Syd

The late, great Syd BarrettIt’s hard to believe, but it’s been two years since the passing of Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett; Pink Floyd’s original leader, their Crazy Diamond and a continuing source of delight and inspiration to so many worldwide.

I’m sure you’ll think of Syd today, and maybe play a song or two to remember his wonderful, unique talent.

If you’d like to say anything at all about Syd, go ahead. I’d love to know your favourite songs and lyrics, as well as what made him so special to you (if it’s even possible to put the magic he created in such a comparatively short space of time into words).

The chatroom is now open, if you’d like to pop in. It will be open until 15:00 (UK).

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Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

90 thoughts on “Syd”

  1. Oh where are you now
    pussy willow that smiled on this leaf?
    When I was alone you promised the stone from your heart
    my head kissed the ground
    I was half the way down, treading the sand
    please, please, lift a hand
    I’m only a person whose armbands beat
    on his hands, hang tall
    won’t you miss me?
    Wouldn’t you miss me at all?

    The poppy birds way
    swing twigs coffee brands around
    brandish her wand with a feathery tongue
    my head kissed the ground
    I was half the way down, treading the sand
    please, please, please lift the hand
    I’m only a person with eskimo chain
    I tattooed my brain all the way…
    Won’t you miss me?
    Wouldn’t you miss me at all?

  2. Shine on, Syd.

    Better than a lot of words, my memory will be a good listening of his works. “No Man’s Land” is gladdening me right now…

  3. without syd there wouldn’t be pink floyd… god bless and RIP.

    just listening to piper at the gates of dawn…

  4. The comment from David that I read about how he wished that he had just gone and had a drink with him was most poignant. 🙁

  5. Shine On, Syd. I’m listening to “Dolly Rocker” from Opel. It’s one of my favourites.

    Do you have a favourite, FEd?

    [From that album, other than the obvious ‘Dark Globe’ and ‘Clowns and Jugglers’, my favourites are ‘Milky Way’ and ‘Birdie Hop’. That said, there are dozens of little things that I love, from the whistling at the end of ‘Let’s Split’ to the trippy guitar on ‘Lanky (Part One)’. People call you a “genius” if you’re a half-decent footballer or can memorise a few lines of script these days. For me, Syd was a genius. And, perhaps arguably, we didn’t get to see half of it. – FEd]

  6. Cheers for Syd! Someone for whom creativity was as necessary as breathing.

    Oct. 22nd thru Nov. 2nd 2008 is an event supported by Syd’s family and friends, The City Wakes (click my name) is the first ever official tribute to Syd Barrett – original front-man and songwriter for “The Pink Floyd Blues Council”, now known as Pink Floyd.

    Though his star shone but briefly, Syd’s creativity continues to inspire generations of musicians; he perhaps more than any other artist sowed the seeds of the creative flowering that characterized the 60’s underground psychedelic movement.

    Friends of Syd’s who are contributing to the project include Pink Floyd’s long-time art collaborator Storm Thorgerson, Syd’s famous photo-biographer Mick Rock and many more.

    The City Wakes is a chance for the City of Cambridge, and Syd Barrett fans from all over the world to pay tribute to a very special talent.

    Thank you Syd, I appreciate your ability to transcend and inspire.

  7. Syd was on a different level to everbody else….talent at its best!!!

  8. Shine on Syd, thanks for the music you gave us. We love you! We miss you!

    Aldo

  9. One person can have an impact on many.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    PS – How come it is always the same pic of Syd?

    [Why not? I know that’s how I want to remember Syd, and what you think about him today matters more to me than what picture I choose to use for illustrative purposes. Besides, unlike so many sites, I’m not going to pinch photographs that I don’t have the right to use. – FEd]

  10. Syd will SHINE ON forever.

    I’m listening to “Terrapin” from “The Madcap Laughs” album. Another one that DG covered.

    [Yes, the first time was in 1996 at the Day For Tibet benefit, I believe. – FEd]

  11. It is a poignant day for Floyd fans but, can we remember, that Syd was a casualty of his own doing- too many drugs!! Tragically no-one seems to have learnt from the examples of Syd, Hendrix, Moon etc. Such as Amy Winehouse, Doherty etc….

