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Song Name: Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: Ummagumma (Disc Two)

Run Time: 4:59

Year: 1969

Track Number: 6

Sung By: Roger Waters

Written By: Roger Waters

Info:

  • The track consists of several minutes of noises resembling rodents and birds simulated by Roger Waters' voice played at different speeds, as well as stringed instruments — followed by Waters providing a few stanzas of quasi-lyrics in a thick Scottish accent. Some reports state that sometime Floyd collaborator Ron Geesin actually provided the 'ranting pict' section.
  • The Picts were the indigenous people of what is now Scotland, before they were made virtually extinct by Irish and Viking invaders.
  • There's a "hidden message" in the song at approximately 4:22. If played at a slower speed, Waters or guitarist David Gilmour can be heard to say, "That was pretty avant-garde, wasn't it?". It is thought by some that the high-pitched squeaking which is repeated every couple of seconds from about 1:30 to about 2:10 is Waters saying, "Bring back my guitar" sped up by a factor of 10. However, this is not true, although it is phonetically similar.
  • Several Species, a Baltimore-based Pink Floyd tribute band founded in 1996, is named after the song.


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