"Lucifer Sam" written by Syd Barrett...
Lucifer Sam, Siam cat
Always sitting by your side
Always by your side
That cat's something I can't explain

Ginger, Ginger you're a witch
You're the left side
He's the right side
Oh, no
That cat's something I can't explain

Lucifer go to sea
Be a hip cat, be a ship's cat
Somewhere, anywhere
That cat's something I can't explain

At night prowling sifting sand
Hiding around on the ground
He'll be found when you're around
That cat's something I can't explain


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"Lucifer Sam" as written by Syd Barrett

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  • +5
    General CommentThat song's something I can't explain!
    eva_floydon March 26, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentOh my God! people. Has any of you owned a siamese cat. This song is about... a siamese cat! Not much more. Those cats will never let go of their master. They are always by your side. It's unexplainable! And quite astonishing actually. They may hide from others and will only come out of hiding when their master shows up. They're almost an extension of the master. And, as a witness and even as the master, you often have the urge to just banish them: "be a hip cat, be a ship's cat, somewhere, anywhere!"

    Plain f***ing simple.
    TourDeBabelon April 02, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk everyone seems to be wrong this song is about Jeniffer Syd's ex girlfriend I found this out by reading his biog "Crazy Diamond" which is aproved by his own family. I am a huge Syd fan and the other thing I noticed was the lyrics are wrong and the last verse is missing. The real lyrics are

    Lucifer Sam, Siam cat.
    Always sitting by your side
    Always by your side.
    That cat's something I can't explain.

    Jennifer Gentle you're a witch.
    You're the left side
    He's the right side.
    Oh, no!
    That cat's something I can't explain.

    Lucifer simba go to sea.
    Be a hip cat, be a ship's cat.
    Somewhere, anywhere.
    That cat's something I can't explain.

    At night prowling sifting sand.
    Hiding around on the ground.
    He'll be found when you're around.
    That cat's something I can't explain.

    The metaphore is using a cursed cat in place of Jeniffer so as not to directly insult her. All of syd's songs are quite more complex then at first they appear.
    craiguson March 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like how the audio goes "woosh!" left to right and back and forth in the beginning. Anyway I think this song is describing how the cats are very aloof and independent, which make them seem very intelligent and mysterious. "That cat's something I can't explain". Yeah, cats are quite mysterious.
    Eatcarpeton December 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPATGOD Trivia (pinkfloyd-co.net/disco/piper/…):
    "Lucifer Sam was originally titled 'Percy The Rat Catcher'. Jenny Spires (Jenny Gentle) a girlfriend of Syd's at the time, bits from the I Ching [the 5,000 year-old Chinese Book of Changes, and his [Syd's] own ideas were mixed together as the inspiration for this ode to Syd's cat."
    res87cueon January 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is no "simba" or "surfer", it's Lu-ci-fer. The word is just lengthened. The way he sings it makes it sound like something more is there.
    wzahurancikon February 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Lucifer Sam saw your cat
    always sitting by your side
    always by you side
    that cat's something I can't explain".

    this part reminds me of a Edgar Allan Poe's tale called "The Black Cat".
    lopsidedon December 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe studio title to this song was "Percy the Rat Catcher" during the recording sessions
    shatds0fwordson December 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat intro guitar riff reminds me of a James Bond style spy movie.
    TWiStEDxMEtALon March 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow pink floyd strikes again! haha the predominant message in this song seems to lie in the lyric [that cats something i cant explain]..hence the fact that its repeated. i think the cat refers to a man. maybe jennifer gentle is a woman that the writer was with...and she dumped him for this other cat? who knows..ITS PINK FLOYD!!
    emodream15on July 29, 2002   Link

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