"Grantchester Meadows" is the second track from the studio disc of the experimental Pink Floyd album Ummagumma. It was written and performed entirely by Roger Waters. The song features his lyrics accompanied by an acoustic guitar, while a tape loop of a skylark chirps in the background throughout the entire song. At approximately 4:13, the sound of a honking goose is temporarily introduced, followed by the sound of it taking off. This song was one of several to be considered for but ultimately excluded from the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.
The song is noted for its use of stereo effects and sound panning to create an illusion of space and depth. This is most noticeable when listening with headphones. The background chirping birds flicker across the channels. The honking goose is first heard in the extreme left channel and the noise of its flight slowly panning to the right. Similarly, considering the song's idyllic setting, a fly can be heard buzzing close to the listener, and around from mid-right to mid-left channel, at the beginning and end of the song, followed by someone's footsteps coming in from far left and slowly panning to the right, as if walking down a flight of stairs and across a room to finally swat and kill the fly with a loud "smack" in the center (an ending that segues into the following song, "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict". Incidentally, a small portion of the sound effects used on that track can be heard in the background at about 4:48 on Grantchester Meadows).
"Grantchester Meadows" was incorporated into Pink Floyd's The Man and the Journey concert suite as "Daybreak". It was performed live during the 1970 US tour, often opening the show. Live renditions of the song included Gilmour on a second acoustic guitar and providing vocals during the chorus, as well as Richard Wright playing two piano solos—one after the second verse's chorus and one during the coda (these solos were later played on the Farfisa organ).
This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.