Pink Floyd

The Scarecrow

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"The Scarecrow," or "Scarecrow," is an early song written by Pink Floyd singer/guitarist Syd Barrett. Using a delicate melody and occasionally employing enjambment to get his lyrics to fit the meter, Barrett, with characteristic whimsy, describes a scarecrow that stood in a field, revealing in the third verse that the scarecrow "was sadder than me" but has now become resigned to his fate. Pink Floyd recorded the song in the spring of 1967 with a spare arrangement featuring a single-note organ part, clip-clop percussion, and electric and acoustic guitars supporting Barrett's vocal. It was released as "The Scarecrow" on the B-side of Pink Floyd's second single, "See Emily Play," in England on June 16, 1967. It was also included as "Scarecrow" on the group's first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, released in England on August 5, 1967. It repeated both appearances on the releases of the U.S. single "See Emily Play" (as "Scarecrow") and Pink Floyd (as "The Scarecrow") later in the year.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 1967 Capitol 2:11
Discovery 2011 Capitol / EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:11