I've got a bike. You can ride it if you like.
It's got a basket, a bell that rings and
Things to make it look good.
I'd give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.

You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.

I've got a cloak. It's a bit of a joke.
There's a tear up the front. It's red and black.
I've had it for months.
If you think it could look good, then I guess it should.

You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.

I know a mouse, and he hasn't got a house.
I don't know why. I call him Gerald.
He's getting rather old, but he's a good mouse.

You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.

I've got a clan of gingerbread men.
Here a man, there a man, lots of gingerbread men.
Take a couple if you wish. They're on the dish.

You're the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I'll give you anything, ev'rything if you want things.

I know a room full of musical tunes.
Some rhyme, some ching. Most of them are clockwork.
Let's go into the other room and make them work.

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"Bike" as written by Syd Barrett

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is awsome. According to Roger "For its time it was so British." This is Syd Barrett at his greatest or worst how ever you look at it.
    Fellowhosyellowon March 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favourite early-floyd songs. ToolRulz, go to hell you fool this song is great. Don't even bother talking about Pink Floyd if you can't even appreciate the originality and freedom of art.

    I laughed out loud at this
    "yeah ok your an idiot too halflife.who the hell do u think you are?A fucking genious? "
    You can't even spell the word.
    phatzon May 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is supposed to be insane sounding, because I think it is about how he thinks women are insane. The reason why he keeps offering her things... Well, so many women just sit around the house all day and expect their man to provide for them. I think that bothers him, so he makes a joke of a song to deal with his issues lol. I think maybe the room of musical tunes is sex and Gerald represents how women like to get pets and maybe he doesn't like pets or something. As I always say with Floyd/Barrett songs.... I could be wrong :)
    I wonder if anyone will actually read this, considering how there are so many posts. I wish the moderator would take all the crap off of here and stick to the topic.
    steve82con November 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthey idiot box if you don't like people putting meanings on songs then why the hell are you on songmeanings.net?
    burnmeisteron July 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthmmm
    here me out on this one
    syd is the greedy government.
    he is selfish and lies about borrowing a bike(wealth) and doesnt want to give it to the girl (poor)
    wealth is obviously nice...
    and he let
    the "poor" try it out
    ...sick.... and wrong

    the cloak is a problem
    that the government wants to pretend is not a threat
    what does red and black represent kids???
    red and black "cloak" is the anarchy groups threatening the government

    during the founding of the anarchist party
    is was post WWI
    as u all no the rest of the world confiscated germanys army, weapon, etc
    germans were referred to as gerries or
    he is a mouse because germany is now weak
    and is a good mouse because germany is "well behaved" at this point in time

    gingerbread men
    is the people that the government rules over
    theyre on a dish
    the poor arent important do what ever you want to them they wont fight back...

    tell me what u think
    my astronomy domine analysis is perfect
    check it out
    crisssophieon December 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great because it's simple, and it's sweet.
    He basically meant that while he doesn't have much, a borrowed bike,
    a torn cloak, a pet mouse, some cookies, music,etc. He cares about her
    enough to share all that he has. He wants to be able to get to know
    this girl. The only way he can do that is by bringing her into his world.
    sydbarrettrockson December 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHahahaha ok, FIRST of all i was raised on Pink Floyd, and every time i hear this song it brings back childhood memories =D but anyways the lines "I know a mouse and he hasn't got a house; I don't know why I call him Gerald; He's getting rather old but he's a good mouse" make me laugh every single time i hear it hahahahahahaha Syd's (life) story is soo sad tho, especially the instance from where the band (without Syd) was recording "Shine On..." in dedication to him, and he (Syd) showed up while they were recording the song and watched them, brushing his teeth vigourously, bald, and overweight.. I read that Roger started crying when he saw Syd that day they were recording the song (Shine On...)
    XOZZFESTTTJUNKIEXon November 11, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationJust now quickly read through all 167 comments in this thread to see if anyone's mentioned this yet in its ten-year history. Nobody has. So here goes:

    First of all the premise of what I'm about to propose is that the room of musical tunes, with the clock sounds, etc., does indeed represent copulation between a man and a woman. That interpretation has been mentioned quite a few times in this thread, and rightly so in my opinion. It didn't take me very many listens to arrive at the same conclusion.

    What never occurred to me until yesterday though (at least, not consciously), during the more than three decades that I've listened to this charming song, is that those geese-like sound effects at the end of the song are an ingenious representation of the result of all that "hard work" going on in the sounds that precede them: namely, a baby.

    The comment that seems closest to my interpretation here was written by jorgis on 12-10-2005:

    "That geese in the noise-part after the song really freaks me out, btw. I remember watching the "Syd Barret story" DVD, and some guy (gallagher from Oasis or something?) said that he always got really scared by that geese and thought that if music can have so much power over you, it truly had to be powerful."

    Powerful indeed. I don't think Syd Barrett was just tossing random sounds around. He had his feelings and observations, and an extraordinary ability to express them musically, unlike anyone who came before, or after.
    mathematruckeron February 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just so funny. I love it for it's quirkiness and uniqueness. It really seems to have not much of a point whatsoever, except for perhaps the chorus. The chorus really does not fit, but I love it still. In short...good funny song.
    Jaspin Demotheneseon April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think its just syd in the midst of insanity
    DINOSAUR420on April 27, 2002   Link

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