Fearless (Pink Floyd song)
|Single by Pink Floyd|
|from the album Meddle|
|A-side||"One of These Days" (US & Italian single)|
|Released||30 October 1971 (US)
5 November 1971 (UK)
29 November 1971 (US single)
1971 (Italian single)
1971 (Japanese single)
Morgan Studios, London
AIR Studios, London
|Genre||Progressive folk, progressive rock|
5:54 (US single)
|Pink Floyd singles chronology|
The song's slow tempo and mellow acoustic sound bear similarities to some of the other tracks on the first side of the album. David Gilmour and Roger Waters composed the song on guitar using an open tuning in G major. Waters plays the acoustic guitar parts on the studio recording, despite his job as the band's usual bassist.
Near the beginning and at the end of the song, a field recording of fans in Liverpool's Kop singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" is superimposed over the music. This Rodgers and Hammerstein song became the anthem of Liverpool F.C. after Gerry & the Pacemakers had a number-one hit with their recording.
The song is almost regarded[by whom?] as an underground hit for Pink Floyd. Although it was not released as a single in the UK and only played live by the band once, it was released as the "B-side" of the single "One of These Days" in 1971.
- David Gilmour – lead guitar and vocals
- Roger Waters – acoustic guitar and bass
- Richard Wright – piano
- Nick Mason – drums and percussion
- Liverpool F.C. Fans Kop – chanting "You'll Never Walk Alone"
- Fish, Songs from the Mirror (covers album, 1993)
- Gerald Collier, Gerald Collier (1998)
- Tom Freund, A Fair Forgery of Pink Floyd (tribute album, 2003)
- Low, A Lifetime of Temporary Relief: 10 Years of B-Sides and Rarities (2004)
- The String Cheese Incident, Live at Asheville (2004)
- The Ohsees, OCS 2 (2004)
- Mary Lou Lord, Baby Blue (2004)
- Shadow Gallery, Room V (2005), as part of the Pink Floyd medley "Floydian Memories"
- Ambulance LTD, New English EP (2006)
- Marco Benevento, Live at Tonic (2007)
- Tizrel Bodegus, Live at the Savoy (2007)
- Gov't Mule, first played 31 October 2008, during their Mule-O-Ween Pink Floyd Set
- Umphrey's McGee, covered at numerous live shows
- The Atlas Moth, One Amongst the Weed Fields (covers EP, 2010)
- The Black Crowes, covered at numerous live shows
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- Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X.
- Guthrie, James. "James Guthrie: Audio: Building A Compilation Album". Pink Floyd. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- The Amazing Pudding archive, The Pink Floyd Fan Club.
- http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pink-floyd/1971/carnegie-hall-new-york-ny-2bd778de.html Set list detailing the performance of "Fearless"