The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
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Song Name: Matilda Mother

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Nice Pair, Masters Of Rock

Run Time: 3:08

Year: 1967

Track Number: 3

Sung By: Richard Wright, Syd Barrett

Written By: Syd Barrett


  • Written by Syd Barrett from a surrealistic perspective, the song is essentially a fairy tale that is being read to a child by his mother. The song is sung mostly by Richard Wright with Barrett joining in on the last verse.
  • The song begins with a very characteristic, unusual bass and organ interlude featuring the bass doing double stop licks. Roger Waters repeatedly plays the B on the 16th fret of the G-string by varying the lower note from D to F sharp on the D string. Unlike many older beat and pop songs, the guitar rarely plays chords. Most unusually for rock music (even psychedelic), Richard Wright provides an organ solo in the F# Phrygian Dominant #6 scale, which is an offshoot of the Phrygian Dominant scale with a raised sixth instead of a natural sixth. The song ends with a simple E mixolydian-based waltz with wordless vocal harmonies of Richard Wright and Syd Barrett.

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