Syd Can't Talk To You Now

Roger (Syd) Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, Acid Rock pioneer, passed away on July 7th 2006 from complications arising from diabetes. His legacy for the most part derives from the Pink Floyd albums "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" (1967), "A Saucerful of Secrets" (1968) and two solo albums "The Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett" (1970). His output was limited in a temporal sense but his experimental guitar playing and compositions laced with psychedelic imagery centered around fairytales, spaceships and circus rides, would prove hugely influential.

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?

Syd Barrett: "Dark Globe"

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During the early years with Pink Floyd Syd's mental state deteriorated to the point where he was no longer functional leading to an early retirement from the band. His decline was undoubtedly due in part to a huge intake of psychedelic drugs though may also have been due to some predisposition to mental illness. Accounts of his erratic behaviour at that time are legendary. In any case he retired from public life, moving to Cambridge to live with his mother and reverting to his real name, Roger. He was unfortunately hounded by reporters, fans and curiosity seekers long after retiring from the world of popular music. One famous reply to a would be interviewer was simply "Syd can't talk to you now".

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