A Pillow of Winds

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"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)
Recorded July 1971
Morgan Studios, London
August 1971
AIR Studios, London
Genre Psychedelic folk, progressive folk
Length 5:13
Label Harvest
Writer(s) David Gilmour, Roger Waters
Producer(s) Pink Floyd

"A Pillow of Winds" is the second track from Pink Floyd's 1971 album Meddle.[1][2]

Music and lyrics[edit]

This soft acoustic love song[3] 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.[3] This song also features slide guitar work by Gilmour, as well as a fretless bass,[3] 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.[4]

According to Nick Mason, the song's title originates from a possible hand in the game of mahjong, with which the band had become enamoured while touring.[5]

The song's lyrics refer to an eiderdown, better known in the U.S. as a comforter. Two other known Pink Floyd songs make reference to an eiderdown, Syd Barrett's "Flaming" and Waters's "Julia Dream".



  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 c Manning, Toby (2006). "The Albums". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 163. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  4. ^ Pink Floyd: Anthology (1980 Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., Secaucus N.J.)
  5. ^ Nick Mason, Inside out – A Personal History of Pink Floyd, Ed. Weidenfeld & Nicolson Illustrated, London, 2005

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