"She Took A Long Cold Look" as written by and Syd Barrett....
A D
She took a long cold look at me
D A
and smiled and gazed all over my arm
A D
she loves to see me get down to ground
D A
she hasn't time just to be with me
A D
her face between all she means to be
D A
to be extreme, just to be extreme
A D
a broken pier on the wavy sea
D A
she wonders why for all she wants to see...


G
But I got up and I stomped around
E E7
and hid the piece where the trees touch the ground...

(Then, to imitate Syd trying to play while turning his lyric
sheet, just
strike the A and the low E about 467823823 times...)

A D
The end of truth that lay out the time
D A
spent lazing here on a painting green
A D
a mile or more in a foreign clime
D A
to see farther inside of me.
A D
And looking high up into the sky
D A
I breathe as the water streams over me...


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    General CommentThe first couple of lines, to me, talk about drugs. almost like the injecting of heroine. "smiled and gazed all over my arm"

    "she hasn't time just to be with me" - she doesn't like to be there when he isn't himself.

    "her face between all she means to be" - to me, this sorta means that she does it too. shes not quite her self.


    thats all of got for now folks.
    Crazy_Diamondon January 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfor ages i thought it said 'to see FATHER inside of me' :S
    themadcaplaughedon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell, it may be just me, but I think most of his solo work is about being rejected by Pink Floyd.

    '''She took a long cold look at me
    and smiled and gazed all over my arm''

    Pink Floyd not taking him serious because they saw him as a junkie.

    ''she loves to see me get down to ground
    she hasn't time just to be with me''

    PF likes when he's on the stage being a rockstar, but they don't want him anymore, since he's ''going mad'' and refuses to play outside England.

    '''her face between all she means to be
    to be extreme, just to be extreme''

    PF just wants to be sucessful and edgy, they don't really care about the psychodelic movement, they just wants to get ''status''.

    ''a broken pier on the wavy sea
    she wonders why for all she wants to see...
    But I got up and I stomped around
    and hid the piece where the trees touch the ground...''

    Hm, I don't really know about that one.

    ''The end of truth that lay out the time
    spent lazing here on a painting dream
    a mile or more in a foreign clime
    to see farther inside of me.

    And looking high up into the sky
    I breathe as the water streams over me..''

    It's about taking time to be with himself, and, of course, getting high, trying to forget about them.


    Or it could a love song.
    amandavenicioon November 09, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI don't necessarily think the song is about Drugs, nor do I think it's about the Floyd. Many people think all songs are about drugs. Sure, some artists take to drugs to make amazing songs, but I don't believe all songs, whether the artists is or isn't on a substance, would be dedicated to said drug. Lyrics are like poetry, it's deeper than that. It's in the artist's psyche. Saying it's simply a song about a drug is incredibly shallow.

    My take on this song, is that it's about a girl that he pines over and idolizes, and who in turn rejects him. He is frustrated and doesn't understand why she doesn't return his affection, as he's spent much time with her. Perhaps she's sending mixed signals or she strings him along. Finally he thinks over why he continues to stay in this sort of situation, and looking inside of himself he decides it is best to cut ties with this girl and move on.

    She took a long cold look at me (An awkward or angry look, "at me", perhaps she doesn't like his personality or him in general)
    and smiled and gazed all over my arm (..but quickly smiles as she looks him over. maybe a strictly physical relationship?)

    she loves to see me get down to ground (Getting down to ground gives me the impression that he's apologizing a lot for things that aren't necessarily his fault.. Getting down to ground could be equivalent to begging for forgiveness so she'll stay with him.)
    she hasn't time just to be with me (..She is usually only with him if among others, he wishes to spend more time with just her.)

    her face between all she means to be (If her face is "between" something, it could be that her face hides the truth, like a mask. Her mind thinks one thing, her face/expression filters what she means, and her mouth speaks something entirely different. Perhaps leading him on even though she doesn't fancy him.)
    to be extreme, just to be extreme (It is an extreme mentality and he doesn't understand her actions)

    a broken pier on the wavy sea (Something broken on turbulent waters that is still standing.. He sees her as a strong independent person but also is sympathetic because he is aware of what she's been through)
    she wonders why for all she wants to see... (This could be that she wonders "Why can't I be like ____", or "Why can't things be different?" Maybe he's coming to the realization that she doesn't want to be with him.)

    But I got up and I stomped around (He's frustrated. Maybe he feels inadequate or ignored)
    and hid the piece where the trees touch the ground... (I feel like "The piece" could represent his heart or his feelings. he wishes to bury his feelings.)
    The end of truth that lay out the time
    spent lazing here on a painting green (He thinks over the time he's spent and how it's amounted to nothing. The end of truth is the end of trying.)
    a mile or more in a foreign climb
    to see farther inside of me. (He reflects on an uncomfortable subject- which is moving on. Looking into himself, being in deep thought, contemplating his options and outcomes.)

    And looking high up into the sky
    I breathe as the water streams over me... (The "broken pier on the wavy sea"? He's walked past and into the water. In other words, he's left the "broken pier" behind, and is treading into uncharted waters. He's moving on.)

    Just my two cents. Take it or leave it. Peace. C:
    ChillyKittenon July 03, 2012   Link

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