    RIP Roger…

  12. I did think about him today.

    Not a lot to say except that I just enjoyed, and still enjoy, his music so very much.

    I still remember very clearly the very first time I heard ‘See Emily Play’ from the back of a Ford Anglia whilst going on a family holiday to Wales during the late 60’s. I was knocked out by it then and still find it inspiring now. From then till now he has never been far from my record/CD player.

    Can’t thank him or The Pink Floyd enough for making my life that bit brighter.

  13. [Why not? I know that’s how I want to remember Syd, and what you think about him today matters more to me than what picture I choose to use for illustrative purposes. Besides, unlike so many sites, I’m not going to pinch photographs that I don’t have the right to use. – FEd]

    No debate. Fair enough.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  14. yep, i really miss syd. i was hearing his second solo album last night, great stuff and ‘effervescing elephant’ is so funny. it makes me laugh every time i hear it.

    i really wish they’d release ‘scream thy last scream’ and ‘vegetable man’ – those are two of my favourite syd songs.

  15. I’m listening to Syd’s finest hour, his beautiful song, ‘Bike’.

    To put it bluntly, the song captivates everything I ensisage in Syd. Fun, bubbly, and experimental.

    To Syd. May your life shine on, throughout the millenniums.

  16. Hi all,

    I’m thinking of him (as of a lot of great artists) each time I hear one of his songs. My favorite for today:

    “Lucifer Sam, siam cat.
    Always sitting by your side
    Always by your side.
    That cat’s something I can’t explain.
    Ginger, ginger, Jennifer Gentle you’re a witch.
    You’re the left side
    He’s the right side.
    Oh, no!
    That cat’s something I can’t explain.
    Lucifer go to sea.
    Be a hip cat, be a ship’s cat.
    Somewhere, anywhere.
    That cat’s something I can’t explain.
    At night prowling sifting sand.
    Hiding around on the ground.
    He’ll be found when you’re around.
    That cat’s something I can’t explain.”

    (I did already mention that I like cats, didn’t I?)

    What a waste, but being self-destroying seems to be part of an artists life…

    Regards,

    Taki
    Bavaria

  17. [From that album, other than the obvious ‘Dark Globe’ and ‘Clowns and Jugglers’, my favourites are ‘Milky Way’ and ‘Birdie Hop’. That said, there are dozens of little things that I love, from the whistling at the end of ‘Let’s Split’ to the trippy guitar on ‘Lanky (Part One)’. People call you a “genius” if you’re a half-decent footballer or can memorise a few lines of script these days. For me, Syd was a genius. And, perhaps arguably, we didn’t get to see half of it. – FEd]

    Thank you for this insight, FEd. Bless you.

    “The winds, they blew and the leaves did wag
    They’ll never put me in their bag
    The raging seas will always seep
    So high you go, so low you creep
    The wind, it blows in tropical heat
    The drones, they throng on mossy seats
    The squeaking door will always squeak
    Two up, two down will never meet
    Please leave us here
    Close our eyes to the octopus ride.” – From “Clowns and Jugglers”

    [“So high you go, so low you creep.” Ain’t that the truth? – FEd]

  18. and i love ‘clowns and jugglers’ from opel. you don’t get songwriters like this today.

  19. “Nobody knows where you are,
    How near or how far
    Shine on, you crazy diamond.”

    [For me, Syd was a genius. And, perhaps arguably, we didn’t get to see half of it. – FEd]

    I agree. A sundial in the shade perhaps and still an inspiration and legend to many.

    RIP Syd.

  20. R.I.P. Syd.

    I love Dark Globe, Bike and Astronomy Domine.

    Syd was most certainly a genius and as another member posted, he may have only scratched the surface of what he had. Shine on Syd..

    Best regards,
    James

  21. Bike can put me in a good mood no matter how bad the day.

    I have read where all the members of Pink Floyd in interviews have spoken of wishing they had spoken to Syd at some point over the years. In my eyes they did through their music.

