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This song is by Pink Floyd and appears on the album Meddle (1971) and in the film Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1972).

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Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves
The echo of a distant time
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine

And no-one showed us to the land
And no-one knows the wheres or whys
But something stirs and something tries
Now starts to climb towards the light

Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me
And do I take you by the hand
And lead you through the land
And help me understand the best I can

And no-one calls us to move on
And no-one forces down our eyes
No-one speaks and no-one tries
No-one flies around the sun

Cloudless everyday you fall upon my waking eyes
Inviting and inciting me to rise
And through the window in the wall
Come streaming in on sunlight wings
A million bright ambassadors of morning

And no-one sings me lullabies
And no-one makes me close my eyes
So I throw the windows wide
And call to you across the sky


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Recorded 4-21, 24-26 January, 7-28 March, 8-14 April, 2, 9-11 May at Abbey Road Studios 2 & 3; July 19-27 at Morgan Sound; August 23-27 at AIR Studios Oxford Street, 1971.


  • Roger Waters - bass (including echo repeat)
  • Richard Wright - backing harmony vocals, piano, Hammond organ
  • Nick Mason - drums
  • David Gilmour - lead vocals, fretless bass, Stratocaster guitar


For the compilation album, Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd, this piece was shortened from 23:30 down to 16:30.

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