It is included as the fourth track on The Dark Side of the Moon and was released as a single in the United States. Bassist Roger Waters wrote the lyrics, and the music is credited to all four band members. The lyrics deal with the passage of time — time can slip by, but many people do not realise it until it is too late. Waters got the idea when he realised he was no longer preparing for anything in life, but was right in the middle of it. He has described this realisation taking place at ages 28 and 29 in various interviews. Each clock at the beginning of the song was recorded separately in an antiques store. These clock sounds are followed by a two-minute passage dominated by Nick Mason 's drum solo, with rototoms and backgrounded by a tick-tock sound created by Roger Waters picking two muted strings on his bass. With David Gilmour singing lead on the verses and with Richard Wright singing lead on the bridges and with female singers and Gilmour providing backup vocals, the song's lyrics deal with Roger Waters ' realization that life was not about preparing yourself for what happens next, but about grabbing control of your own destiny. He Alan Parsons had just recently before we did that album gone out with a whole set of equipment and had recorded all these clocks in a clock shop.
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So, you think you can tell Meddle from The Division Bell? Pink Floyd may be the only rock band that can credibly be compared to both the Beatles and Spinal Tap. He obsessively collects worldwide sales data. Not sales claims ; sales data. You can read his 51 pages of Pink Floyd sales data here. The upshot: Pink Floyd has sold more albums worldwide than the Beatles. Floyd recorded over a longer period, of course, but both groups have released about the same number of albums, and had about the same span of decades to sell their work to new generations — and in new configurations. In its massive confusion, this accounting — which, whether we like it or not, hangs above our cultural world, as the band itself might have put it, motionless upon the air, like an albatross — is a testament to the good humor of the gods of rock, which now and again smile upon otherwise unemployable, gangly British nitwits. The first was a goofy and absurdist pop-rock band, led by one Syd Barrett, whose contributions were limited basically to a couple of singles and one album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn ; more on him anon.
I hate that it's all on his terms. It sucks but ultimately what Mormonism does to people is it makes them value adherence to church more than their relationships with people. I don't remember much of the breakup because it's been overshadowed by what happened to her afterwards.