A genuine rock legend, Syd Barrett is one of the founding members of the English group Pink Floyd. Known in the sixties for his psychedelic lyrics, whimsical poetry, and rambling, buzzing guitar excursions, Barrett became something of an underground cult figure. Unfortunately, his abuse of LSD propelled him towards a mental breakdown and he was eventually eased out of the group. He made several solo albums before vanishing into pop myth. (Rumor has it he does a lot of gardening at his mother's old house.)
|"Golden Hair" from The Madcap Laughs
This song is on Syd Barrett's 1969 CD, The Madcap Laughs. He set Joyce's "Poem V" from Chamber Music to, naturally enough, music. The overall feel is quite striking -- playing a sparse, acoustic guitar, Barrett delivers the vocals in his broken, haunted voice, while a low note, sustained on an organ, drones on below the guitar. Occasional metallic shimmers, wrested from a lone cymbal, occasionally ripple through the song. As does all Barrett's music, it makes quite an impression.
Lean out of the window,
I heard you singing
A merry air.
My book was closed;
I read no more,
Watching the fire dance
On the floor.
I have left my book,
I have left my room,
For I heard you singing
Through the gloom.
Singing and singing
A merry air,
Lean out the window,
The Madcap Laughs is put out by EMI Records and the serial number is: CDP 7 46607 2. "Golden Hair" may also be found on other Syd Barrett CDs and compliations, including Opel and Octopus.
Of interest -- on the Syd Barrett tribute album, Beyond the Wildwood, a group called "The Paint Set" cover "Golden Hair."
Here is the Syd Barrett card over at the Ultimate Band List.
You can purchase Syd CDs, browse other discs, or listen to sound samples at Amazon.com below:
Syd Barrett / Audio CD / Released 1990
Syd Barrett / Audio CD / Released 1989