Time (Pink Floyd song)

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"Time"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album The Dark Side of the Moon
B-side"Us and Them"
Released4 February 1974
Format7"
RecordedAbbey Road Studios
June 1972–January 1973
GenreProgressive rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
Length3:33 (single edit)
7:01 (album version)
LabelHarvest
Writer(s)Roger Waters (single edit)
David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Waters, Richard Wright (album version)
Producer(s)Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"Money"
(1973)
"Time" / "Us and Them"
(1974)
"Have a Cigar"
(1975)
The Dark Side of the Moon track listing
 
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"Time"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album The Dark Side of the Moon
B-side"Us and Them"
Released4 February 1974
Format7"
RecordedAbbey Road Studios
June 1972–January 1973
GenreProgressive rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
Length3:33 (single edit)
7:01 (album version)
LabelHarvest
Writer(s)Roger Waters (single edit)
David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Waters, Richard Wright (album version)
Producer(s)Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"Money"
(1973)
"Time" / "Us and Them"
(1974)
"Have a Cigar"
(1975)
The Dark Side of the Moon track listing

"Time" is the fourth track from the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon, and the only song on the album credited to all four members of the band, though the lyrics were written by Roger Waters. It is the final Pink Floyd song credited to all four members and the last to feature Richard Wright on lead vocals until Wearing the Inside Out on The Division Bell. This song is about how time can slip by, but many people do not realize it until it is too late. Roger Waters got the idea when he realized he was no longer preparing for anything in life, but was right in the middle of it. He has described this realisation taking place at ages 28 and 29 in various interviews.[1] It is noted for its long introductory passage of clocks chiming and alarms ringing, recorded as a quadrophonic test by Alan Parsons, not specifically for the album.[2]

Composition[edit]

Each clock at the beginning of the song was recorded separately in an antiques store. This is followed by a two-minute passage dominated by Nick Mason's drum solo, with rototoms and backgrounded by a tick-tock sound created by Roger Waters picking two muted strings on his bass. With David Gilmour singing lead on the verses and with Richard Wright singing lead on the bridges and with female singers and Gilmour providing backup vocals, the song's lyrics deal with Roger Waters' realization that life was not about preparing yourself for what happens next, but about grabbing control of your own destiny.[1]

He (Alan Parsons) had just recently before we did that album gone out with a whole set of equipment and had recorded all these clocks in a clock shop. And we were doing the song Time, and he said "Listen, I just did all these things, I did all these clocks," and so we wheeled out his tape and listened to it and said "Great! Stick it on!" And that, actually, is Alan Parsons' idea.

The drums used on the Time track are roto-toms. I think we did some experiments with some other drums called boo-bans, which are very small, tuned drums, but the roto-toms actually gave the best effect.

According to an interview by Phil Taylor in 1994, David Gilmour had been using a Lexicon PCM-70 to store the circular delay sounds heard in "Time", which could duplicate the kind of echo he used to get from his old Binson echo unit.[4]

The song was performed live from 1972 to 1975 and from 1987 to 1994.

Breathe (Reprise)[edit]

"Breathe (Reprise)" serves as a coda to Time. It reprises the earlier song "Breathe", with different lyrics. During recording, it was called "Home Again".

When the song ends, the reverberations of the final note resound for about a second before the piano of "The Great Gig in the Sky".

When Pink Floyd reunited for the Live 8 concert, they combined "Breathe", and "Breathe (Reprise)", something they had never done before, although the London Philharmonic Orchestra had previously covered the song in this manner on their 1995 album Us and Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd.

The song features on David Gilmour's 2007 DVD, Remember That Night, and in his 2008 CD Live in Gdańsk. These are the only instances of the song being given a separate track number to "Time" on an official release. The Live in Gdańsk version is titled "Breathe (In the Air) (Reprise)" rather than just "Breathe (Reprise)".

Film[edit]

During live performances, the band back-projected a specially-commissioned, animated film by Ian Emes.[5][6] The film was subsequently included as an extra on the Pulse DVD[5]

Personnel[edit]

with:

Use in film and television[edit]

Alternative and live versions[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

The Australian Pink Floyd Show performing in 2006 before a backdrop during the song "Time"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PINK FLOYD'S DARK SIDE OF THE MOON 4". Utopia.knoware.nl. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas (2005). "The Amazing Pudding". Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey (New ed.). London: Helter Skelter. p. 157. ISBN 1-905139-09-8. 
  3. ^ a b Kendall, Charlie (1984). "Shades of Pink - The Definitive Pink Floyd Profile". The Source Radio Show. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  4. ^ Tolinski, Brad (September 1994). "Welcome to the Machines". Guitar World. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  5. ^ a b c Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus,. ISBN 978-1-84938-370-7. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Lorne (2010-08-06). "The wild ideas of Birmingham film-maker Ian Emes". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 

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