band - 3 full set drummers positioned at the front of the stage including.....Gavin Harrison!  My God is he incredible - only Bruford compares.
Oh c'mon. Play the title track! Imagine first hearing it from the original LP with Koss headphones all alone late at night and the blotter you took hours ago just kicking in. Woohoo!
 Relayer wrote:
Gilmour dammit.  He is the man. So good here in this song; great lyrics, guitar, and his voice is so far beyond the screaming rants of Waters.

ALSO, I downloaded and watch "the Valley" just to see it since PF did the soundtrack.  Very underwhelming movie, even though it received good reviews.  Oh well, I still need to watch  MORE, since I just downloaded it as well.

 

Relayer .... Yes, Waters doesn't have the same voice as Gilmour but... thats a good thing !  Waters voice, however is distinct, uniquely expressive. Waters had and still has one of the most expressive voices in all of Rock. (see his The Wall tour) Lennon's voice and McCartney's were really quite different too.  Jagger/Richards...  Townsend/Daltrey..... so many more...   musical math .. 1+1=3



 I had nearly forgotten that turntables had 16rpm options way back when..I only used it to amuse myself with the effects ..thank you for reminding me   twoplain2sea wrote:
put 16 to the test.

 

I own this LP on vinyl..still in decent condition as well..I imagine it is a rare one
Gilmour dammit.  He is the man. So good here in this song; great lyrics, guitar, and his voice is so far beyond the screaming rants of Waters.

ALSO, I downloaded and watch "the Valley" just to see it since PF did the soundtrack.  Very underwhelming movie, even though it received good reviews.  Oh well, I still need to watch  MORE, since I just downloaded it as well.
What's up with all the sniffing?  Sounds like someone's on a massive coke binge in the background.
that was a looooooong segue from Blasphemous Rumours. It mostly worked though.
Such an amazing tune, one of my all time favorites!  A few other great stand outs on this album too....
sniffles
 themusicroob wrote:
Someone in my office has the sniffles really bad...

 
Hey, mine too! What's up with that?
Trumps theme song.
Love this track—-haven't heard it in years. That remastered "Obscured By Clouds" sounds fantastic. The original LP was muddy as hell.
 
Someone in my office has the sniffles really bad...
put 16 to the test.
 Otomi wrote:
Sasha2001 wrote:
Have you been on a 40-year acid trip?

  {#Roflol} That made me laugh hard for the first time today. Thank you, Sasha. Peace and love.



 
You are easily amused. {#Rolleyes}
 stunix wrote:
I think this is where David found his feet.   It is a prelude to WYWH.

 
I think this is where the whole band found it's feet. There's premonitions of things to come on all counts here.
I think this is where David found his feet.   It is a prelude to WYWH.
 Highspirits wrote:
Hey...super segue from DM to PF!!

 
i agree  {#Music}
Hey...super segue from DM to PF!!
Wow....I am rockin' here in good ol'Blighty on a Sunday morning !!   Great track.   thx Bill
 Bluenoser wrote:
Haven't heard this one for a very very long time. Classic Floyd. Thanks RP. {#Clap}


 
Hear hear!
Haven't heard this one for a very very long time. Classic Floyd. Thanks RP. {#Clap}

 Sasha2001 wrote:

Have you been on a 40-year acid trip?
 
Life is an acid trip. Where the hell have you been?
One of my favorite PF tunes and albums.
Sasha2001 wrote:
Have you been on a 40-year acid trip?

  {#Roflol} That made me laugh hard for the first time today. Thank you, Sasha. Peace and love.


 Otomi wrote:
Is this one if the most extraordinary and aesthetically moving pieces of music ever composed and performed, or does it just seem that way to me because I listened to it a lot during the most profoundly transformational period in my life?

 
Have you been on a 40-year acid trip?
You can so hear the birth of songs like 'money' in this. Classic pf being formulated
WoW - this one slipped in between Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon and I missed it! Quick google also revealed the following:

Pink Floyd, the 1970s rock band known for its lush musical textures and meditative take on existence, will release its first new album in two decades.

The album, titled The Endless River, will be released in October, Doug Wright, a spokesman for the band, said in a statement today.

