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Song Name: Fearless

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: Meddle, Works, Shine On

Run Time: 6:08

Year: 1971

Track Number: 3

Sung By: David Gilmour, Roger Waters (Backing Vocals)

Written By: David Gilmour, Roger Waters

Info:

  • The song's slow tempo and mellow acoustic sound bear similarities to some of the other tracks on the first side of the album. Roger Waters composed the ascending riff on guitar using an open tuning in G major that he learned from Syd Barrett (Barrett also seems to be the subject of some of the lyrics). He plays this riff and other rhythm guitar parts on the studio recording, despite his job as the band's usual bassist.
  • Near the beginning and at the end of the song, a field recording of fans in Liverpool's Kop choir singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" is superimposed over the music. This Rodgers and Hammerstein song became the anthem of Liverpool F.C. after Gerry and the Pacemakers had a number-one hit with their recording. The fans repeatedly chant "Liverpool!" after the song's conclusion, and their cheering reverberates across the stereo field in a haunting manner, which produces a somewhat psychedelic effect on listeners with headphones
  • The song is almost regarded as an underground hit for Pink Floyd, because although it was not released as a single in the UK or played live by the band, it remains greatly favoured among hardcore fans. Its title is derived from a football slang term for "awesome", which became a cliché among the band's touring party. "Here Comes A Soul Saver", a track on the eponymous 1995 album by The Charlatans (UK), bears more than a passing resemblance to "Fearless".


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