The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is Pink Floyd's debut album, and the only one made under Syd Barrett's leadership. The album has whimsical lyrics about scarecrows, gnomes, bicycles and fairytales, along with psychedelic instrumental passages. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
The album's title comes from the seventh chapter of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, where Ratty and Molly, while searching for a lost animal, get a religious experience. ("This is the place of my song-dream, the place the music played to me," whispered the Rat, as if in a trance. "here, in this holy place, here if anywhere, surely we shall find Him!").
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