Arnold Layne

Posted: May 2, 2008 in Uncategorized
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“Arnold Layne” was the first single released by British Psychedelic rock group Pink Floyd, shortly after landing a recording contract with EMI. The song was written by Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd’s co-founder and original front man. Although not included on the band’s debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, many consider “Arnold Layne” to be one of the finest psychedelic pop songs of its time.
The song’s title character is a transvestite whose primary pastime is stealing women’s clothes and undergarments from washing lines. According to Roger Waters, “Arnold Layne” was actually based on a real person, and that this person routinely stole underwear from the mothers of Barrett and Waters during their childhood days in Cambridge.
However, despite finding a place in the Top 20, the song’s unusual transvestism theme attracted the ire of Radio London, which deemed the song too far-removed from “normal” society for its listeners before eventually banning it from radio airplay altogether.

This version by David Bowie And David Gilmour was from a recent tour. Damn I missed that one.

Arnold Layne had a strange hobby
Collecting clothes
Moonshine washing line
They suit him fine

On the wall hung a tall mirror
Distorted view, see through baby blue
He dug it
Oh, Arnold Layne
It’s not the same, takes two to know
Two to know, two to know, two to know
Why can’t you see?

Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne

Now he’s caught – a nasty sort of person.
They gave him time
Doors bang – chain gang – he hates it

Oh, Arnold Layne
It’s not the same, takes two to know
two to know, two to know, two to know,
Why can’t you see?

Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne
Don’t do it again.

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