Speak to Me
|"Speak to Me"|
|Song by Pink Floyd from the album The Dark Side of the Moon|
|Published||World Copyrights Ltd.|
|Released||1 March 1973|
|Recorded||June 1972 – January 1973|
"Speak to Me" is the first track[nb 1] on British progressive rock band Pink Floyd's 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, on which it forms an overture. Nick Mason receives a rare solo writing credit for the track; Roger Waters subsequently claimed this was a "gift" to Mason, one which Waters came to regret after his acrimonious departure from the band. A live version is included on Pulse.
The song itself is a sound collage, which features no lyrics (although it contains parts of the conversation tapes that Pink Floyd recorded, as well a short snippet of Clare Torry's vocal performance on "The Great Gig in the Sky"), and consists of a series of sound effects. It leads into the first performance piece on the album, "Breathe". As a result, they are usually played together on the radio, and most later re-releases merge the two songs together.
Noticeable sound and instrument effects include:
- Heartbeat; this can also be heard at the end of "Eclipse"
- Clock ticking, also heard in "Time"
- Manic laughter of Peter Watts, also heard in "Brain Damage"
- Cash register, also heard in "Money"
- Helicopter noise, also heard in "On the Run"
- Clare Torry's scream, also heard in "The Great Gig in the Sky"
- Backwards piano chord, which leads into "Breathe"
|“||I've been mad for fucking years, absolutely years. I've been over the edge for yonks, been working me buns off for bands. Crikey...||”|
|“||I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us are. It's very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad.||”|
- Nick Mason – percussion, tape effects; tape loops
- Roger Waters – tape effects; tape loops
- Richard Wright – reversed piano
- Some CD pressings merge "Speak to Me" and "Breathe".
- Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5.
- Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus. pp. 160p. ISBN 978-1-84938-370-7.
- "Dark Side of the Moon — Text from interview with Roger Waters". Retrieved 2009-07-31.
- Andy Mabbett (September 28, 2010). Pink Floyd- The music and the mystery: The Music and the Mystery. Omnibus Press. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-85712-418-0.