Terrapin (song)

“Terrapin” is a song by Syd Barrett that appears as the first track off his first solo album The Madcap Laughs and is notably the sole representative from that album that appears on The Peel Session.[1] The song’s arrangement is sparse, like much of the album, and features only acoustic and electric guitar accompaniment to the vocals.[2] This song, along with “Maisie” and “Bob Dylan Blues”;[3] reflected Barrett’s early interest in the blues.[3] Iggy the Eskimo, one of Barrett’s acquaintances, had called the song “quite catchy”.[4]

The Syd Barrett Appreciation Society titled its official magazine Terrapin (published from 1972–1976), in tribute to the song. It was released on the multi-artist Harvest compilation, Picnic – A Breath of Fresh Air.

Octopus (Syd Barrett song)

“Octopus” (originally recorded as “Clowns and Jugglers” also known as “The Madcap Laughs”,[2] later remade as “Octopus”) is a song by Syd Barrett. It appeared on his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs.

I carried that about in my head for about six months before I actually wrote it so maybe that’s why it came out so well. The idea was like those number songs like Green Grow the Rushes, O where you have, say, twelve lines each related to the next and an overall theme. It’s like a fool-proof combination of lyrics, really, and then the chorus comes in and changes the tempo but holds the whole thing together.

— Syd Barrett, [3]

“Octopus” directly quotes a section from the poem “Rilloby-Rill” by Sir Henry Newbolt. The song features a variety of other influences as well.[4]

Milky Way (song)

“Milky Way” is a song by Syd Barrett from the outtakes/rarities album Opel.[1] The song was recorded on 7 June 1970,[1] and produced by Barrett’s friend and former bandmate David Gilmour.[2] It was one of eight then-unreleased tracks to be released on Opel.

Song by Syd Barrett from the album Opel

Released  – 17 October 1988

Recorded –  7 June 1970

Length  3:07

Label  –   Harvest/EMI (UK), Capitol Records (US)

Writer(s)              Syd Barrett

Producer(s)        David Gilmour

Here I Go (Syd Barrett song)

“Here I Go” is a song by former singer/songwriter of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett and is the sixth track on his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs.

The song tells the story in which the narrator’s girlfriend leaves him because “a big band is far better” than himself. He attempts to win her back by writing her a song, but when he goes to her house to show it to her, he instead finds himself falling in love with her sister.

Dark Globe

“Dark Globe” (also known as “Wouldn’t You Miss Me”)[1] is a song by Syd Barrett, released on his first solo album The Madcap Laughs.

A session was held on 12 June 1969,[2][3] with producers David Gilmour and Roger Waters,[4] at which Barrett recorded “Dark Globe”, among others.[2][3][5] Despite both Gilmour and Waters considering the song finished, a third attempt was done towards the end of the session.[3] The version recorded at the start of the session was released on the finished album.[6] On 26 July,[7] “Dark Globe” was recorded again.[1] This take was titled “Wouldn’t You Miss Me” on the recording sheet.[1] The track, along with two others, was mixed on 6 August.[8]

Bob Dylan Blues

“Bob Dylan Blues” is a song written in 1965[1] by Syd Barrett, the founder of Pink Floyd. Recorded during sessions for Barrett, it was unreleased until it turned up in 2001 and was released on The Best of Syd Barrett.

It was in a friendly way both gently lampooning Bob Dylan’s early style and success while also embracing Dylan. The song was supposedly written by Barrett after attending a concert in 1964.[1] It’s one of Syd’s very earliest songs written before he even had a publishing deal.[2] This song, along with “Terrapin” and “Maisie”,[3] reflected Barrett’s early interest in the blues.[3]

The song was recorded on February 26th 1970,[4][5][6] and was since largely forgotten about until David Gilmour unearthed the tape in his personal collection.[2][7] It was released in 2001 on the Barrett compilation The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn’t You Miss Me?.[8]

Baby Lemonade

“Baby Lemonade” is the opening track to Syd Barrett’s second studio album, Barrett. “Baby Lemonade”, and another song, “Gigolo Aunt”,[2] they were a go for Barrett to play and/or sing to an existing backing track.[3] The solo was performed by Barrett, not David Gilmour as is often noted.[1] The intro was actually Barrett simply warming-up on guitar, that Gilmour had managed to record and placed it at the start of the album, making it seem like an intro to the song.[1] It was included on the multi-artist Harvest compilation, A Breath of Fresh Air – A Harvest Records Anthology 1969–1974 in 2007.[4]

The song reworks the melody and chord progression of Barrett’s unreleased Pink Floyd composition “Scream Thy Last Scream”.

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