One of These Days (6:14)

Cover of Delicate Sound of Thunder

From Delicate Sound of Thunder and 123 other releases

“One of These Days” is the opening track from Pink Floyd’s 1971 album “Meddle.” The song is instrumental (despite its distorted death growl “One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces”) and features double-tracked bass guitars played by David Gilmour and Roger Waters.

Waters’ bass is panned hard left with Gilmour’s fading into the right channel. Gilmour’s bass sound is quite muted and dull. According to Gilmour, this is because that particular instrument had old strings on it, and the roadie they had sent to get new strings for it wandered off to see his girlfriend instead.

The track opens with a “wind sound” emulated by means of a delayed wind drum slowed down to half speed. The ending solo on the left speaker is David Gilmour playing a regular guitar solo dueling with himself, via multi-tracking, playing slide on right speaker.

According to John Peel, Waters has described “One of These Days” as a “poignant appraisal of the contemporary social situation”. Gilmour has stated that he considers the song the most collaborative piece ever produced by the group.

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