Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk

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"Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk"
Song by Pink Floyd from the album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Published Magdalene Music/Essex Music
Released 5 August 1967
Recorded 20 March 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock, proto-punk
Length 3:05
Label EMI Columbia (UK)
Tower (US)
Writer(s) Roger Waters
Producer(s) Norman Smith

"Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk" is a song by British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, from their 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.[1][2]


This song was Roger Waters' debut songwriting credit, continually building in speed until the end and featuring frantic guitar playing by Syd Barrett and manic keyboard parts by Richard Wright. The song's title is a reference to John 5:8—"Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk". Its morbid lyrics are quite unlike anything else on the album, the rest of which was penned by Barrett, but is characteristic of much of Waters' work; the clinical motif would recur in compositions like "Free Four" and "Comfortably Numb". Similarly, "Sheep", contains more Biblical quotations adapted by Waters to fit the song.

The song parallels the title track to Waters' 1992 solo album Amused to Death by beginning with the phrase "Doctor, Doctor."

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  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. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/this-station-is-non-operational-mw0000655168
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Ty-Segall-Mikal-Cronin-Reverse-Shark-Attack/release/2044790