A Saucerful Of Secrets

Set The Controls
Rick Wright 1943-2008
Syd Barrett 1946 - 2006
See Emily Play
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A Saucerful Of Secrets
Remember A Day
Bonzo Dog Doo-Da Band
Soft Machine
King Crimson
In The Hall Of The Crimson King
Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal

A Saucerful Of Secrets 1968 [click for larger]
Columbia SX 6258 (mono) 1968

The second Pink Floyd album with the first appearance of David Gilmour and the last of Syd Barrett

Lp mono: Columbia SX 6258
Lp stereo: Columbia SCX 6258
Recorded at EMI Abbey Road Studios
Producered by Norman Smith
Sleeve design and photos: Hipgnosis

Pink Floyd:
Roger Waters: Bass and vocals
David Gilmour: Lead guitar and vocals
Syd Barrett: Lead guitar and vocals
Rick Wright: Organ/piano and vocals
Nick Mason: Drums

The five man Floyd 1968 [click for larger image]
Nick Mason,Syd Barrett,David Gilmour,Roger Waters,Rick Wright

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
(music/lyrics Roger Waters)

Little by little the night turns around
Counting the leaves which tremble at dawn
Lotus's lean on each other in union
Over the hills where a swallow is resting
Set the controls for the heart of the sun

Over the mountain watching the watcher
Breaking the darkness waking the grapewine
One inch of love is one inch of shadow
Love is the shadow that ripens the wine
Set the controls for the heart of the sun

The heart of the sun...

Witness the man who arrives at the wall
Making the shape of his question to heaven
Whether the sun will fall in the evening
Will he remember the lesson of giving?
Set the controls for the heart of the sun

The heart of the sun...

A Saucerful of Secrets 1968. back cover

1. Let There Be More Light
2. Remember A Day
3. Set The Controls For The
    Heart Of The Sun
4. Corporal Clegg
5. A Saucerful Of Secrets
6. See - Saw
7. Jugband Blues

five man Pink Floyd 1968 [click for larger image]

related internet links

who wrote'em, who sang'em

a piece of film featuring
Pink Floyd on a French
television programme
performing the said song.
the quality isn't good but
it's an interesting visual

a mass of single tracks, other versions
of familiar material and recordings of
early Pink Floyd concept events.

Saucer Notes

Let There Be More Light : written by Roger Waters. The lyrics were supposedly based on a member of an organized crime unit in London

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun: written by Roger Waters. features guitar work by both David Gilmour and Syd Barrett. In the book Pink Floyd - through the eyes of... by Bruno McDonald, Roger Waters admits to "borrowing" the lyrics from a book of Chinese poetry from the Tang Dynasty period (which has later been identified as the book Poems of the late T'ang, translated by A.C. Graham). Some of the poetry came from Li He, whose poem Don't go out the door contains the line "witness the man who raged at the wall as he wrote his question to heaven", and Li Shangyin, whose poetry contained the lines, "watch little by little the night turn around", "countless the twigs which tremble in dawn," and, "one inch of love is an inch of ashes." The song is supposedly about a suicidal spaceship pilot, who wants to die by flying into the sun and burning to death

Corporal Clegg:  written by Roger Waters and features both Syd Barrett and David Gilmour on guitar

the song notes are adapted from the Wikipedia entries on the individual songs

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