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Syd Barrett quotes on time, thoughts, colours, people, life, love, music, friendship and more.

29 Interesting Quotes By Syd Barrett

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Best known as one of the founding members of the greatest rock band of all times, Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett was an English singer, songwriter and a musician. Born and raised in Cambridge, England, Syd was in love with the art of music during all his growing up years. Syd, along with his mates, laid the foundation of the band Pink Floyd in the mid 1960s but he was soon ousted from the band due to the increased instances of his mental illnesses and overuse of psychedelics. Before he left the band, they had recorded four albums together such as ‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ and ‘The Madcap Laughs’. Soon after he was ousted from the band, Syd quit music and spent his later life in anonymity before the news about his demise surfaced in 2006. We have gathered the best of Syd Barrett quotes on time, thoughts, colours, people, life, love and friendship taken from his concerts and interviews.

Hendrix was a perfect guitarist. And that's all I wanted to do as a kid. Play a guitar properly and jump around.

- Syd Barrett

The only work I've done the last two years is interviews. I'm very good at it.

- Syd Barrett

Living in Cambridge, with nature and everything, it's so clean.

- Syd Barrett

If I'd stayed at college I would have become a teacher.

- Syd Barrett

I've just had an operation, but nothing too serious.

- Syd Barrett

I'd like to be rich. I'd like a lot of money to put into my physicals and to buy food for all my friends.

- Syd Barrett

I do tend to take lines from other lines I like, and then write around them.

- Syd Barrett

Getting used to the studio and everything was fun, we freaked about alot. I was working very hard then.

- Syd Barrett

Fairy-tales are nice.

- Syd Barrett

I like songs that are simple.

- Syd Barrett

It's rather difficult to think of anybody being really interested in me.

- Syd Barrett

Mostly, I just waste my time.

- Syd Barrett

When we parted I had written everything for the group. My leaving sort of evened things out within the group.

- Syd Barrett

It's always been too slow for me. Playing. The pace of things. I'm a fast sprinter. The trouble was, after playing in the group for a few months, I couldn't reach that point.

- Syd Barrett

I wasn't always this introverted.

- Syd Barrett

I never felt so close to a guitar as that silver one with mirrors that I used on stage all the time.

- Syd Barrett

I don't really read a lot. Maybe I should.

- Syd Barrett

I think of me being a painter eventually.

- Syd Barrett

A lot of people want to make films and do photography and things, but I'm quite happy doing what I'm doing.

- Syd Barrett

I thought 'Arnold Layne' was a nice name and fitted well into the music I had already composed. Then I thought, 'Arnold must have a hobby,' and it went from there.

- Syd Barrett

I think it's good if a song has more than one meaning. Maybe that kind of song can reach far more people.

- Syd Barrett

I think young people should have a lot of fun. But I never seem to have any.

- Syd Barrett

I'm treading the backward path. Mostly, I just waste my time.

- Syd Barrett

I'm sorry I can't speak very coherently.

- Syd Barrett

I'm full of dust and guitars.

- Syd Barrett

Have you seen the roses? There's a whole lot of colours.

- Syd Barrett

I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway.

- Syd Barrett

'Arnold Layne' just happens to dig dressing up in women's clothing. A lot of people do - so let's face up to reality.

- Syd Barrett

I'm disappearing, avoiding most things.

- Syd Barrett