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 reflection of one's life, the "evils" of the record industry, and also makes a reference to Roger Waters' father who was killed in World War 2.[3] The music begins in an upbeat manner, while the lyrics tell a very cynical and somewhat depressing story. "Free Four" was released as a single in the U.S. in 1972 but did not chart.

Track listing[edit]

US release
  1. "Free Four" – 3:30
  2. "Stay" – 3:58 [4]
Italy release
  1. "Free Four" – 4:07
  2. "The Gold It's in the..." – 3:01 [5]
German release
  1. "Free Four" – 4:08
  2. "The Gold It's in the..." – 3:01 [6]



  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. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "The Albums". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 165. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  4. ^ "Pink Floyd - Free Four / Stay (Vinyl) at Discogs". 
  5. ^ "Pink Floyd - Free Four / The Gold It's In The... at Discogs". 
  6. ^ "Pink Floyd Collectors". Comunidad Floydiana Internacional. 

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