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"Speak to Me" is the first track from Britishmarker progressive rock band Pink Floyd's 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, on which it forms an overture. Drummer Nick Mason receives a rare solo writing credit for the track; Roger Waters subsequently claimed this was a "gift" to Mason, one which Waters came to regret after his acrimonious departure from the group.

Composition

The song itself features no lyrics but instead features a seagull in the introduction (although it contains parts of the conversation tapes that Pink Floyd recorded, as well a short snippet of Clare Torry's vocal performance on "The Great Gig in the Sky"), and consists of a series of sound effects. It leads into the first performance piece on the album, "Breathe". As a result, they are usually played together on the radio, and most later re-releases merge the two songs together.

Sound effects

Noticeable sound effects include:

  • Heartbeat; this can also be heard at the end of "Eclipse"
  • Clock ticking; reflecting the song "Time"
  • Manic laughter; reflecting the song "Brain Damage"
  • Cash register; reflecting the song "Money"
  • Helicopter noise; reflecting the song "On the Run"
  • Wailing/screaming; reflecting the song "The Great Gig in the Sky"
  • Synthesizer note; goes into "Breathe"


Spoken parts

Personnel



Notes

  1. Some CD pressings merge "Speak to Me" and "Breathe".



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