I’ve got a bike

Syd Barrett

I was saddenly to learn this evening on Planet Rock radio that Pink Floyd co-founder Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett died last week of complications related to diabetes; he was only 60 years old. To be fair, I would have felt sad no matter where I learned that news. Sad Barrett?

I love the first Pink Floyd album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn — the title, incidentally, taken from the book The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and the only Floyd album that Syd played on — which I first heard after discovering a cassette of the album while cleaning a homeless hostel basement in south London.

My favourite lyrics from that album, written (I’m sure) by Barrett are from the opening song “I’ve got a bike”. I love the simplicity and playfulness of the words, and its rythmn and meter.

I’ve got a bike

I’ve got a bike.
You can ride it if you like.
It’s got a basket, a bell that rings,
and things to make it look good.
I’d give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything, if you want things.

I’ve got a cloak, it’s a bit of a joke.
There’s a tear up the front, it’s red and black,
I’ve had it for months.
If you think it could look good then I guess it should.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world
I’ll give you anything, everything, if you want things

I know a mouse and he hasn’t got a house.
I don’t know why I call him Gerald.
He’s getting rather old but he’s a good mouse.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything, if you want things.

I’ve got a clan of gingerbread men.
Here a man, there a man, lots of gingerbread men.
Take a couple if you wish, they’re on the dish.

You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world.
I’ll give you anything, everything, if you want things

I know a room full of musical tunes.
Some rhyme, some ching, most of them are clockwork.

Let’s go into the other room and make them work.

I’ve got a bike. It has neither a basket nor a bell. Which is a shame.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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