Syd Barrett

Baby Lemonade

Composed by Syd Barrett

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The opening song on Syd Barrett's second album, Barrett, "Baby Lemonade" is a generally upbeat pop rocker - though brief, the chorus is especially catchy, while the lyric carries some of Barrett's most intriguing couplets.- "In the sad town, cold iron hands clap the party of clowns outside" is certainly an arresting opening line.

Opening on a haunting lone guitar line before lush organ and percussion move in to provide a base for Barrett's vocal, the released version of the song was a first take recorded on the opening day of the sessions, February 26 1970 - two days after Barrett recorded the song for broadcast in his first and only solo John Peel radio session. A second version of the same take, labeled on the Crazy Diamond box set as "guitar and double track vocals only" is widely believed to be an artificial concoction. Another, unofficially available, version was recorded for the BBC's Sound of the Seventies radio program in March 1971.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Barrett 1970 Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 4:11
The Madcap Laughs/Barrett 1974 EMI Music Distribution
Peel Sessions 1987 Dutch East India Trading 2:30
Octopus: The Best of Syd Barrett 1992 Cleopatra
Before the Fall: Peel Sessions 1967-1977 1992
Various Artists
Dutch East 2:34
Crazy Diamond 1994 Harvest/EMI 4:11
Prog Rock, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
No Image 1996
Various Artists
The Best of Syd Barrett: Wouldn't You Miss Me? 2001 Capitol/EMI Records / Harvest / Parlophone 4:10
The Radio One Sessions 2004 Strange Fruit 2:23
It Wasn't My Idea to Dance: A Harvest Sampler 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:07
A Breath of Fresh Air: A Harvest Records Anthology, 1969-1974 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:08
An Introduction to Syd Barrett 2010 Parlophone
Prog Rocks! [2013] 2013
Various Artists
EMI Gold / Inside Out 4:07
No Image The Gold Standard
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