  22. “Alone in the clouds all blue
    Lying on an eiderdown
    Yippee!!! You can’t see me but I can you…

    Lazing in the foggy dew
    Sitting on a unicorn
    No fear!!! You can’t hear me but I can you..

    Watching buttercups cup the light
    Sleeping on a dandelion
    Too much!!! I won’t touch you but then I might…

    Streaming through the starlit skies
    Traveling by telephone
    Hey ho!!! Here we go!!! Ever so high…

    Alone in the clouds all blue
    Lying on an eiderdown
    Yippee!!! You can’t see me but I can you…”

    That’s my favorite Syd lyric. But I always wondered where the title came from.

  23. much memorializing of syd…an inspiration to so many with his childlike wonder and imagination.

    he was around though right till just a few years ago?

    maybe too many memories to go there not to mention simple conversational disconnect, but did the alientation contribute to his state?

    maybe now is a good time to reconnect with that person from the past, mend things before its too late…

    we all have someone like that in our lives.

    one love.

  24. There’s not much to say, you know, I think everything’s been said to this day.

    Syd was a genius, an inspiring mind, to whom we owe a lot of the art so many people love…

  25. Shine On you eternal shining Diamond…

    RIP SYD …

    “It’s an idea, someday
    in my tears, my dreams
    don’t you want to see her proof?
    Life that comes of no harm
    you and I, you and I and dominoes, the day goes by…

    You and I in place
    wasting time on dominoes
    a day so dark, so warm
    life that comes of no harm
    you and I and dominoes, time goes by… ”

  26. Hi FEd, kalispera!

    Very very OFF TOPIC….

    Sunny holiday greetings from Sissi / Crete to you and all bloggers

    Herbert

    [I hope you’re having a good time, Herbert. (I’d send you sunny greetings in return, of course, but it’s raining here.) – FEd]

  27. Hi,

    I just like to say that that my favorite song is Dominoes…

    ”Its an idea, someday
    In my tears, my dreams
    Dont you want to see her proof?
    Life that comes of no harm
    You and i, you and I and dominoes, the day goes by…”

    We will always miss you!! 🙂

    Regards,

    Ana

  28. Bike was one of my favorites, he seemed so happy back then and carefree. It still seems like a dream he is gone.

    I will remember him today and everyday. Syd will always shine in my heart.

  29. RIP Syd.

    You were an inspiration and still continue to be.

    YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

  30. Hi FED, songs for me to remember Syd are Bike and Astronomy Domine.

    Some say the that when Syd was unable to go on with the band things changed. Perhaps the closeness/passion of the band was altered somewhat. Thus when David Gilmour became their guitarist a new twist was formed to challenge Waters and in essense their song writeing has proved that.

    I thank Syd for the early days of rock music for Floyd and thus Pink Floyd became the best/greatest sounding band of all time.

  31. A Song for Syd…

    I wrote a song shortly after his death. One day I’ll record it but until then here are a few lines…

    He never walked the wall
    He never learned to fly
    Now he stands there all alone
    A bleeding heart he never knew…

    Dark Globe is pro’lly my fave Syd track…

  32. You are missed, Syd.

    I just love the way words just roll out your mouth, you are one pure lyrical genius.

    My favourites are: Terrapin, Octopus, Baby Lemonade, Lucifer Sam and Chapter 24.

    Best regards.

    Julie

  33. [my favourites are ‘Milky Way’ and ‘Birdie Hop’ – FEd]

    Birdie Hop for me FEd, for I too see the flies. Rest in Peace Roger Keith Barrett.

    “Birdie Hop – he do, he hop along
    a lonely bird upon a window there
    he, he, there he blow
    a windy snow, he knew the snow,
    I know the snow, a hoppy bird

    The antelope ride around the parasol
    just to see if he’s a man
    enough to meet you in the sandpit
    on a flying kind of sign in a meddlesome way
    you know the way,
    I see the flies

    She’s a little kite the sort
    you think you might like to fly
    and like a kite you get to see her
    every night, you know the way
    she’s only paving her way –
    hectochrome plane,
    I see the flies.

