Scarecrow (2:07)

Cover of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

From The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and 20 other releases

“The Scarecrow” is a song on Pink Floyd’s debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967). It first appeared as the B-side of their second single “See Emily Play” (as “Scarecrow”) two months before. It was written by original frontman Syd Barrett and recorded in March 1967.

The song contains nascent existentialist themes, as singer Syd Barrett compares his own existence to that of the scarecrow, who, while “sadder” is also “resigned to his fate”. Such thematic content would later become a mainstay of the band’s lyrical imagery.

The US single (Tower 356) was released by Tower Records 3 times between between July 1967 and late 1968. Each time it failed to duplicate its UK success.


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  • mattmacneil

    the best

    13 Aug 1:08pm Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    But now he's resigned to his fate..

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lyrazim

    Lovely, lovely song. Syd's songwriting never ceases to amaze me.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SomeAreDead

    this takes me back to simpler times

    8 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SomeAreDead

    oh my

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • jeffyy

    The black and green scarecrow is sadder than me But now he's resigned to his fate 'Cause life's not unkind - he doesn't mind. might be some of the best lyrics I've ever read. Love the complete change of the melodi when he reaches what I first believed would be a longer ending note for each verse. And then he added another loop or two in the melody. Lovely. One of Pink Floyd's best songs together with See Emily Play, Flaming, Julia Dream and Paintbox imo.

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • EliEndrup

    I wonder: If the scarecrow is sadder than me (meaning Syd), is it because Syd is happy or because he is sad, but just not AS much as the scarecrow, hmm.... Anyways, such an adorable song!

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Warwick16

    I like percussion in this song

    5 May 2011 Reply
  • SolidFox

    one of the most brilliant and inspired outros I've ever heard

    9 Jun 2010 Reply
  • FloydianFreak

    The black and green scarecrow is sadder than me But now he's resigned to his fate

    27 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Nekit_R


    8 Oct 2009 Reply
  • WiJoCo

    He stood in a field Bob Marley grows ;)

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
  • lihei


    28 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Lucifer-Sam

    Reminds me of good times!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Blessedheart

    Incidentally, it was called 'The Scarecrow' on the original album version, but it was called 'Scarecrow' when it appeared on the B-side of See Emily Play.

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Blessedheart

    I love the ending.

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • ANDERSON1970

    syd barrett+david gilmour + roger waters= PINK FLOYD

    8 Jun 2008 Reply
  • orenor


    3 Jun 2008 Reply
  • gibatoco

    eu de Angola para o mundo com pink floyd

    5 May 2008 Reply
  • emilythecamel

    See you later Syd...

    10 Apr 2008 Reply
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