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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pink Floyd See Emily Play Promo Poster

Pink Floyd See Emily Play

Check out the super rare Pink Floyd See Emily Play promo poster!
"See Emily Play" was the second single recorded by British psychedelic rock group Pink Floyd. It was written by original frontman Syd Barrett and recorded on May 23, 1967. The single featured "Scarecrow" as its B-side. It later appeared on the compilations Relics (1971), Works (1983), Shine On (1992), Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd (2001) and The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 40th Anniversary Edition (2007).

The song was reportedly about a girl named Emily, whom Barrett claimed he saw while sleeping in the woods after taking a hallucinogenic drug. Barrett later stated that the story about sleeping in the woods and seeing a girl before him was made up "...all for publicity." According to A Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey, by Nicholas Schaffner, Emily is the Honourable Emily Young (b. March 13, 1951), daughter of Wayland Hilton Young, 2nd Baron Kennet, and nicknamed "the psychedelic schoolgirl" at the UFO Club. An article in Mojo magazine called "See the Real Emily" supposedly shows a picture of Barrett's Emily.

Barrett, reportedly, wasn't happy with the final studio cut. He protested against its release, which producer Norman Smith has speculated was based on Barrett's fear of commercialism. During the sessions for the song, David Gilmour was a visitor to the studio, after being invited by Syd. He was shocked by what he perceived as a change in Syd's personality, and Syd did not appear to even recognise his old friend, despite having invited him there in the first place. For many years Gilmour would recall this encounter with the saying, "I'll go on record as saying, that was when he changed."

The US single (Tower 356) was released by Tower Records 3 times between July 1967 and late 1968. Each time it failed to duplicate its UK success.

The slide guitar work on the song is said to have been done by Barrett with a Zippo lighter. The train depicted on the single's sleeve was actually drawn by Barrett himself.

In 1968, Pink Floyd travelled to Belgium where they filmed an odd lip-synched promotional film for "See Emily Play", as well as for "Astronomy Domine", "The Scarecrow", "Apples and Oranges", "Paint Box", "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun", and "Corporal Clegg". Syd Barrett did not go to Belgium; he was replaced by David Gilmour, with Gilmour and Wright lip-syncing Syd's role in the songs.

In Switzerland, the song has been released on 7" Single and has been marked with two special attributes, the record's label "CH 01" and the icon of Swiss crossbow in the record's stamper code.

"See Emily Play" is also known as "Games For May," and sometimes "Free Games For May," after a free concert in which Barrett's Pink Floyd performed.

Lyrics:
Emily tries but misunderstands, ah ooh
She often inclined to borrow somebody's dreams till tomorrow
There is no other day
Let's try it another way
You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may See Emily play

Soon after dark Emily cries, ah ooh
Gazing through trees in sorrow hardly a sound till tomorrow
There is no other day
Let's try it another way
You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may See Emily play

Put on a gown that touches the ground, ah ooh
Float on a river forever and ever, Emily!
There is no other day
Let's try it another way
You'll lose your mind and play
Free games for may See Emily play

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2 Comments:

Blogger wyatt34 said...

What is this weird shit..? No SYd? Why did they make a clip for Emily after he'd left the band? I'm dazed. They all look a little embarrassed. Very peculiar

March 26, 2009 at 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have an origional poster exactly the same as the one above, if anyone has any more info or knows of anyone who deals with this sort of thing could yo please pm me on sswiatek9@googlemail.com
much appreciated
stan

November 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM  

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