Astronomy Domine (4:09)

Cover of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

From The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and 75 other releases

A song about the heavens, listing some of our planets and some of their moons.

Syd came down from his vision convinced that he had encountered the full majesty of the universe and began to search for a way to express what he’d seen in his music. He often carried with him a small Times Astronomical Atlas, which included speculation from noted astronomers on the likely surface conditions of each of the planets in the solar system. Syd combined this information with allusions to astronaut Dan Dare, Pilot Of The Future (a popular strip from boys’ comic The Eagle) into a string of lyrics which would, a year later, become Astronomy Domine. — Jones, “Wish You Were Here”.

Syd was reading out of a Times Astronomical Atlas (cf. “Lost in the Woods” and other sources). the initial bit read by Jenner in the classic recording was probably from the same book. Syd was a big fan of collaging lyrics out of single books (the names mentioned in this case are a collage of planets and/or their moons — … there’s no logical sequence to them, though one could make a rather peculiar case that they represent some kind of journey through our solar system.

To wit, Jupiter and Saturn are in proper order, then three of Uranus’ moons (Oberon, Miranda and Titania — Cordelia, previously mentioned, is also such a satellite of Uranus), then Neptune, again in physical sequence, and, unless the lyric sheets are wrong and it should read “Triton” (moon of Neptune, possible!), the last, ‘Titan’, is a moon of *Saturn*, throwing a monkey-wrench into the otherwise smooth sequence of astronomical bodies.

— eArHeAd! (http://www.luckymojo.com/barrett/songstories.html#STORIESS)

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  • peppe68

    <3

    15 Jun 10:07am Reply
  • bossmark1

    This is Groovy

    12 May 7:35pm Reply
  • VasilySavush

    Любимый психодел

    8 May 10:05pm Reply
  • LastOneStand

    great version on UMMAGUMMA [2]

    29 Apr 6:54pm Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    One of their finest!

    21 Apr 8:31pm Reply
  • DustinDaniels

    think this is their best perhaps

    11 Mar 4:26am Reply
  • drop_packet

    listen to this track is like traveling through 6 th dimension. It's not time...it somethign more

    5 Feb 10:13pm Reply
  • Lowbacca

    great version on UMMAGUMMA

    20 Jan 11:54am Reply
  • Storchel

    Well said assedor, I feel you

    11 Jan 10:23pm Reply
  • Assedor

    It's hard to explain, describe, or write about Pink Floyd. Like listening to the sound of sex through a thin motel wall, you know Pink Floyd when you hear it, even if you would be hard-pressed to describe exactly what is going on. What you do know is that it stirs you and it keeps you up at night. We have all been alone in that motel room with the thin walls. Hearing the cries of pleasure next door is painful because it is impossible to go to sleep while someone else is having so much fun. Yet those sounds of Pink Floyd also stir imaginary pleasures."

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
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    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    Lime and limpid green, a second scene, a fight between the blue you once knew. Floating down, the sound resounds around the icy waters underground.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    transmission from outer space stop syd barrett here stop everything is sparkling stop

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    The pulse version is so WTF hahah

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Serggiio

    Fantastic!

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    I'm hearing the live version from Umma Gumma, which is absolutely fine. The studio version on "Piper..." is superb too, as is the album itself. Barrett vs Gilmore on guitar? A tie.

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • joosefak

    This album is amazing. Album's trips was amazing specially this song and Lucifer Sam

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Zarckness

    all in this song is amazing

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rhondabowlin

    yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • Mechayoshi

    The voivod cover is great but you can't mess with the classic.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
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