Syd Barrett’s Birthday: Lazing in the foggy dew, sitting on the unicorn

6 Jan

It’s Syd Barrett’s birthday today and, as most of you know, I am a massive fan of the early Pink Floyd and Syd’s two solo albums. And it is my tradition on this blog to post something Syd-related on his birthday. “Flaming” is one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs and for a while now I had this idea of posting the song’s lyrics alongside with the appropriate paintings or pictures because the lyrics are so vivid and full of whimsical, childlike imagery which instantly bring images to my mind and makes me daydream of some fairy tale land of flowers and clouds.

Henri-Edmond Cross, The Pink Cloud, 1896

Odilon Redon, Flower Clouds (c 1903), pastel

Alone in the clouds all blue

Edouard Vuillard, The Red Eiderdown, 1894

Lying on an eiderdown.
Yippee! You can’t see me
But I can you.

Art by Nissan Engel.

Lazing in the foggy dew
Sitting on a unicorn.
No fair, you can’t hear me
But I can you.

Marianne Stokes, In the Meadow (In a Field of Buttercups) (c 1890)

Watching buttercups cup the light

Burchfield, Dandelion Seed Heads and the Moon, ca. 1961-65

Ludwig Stasiak, Dandelions, 1900

Sleeping on a dandelion.
Too much, I won’t touch you
But then I might.

9 Responses to “Syd Barrett’s Birthday: Lazing in the foggy dew, sitting on the unicorn”

  1. Upside-down Land 6th Jan 2022 at 6:21 pm #

    I recall a story about the stumbling Pink Floyd as Syd began fading from the band. His bandmates were complaining to Syd about his no-shows, late-shows and non-participation generally and he responded: “And how is that a problem for me?”

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  2. Alex Radeff 6th Jan 2022 at 7:36 pm #

    Beautiful tribute for Syd Barrett’s birthday !

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  3. Burne-Jones fan 8th Jan 2022 at 6:36 pm #

    What a lovely tribute to one of life’s genuine originals. My favourite Syd line is “In dolls’ house darkness/ Old perfume”. Jean-Arthur Rimbaud would have been proud of an image like that.

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    • Byron's Muse 8th Jan 2022 at 7:21 pm #

      I LOVE that line as well! It conjures such lovely images in my mind, it’s like a whole story in two lines, so vivid and evocative, brings to mind memories…


      • Burne-Jones fan 9th Jan 2022 at 9:46 pm #

        Yes, it was part of Syd’s genius that he could create vast mysterious images with just a few words.

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  4. Fabrizio REPETTO 1st Feb 2022 at 4:17 pm #


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