"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
Oh, Arnold Layne
It's not the same, takes 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, takes 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 CommentSyd became a genius composer because of LSD, that's a fact
    lostgeniuson November 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKnicker nicker Arnold Layne!!
    FelixCloudon July 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI believe that after viewing many of Pink Floyd's early vids,over and over for months analizing the magic that made them what fans love about the writtings and music of Syd Barret even today and then coming back to the origional song that started it all for Floyd, Arnold Layne.It's interesting to know that out of the handfull of vids floyd did with Barret their origional masterpiece Arnold Layne actually has two vids for this song.The one I'd like to talk about here and now is the one that starts out with MADE IN ENGLAND this flashes a few times with a beautiful british blonde dancing in the background.Anyhow there's a point in the vid it's probably the bridge of the song where syd is singing somthing like"WHY CAN'T YOU SEE?!" as the camera sits and looks upon the floydians laying about and syd standing there with his forehead to the ground all in front of some grand lake or river.The question of course is why wait and take all the trouble to shoot this one shot of the song. I believe what syd may have been trying to say is instead of being a panty sniffer or a major wanker for life,you really need to find the other half of yourself to know what your self being truly is.Basically find a girlfriend and get on with life.Actually this shot in the vid that I'm speaking of he does 2 times and actually the second time he physically points his finger at the camera he faces.The Camera or YOU the Audience or the world.So why go to all this cinema photography mumbo jumbo,you be the judge,but what syd and floyd allows syd to goe through to do this type of shot in the vid is very powerful,it's like a statement that from all the blogs i've read nowone seems to come near to this type of idea.This song is very powerful lyrically and musically for it's time and even today,with so many lost sheep running around the world,you be the judge of what Syd meant.
    KCWon February 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit occurs to me: only an Englishman could have made these lines rhyme: "now he's caught/a nasty sort"

    With American pronunciation "caught" and "sort" aren't even close enough for intended rhyme.
    foreverdroneon June 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSyd Barrett was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a disease that doesn't typically manifest itself until the early 20's. His LSD use was likely the consequence, not the cause of his schizophrenia. So to blame drugs for his demise is simply inaccurate. His drastic weight gain was likely the result of atypical antipsychotic drugs used to treat schizophrenia symptoms.
    gordonjdaneon July 02, 2010   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
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    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
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    General CommentNot totally a shame. He had it coming from all that LSD. Some of it wasn't his fault I know, like the roommate spiking Syd's tea, but still, that's what happens when you do that to yourself.
    AeroLed286on March 25, 2003   Link

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