Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict

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"Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict"
Song by Pink Floyd
from the album Ummagumma
Published Lupus Music Ltd.
Released 25 October 1969 (UK)
10 November 1969 (US)
Recorded 2 May 1969
Genre Musique concrète, avant-garde
Length 4:59
Label Harvest Records
Songwriter(s) Roger Waters
Producer(s) Norman Smith

"Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" is a track written and performed by Roger Waters from the two-part 1969 Pink Floyd album, Ummagumma.[1][2] It also holds the distinction of having the longest title of any of the band's songs.

Sounds and recording[edit]

The track consists of several minutes of noises resembling rodents and birds simulated by Waters' voice and other techniques,[3] such as tapping the microphone played at different speeds, followed by Waters providing a few stanzas of spoken word in an exaggerated Scottish burr.[4][5]

The Picts were the indigenous people of what is now Scotland who merged with the Scots.

There is a hidden message in the song at about 4:32. If played at half speed, Waters can be heard to say, "That was pretty avant-garde, wasn't it?"[6] (About this sound sample ). Also, at the very end of the rant, Waters is heard to say, "Thank you."[citation needed]

A small sample of these effects can also be heard at about 4:48 on Waters' other track on Ummagumma, "Grantchester Meadows".

"It's not actually anything, it's a bit of concrete poetry. Those were sounds that I made, the voice and the hand slapping were all human generated - no musical instruments."

— Roger Waters, University of Regina Carillon Interview, October 1970[7]

In popular culture[edit]

The title of the Man or Astro-man? song "Many Pieces of Large Fuzzy Mammals Gathered Together at a Rave and Schmoozing with a Brick" is based on this song.

A quotation in Karl Edward Wagner's Bloodstone (1975) pays tribute to the song: "several species of small furry animals gathered together in cave and grooving with a pict."



  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. p. 28. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  3. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "The Albums". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 161. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  4. ^ Blake, Mark: Pigs Might Fly - The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, p. 136, 2007, Aurum
  5. ^ Povey, Glen: The Complete Pink Floyd - The Ultimate Reference, p. 133, 2016, Carlton
  6. ^ From Abracadabra to Zombies, The Skeptic's Dictionary.
  7. ^ University of Regina Carillon Interview,

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