    Birdie Hop – he do, he hop along
    a lonely bird upon a window there
    he, he, there he blow
    a windy snow, he knew the snow,
    I know the snow, a hoppy bird

    A camel woke up to a polish dawn
    wouldn’t look to see his feet had gone
    he wouldn’t like it
    wouldn’t have the strength to fight it,
    I see the flies

    I’m the only bird, a little third,
    I lost a quarter
    had a yearning to be earning just a dollar a day
    in a way you shouldn’t like it, hectochrome plane
    I see the flies”

  34. “Bike” and “Effervescing Elephant”.

    Shine on Syd, diamonds are forever.

    I just noticed Belgian French-speaking TV-station “La Une” is broadcasting the “Seven Ages of Rock” series again, starting off tonight at 21:55 (GMT+1).

    Here is a link to next week’s programme (14/07 22:20), which as you probably know has coverage of Syd, David, Richard, Nick and Roger (click my name).

    Hope to make it to a chat sometime soon again.

    Best regards,
    Ralph

    [Thanks for that, Ralph. – FEd]

  35. “Bike” will always be my favourite ! Gerald the mouse is my personal coach (some things just happen to you when you teach in kindergarten).

    I like to remember Syd Barret the way he was on that famous interview with Roger Waters by a Dr Someone who asked, among other things, why they were playing so loudly. (Does anyone remember the name? The date? The occasion?)

    [It was the ever-cheery Hans Keller of the BBC, talking after the Games For May concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May 1967. The programme was called Look Of The Week. “To my mind,” said Keller “there is continuous repetition and proportionately, they are a bit boring.” Not a fan, then. (He was too much of a musician to appreciate them fully, apparently.) – FEd]

  36. Like many unique minds Syd had a bit of Jekyll/Hyde in him. Some of his music was – hand on heart – quite horrible, whereas some was really brilliant. Brilliant on an alien level.

    He was a lousy guitarrist but at the same time he came up with riffs and new tricks on the guitar that was unheard of at the time.

    But mostly it was his narrative way with words that made him shine. As he also was into painting I’m sure he saw a tune pretty much the same way he saw the world around him, like images full of colour instead of just combinations of notes and sounds. In that sense I think he was a painter even when he wrote lyrics and songs.

    Apart from his most well known peaks such as Astronomy Domine, Bike, Arnold Layne, See Emily Play, Terrapin and Dominoes I would like to mention one of my personal Barrett favourites:

    Golden Hair. Pure magic!

  37. My favorite Syd songs are the obvious: Arnold Layne and Astronomy Domine.

    I’m really proud that David still continues to play Syd’s songs live in concert. He (and Rick) really care about keeping his songs alive, which is why I can’t wait to get Live in Gdansk to hear these great songs again.

    “Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
    Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
    You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom,
    blown on the steel breeze.
    Come on you target for faraway laughter,
    come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!
    You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
    Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
    Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
    rode on the steel breeze.
    Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
    come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!”

  38. The song “Opel” is probably my favorite of his solo stuff. Of his Floyd stuff, I’d say “Jugband Blues”.

  39. Two years later and still a sad reminder of the indelible impact his passing has cost us.

    A wonderful biography of Syd entitled Madcap is available. This book “shines” most brightly when talking about the latter day goings on for Roger Barrett. I just finished the book and enjoyed every moment of it.

    Shine on Syd, we STILL miss you … two years on, but no less sadder without you.

    Darren

  40. Syd.

    Unique :

    Always

    There,

    Still missing – still listening – somewhere else.

  41. Dark Globe, Dominoes, Terrapin, Octopus, Matilda Mother, Lucifer Sam, Chapter 24, Flaming, The Scarecrow, Bike, Astronomy Domine, Arnold Layne, See Emily Play, Candy And A Currant Bun… just good stuff in all these songs.

