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…allegedly inspired by a large Raleigh bicycle belonging to his new Cambridge girlfriend Jenny Spires… although she has since dismissed the connection as rubbish.

– Watkinson/Anderson, Crazy Diamond, p 32.

'The Bike Song' (aka "Bike") …. the forthcoming album's closer. Cliff Jones wrote,

The tempo changes at the end of every verse. The rising glissando note that finishes each chorus was achieved using a crude oscillator and varispeeding the tape down while the track was running.

The apparently double-tracked… read more

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  • Avatar for GMHead
    A primeira vez que eu ouvi esse final eu tava mt chapado, achei que eu tava ficando esquizofrênico.
  • Avatar for BenevolentWind
    The ending to this album (with the duck calls) and the ending to Sgt. Pepper ("never could see any other way") are strikingly similar...I don't think it's a coincidence since they were recording at the same time
  • Avatar for GhostHaunted
    The ending is so fucking satanic.
  • Avatar for Dardan-H
    I don't why I call him Gerald, he's getting rather old but he's a good mouse!
  • Avatar for GhostHaunted
    Люблю эту песню ;)
  • Avatar for sharv11
    Love it, however bittersweet since you've gone, Vinny...
  • Avatar for lter__Impius
    LOL, this song is so hilarious and endering. Currently favourite form Syd Barret.
  • Avatar for RAY7654321
    Listening to the debut album "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" released in August 1967. This is an incredible piece of work by the genius of Syd Barrett & Albert Hoffman. Written and lead vocal performed by Syd. Everything that I have come across suggests that at this time period only Syd was doing acid. Supposedly the other band members did not even try alcohol until Janice Joplin passed them the bottle while on the same venue together.
  • Avatar for X8SK5X
    That summer (1965), as a consequence of the continuation of drug use, the band became absorbed in Sant Mat, a Sikh sect. Storm Thorgerson (then living on Earlham Street) and Barrett went to a London hotel to meet the sect's guru; Thorgerson managed to join the sect, while Barrett, however, was deemed too young to join. Thorgerson perceives this as a deeply important event in Barrett's life, as he was intensely upset by the rejection. While living within close proximity of his friends, Barrett decided to write more songs. "Bike" was written around this time
  • Avatar for AlanCeh
    I just love it.

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