"Arnold Layne" as written by and Syd Barrett....
Arnold Layne
Had a strange hobby
Collecting clothes
Moonshine washing line
They suit him fine

On the wall
Hung a tall mirror
Distorted view
See through baby blue
He done it, oh, Arnold Layne
It's not the same,
It takes two to know
Two to know
Two to know
Two to know
Why can't you see?

Arnold Layne
Arnold Layne
Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne

Now he's caught
A nasty sort of person
They gave him time
Doors bang, chain gang
He hates it
Oh, Arnold Layne
It's not the same
It takes two to know
Two to know
Two to know
Two to know
Why can't you see?

Arnold Layne
Arnold Layne
Arnold Layne

Arnold Layne, don't do it again


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"Arnold Layne" as written by Syd Barrett

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    General Commentbarrett imagined a name first then gaven him an unusual hobbie:collecting clothes;which caused outrage at the time because of 1969 and crossdressin,its pure pink floyd imagination
    oilyon December 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsyd was a hero lol end of story. yeah guys it's definitely about a crossdresser.
    tayloradairon July 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about a crossdresser?
    dysphoriaon April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, it's about this guy who used to board in Syd and Roger's childhood neighborhood and was always stealing women's underwear off of the clotheslines...names changed to protect the innocent, of course
    Halo Apeon April 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyah it's about a transvestite who steals women's underwear from clotheslines...there sure are some weird people out there
    crazydiamond84on July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKnicker nicker Arnold Layne!!
    FelixCloudon July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a very odd song.
    Syd Barrett is a fucking genius.
    IT is a shame what happend to him.
    Pink_Zeppelinon August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell the evidence for that is anicdotal at best. I think that Syd was as affected by life and new found fame as he was by drugs.
    Mahakalaon April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoth Syd and David were phenominal musicians. If Syd didn't do so much acid, he would have probably not been replaced. What amazes me though, is that the same band was able to find two of the best musicians you could ever hope for.
    zBladeon October 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the crossdresser who steals women's linguere from their washinglines, and then got caught wearing them, therefore he was arrested and jailed. hence the line: "they gave him time, doors bang chaingang"
    toolmusikon December 17, 2004   Link

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