  42. OPEL

    “On a distant shore, miles from land
    stands the ebony totem in ebony sand
    a dream in a mist of gray…
    on a far distant shore…

    The pebble that stood alone
    and driftwood lies half buried
    warm shallow waters sweep shells
    so the cockles shine…

    A bare winding carcass, stark
    shimmers as flies scoop up meat, an empty way…
    dry tears…
    crisp flax squeaks tall reeds
    make a circle of gray in a summer way, around man
    stood on ground…

    I’m trying
    I’m trying to find you!
    To find you
    I’m living, I’m giving,
    To find you, To find you,
    I’m living, I’m living,
    I’m trying, I’m giving”

    I personally have no idea who Syd Barrett was as a person, but I can understand where he was coming from.

    Shine on Syd…

  43. “It’s awfully considerate of you to think of me here,
    And I’m most obliged to you for making it clear
    That I’m not here.
    And I never knew the moon could be so big,
    And I never knew that you could be so blue.
    And I’m grateful that you threw away my old shoes,
    And brought me here instead dressed in red.
    And I’m wondering who could be writing this song.

    I don’t care if the sun don’t shine,
    And I don’t care if nothing is mine,
    And I don’t care if I’m nervous with you.
    I’ll do my loving in the winter.

    And the sea isn’t green.
    And I love my Queen.
    And what exactly is a dream?
    And what exactly is a joke?”

    With these lyrics, you really get the sense that Syd knew something was horribly wrong but that he didn’t know what it could be. For me, this contains the playfulness that we love in Syd, as well as a glimpse into the painful self-awareness that must have accompanied his disintegration.

    F’Ed, the power went out at my house today, just after I entered the chat room.

    [Sorry I missed you, Dan. I noticed your sudden exit. – FEd]

  44. Even though we only knew you for such a short amount of time, your work will inspire us forever. Laugh and shine on Madcap!

    Thanks for everything, wish you were here.

  45. Dark Globe is a fave of mine. Not only cos it’s a great song but it’s also the first song I learned to play on the guitar. And I’ve learnt so many more of his songs since.

    He is a great source of inspiration for me. His music made me want to play music and kept me learning.

    So if you’re up there Roger, THANK YOU!!!!

  46. Such lovely tributes from everyone, I can’t add anything to them.

    Best wishes to Syd’s family and loved ones.

    ash X

  47. Without a doubt for me at least…..See Emily Play.

    [It still sounds ground-breaking today, doesn’t it? – FEd]

  48. First of all, thanks to this space for letting people express their feelings toward Syd Barrett. A Greek word comes to mind: catharsis, the alleviation of pain through the expression of deeply held emotions.

    It is also interesting to me that so many comments here have mentioned Syd’s lyrics, his gift of language, something that at times is overlooked in the presentation of his life as only the “acid casualty” who “played a mean guitar.”

    One of my favorite Barrett lyrics is that for “Dominoes” (“a day so dark, so warm, life that comes of no harm”). Another is the one for “It is Obvious” (“Reason it is written on the brambles, stranded on the spikes – my blood red, oh listen:”).

    There is beauty and anguish in the words to the songs on The Madcap Laughs and Barrett. Which is precisely why they still hold the listener’s attention so many years later.

    Again, thanks.

  49. Poor Syd, so much talent in such an unrestful soul. I am sure it makes his family and friends proud to see how many people admire the work he left behind.

    I love Dominoes. It is one of the first songs of Syd’s I heard David play and it is still my favorite.

    I often wonder why so many creative people are so troubled. I am one that believes people that live such a troubled life as Syd’s find their peace at the end of life.

    Enjoy your peace Syd.

    He really left us with a lot of himself to remember didn’t he?

    Barbara P

  50. Dominoes, See Emily Play, Bike and Astronomy Domine are my faves.

    Makes me wonder how it could have turned out if Syd carried on as an artist. Would David have been there as a member and how the music would have been if so? Hmmmm.

  51. “It’s awfully considerate of you to think of me here” – Syd Barrett, Jugband Blues

    My CD of Syd’s Greatest Hits consists of:

    1. Dominoes
    2. Dark Globe
    3. Astronomy Domine
    4. Candy And A Currant Bun
    5. Bike
    6. Milky Way
    7. Arnold Layne
    8. The Scarecrow
    9. Clowns and Jugglers
    10. Terrapin
    11. Jugband Blues

  52. Astronomy Domine

    “Lime and limpid green, a second scene, the fight between the blue you once knew”.

