Sheep (10:21)

Cover of Dark Side Of The Pig

From Dark Side Of The Pig and 38 other releases

“Sheep” is a song by the English band Pink Floyd. It was released on the album Animals in 1977. It was originally titled “Raving and Drooling”.

During their tours in 1974, Pink Floyd played three new songs in the first half of the shows, followed by The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. Those three new songs were “You Gotta Be Crazy” (which would later become “Dogs”), “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and “Raving And Drooling”.

During performances of “Raving And Drooling” a recording of a DJ at BBC Radio called Jimmy Young was played after being cut up and reassembled randomly. This was Waters’ idea of a man “raving and drooling” (or being insane). The lyrics of the song at this point were quite different from the ones that were to become “Sheep”. “Raving and Drooling” was originally a more jam based song, containing fewer lyrics.

Both “You Gotta Be Crazy” and “Raving And Drooling” were originally planned to be on the album following the tour (Wish You Were Here), but the plans were changed and they both ended up in different forms on Animals.

In live versions from 1977, backing guitarist Snowy White played bass guitar as Roger Waters shared electric guitar duties with David Gilmour. The performance was almost identical to the album version except that after the ending it would give way to a slower ending with Richard Wright playing an organ solo.

Starting at 6:27 and ending at 7:08, a parody of Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd…”) is spoken in the background by means of a vocoder, with the words changed to suit the subject of the song.

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Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air

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  • zmatster

    When I was in England, taking a train to London, I looked out the window and there was the building on the album cover. That was cool, got a good picture.

    11 Jul 8:57pm Reply
  • hastyevilcarnie

    One of the greatest songs by these geniuses

    28 Apr 1:49am Reply
  • bnr18241

    dat outro

    26 Apr 3:33am Reply
  • moisesbs3008

    just wonderful

    30 Mar 1:24pm Reply
  • theorly64

    Good outro.

    27 Mar 8:23pm Reply
  • eternal_sage

    Oh damn. Love this song. Especially the Outro. Amazing solos too.

    5 Mar 9:09pm Reply
  • StrictlyStupid

    that ending

    9 Jan 10:19pm Reply
  • Assedor

    One of the hallmarks in their works is brightly highlighted the individuality of each tune at their concerts.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TrimusDA

    The outro provided the theme music to a solo play about a pair of detectives called "Ratchet & Cog"

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • hundredsixtysix

    Best song from Animals [2]

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CherFanGay

    the last 2 minute rocks off

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • freetofu

    I'm not a huge Floyd fan, but I think this is one of their better albums because it almost rocks.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CherFanGay

    I BE ADDICTED 2 THIS BASTARDING THINGY, WHICH I AIN'T BE ABLE TO NAME "A SONG".

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • alin1

    Masterpiece!

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CherFanGay

    This song can be compared to Pigs and Dogs, that's why Animals is my favourite album. 5 amazing songs.

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • CherFanGay

    I've said this a million times, but the end of this song (last 2 minutes) is the top moment of P̶i̶n̶k̶ ̶F̶l̶o̶y̶d music in all its history.

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    Wave upon wave of demented avengers, March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • LastOneStand

    The best song from the album

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MarkSandman99

    that piano introdution.

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • pingywings

    I've said this a million times, but the end of this song (last 2 minutes) is the top moment of P̶i̶n̶k̶ ̶F̶l̶o̶y̶d music in all its history.

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
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