Tragic Genius: Quotes from "Syd" Barrett

A lot of people want to make films and do photography and things, but I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing.

Fairy-tales are nice.

Have you seen the roses? There's a whole lot of colours.

I don't really read a lot. Maybe I should.

I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway.

I like songs that are simple.

I never felt so close to a guitar as that silver one with mirrors that I used on stage all the time.

I think it's good if a song has more than one meaning. Maybe that kind of song can reach far more people.

I think young people should have a lot of fun. But I never seem to have any.

I wasn't always this introverted.

I'd like to be rich. I'd like a lot of money to put into my physicals and to buy food for all my friends.

I'm disappearing, avoiding most things.

I'm full of dust and guitars.

I'm sorry I can't speak very coherently.

I've just had an operation, but nothing too serious.

If I'd stayed at college I would have become a teacher.

It's always been too slow for me. Playing. The pace of things. I'm a fast sprinter. The trouble was, after playing in the group for a few months, I couldn't reach that point.

Living in Cambridge, with nature and everything, it's so clean.

The only work I've done the last two years is interviews. I'm very good at it.

When we parted I had written everything for the group. My leaving sort of evened things out within the group.

I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway.

There's so much around, you don't know what to listen to. All I've got at home is Bo Diddley, some Stones and Beatles stuff, and old jazz records.

I may seem to get hung-up. That's because I am frustrated work-wise. But the other bit about not working is that you do get to think theoretically.

It's rather difficult to think of anybody being really interested in me. But you know, man, I am totally together.

I wasn't always this introverted.

I always write with guitar. I've got this big room and I just go in and do the work.

I think young people should have a lot of fun. But I never seem to have any.

I'm treading the backward path. Mostly, I just waste my time.

I do tend to take lines from other lines I like, and then write around them.

I think it's good if a song has more than one meaning. Maybe that kind of song can reach far more people.

I'm disappearing, avoiding most things.

There are just so many people running around. Doing different things-no kind of unity.

Getting used to the studio and everything was fun, we freaked about alot. I was working very hard then.

Hendrix was a perfect guitarist. That's all I wanted to do as a kid. Play a guitar properly and jump around. But too many people got in the way.

I've got an idea that there must be someone to play with. If I was going to play properly, I should need some really good people.

I watch TV, that's all.

I never felt so close to a guitar as that silver one with mirrors that I used on stage all the time.

Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett, Musician, Singer, Songwriter (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006)
Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett, Musician, Singer, Songwriter (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006)

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gjfgkfg 7 years ago

i <3 syd

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