    I don’t know “really” what Syd meant, but I enjoy the idea of two colors of green (lime and limpid) being different from either more or less of the color blue.

  53. Hope not too late to add comment.

    Just back from USA. Atlantic City, and Princeton Uni. Whilst there popped into secondhand CD Shop and whilst browsing a bright star of a CD caught by eye, it was a Syd album. What a great souvenier of my visit so snapped it up and been playing it most days.

    Ian

    PS Can anyone tell me why seagulls in Atlantic City were attracted to my ankles to the point of attacking them?

    [Hope you had a good time, Ian. Apart from the seagulls, of course. – FEd]

  54. I still remember, quite vividly, seeing Roger in St Louis in 1987 on the Radio K.A.O.S. tour. At one point the band just sort of sat down and the original video for Arnold Layne took over the circular screen behind the band.

    “The great Syd Barret… lest we forget…” That was Roger paying homage to his friend and mentor.

    Well said I would think…

  55. When I listen to “Terrapin”, I thank God for having had people like Syd on this earth…

    A# F G E

    Shine on Syd

    Raffaele

  56. Dear David

    Thank you for a wonderful Dark Globe version.

    Don’t wait for another Floyd to die to pay tribute. All Floyd fans dream of seeing you sing Dogs… with other guys or not.

    [Do they? I don’t. – FEd]

  57. Shine on Syd. Ride that Bike peacefully in heaven, you Crazy Diamond. God Bless.

    Steve.

  58. Hello,

    two years ago we were without the weak body of Syd, but he fliew away a long time ago. It’s a very sad story, over in a very sad way.

    But the golden guy is in his music: I love “Jugband Blues” because it is a self portrait and a pic of a desperate soul.

    I hope to stay in UK next Oct/Nov for the Memory day.

    Bye all of you and a lot of thanks for the Memory space,
    diana

  59. I’ve seen that 1967 Look of the Week interview. Hans Keller was definitely not a fan, he was too much into “serious” music.

    By the way, I also get this feeling that somewhere among Syd’s personal effects is a diary with all kinds of unpublished and unexplored poems and lyrics. Of course we may never ever see them. But wouldn’t that be neat?

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    [Come on now, he grew up with the string quartet. (Please click your name above for an interesting piece about the programme and its host). – FEd]

  60. [maybe now is a good time to reconnect with that person from the past, mend things before its too late… – cyril]

    I really think you hit the nail on the head with this suggestion. It is NOT those whose die with the most toys who are the true winners in life but, those who die with the least to regret.

    I think that Syd’s mind was really open to what is truly important in life, it must have really broken his heart that his best buddies could not see the bigger picture that he could see.

    I think Syd really understood what the whole 60s movement was about. I can appreciate his efforts to try to get his buddies to “see the light”.

    It’s just a case of all the suffering I see in the world today, and it makes me sick, how capitalism seems to manage to suck the soul out of art, and the eventually the artist.

    So that said, play us a song “Pop Monkey”! I have a dollar for you…

  61. Hiya FeD, long time no see. Have been crazy working.

    I read up on the petition vote the other day and here’s one interesting one from you. It got to me from the people at Live Earth. It fits in nicely with David’s Green stance.

    Hope you can put it up for everyone who agrees to sign.

    Thanks!

    [Good one. It’s the same governments, shirking their responsibilities, every time, isn’t it? – FEd]

  62. There I was at the tender age of 17, trying to chat up this chick, in the Tea Bar in Slough High Street. Yes, it had some class in those days!! This strange sounding song came on the juke box (do you youngsters know what one of them is?) and it just excited me and sent goose bumps up my spine. I had to know what it was.

    It was of course, Arnold Layne by Pink Floyd.

    As a result of that I bought my first ever record which was The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.

    You were amazing Syd. Thank you. I am remembering you.

