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The Lyrics of Syd Barrett Book Feb 21 by Rob Chapman

The Lyrics of Syd Barrett by Rob Chapman book

Omnibus Press will release The Lyrics of Syd Barrett book next year on 18th February and will be available in all good bookstores including Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. It is an official book.

The book has had the involvement of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour who has been carefully checking the lyrics that are included in the book. He mentioned it on his “Von Trapped” family broadcast he has been doing on Covid Lockdown. The book is beautifully illustrated.

Syd of course was the driving force of Pink Floyd when the band was established. It was his songs that firmly established the band on the underground scene and set the tone for decades to come.

Syd was also overly fond of LSD amongst other drugs and this, along with schizophrenia, meant that he drifted away from Pink Floyd – a collection of young lads that wanted to be pop stars – and instead focused on his solo works. His style was whimsical, unbounded and fun.

Syd Barrett Artwork

Exploring the lyrics is just as important as the music, if not more so in Syd’s case. His songs with Syd wanted to be a painter. He loved his artistic creations including the theatre of painting pictures, photographing them, then burning the originals in later life. Looking through the earthly possessions he left behind, which were up for auction after his death, highlighted his playful and artistic nature.

The book features 56 songs and a foreword by Pink Floyd’s first manager, Peter Jenner, and an introduction by Rob Chapman (author of Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head), this beautifully illustrated and official book compiles Syd’s extraordinary lyrics together for the very first time.

There will be another phenomenal book announced shortly so make sure you are getting our newsletter to find out more when I am able to share the fantastic details.

Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication Date: 18.02.21
ISBN: 9781787602564
Extent: 96 pages
Format: Hardback

I will leave you with this poem handwritten by Syd Barrett. I believe it is called Twigg. It is taken from the thousands of Syd Barrett related photos in our gallery.

Listen to New David Gilmour Song Yes I Have Ghosts

David GIlmour Yes I Have Ghosts
David GIlmour Yes I Have Ghosts

David Gilmour has released his first music in 5 years and recorded it on lockdown with his daughter Romany Gilmour. The beautiful song features in David’s wife’s new audio book A Theatre for Dreamers and is now available to stream online.

You can listen to the song in the video below, lyrics are below too. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of the song. Discuss on Forum.

“Yes, I Have Ghosts” Lyrics by David Gilmour and Polly Samson

The heat of the sun stayed on through the night
Made specters of strangers playing games with my sight
I passed through the station, a face in the crowd
The whistle was blowing, the barrier came down

There was my baby, in another’s embrace
I called out her name in shame and disgrace
Yes, I have ghosts, not all of them dead
Making dust of my dreams, spinning round and around
Around in my head

Train on the tracks, teeth of the zip
The slider moves down, we were joined at the hip
Stealing the groove, the widening gap
Unfastening rails from a past with no map

Yes, I have ghosts, a fleeting sight
It’s always the living that are haunting my nights

Where is the sweet soul that you used to be
Gone like a thistle that’s blown on the breeze
I guess when it’s over, this haunting will end
The waiting, the baiting, my killer, my friend

Yes, I have ghosts, not all of them dead
And they dance by the moon, millstones white as the sheet
On my bed

Press Release

Polly Samson and David Gilmour recording A Theatre for Dreamers audiobook [Pic: Polly Samson]

Yes, I Have Ghosts is the first new song from David Gilmour in five years and features the voice and harp playing of his daughter Romany. The inspiration for the track was Polly Samson’s new novel A Theatre for Dreamers.

Of Yes, I Have Ghosts, David says “I was working on this song just as we went in to lockdown and had to cancel a session with backing singers but, as it turned out, the solution was right here and I couldn’t be happier with the way Romany’s voice blends with mine and her beautiful harp playing has been another revelation”.

The song has previously only been available as part the ground-breaking audiobook for the novel. Polly Samson, who wrote the lyrics, says “Collaborating with David – as I have done many times over the last 30 years, writing songs for both Pink Floyd and his solo albums – we were able to bring together the worlds of literature and music to enhance the listening experience and connect with audiences in a way which I don’t think has been done before”.

David Gilmour rehearsing with daughter Romany Gilmour. [Pic: Romany Gilmour]

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