It will be "mainly ambient and instrumental music" based on unreleased 1993-1994 sessions that featured guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright, according to the statement.


 linzie wrote:
My 1st listen.....



 
I envy you that.
Glad I heard this here, so I could rate it a 10
Anyone else hear the embryo of "Time" in this song?  The tick-tock is almost identical.
My 1st listen.....


Is this one if the most extraordinary and aesthetically moving pieces of music ever composed and performed, or does it just seem that way to me because I listened to it a lot during the most profoundly transformational period in my life?
I'll have to put this album on the turntable when I get home today... It's been way too long.  Thanks RP!!
Wow a real blast from my past. Underated album
Thank you, thank you, for playing this!
 ckcotton wrote:
I have to say it again

10 

 
Me too!
more than 10!
I have to say it again

10 
I always loved this obscure gem with the blistering guitar and mesmerizing message... I still feel like I just can't get enough of Pink Floyd!
The quality of Pink Floyd's productions from the early 70ies always amazes me. This is real quality excellent work. Look up, you 64bit autotune enabled iPhonies from today! {#Beat}
super duper AWESOME!

One of the best unknown Floyd tunes of all time


Ausgezeichnet!

Translation: 9
dieser sound paßt gut zum tee, gibt eine gute stimmung{#Clap}
Thanks to RP I am becoming re-acquainted with some of my older albums that have been gathering dust!  Always loved this but have not heard it for a loong time.  Looking forward to enjoying the whole album tonight. {#Notworthy}
Nice one, RP - a Floyd song I've never heard (of), and I thought I'd heard them all, from an album I've never heard of. The sound is a clear precursor to Dark Side of the Moon.
jagdriver
(Just a nod and a wink south of Paradise)
Posted: Jul 19, 2012 - 13:41 < Reply >

 jpdribbler wrote:
I think I really need to check out their earlier stuff - I'd go as far and say that I prefer songs like this one, Fat Old Sun and Fearless to their "Greatest Hits" (well, except Comfortably Numb). I guess it's because I feel that there's a "rawer" and more direct quality to them. Any recommendations on similar tunes?
  
I've long enjoyed their entire catalog from Saucerful of Secrets through Meddle. Skipping Ummagumma*, that leaves More and Atom Heart Mother in addition to the aforementioned and Obscured By Clouds. in my opinionPiper At the Gates of Dawn is for collectors only, as well as those obsessed with the sound of 1966 "Swinging London" (although I do enjoy Interstellar Overdrive and See Emily Play).

I wish they had produced more music like the two tracks you called out, but then Roger pretty much assumed creative control. While DSoM is touted as billing wholly collaborative, from that point on I feel as though their product was that of Roger Waters and his hired sidemen. David Gilmour was able to periodically shout him down and insist on some melody, but the latter was never a lyricist. I also wish that Rick Wright had been more demonstrative, as his keyboard pieces were frequently very evocative.

*Ummagumma is one-half live album, one-half "each member does whatever". If you love their early space-rock sound (I do), then it's a must. Don't expect any great lyrical content on this release, however

Nice analysis jagdriver!  I concur!!  {#Yes}


Not sure how it is I have never heard this before now. I clicked over thinking it was Gilmour solo. Surprised indeed to see it's Pink Floyd from waaaaay back in the way back when.
SWWEEEEEEETTTTTT!!!!!!!
 jpdribbler wrote:
I think I really need to check out their earlier stuff - I'd go as far and say that I prefer songs like this one, Fat Old Sun and Fearless to their "Greatest Hits" (well, except Comfortably Numb). I guess it's because I feel that there's a "rawer" and more direct quality to them. Any recommendations on similar tunes?
 
I've long enjoyed their entire catalog from Saucerful of Secrets through Meddle. Skipping Ummagumma*, that leaves More and Atom Heart Mother in addition to the aforementioned and Obscured By Clouds. in my opinion Piper At the Gates of Dawn is for collectors only, as well as those obsessed with the sound of 1966 "Swinging London" (although I do enjoy Interstellar Overdrive and See Emily Play).

