Shine On, You Crazy Diamond!
Syd Barrett, singer, song-writer, painter, guitarist, and a psychedelic god.
What can be said about Syd Barrett that hadn’t been said already? His brief musical career as a lead singer/guitarist of Pink Floyd and solo artist, followed by acid-induced madness and withdrawal from the world still continues to fascinate and, over the years, he has been a subject of numerous books, articles and documentaries.
He inspired the song Shine On You Crazy Diamond. His drug choice was: LSD -unfortunately- to keep on playing his guitar. His use of LSD and madness led to erratic behaviour that the band could not put up with anymore. David Gilmour was brought in to back up and then to replace his guitar. After Syd went insane, many of the members describe him having such a look in his eyes. Blackened eyes filled with the silent madness of a tortured individual, brought on by excessive fame and drug use. That inspired the line on the famous song written about him: “Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky” also “You reached for the secret too soon” The secret refers to the true meaning of life, the mysteries behind it. Syd used hallucinogens to try and discover them but wasn’t ready to see them and understand them, which in turn made him grow insane.
R.I.P Syd, you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!