Childhood's End (Pink Floyd song)

"Childhood's End" is a song from Pink Floyd's 1972 album Obscured by Clouds.[1][2] It was the last Pink Floyd song to be composed entirely by David Gilmour, as well as the last to feature lyrics written by him, until A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987. The song shares a title with 1953 science-fiction novel of the same name by Arthur C. Clarke. The 2016 remixed version of "Childhood's End" which appears in The Early Years 1965–1972 box set was released as the second single to promote the box set in October 2016.

"Childhood's End"
Song by Pink Floyd
from the album Obscured by Clouds
PublishedWorld Copyrights Ltd
Released3 June 1972 (UK)
15 June 1972 (US)
RecordedMarch 1972
Château d'Hérouville, Pontoise, France
GenreProgressive rock, hard rock
Songwriter(s)David Gilmour
Producer(s)Pink Floyd


"Childhood's End" was performed live during Pink Floyd's European tour in late 1972 and at a few shows in March 1973 on their next North American tour. The live versions usually featured a fairly long instrumental section not found in the studio version, with an exception being the last version played on 10 March 1973 at Kent State University, when they stuck to the studio arrangement. The live versions were also performed in F-sharp minor, a step higher than the studio version (E minor). Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets resurrected the song for his 2019 world tour.[3]



  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5.
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X.
  3. ^ March 13, Stuart Derdeyn Updated; 2019 (13 March 2019). "Review: Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets in Vancouver - Vancouver Sun".CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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