San Tropez (song)

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"San Tropez"
Song by Pink Floyd
from the album Meddle
PublishedPink Floyd Music Publ
Released30 October 1971 (US)
5 November 1971 (UK)
RecordedAugust 1971
Morgan Studios, London
August 1971
AIR Studios, London
GenreJazz rock
Songwriter(s)Roger Waters
Producer(s)Pink Floyd

"San Tropez" is the fourth track from the album Meddle by the band Pink Floyd.[1][2] This song was one of several to be considered for the band's "best of" album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd.[3]


Unlike the other tracks on Meddle, "San Tropez" was not written collaboratively; instead, Roger Waters wrote the piece himself and brought it into the studio already finished. It is the only track on Meddle not co-written by David Gilmour. This song is about a place called Saint-Tropez, a commune of the Var département in southern France located on the French Riviera. The song reflects an idealised vision of what a day in Saint-Tropez might be like.[4]

Misunderstood lyric[edit]

Throughout the 1970s and beyond, the second-to-last line of lyrics to the song, "Making a date for later by phone", has been persisently misunderstood in Italy, mainly because of Waters' slurred pronunciation ("...fer-lita-pah-fon"), as being "Making a date for Rita Pavone", with a reference to the well-known 1960s Italian pop singer.[5][better source needed] Pavone herself has stated several times, in TV interviews and elsewhere, that she actually believes the line to be about her.[6]


While Roger Waters plays the acoustic guitar as well as his usual bass, "San Tropez" does include a short slide guitar solo from guitarist David Gilmour and an extended piano solo by keyboardist Richard Wright at the end.


In a review for the Meddle album, Jean-Charles Costa of Rolling Stone described "San Tropez", along with "A Pillow of Winds", as an "ozone ballad". He further described the two as "pleasant little acoustic numbers hovering over a bizarre back-drop of weird sounds."[7] Classic Rock Review described "San Tropez" as "a jazz-inflected pop song with a shuffle tempo."[8] They went on further saying "["San Tropez"] adds another diverse dimension to the album with its easy-going crooner-like melody and atmosphere."[8]



  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. ^ Guthrie, James. "James Guthrie: Audio: Building A Compilation Album". Pink Floyd. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  4. ^ Meddle — Trivia and Quotes Archived 2006-03-17 at the Wayback Machine., Pink Floyd & Co.
  5. ^ Rita Pavone
  6. ^
  7. ^ Costa, Jean-Charles (6 January 1972). "Meddle". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Meddle by Pink Floyd | Classic Rock Review". 27 January 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2017.

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