I wish they had produced more music like the two tracks you called out, but then Roger pretty much assumed creative control. While DSoM is touted as billing wholly collaborative, from that point on I feel as though their product was that of Roger Waters and his hired sidemen. David Gilmour was able to periodically shout him down and insist on some melody, but the latter was never a lyricist. I also wish that Rick Wright had been more demonstrative, as his keyboard pieces were frequently very evocative.

*Ummagumma is one-half live album, one-half "each member does whatever". If you love their early space-rock sound (I do), then it's a must. Don't expect any great lyrical content on this release, however


SUCH a great tune! Classic Floyd - Aaahhhhhhhh,,,,,,,,,,,,,
 vanmas wrote:
One of my favorite songs of The Pink Floyd!
My stereo is booming over here! Love this!
 
A "Lost" classic.... as good as anything they ever did
Some of the best lyrics they ever wrote.
One of my favorite songs of The Pink Floyd!
My stereo is booming over here! Love this!
Stands the test of time doesn't it.. As does most of their stuff..
So good!
Gilmour solos.. Just amazing!

Nice to hear some pre-DSotM tune.
 romeotuma wrote:

This song is good for the ears...
 
 
...& the rest of the body too! =)

This song is good for the ears...
 
Goddamned killer tune, and album.

 robco1 wrote:
An Arthur C. Clarke reference?

Great song in any case.
 

Yup, apparently: https://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4637
I think I really need to check out their earlier stuff - I'd go as far and say that I prefer songs like this one, Fat Old Sun and Fearless to their "Greatest Hits" (well, except Comfortably Numb). I guess it's because I feel that there's a "rawer" and more direct quality to them. Any recommendations on similar tunes?

Nice!  Been a while since I've heard this!
Great song and album.  I'll have to check out the movie.  (Thanks for the idea Otomi!)

This has been one of my favorite albums since the year it came out. I recently bought the movie these songs were written for (La Vallée) on DVD and saw it for the first time. It was a powerful experience.
(Click on the poster to see the trailer.)


Photo source: https://www.peterasaro.com/STIM/LaVallee0.jpg


Very agree!!!! ;)

 
LennytheB wrote:
my vote for best band of all time
 


An Arthur C. Clarke reference?

Great song in any case.
my vote for best band of all time
Has a Dark Side of the Moon sound....that would be their next album. {#Music}
Completely forgot about this song.
Radio paradise is always good for a surprise.


 randerse10 wrote:
Man, I really need to go bad, but you keep putting pure musical awesomeness on! Darn you, Bill! :D
 
Dontcha hate that ;)
This NEEDS to be in the rotation more often..... once a month or less is just not acceptable
 mirland wrote:
This album is a stroke of genious. 

 

 

Bingo!!!

{#Clap}

"Big-time Bill,big time, big time"

Yes

 
{#Clap}
Man, I really need to go bad, but you keep putting pure musical awesomeness on! Darn you, Bill! :D
This album is a stroke of genious. 
Haven't heard this in ages. It remains timeless.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Here's an old interview with Floyd - 1971 - a year before this album came out. This is a hilarious Spinal Tap like moment for the band.....all bands must have those Tap moments.

 
Great find! I laughed at the earnestness of the reporter. Sad to think that Richard Wright has gone on to the great gig in the sky.

OMG

WHOAAAAAAAAAAAA


That's why I recommend RP to everyone!!!!

AMAZING!!! 
Thanks RP! 
sounds like Beck Floyd
exactly what I needed right now...thanks RP! {#Clap}

Killer Floydian machinations!! {#High-five} {#Notworthy}
Here's an old interview with Floyd - 1971 - a year before this album came out. This is a hilarious Spinal Tap like moment for the band.....all bands must have those Tap moments.




For me Obscured By Clouds is a languid, late summer afternoon, bottled on record. I've never seen the film OBC is the soundtrack for but I there's already a film playing in my mind when I hear it.

ahhh, pink floyd.
Look at this guitar.  It has six strings.  Let's see what happens when I bend them!
Wow. I Pink Floyd song I haven't heard before. I'm not usually a Floyd fan, but I like this. Nice set o'tunes this afternoon! 

still in a box out in the garage.  one of many fine pieces of vinyl sleeping in the dark..thanks for bringing it back.  I was graduating 8th grade when this was released.  Childhoods end...appropriate title for 1972