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(from The Early Years 1965-1967: Cam­bridge St/ation, 2016)

Not a paean to Syd’s five a day… One of sev­eral Bar­rett songs recorded as a po­ten­tial fol­low-up to See Emily Play, this psy­ch­grotesque re­mained of­fi­cially un­re­leased for half a decade, por­tents of its au­thor’s in­cip­i­ent men­tal col­lapse be­ing deemed too painfully ob­vi­ous. A by-turns whim­si­cally sar­donic and darkly can­did self-por­trait (“I've been look­ing all over the place for a place for me/But it ain’t any­where”), wed­ded to cor­us­cat­ing gui­tars and pri­mal drums, its tit­u­lar cho­rus chant may err to­ward the comedic, but it re­mains prin­ci­pally an es­say in haunted dis­ori­en­ta­tion. DS

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