A Pillow of Winds
|"A Pillow of Winds"|
|Song by Pink Floyd from the album Meddle|
|Published||Pink Floyd Music Publ|
|Released||30 October 1971 (US)
5 November 1971 (UK)
Morgan Studios, London
AIR Studios, London
|Genre||Psychedelic folk, progressive folk|
|Writer(s)||David Gilmour, Roger Waters|
Music and lyrics
This soft acoustic love song may be quite uncharacteristic of the band's previous and future material. Guitarist David Gilmour composed the chord sequence using an Open E tuning ( EBEG#BE ), played in a series of arpeggios, and Roger Waters wrote the melody and lyrics. This song also features slide guitar work by Gilmour, as well as a fretless bass, played by Waters. The song begins and ends in the key of E major, with a darker middle section (following the lyric, "and the candle dies") in the parallel minor, E minor. Both the E major and E minor chords feature the ninth, making this song one of many Pink Floyd songs to feature a prominent E minor added ninth chord, "Em(add9)". Throughout most of the song, the bass line remains on E as a pedal point, creating a drone. A chord named "G#m/E" is more accurately called an E major seventh chord, "Emaj7", and a "Bm/E" is just as equally named an "E7sus2". In the instrumental interlude, however, the chords change completely to A minor and B minor chords, leaving the E bass drone for a time before returning to E major.
- David Gilmour – lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, electric & acoustic slide guitars, pedal steel guitar
- Richard Wright – Hammond organ, piano
- Nick Mason – hi-hats
- Roger Waters – fretless bass, backing vocals
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- Manning, Toby (2006). "The Albums". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 163. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
- Pink Floyd: Anthology (1980 Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., Secaucus N.J.)
- Nick Mason, Inside out – A Personal History of Pink Floyd, Ed. Weidenfeld & Nicolson Illustrated, London, 2005
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