"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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    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 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 Comment"The black and green scarecrow was sadder than me"

    Well, it seems like this song is about being fed up with seeing all the pain in this world, so he resorts to doing drugs to ease his pain.
    Eatcarpeton December 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I lisen to this song I feel like hes trying to say something, its hard to explain but i like hear another voice in my head thats not actually there, trying to say something, just dont know what it is though.
    jake69on May 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe scarecrow syd talks about seems like it could be the scarecrow from the wizard of oz. and the fact that pink floyd already being connected to the movie through darkside
    zeppelin123on May 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHow did it take so long for this to be added? An excellent early Barrett song.

    By the way, my first first comment on a 'real' PF song that I did not add.
    inpraiseoffollyon June 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah I was pissy when I saw it wasnt on the list lol. Hmm maybe this song is Syd seeing what he might become?
    Onthelongviewon June 28, 2006   Link

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