A Pillow of Winds (5:11)

Cover of Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset)

From Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset) and 5 other releases

“A Pillow of Winds” is the second track from Pink Floyd’s 1971 album “Meddle”. It’s a soft acoustic piece, and rather uncharacteristically for them, a love song.

Guitarist David Gilmour composed the track, and Roger Waters wrote the lyrics. This song also features slide guitar work by Gilmour. The song begins and ends in the key of E Major, with a darker middle section (following the lyric, “and the candle dies”) in the parallel minor, E minor.

According to Nick Mason, the song’s title originates from a possible hand in the game of Mahjong, with which the band had become enamoured while touring.

In this particular song the lyrics refer to an eiderdown, a material made from the down feathers of the Eider duck that is used for clothing and bedding purposes. Several earlier Pink Floyd songs make reference to eiderdown, including Flaming and Julia Dream.

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