The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
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Song Name: Astronomy Domine

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Nice Pair, Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd

Run Time: 4:12

Year: 1967

Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd
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Track Number: 1

Sung By: Syd Barrett, Richard Wright

Written By: Syd Barrett


  • The song has a very unusual chord progression for 1960s pop music, which is in sharp contrast to every kind of pop, folk and blues progressions: E E flat G A. The sound of this chord progression in conjunction with the use of the binson echo unit for the guitar had a very distinctive psychedelic character.
  • The track includes their manager at the time, Peter Jenner reading the names of stars through a megaphone for the introduction. "Domine" in the title is correctly pronounced as [ˈdɒmɪneɪ], rather than [dəʊˈmiːn] or [dəʊˈmaɪn].
  • It was a popular live piece, and regularly included in the set, appearing as the first track on the live side of the album Ummagumma in 1969. By this time, David Gilmour was singing the lead vocals together with Wright, the song had been extended to include the first verse twice, and the instrumental in the middle included a very quiet organ solo before getting louder again back to the last verse.
  • It was dropped from the live sets in mid 1971, but eventually reappeared as the first song in some sets on the band's 1994 tour. A version from a concert in Miami appears as the B-side on the "Take It Back" single, and a version from one of the London concerts appears on the live double CD P*U*L*S*E. David Gilmour played the song at some of his appearances during his 2006 tour, again sharing the lead vocal with fellow-Floyd member Richard Wright.
  • VoiVod covered this song in their 1989 album Nothingface.
  • The song was also played by David Gilmour's solo band (which includes Richard Wright) at the Abbey Road Studios sessions, which has just recently been released as part of a CD/DVD On An Island package.

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