Cirrus Minor (5:13)

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“Cirrus Minor” is a song written and performed by Pink Floyd. It is the first track on their 1969 album Soundtrack from the Film More. It is approximately 5 minutes 15 seconds long. It was written by Roger Waters and performed with David Gilmour (vocals, guitar) and Richard Wright (organ).

The song has a hallucinogenic, pastoral quality, with prominent organ and bird sound effects, like those that later featured on the Ummagumma track “Grantchester Meadows”. It was also included on Pink Floyd’s compilation album Relics. The song features no drums, which creates a rather unusual feeling.

The Hammond and Farfisa organ coda is similar to that found on the “Celestial Voices” section of “A Saucerful of Secrets”. While the Hammond provides a stately foundation with a Em-Bm-D-A-G-D-B sequence, about 1/4 way into the coda Wright introduces the Farfisa which, run through a Binson Echorec platter echo, once owned by Syd Barrett, produces the swirly, trembly, echoey sound that hovers over the Hammond.

The opening birdsong is from a 1961 recording entitled “Dawn Chorus” and the single bird featured over the organ part is a nightingale also from 1961. Both featured on an HMV sound effects single (together with a recording of owls) but presumably the band just borrowed the originals from the EMI sound effects library as EMI owned HMV.

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In a churchyard by a river, lazing in the haze of midday
Laughing in the grasses and the graze
Yellow bird, you are not alone in singing and in flying on
Laughing and in leaving

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