"The Word Song" as written by and Roger John Barrett....
(We're running)
Stained, glaucous, glycerine, gold, goat, clover
Gold, local stocks, type, food, wild, national, lake, flag,
Valve, gyroscope, sect
Heat, helium, lead, bare, state, invention, medieval
Refraction, faction, ultra-action,
Hunter, interest, bullet, market

Loads, liquids, neon, heater, jaws, jungle
Mains, signal, knives, kitchen
Ingot, lovely, mirror, mold
Mycenaean, moat, poppy, rubber,
Radar, rags, sugar, teak
Silver, poke, tin, beetroot,
Carrot, ebony, fruit, copper, silk

Carpet, distant, pigmy, hid, pack,
Timber, pudding, straw
Raindrops, spattering, ramps
Chameleon, prairie, pods, trigger
Museum, scales, square, ultra, out of map, vent
Volcano, vain, wreck, tactic
Tidal, arches, valley, hand
Inflect, impression, loom, last, molten
You gamma, meeting
Lighting, signal, island, coral-cold

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"Word Song" as written by Roger John Barrett

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  • +1
    General Commenta friend inferred that this song was from one of Syd's friends daring him to "write a song with these 100 words in it" also, the version I have has different lyrics... especially at the bottom, no full sentances..
    Matt00004on May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLsd and word song= amazing imagery flying through your mind faster than the speed of light. A true syd song, showing us that the song is just the surface, everything else is inside each of our heads, interpreting it differently in based on civilization, age, or ny other form of setting.
    GanjaStaron April 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome & strange-I have the other version as well
    tripperfreekon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems to be a description of himself and of other people. The stark differences between the real him and this artificial world, the problems that caused with communicating, the misunderstandings that led to with his abstract demonstrations and where that eventually left him. The island is Opel. This song really is total genius.

    Syd for poet laureate, and for hosting Newsnight too.
    Black&GreenAchilleson January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIve gotta agree with you Black&GreenAchilles, incredible song.

    ive got a different version, it stops at lighting, signal, island, coral-cold. mines from the opel album...is the version on this site from another album?
    live2daygone2morrowon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe guy just posted lyrics from one of Syd's poems called "Rooftop In A Thunderstorm Row Missing The Point" don't know why he posted it, still a good poem though....still baffled why there's not song version for it but you can find the lyrics like its a song...
    Onthelongviewon April 02, 2007   Link

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