Fearless (Pink Floyd song)

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Single by Pink Floyd
from the album Meddle
A-side "One of These Days"
Released 29 November 1971 (1971-11-29)[1]
Format 7-inch single
Genre Folk rock
Length 6:08
Producer(s) Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"The Nile Song"
"One of These Days" / "Fearless"
"Free Four"

"Fearless" is the third track on the 1971 album Meddle by Pink Floyd.[2][3] This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.[4]


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 taught to Waters by former member Syd Barrett.[5]

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.

B-side status[edit]

Although it was not released as a single in the UK and only played live by the band once,[6] it was released as the "B-side" of the single "One of These Days" in 1971.



Cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In Richard Linklater's film Everybody Wants Some!! (2016), stoner/philosopher Willoughby (Wyatt Russell) plays Pink Floyd's "Fearless" for his housemates while praising the arrangement.


  1. ^ Glenn Povey (2007). Echoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd. Mind Head Publishing. p. 344. ISBN 978-0-9554624-0-5. 
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  3. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  4. ^ Guthrie, James. "James Guthrie: Audio: Building A Compilation Album". Pink Floyd. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  5. ^ The Amazing Pudding archive, The Pink Floyd Fan Club.
  6. ^ http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pink-floyd/1971/carnegie-hall-new-york-ny-2bd778de.html Set list detailing the performance of "Fearless"
  7. ^ DeRiso, Nick (May 30, 2015). "Gov't Mule, 'Dark Side of the Mule' - Album Review". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 

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