Howling the pack in formation appears
Diamonds and clubs, light misted fog, the dead
Waving us back in formation,
The pack in formation
Bowling they bat as a group
And the leader is seen so early
The pack on their backs, the fighters
Through misty the waving the pack in formation
Far reaching waves
On sight, shone right
I lay as if in surround
All enmeshing, hovering
The milder I gaze
All the animals laying trail
Beyond the bough winds
Mild the reflecting electricity eyes
Tears, the life that was ours
Grows sharper and stronger away and beyond
Short wheeling fresh spring
Gripped with blanched bones moaned
Magnesium, proverbs and sobs
Howling the pack in formation appears
Diamonds and clubs, light misted fog, the dead
Waving us back in formation,
The pack in formation.

Lyrics submitted by spickly

"Wolfpack" as written by Syd Barrett

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  • +2
    General CommentDescription of society, government, people in general? Is he bitter about the fact that we are "waved into formation" as people to become a monstrous wolfpack? If he is, he has definitely left the pack at this point (which is a good thing)
    thingon March 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree with thing in a way. When i listen to this song, it seems to me like Syd is talking about society in general, and how people are influenced by others and often act in the same way. People are not forced to act this way, but they usualy do. Maybe Syd thinks that people act like animals. Magnesium is an elemnt, something found in nature. A magnesium proverb might be writing or anything that apeals to human's base nature.
    kpg51876on November 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI Imagined Pink Floyd striding into a gig with magnesium flashlights from the press pack there and girls screaming
    Lizzy1on January 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great in a really unique kind of way. The lyrics fit the mood of the music perfectly, and I feel like I understand fragments of it.

    Does anyone else have any ideas about what the lyrics mean?
    thingon January 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn my opinion this song is about how pink floyd was in the early days, and when it just started the formation appeared. The leader seen so early is Syd Barrett. An this is just a song about missing the old band and wishing that they could mabey get back together. those were my thoughts but it could be something totally different.
    Acidlumpon February 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've seen these interpretations also of the "and the leader is seen" section:

    and the leader is seen
    So early/Swirling/Curling
    the pack on their backs
    the fighters/biters

    To me this song is about war, comparing armies with magnesium bombs (used in WW2) to vicious animals leaving their dead behind them. The tightly metered rhythm sounds like a military anthem.

    I hear the different words sung in the layered vocal tracks, reinforcing the analogy: So early = an army at dawn, Swirling/Curling = the movement of predatory wolves.

    And/or the dangerous potential of conformity and groupthink.

    Definitely a passionate, visceral, affecting composition.
    kristen104on May 01, 2020   Link

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