  63. Ironically, I was watching Pompeii last night/early this morning, I didn’t know that today was the day that Syd died two years ago.

    Nick mentions Syd in the film. He was saying something like, ‘When Syd left the band we made David’s mother buy all kinds of equipment…’ What a funny guy.

    I wonder what is in the blue and white bag that David is carrying as all four of them run down that windy hill in Pompei? Some snacks perhaps? A shrine to Syd maybe?

    Sounds like a post for a rainy day and if that is not good enough you could ask, ‘What exactly is a joke?’

  64. There is no doubt that Syd was the one who gave Pink Floyd the idea that Rock’s old rules no longer applied. Who knows what he might have accomplished had he not slipped away? Of course, the mixed blessing is that they wouldn’t have needed another guitarist…

    “Wouldn’t you miss me at all?”

    Yes, we would, and we do.

    Shine On!
    Bill C

  65. Can’t believe it has been two years already. Syd was a true artist. My favorites:

    Dark Globe
    Terrapin
    Dominoes
    Astronomy Domine
    Matilda Mother
    Chapter 24
    and James Joyce’s Golden Hair

  66. “I want to tell you a story…about a little man. If I can.”

    I named my daughter Emily, my favorite cat of 13 years was Floyd (RIP ‘Floyder’) and ‘Bike’ was always one of my favorites. His song structures were genius, maybe a genius that he couldn’t manage, and sadly we never DID get to see the half of it. But because of him, we got Pink Floyd, and we’ve heard and loved ‘Shine On (YCD)’

    Syd, your art and love of music has inspired generations of people, and your legacy still lives on. We love you-RIP.

  67. [Good one. It’s the same governments, shirking their responsibilities, every time, isn’t it? – FEd]

    Is it any wonder when the Evil Puppetmaster is pulling the strings? (Click my name.)

    [I do love it when these people want the language changed to suit their cause. French Fries to Freedom Fries will always be my personal favourite. – FEd]

  68. I love Dominoes, and Golden Hair. Anything on Opel is hauntingly good.

    And you’re right, F.Ed., he was a genius. He’s in my thoughts today.

  69. [Posted by David on 8 July 2008 at 04:12]

    Why does that post sound like it actually is coming from none other than DG himself?

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    PS – thanks for the interesting link on The Look of the Week.

    [You’re very welcome. – FEd]

  70. Yes, it is hard to believe two years have passed already. However, the passing of time will never diminish the influence his music has had on me. I’d like to believe that is true for anybody that was touched by his amazing talents.

    Shine On, R.I.P.

  71. Syd.

    What can anyone truly say about everyone’s favorite Syd that hasn’t been said already? He was great. Still is!

    It’s weird. I was just thinking about listening to the Madcap Laughs album the other day, not realising this date was around the corner. Maybe it was the subconscious mind working its wonders.

    May sound crazy but you live on as long as we do!

    Have fun up there. Play your favorite Beatles tunes, paint your paintings. We’ll see you soon… but not yet.

  72. Astronomy Domine is my favorite, and I understand that without a guy named Syd, Pink Floyd wouldn’t be here…

  73. I was fascinated in my early teen years about Syd, his wonderfully strange music and his troubles with mental illness. I later spent three years working on a psych unit where I met many fascinating people who, like Syd, had many unusual perceptions and insights on the world.

    It would be a bit overly dramatic to 100% credit Syd for my taking this unusual turn in my professional life, but at very least he’s indirectly responsible for why I chose it.

    Though I’ve moved on to a different area of work, I still am fascinated with psychology and may one day seek a degree in it.

    Here’s to Syd and his wonderful music. I’ve never heard anybody write or play music the way he did. A true original. He is missed.

  74. The Great SYD! I love Baby Lemonade, perhaps my favorite along with Gigolo Aunt, but Lucy Leaves, Vegetable Man, Dominoes, Dark Globe are also my favorite.

    In the end, the songs that I hear the most and that I thank Syd for are Astronomy Dominé, Insterstellar Overdrive, and Pow R Toc H, because they are the roots of the Floyd Sound we all know and love!

