Free Four

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"Free Four"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album Obscured by Clouds
B-side "Stay" (US single)
"The Gold It's in the..." (Italian single)
"The Gold It's in the..." (German single)
Released 10 July 1972 (US single)
1972 (Italian single)
1972 (German single)
Format 7"
Recorded February–March 1972
Château d'Hérouville, Pontoise, France
Genre Progressive folk, power pop, progressive rock
Length 4:16
3:30 (US single)
Label Harvest
Writer(s) Roger Waters
Producer(s) Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"One of These Days"
"Free Four"
Obscured by Clouds track listing

"Free Four" is a Pink Floyd song written and sung by Roger Waters, from the album Obscured by Clouds.[1][2]

Recording and lyrics[edit]

The song begins with a rock and roll count-in, but in this case Pink Floyd decided to play with words and record, "One, Two, FREE FOUR!" The song deals with themes that would become standard for Waters in albums following this, notably his father's death and the "evils" of the record industry.[3] Although the song is mellow during the lyrical portions, the guitar solo launches into a heavier tone, with a progression reminiscent of the instrumental "One of These Days". "Free Four" was released as a single in 1972 and reached FM radio's top 50 list. It seemed an entirely atypical choice for airplay,[3] as it is one of Pink Floyd's most musically anomalous songs reminiscent of classic The Who.[4] Its sound recalls late-'60s Kinks' power pop with a melody reminiscent of solo Paul McCartney decorated by fuzz guitar riffs and handclaps recalling T. Rex's classic singles. According to an AMG reviewer's opinion, the sound of "Free Four" is also reminiscent of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime".[5]

Track listing[edit]

US release
  1. "Free Four" – 3:30
  2. "Stay" – 3:58 [6]
Italy release
  1. "Free Four" – 4:07
  2. "The Gold It's in the..." – 3:01 [7]
German release
  1. "Free Four" – 4:08
  2. "The Gold It's in the..." – 3:01 [8]



  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  3. ^ a b Manning, Toby (2006). "The Albums". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 165. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  4. ^ Ginsberg, A. (Nov 1998). "Free Four". Indy Rock News (Indianapolis) 1 (11). "[It's] one of Pink Floyd’s most anomalous songs as if Waters was channeling The Who, perhaps Baba O’Riley." 
  5. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Free Four - Pink Floyd : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pink Floyd - Free Four / Stay (Vinyl) at Discogs". 
  7. ^ "Pink Floyd - Free Four / The Gold It's In The... at Discogs". 
  8. ^ "Pink Floyd Collectors". Comunidad Floydiana Internacional. 

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