Point Me at the Sky (3:34)

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“Point Me at the Sky” is the fifth U.K. single by the British band Pink Floyd, released on December 17, 1968. The single was not released in the U.S. However, it was released by Capitol Records in Canada, label number 72563.

The song was an early composition by Roger Waters and David Gilmour. The lyrics described a character, Henry McLean, who invites his girlfriend Jean for a ride in his newly built flying machine. The two attempt to escape an imaginary future world (dated 2005) where overcrowding and lack of food are the norm. Because the recording quality on most pressings was marginal, it was difficult for fans to get an accurate interpretation of the science-fiction like lyrics. Musically, the song is a heavy piece of psychedelia, similar to “The Nile Song”, which was also the group’s next European single.

The record did poorly on the charts, and for this reason Pink Floyd did not release another single in the UK until 1979’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” from The Wall. Its B-side, “Careful with That Axe, Eugene,” became over time far more popular. The A-side has since become the most obscure of all officially released Pink Floyd recordings. It was left out of the 1971 collection Relics and was not re-issued until the 1992 CD collection The Early Singles, a bonus disc in the Shine On box set.

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