    By the way FEd.. more intriguing music on the home page.. Whats that all about? Something to do with the barn jams?

    [They could be. They’re a real mystery to everyone. – FEd]

  75. [Can anyone tell me why seagulls in Atlantic City were attracted to my ankles to the point of attacking them? – Ian Pearson]

    Ian:

    Did your ankles smell like fish? Perhaps you used a lotion made from fish oil. Gulls have a vivid sense of smell, and they love all things fishy.

    Another possibility is that you were in their nesting area. Gulls fiercely protect the area around their nests, especially if there are young ones aboard.

  76. [Why does that post sound like it actually is coming from none other than DG himself? – Andrew]

    I doubt it, unless he couldn’t sleep, Andrew. A nice thought though.

    I better mind my P’s & Q’s just in case.

  77. CDs and DVDs are okay but it’s not the same sat in the front room with a Domino’s pizza and some drinks. Also it’s no good going to see a concert at a big arena when you are so far away you have to watch everything through a telescope.

    What I would like is Dave doing a sensible nationwide tour playing some classic early Pink Floyd. That would be a great tribute to Syd.

    You don’t need a Hollywood set, a cast of hundreds and tons of equipment. Let’s be honest Dave could go on stage with a practice amp and give us a great show.

    Oh to hear the early single’s and tracks from The Piper at The Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets played live again. Then Dave playing Green is The Colour and then getting Nick back on stage and blasting out The Nile Song (I know they are not Syd’s but they are 2 of my favourites).

  78. [Can anyone tell me why seagulls in Atlantic City were attracted to my ankles to the point of attacking them? – Ian]

    You may have felt it fashionable to apply glass beads to your socks while attending a glass blowers convention. But Joisey Sea Pigeons are quite attracted to them! Those black hooded fellows are Laughing Gulls. They were laughing at you, not with you ;>)

    I once foul hooked a seagull while casting off a pier. I had to reel him in while he was trying to fly away. A bit like flying a kite actually! My children were amused, and I unhooked him and set him free!

    PS: I forgot you were coming!! I would have shared a New Castellorizon with you!

    Mike

  79. It’s so true what they say about when one door closes another one opens. I have been considering Syd a lot recently, and it’s tragic the road he went down. Syd closed his door, but it did open the door to David, and I can’t be sad about that.

    Pink Floyd wouldn’t be the group we know without David’s voice and guitar.

  80. To David:

    a very good greek expression chatarsis!

    It’s what really happened.

    Thank you (for ever and for all)
    diana

  81. Thanks James Mickelson for the site that linked me to the many of the Syd Barrett’s related videos.

    I am a late comer to Pink Floyd music. It was David Gilmour’s vocal and guitar playing who captures my attention to Pink Floyd’s music.

    I am familiar with Syd Barrett’s story as it relates to Pink Floyd; and the many songs written in his memory which actually fascinates me. Shamefully, I don’t know too many of Syd Barrett’s songs, it’s not until I heard “Dark Globe”, “Dominoes” , “”Terrapin” and “Arnold Layne” performed by David Gilmour then I came to realize Syd’s talent and creativity.

    Syd, thank you so much for your contribution to the music world, your music touched more people than you’ll ever know.

  82. i want say that he was a beautiful artist and genius. he made me cry with his lyrics like pink floyd after time. we will remember him forever and forever we will love him.

    sorry for my bad english.

    and david, i don’t know if you really read my words but i want tell you that i love all your songs, they touch my soul.

    bye.

  83. Fed,

    I know this is 2 weeks too late, so my apologies. It is so hard to believe that it’s been that long.

    Thinking about Syd, and what makes his story so special to me, is that it is just as haunting as many of the songs he wrote. So many of his lyrics didn’t go where you would think they would, and his life was the same way.

    The thing that intrigues me the most is the fact that Syd ‘died’ in every sense of the word, even though Roger lived a quiet life for 30- odd years. The band could find out about him through his sister, but it seemed like going through a medium to talk to the dead. There always seemed to be this hope that Syd would somehow get better, but it didn’t go that way.

    Shine on, Syd.

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