Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Syd's long walk home

If the distance between insanity and genius was measured by success, Syd Barrett would have to go a long way to cover the distance. Not that he cared.

It is amazing how a schizophrenic drug addict who inspired a whole generation of artists and the most memorable of songs passed away spending his last years in reclusive anonymity. Roger Water's song writing in Pink Floyd's later albums was synonymous with references to their loss of this 'crazy diamond' and are lines which every listener can relate to.

The following lines were written by David Gilmour (the man who replaced Syd Barrett when the band members got enough of Barrett wandering around aimlessly during stage performances without playing the guitar) and with no direct reference to Barrett but gimpses of the genius of Pink Floyd and Syd himself, very much evident.

While you are wasting your time on your enemies
Engulfed in a fever of spite
Beyond your tunnel vision reality fades
Like shadows into the night


Blogger Taunted said...

How anyone can think of such classics as Effervescing Elephant etc. is beyond me. David Bowie said that he was a huge inspiration to him.

Sadly he was consumed by his inner demons. He'll be missed.

"The drugs don't work, they just make you worse"

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