Paintbox (3:30)

Cover of Zabriskie Point

From Zabriskie Point and 7 other releases

“Paint Box” is a song by psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, written and sung by keyboardist Richard Wright. It was first released in 1967 as the B-side to the single “Apples and Oranges”.

Prominent features of the song include its long drum fills by Nick Mason and the anti-social sentiment of the lyrics (“Last night I had too much to drink / Sitting in a club with so many fools”).

“Paint Box” was originally issued in mono for the single. A stereo mix was later included on the compilation album Relics as “Paintbox”, which was also the spelling used when the mono mix was issued on the third disc of the 40th Anniversary deluxe edition of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.


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Last night I had too much to drink
Sitting in a club with so many fools
Playing to rules
Trying to impress but feeling rather empty

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  • lukasz_pulawski


    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    i miss singles, once they were a thing in themselves, a singular statement if you will, now there are just single mp3's used to advertise the album they're from.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • LastOneStand

    Amazing song

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • shitscud

    "Early Pink Floyd is pure fucking genius. Too bad they didn't continue with these trippy psychedelic songs and went all progressive." Perhaps the very nature of these humble beginnings is far more progressive than anything they wrote when they were trying too hard.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • sls

    When you think about it, Apples and Oranges b/w Paintbox was a pretty good single - not as good as some of the others, but there's loads of bands that couldn't even put something like this together. Especially when their songwriter drops out of the picture!

    21 Jul 2013 Reply
  • liquidvizions


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  • Lajon_

    A Day in the Life [2]

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • GXoX

    Sounds a bit like the early Soft Machine (2) I love this music

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • GeronkoMan

    Early Pink Floyd is pure fucking genius. Too bad they didn't continue with these trippy psychedelic songs and went all progressive.

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Belle_De_Matin

    I just adore this one!

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • pablo323

    Sounds similar to A Day in the Life

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MarcusAurelio

    Fascinating piece, this.

    19 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Hohko

    Very underrated gem indeed. Rick's voice is great in this one. Early Floyd were really good Floyd.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Ennish

    I didn't even think this song existed until I found the video for it on YouTube. A quirky little gem, I must say. Rick Wright taking charge of the song makes listening to it worth while.

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • WiJoCo

    This is amazing blood, blood-y-bloody-blood-y-bloody-blood

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • JellyBean1994

    This is bloody amazing.

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
  • therealsteppen

    Fan-fuckin'-tastic Floyd!!!! ;-)

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • hugei

    Just discovered that song and I must say that it's one of the Floyd's best early songs. And the drink a-drink part is really funny.

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • caubyandrade

    R.I.P. RICK!

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
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