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jefflewis



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:55 pm    Post subject: Syd Barrett Word Song Reply with quote

Listening to Syd's "Word Song" recently I noticed a little bit of alphabetical order in it that I'd never notice before. It certainly jumps around quite a bit, but I think there's kind of a flow between the early section that's more like G-H-I-J words, then it gets to a section that's more like L-M words, then there's more R-S-T words, then V and W words. Throughout the song there are more words NOT in alphabetical order than there are words in alphabetical order, but I used to think the list of words was completely random and I never noticed the faint hint of an overall alphabetical sweep.
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dazmann



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff - I think you're correct in your analysis of these lyrics.

I thought that from the general delivery of the song and its fragmentary nature that this song indicated his mental illness and decline. I did take a look at the recording dates and its among his final recordings from July 1970.

As I've got older I've observed people around me suffer similarly - their illness robs them of the career, friends, health. All very sad.

I've read some music articles that suggest Syd chose to move away from music and pursue painting instead, but I don't think this is what happened. His illness forced his withdrawal.

I read that Peter Green, co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, died recently and his story was similar to that of Syd, although he did return to performing music. He was a fantastic guitarist and songwriter on their first few albums. I much prefer their early blues albums.
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misshelenc



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thatís a nice post dazmann. I donít know about the song but will get around to finding out. Sorry for my ignorance! Hope everyone is doing well xx
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