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Friday, February 21, 2014

Octopus Ride : Lyrics and Perspectives on Octopus by Syd Barrett

Do I need to repeat the fact that I am a HUGE Syd Barrett fan? I absolutely adore The Madcap Laughs - almost all songs from the album. The song is recommended - highly recommended. You don't need to think twice,just go get the album or simply the song and I bet you'll be loving the Octopus Ride like I am doing.
Lyrics Here -

Trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro', you have no word
Trip, trip to a dream dragon, hide your wings in a ghost tower
Sails cackling at every plate we break
Cracked by scattered needles the little minute gong coughs and clears his throat
Madam you see before you stand, hey ho, never be still
The old original favorite grand, grasshoppers green Herbarian band
And the tune they play is "In Us Confide"
So trip to heave and ho, up down, to and fro', you have no word
Please leave us here, close our eyes to the octopus ride!

Isn't it good to be lost in the wood
Isn't it bad so quiet there, in the wood
Meant even less to me than I thought
With a honey plough of yellow prickly seeds
Clover honey pots and mystic shining feed

Click to read the full Lyrics and Perspectives on the song.



Well, the madcap laughed at the man on the border, hey ho, huff the Talbot
"Cheat" he cried shouting kangaroo, it's true in their tree they cried
Please leave us here, close our eyes to the octopus ride!

Please leave us here, close our eyes to the octopus ride!

The madcap laughed at the man on the border, hey ho, huff the Talbot
The winds they blew and the leaves did wag
They'll never put me in their bag, the seas will reach and always seep
So high you go, so low you creep, the wind it blows in tropical heat
The drones they throng on mossy seats, the squeaking door will always squeak
Two up, two down we'll never meet, so merrily trip forgo my side
Please leave us here, close our eyes to the octopus ride!

The concept of the three words - The Madcap Laughs - is first of all,extraordinarily beautiful to me. HATS OFF SYD BARRETT! The lyrics want me to leave for the woods for a day or two - solitary,alone,on a starry night,beside a river. May be a torch and my guitar would do - nothing else required. I would love to drink in the moonlight and river breeze. Ah! State of Bliss! The sparkling sand and shimmery water,the moon and the sky,as if a beautiful girl dressed up in a sheer,white gown,like a French painting. Am I going poetic? Some famous,Bengali communist poet once said in one of his poems - "The moon to the hungry is nothing but a mere structure of bread!" So,poems - sometimes make me feel a bit......ashamed. Coming back to the song, I really have a few similar sentences - I WANT TO TRAVEL ALONE. (Can't do so unless targets are fulfilled.) Right beside the river and the woods,with my guitar and a very low capacity torch. Such feelings don't touch me easily. I would really thank Barrett for ever writing such a delight! Seems dreamy and a perfect holiday sort of piece of rocking music!


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