Shine on you crazy diamond. Today is the birthday of Syd Barrett, born Roger Keith Barrett in 1946.
• Barrett, who died in 2006, founded Pink Floyd with bass guitarist Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright in 1965. In1967, Pink Floyd released the singles Arnold Layne (banned by the BBC) and See Emily Play , both written by Syd, and the album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn , again mostly composed by Syd and considered to be one of the greatest British psychedelic albums.
• Sadly, Syd’s fall was as meteoric as his rise. His behavior became increasing erratic and he eventually spent the last 35 years of his life away from the public eye.
• A self portrait of the singer was stolen from the London Idea Generation Gallery, but returned unharmed after a plea was made by the late singer’s girlfriend.See it here: http://thewire.co.uk/articles/6271/
Wish you were here , Syd! Watch this birthday tribute: http://youtu.be/BhNAMasKXK4
So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found? The same old fears.
Wish you were here.