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 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 May 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentKnicker nicker Arnold Layne!!
    FelixCloudon July 21, 2002   Link
  • +2
    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
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    General CommentI don't think the LSD was the main reason he went crazy, cus Roger and Dave did LSD too, and they are both perfectly sane. I think the pressure of fame hurt him more than LSD.

    The drugs certainly didn't help though
    WYWHon March 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about a crossdresser?
    dysphoriaon April 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    General CommentHere's what Rick Wright said, according to the 'Echoes' website:

    "Syd came up with this song. It was his song. It was banned because of its lyrical content, which is quite extraordinary considering what goes down now. I think it's one of the best examples of Syd's work and mind. It's based on a true story, or rumour about a man who went around stealing knickers off washing lines. I sang the harmonies on it. It wasn't about love like so many songs at that time.

    We have often considered doing it live, recently. It doesn't mean that much to me now, although I feel sentimental about it. It was a different incarnation of Pink Floyd"
    Grind838on July 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsyd was a hero lol end of story. yeah guys it's definitely about a crossdresser.
    tayloradairon July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI used to go out with a woman who'd lived in Cambridge. She told me that her knickers had once been stolen by the guy who Arnold Layne was based on - which would suggest he was definitely a real person. She said it was pretty common knowledge in Cambridge that the song was about this guy.
    losttangoon February 16, 2010   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 03, 2010   Link

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