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The Pink Floyd's first single, a manic song about a convicted crossdresser. Reached #20 in the UK, put the Pink Floyd on the map.

The first manifestation of Barrett's songwriting talents was a bizarre little classic called 'Arnold Layne'. A sinister piece of vaguely commercial fare, it dealt with the twilight wanderings of a transvestite/pervert figure and is both whimsical and singularly creepy.

"It wasn't just the drugs, we'd both done acid before the whole Floyd thing, it's just… read more

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  • Avatar for corpsetastic
    This was based on heinrich himmler.
  • Avatar for JuliaAurea
    that being put, arnold layne's gotta be a personal favourite, can't listen to it the whole day long!
  • Avatar for JuliaAurea
    I like the Syd Barrett stuff, Roger Waters stuff, David Gilmour stuff. Hell, I like it all, but what do I know? LOL [2] right-o! love piper at the gates of dawn and their early singles just as much as i love the final cut and the wall to death - and all of the others! it's all magnificently brilliant! each of them in their own way
  • Avatar for Gentuchan
    Probably my second favorite song of Pink Floyd, just beautiful <3
  • Avatar for wiseblood-
    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES!
  • Avatar for muerto14
  • Avatar for jomabbs
    Arnold Lane, See Emily Play, and The Bicycle Song, all played there part in what made Pink Floyd great, so I don't know what your all arguing about, with out one you would never have had the other.
  • Avatar for k_naruchiha94
    Currently using the clip from this song as my avatar, it's just too funny xD
  • Avatar for SoporAeternus-
    I like Syd era. If you don't like "travel" with his music, just don't listen to it. People prefer his music as you prefer overrated PF.
  • Avatar for tomrud73
    great Syd Barrett song.

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