A cloud of eiderdown
Draws around me
Softening a sound
Sleepy time, and I lie
With my love by my side
And she's breathing low

And the candle dies

When night comes down, you lock the door
The book falls to the floor
As darkness falls and waves roll by
The seasons change, the wind is warm

Now wakes the owl, now sleeps the swan
Behold a dream, the dream is gone
Green fields, a cold rain is falling
In a golden dawn

And deep beneath the ground
The early morning sounds
And I go down
Sleepy time, when I lie
With my love by my side
And she's breathing low
And I rise, like a bird
In the haze, when the first rays
Touch the sky
And the night winds die

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Mellow_Harsher, DougJones, Jaxion08

A Pillow of Winds Lyrics as written by George Roger Waters David Jon Gilmour

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  • +6
    General Commentok I'm completely astounded that no one has said anything about this song! wow....this is one of the best songs I've ever heard in my fucking life. could a song be more beautiful and dreamy??? I think I would even go as far as to say that this is my favorite Pink Floyd song
    Azzleyon August 02, 2002   Link
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    MemoryI have a ritual with my 5 year old daughter, where I comb her hair and play a few Pink Floyd songs of the Discovery box set I got her and sing along softly. This is one of Mt favorites and most memorable of songs to sing to her. One of my most pleasing moments as a father sorry far is not only doing that with her, but that she's totally receptive to it and just sits there enjoying her dad sing to her.

    Today, I lost my precious dog of 13.5 years who's been with me and got me through everything. She instantly took to my little girl when I first brought her home from the hospital. My dog would not leave her side, ever. My daughter has grown up with her, viewing her as a true member of the family.

    As I sit and try to find just the right music tonight, I came across Pillow of Winds, and it's hit the spot just right, in a whole new light. All these memories with the two most dear to me girls in my life have been gliding softly through my mind with this song playing.

    All that said, this is one of the most beautiful songs ever created, and I have a whole different outlook on it today.

    "Sleepy time, and I lie. With my love by my side, and she's breathing low. "

    Rest in peace, my love.
    Floyd4Lifeon November 24, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdreamy.............in the realms of sleep...n back again into consciousness..back n forth till u finally enter the dream world
    neuropsyon February 04, 2006   Link
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    My Interpretation"A Pillow Of Winds"

    "A cloud of eider down
    Draws around me softening the sound"

    A 'cloud of eiderdown' is a pillow. The right-sized pillow tends to bunch up a little around your ears, muting the outside world. The song is very much about the otherworldliness of sleep.

    "Sleepy time when I lie
    With my love by my side
    And she's breathing low
    And the candle dies."

    A candle's dying can be both comforting and ominous.

    "When night comes down you lock the door
    The book falls to the floor"

    Or 'boot.' Either way, the daytime world is being put away and they are preparing for the night. Presumably they don't lock the door until they sleep. Otherwise they feel safe with the door unlocked as long as they are home and awake, even at night. But the time of sleep is different as one is truly defenseless against the night. The change to the minor key reminds us of the dual nature of night, it is life-giving but death-like and there is never a guarantee you will wake up.

    "As darkness falls the waves roll by
    The seasons change
    The wind is warm."

    Now they are truly asleep. But for long? When you are asleep you don't really have any sense of time passing. When we fall asleep are we prepared to hibernate? How much time passes when we are dreaming? In any case the wind's being warm is nice and it jumps back up to the earlier chord which sounds quite different in this minor context.

    "Now wakes the owl, now sleeps the swan"

    The natural order of opposites, day/night. wake/sleep, life/death etc.

    "Behold a dream, the dream is gone"

    The German word DunstEwigkeitZug (vapor + eternity +whiff) describes the moment when you wake up and you can still for a brief second remember the meaning of your dream and understand everything, and then quickly forget it.

    "Green fields
    A cold rain is falling
    in a golden dawn."

    The 'golden dawn' here is metaphorical because they have not yet woken up. The 'golden dawn' is the dreamscape and it has an implication of being an eden-like afterlife or a post-rapture world.

    "And deep beneath the ground
    The early morning sounds and I go down"

    The key change means they are now waking up.

    "Sleepy time in my life
    With my love by my side
    And she's breathing low
    And I rise like a bird
    In the haze and the first rays touch the sky
    And the night winds die."

    Having communed with death he rises like a Phoenix. The ominous night winds are gone.
    MCDIIIon October 10, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTrue this is another great song, relaxing, ot sort of spaves you out.
    ASDmlcon March 09, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know where to start. I can't put this feeling into words. I love this song.
    Tr4cy21on November 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs noted by my comment on "One of these days" I believe that this is song is about the release most of us have at the end of an extremely stressful day. The stressful day is played out in "One of these days"
    nitroguy1698on April 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me, its about laying down, falling asleep, and dreaming. I know there's more to it, but i just love playing this song in bed, it makes my imagination go wild for awhile, then relaxes me...
    mikemacon January 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is beautiful, never more true can i mean that word. b e a u t i f u l along with every other pink floyd song.
    holtyon January 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentits a trip happening in the night with the glimpse and light of morning makes u awake.
    woodstock1969hion February 23, 2005   Link

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