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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pink Floyd Vegetable Man

Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Vegetable Man was a song recorded from 9–11 October, 1967 Pink Floyd Sessions. The song was an attempt to record a follow-up single to "See Emily Play", as well as the beginning of sessions for the album which would eventually become A Saucerful of Secrets. Among the songs considered were "Paint Box", "Scream Thy Last Scream", "Jugband Blues" and "Apples and Oranges". "Vegetable Man" was scheduled for release, as the B-side to "Scream Thy Last Scream", but cancelled and both tracks remain unreleased but nevertheless have appeared on uncountable bootlegs 

Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
To be fully understood, Vegetable Man, and Syd's swan song - Jugband Blues, must be viewed as satire. At the time Syd was under a lot of pressure to write another "catchy" follow-up to See Emily Play. Legend has it that he needed another song for the session and stooped by Peter Jenner's house and penned a darkly satirical description of himself which described his yellow shoes, blue velvet trousers and bad hair cut, finishing with "It’s what I wear, it’s what you see. It must be me, it’s what I am, Vegetable man. I’ve been looking all over the place for a place for me, but it ain’t anywhere, it just ain’t anywhere. Vegetable Man." 

Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Peter Jenner: "It was really stressful waiting for Syd to come up with the songs for the second album. Everybody was looking at him and he couldn't do it. The last Floyd song Syd wrote, 'Vegetable Man', was done for those sessions, though it never came out. Syd was around at my house just before he had to go to record and, because a song was needed, he just wrote a description of what he was wearing at the time and threw in a chorus that went 'Vegetable man - where are you?' It's very disturbing. Roger took it off the album because it was too dark, and it is. It's like psychological flashing."

Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
Pink Floyd Vegetable Man
In Vegetable Man, Barrett describes his alienation from the Pop Culture and civilization in general. Really? He is describing the "Bell Jar" descending upon his consciousness, or the beginnings of his mental illness. Jugband Blues is the complimentary song to Vegetable Man and describes the "Bell Jar" fully descended.

Peter Jenner wishes the song was released: "I always thought they should be put out, so I let my copies be heard. I knew that Roger would never let them out, or Dave. They somehow felt they were a bit indecent, like putting out nude pictures of a famous actress: it just wasn't cricket. But I thought they were good songs and great pieces of art. They're disturbing, and not a lot of fun, but they're some of Syd's finest work – though God knows, I wouldn't wish anyone to go through what he's gone through to get to those songs. They're like Van Gogh."

syd barrett-vegetable man by bobstinson

Pink Floyd Vegetable Man

In yellow shoes I get the blues
Though I walk the streets with my plastic feet
With my blue velvet trousers, make me feel pink
There's a kind of stink about blue velvet trousers
In my paisley shirt I look a jerk
And my turquoise waistcoat is quite out of sight 
But oh oh my haircut looks so bad 
Vegetable man how are you? 

So I've changed my gear, and I find my knees, 
And I covered them up with the latest cut, 
And my pants and socks all point in a box, 
They don't make long of my nylon socks, 
The watch, black watch 
My watch with a black face 
And a big pin, a little hole, 
And all the lot is what I got, 
It's what I wear, it's what you see, 
It must be me, it's what I am, 
Vegetable man. 

I've been looking all over the place for a place for me, 
But it ain't anywhere, it just ain't anywhere. 
Vegetable man, vegetable man, 
He's the kind of person, you just gonna see him if you can, 
Vegetable Man.

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