ROGER WA­TERS re­mem­bers Syd The Song­writer.

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“Syd was an ex­traor­di­nar­ily cre­ative, tal­ented, buoy­ant, lively, won­der­ful, beau­ti­ful guy. And he wrote songs. That’s the only thing that mat­ters in a band. Some­body has to have some­thing to say, and Syd had a lot to say. He’d read Hi­laire Bel­loc, Lewis Car­roll, the I Ching, and taken things from them. And some of the stuff he did was ab­so­lutely rooted in ex­pe­ri­ence. Bike is a love song, ob­vi­ously. It’s a child-like ditty, but the way it scans is ex­tremely strange and quirky. There’s a lot of Cam­bridge in there as well – bu­colic sketch­ing of the life of a young per­son on the banks of the River Cam dis­cov­er­ing their sex­u­al­ity and in­tel­lec­tu­al­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity. First records rep­re­sent 10, 15 years of work. So the Syd I knew was rep­re­sented by those [The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn] songs. They could eas­ily have been writ­ten by some­one who wasn’t about to be­come ill. But, equally, the side of him that was tee­ter­ing on the edge, that couldn’t re­ally cope, was [later] rep­re­sented by Vegetable Man and Dark Globe. It was al­ways my plan that Syd would stay on as a sort of Brian Wil­son char­ac­ter and write, but he was too ill, so the rest of us were forced into writ­ing, or else go­ing back to be­ing ar­chi­tects.” As told to Mark Paytress

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