In a churchyard by a river
lazing in the haze of midday
laughing in the grasses and the graves

Yellow bird you are not lonely
in singing and in flying on
in laughing and in leaving

Willow weeping in the water
waving to the river-daughters
swaying in the ripples and the reeds

On a trip to Cirrus Minor
saw a crater in the sun
A thousand miles of moonlight lazer

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Flaming, Fred1000

Cirrus Minor song meanings
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  • +4
    General Comment
    Awesome song! Definatly one of Pink Floyd's best. There is a certain melancholy throughout the song, almost as if PF is saying that "all the good things that make us happy in the end, come to end. Whether it's the flowing river, or the chirping bird. Everything ends" I think the lines "saw a crater in the sun" means that every great big love (like the sun) has a dark side (crater), and that whenever we meet a girl we trully love, there is still something about her that will unsatisfy us. Just my opinion.
    Emperor_Neroon February 18, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment
    I love the way his voice reverbs when he sings "saw a crater in the sun, a thousand miles of moonlight later." And I love the British way that he pronounces "saw" as "sawr"
    corporal_cleggon November 11, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment
    filled with wonderful lyrics and colourful musical images . . . "crater in the sun" ? ? ? don't forget, kiddies, that this line harkens back to an earlier PF song "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", and they're seeing the crater left by their previous "flight" to the sun . . . and, just for fun, "Willow weeping", "River-daughter", for you Lord of the Rings buffs, a thinly disguised nod to Mr. Tom Bombadil and Old Man Willow . . .
    meltingmanon August 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment
    Cirrus Minor is the north pole star. It is part of a constellation in the shape of a bear. And yeah, the organ solo is pretty amazing. One of my favorites off of More.
    inpraiseoffollyon June 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    This really sounds a lot like a desription of Granchester Meadows. With the psychidelic twist, I LOVE the effects they do.
    operative11on March 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    Yea it is like Granchester Meadows, never noticed that. Really good and melancholy song. MORE is quite good....the album...the movie kidna sucks, waste of $20.
    JuliaDreameron October 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    This song is way better than Learning to Fly, but it has 50 fewer comments. Something seems wrong here, doesn't it?
    inpraiseoffollyon June 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    I'm with you clegg. This has to be my favorite. One's left with the incredibly deep mystery of, "wtf is a crater doing in the sun? Is that supposed to be there??"
    phasetransitionon February 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    the song is about a bad trip roger waters had. on what? i don't know. probably lsd. what gives this song a 5 from me is the organ solo.
    agoxideon May 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    Song Fact
    The last line of this song, "A thousand miles of moonlight later", is taken from a book of Chinese poetry that Roger Waters read in the 1960s called "Poems of the Late Tang". The line is from a poem by Li He called "On The Frontier". See…
    Durvunuulon November 14, 2017   Link

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