The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
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Song Name: The Scarecrow

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Run Time: 2:11

Year: 1967

Track Number: 10

Sung By: Syd Barrett

Written By: Syd Barrett


  • The song contains nascent existentialist themes, as singer Syd Barrett compares his existence to that of the scarecrow, who, while "sadder" is also "resigned to his fate". Such thematic content would later become a mainstay of the band's lyrical imagery.
  • A short video of the song (actually a short feature made for a Pathe newsreel) features the band in an open field with an actual scarecrow, generally fooling around.
  • A second video was filmed, with Gilmour replacing Barrett, in Brussels, Belgium, in 1968.
  • The industrial band Rx covered "The Scarecrow" on their debut album "Bedside Toxicology".
  • In addition to being on The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, it was released as a B-side with See Emily Play.

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