Careful With That Axe, Eugene (8:46)

Cover of Zabriskie Point

From Zabriskie Point and 140 other releases

“Careful with That Axe, Eugene” is a song by the British band Pink Floyd. The studio recording is featured on Relics, while a live version can be found on Ummagumma. The song was originally released as the B-side of their single “Point Me at the Sky.” Pink Floyd re-recorded the track for Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Zabriskie Point. The song is retitled “Come in Number 51, Your Time Is Up” on the soundtrack album for the film.


The music consists of a light organ based jam (using the “Egyptian” style organ that is common of Rick Wright in this period), and an accompanying bass guitar playing just one tone (in this case, D) in octaves with a segue into the song’s only lyrics: the title of the song whispered menacingly, followed by a Roger Waters scream, as in “Candy and a Currant Bun”. This scream would reappear on many subsequent songs such as “Run Like Hell”, the very beginning of “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2,” and “Two Suns in the Sunset.” In the heavier parts and later, quieter parts, David Gilmour can be heard with guitar and scat vocals; in concert, Gilmour would often sing along with his guitar line.

Live History

Pink Floyd performed the song at almost every show from 1968-1973 and once in 1977. An embryonic form was performed as early as 23 May 1968 (captured in a recording at The Paradiso in Amsterdam) under the original title of “Keep Smiling People”, and another version was recorded on 25 June 1968 at BBC Piccadilly Studios and broadcast on John Peel’s Top Gear radio program 11 August 1968 with the title “Murderistic Woman”.


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  • muerto14

    Amazing *_*

    18 Aug 12:13am Reply
  • tuiekun

    heavier than opeth

    8 Aug 9:24pm Reply
  • Philthehippy

    StupidGenius thankyou, you are indeed correct and Im sending my dry cleaning bill your way as I broke out into a sweat. EPIC

    2 Jul 8:17pm Reply
  • StupidGenius

    Pompeii version is utterly fantastic, but YouTube the Oct 17 1971 performance in San Diego. I've heard this song literally hundreds of times over eight or nine different performances, but that one's climax was unlike anything I could have prepared for. Another good bootleg version is off of ReActor, it's stellar start to finish, whereas many good ones (aside from Pompeii) are sporadic throughout.

    28 Apr 8:01am Reply
  • admiralrowboat

    I'm going to have to go ahead and second what Alan_Cieslar said.

    16 Apr 2:58am Reply
  • minerfffa

    Ostrożnie z tą siekierą, Eugeniuszu [3]

    10 Mar 9:02pm Reply
  • Alan_Cieslar

    Live at Pompeii is the best live performance ever

    13 Feb 5:47pm Reply
  • Alan_Cieslar

    This song should be higher in the Pink Floyd charts. So annoying how many people only listen to DSoTM while there's so much more amazing Pink Floyd like this to discover.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • jacuch123

    Ostrożnie z tą siekierą, Eugeniuszu [2]

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Storchel

    Never fails to bring me shivers...

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sls

    The Pompeii version of this is cool as fuck

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hundredsixtysix

    Eugene WAT R U DOIN... Eugene STAHP!!! [6]

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    These screams remember me Dsbm

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Gracielied

    very psychedelic I love it. Iron Butterfly ish

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Alan_Cieslar

    This song sounds so nice and kind then it deceives you and scares the shit out of you :P amazing music, only geniuses could create this.

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • JimMorrisonFCB

    Ostrożnie z tą siekierą, Eugeniuszu

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Peth3r

    Eugene WAT R U DOIN... Eugene STAHP!!! [4]

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • realfanofrock

    Epic great song!!! I have got always goosebumps when i listen to it.

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Alan_Cieslar

    "I maintain that the scream on Ummagumma's version of this song is not only the best scream in the history of all recorded music, but also the best moment in all recorded music. It always scares the shit out of me even when I know exactly when it's coming, and makes the song orgasmic beyond belief." best description I've heard. This song is just amazing in general but the Ummagumma version is definitely the best.

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • cucuia

    yo bitch stop screaming

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
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