Pink Floyd – Fearless (B-side single) 1971

This obscure but beloved Pink Floyd number, from perhaps their first fully-realized record, also possesses one of the most gorgeous gossamer melodies in the Floyd canon — up there with “Wish You Were Here” and “Hey You”. As sensitively sung and strummed by lead guitarist David Gilmour (second from left above), it’s not an obvious anthem in the way of “Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2” (which I exclude from this list, because I’m not sure the message of “we don’t need no education” has much progressive potential). On closer examination, though, the lyrics of “Fearless” — apart from being exquisitely crafted — contain considerable athemic potential

You say the hill’s too steep to climb,
Climb it!
You say you’d like to see me try,
Climb it!
You pick the place and I’ll choose the time
And I’ll climb
The hill in my own way
Just wait a while, for the right day
And as I rise above the treeline and the clouds
I look down hear the sound of the things you said today
Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling
Merciless, the magistrate turns ’round, frowning
And who’s the fool who wears the crown
Go down in your own way
And everyday is the right day
And as you rise above the fearlines in the frown
You look down
Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd

 

Fearless .mp3

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