The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
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Song Name: Take Up Thy Stethoscope And Walk

Artist: Pink Floyd

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

Run Time: 3:06

Year: 1967

Track Number: 6

Sung By: Roger Waters

Written By: Roger Waters


  • This was Roger Waters' debut song-writing credit, and features frantic guitar-work by Syd Barrett.
  • The song's title is a reference to John 5:8 - "Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." Its morbid lyrics are quite unlike anything else on the album, the rest of which was penned by Barrett, but is characteristic of much of Waters's work; the clinical motif would recur in compositions like "Free Four" and "Comfortably Numb."
  • In what is probably a coincidence, the song parallels the title track to Waters's Amused to Death by beginning with the phrase "Doctor, Doctor."
  • It was covered by At the Drive-In for Steve Lamacq and released along with their single Invalid Litter Dept., and later on the compilation This Station Is Non-Operational.

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