"The Scarecrow" as written by and Syd Barrett....
The black and green scarecrow as everyone knows
Stood with a bird on his hat and straw everywhere
He didn't care
He stood in a field where barley grows

His head did no thinking
His arms didn't move except when the wind cut up
Rough and mice ran around on the ground
He stood in a field where barley grows

The black and green scarecrow is sadder than me
But now he's resigned to his fate
'Cause life's not unkind, he doesn't mind
He stood in a field where barley grows


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"The Scarecrow" as written by Syd Barrett

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    My InterpretationI think it's about the working class people who spend their whole lives doing long shifts of repetitive labour. "His head did no thinking" suggests to me that this is someone who knows they are capable of a better job than the one they are doing, but can't seem to find one. "His arms didn't move except when the wind cut up." This raises some questions. How can you be a labourer if your arms don't move? It's a metaphor for the frustration of a dead end job. You feel like your life isn't moving. You don't feel like you're making progress, merely scraping by.
    "Life's not unkind, he doesn't mind" sums up the class system in Britain at the time. Generations of working class people did the same job that they didn't really like, sometimes for their whole lives. But it put food on the table, so it was enough.
    aleksiempainenon September 27, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI read about this song in a book behind Pink Floyd's lyrics and this song is basically about a scarecrow who realizes one day hes going nowhere he will forever be stuck up on a pole doing nothing and going nowhere and he slowly accepts that fact.
    KenAdamson April 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSome have theorized that when Syd wrote this song it was sort of like he was prophecizing(spelling?) his own doom later on in his life, when he completely mentally broke down.

    "His head did no thinking, his arms didn't move"
    when things got really bad for Syd it was almost as if he was in a catatonic state, not moving or saying a thing, just staring off into space.
    paranoidandroid83on June 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhat happened to syd is much like the lyrics in the song ..what a sad loss....but yeh its a very potential theory tht he was predicting his own doom..i like it
    phantomlordon May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentKornchild you sound like your from a right ugly kettle of fish. No fair - be nice to Syd he's a star. He's done much more for you than you have for him and much more than Korn will ever do for anyone. For instance, he made music.

    Syd is a shame - but for himself, not us, his solo work is better than anything his backing band come Floyd ever did on their own.

    And Syd wasn't insane - his apparent madness was abstract oppositional defiance over people assuming he was insane. By overplaying it he stayed free of their assumptions and was mocking them. Syd's mistake was that he credited his friends with too much intelligence and humanity.

    As someone pretending to be mad he was actually in control and therefore may have known where things were heading - so it can be prothetic

    And and and - it wasn't particularly LSD as far as I've read, more the Mandrax he was prescribed, and the frustration of being surrounded by a sea of thickery.
    Black&GreenAchilleson January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThese are the actual lyrics, those are wrong:

    The black and green scarecrow as everyone knows
    Stood with a bird on his hat and straw everywhere.
    He didn't care.
    He stood in a field where barley grows.

    His head did no thinking
    His arms didn't move except when the wind cut up
    Rough and mice ran around on the ground
    He stood in a field where barley grows.

    The black and green scarecrow is sadder than me
    But now he's resigned to his fate
    'Cause life's not unkind - he doesn't mind.
    He stood in a field where barley grows.

    But it is a very sad song..Imagine that, knowing what happening to you, and writing about it and everything..Very sad.

    Shine On Syd
    XDarkSideOfTheMoonXon January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually, this came 5 years before Darkside, and Darkside has no intentional connections with the Wizard of Oz. So I doubt that, Zeppelin123.

    Classic Syd.
    inpraiseoffollyon July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentUmm, actually, this song was on the list, just under THE Scarecrow.
    inpraiseoffollyon August 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt seems he is saying he would like the band to move on without him. Syd had his moment with the wind. So Syd predicted his fate.

    This song is great!
    Tepesson August 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNice, Black&Green!
    Tepesson September 10, 2007   Link

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