A Musical Note: Pink Floyd – See Emily Play

Readers and listeners, I apologize for being late on this one.

See Emily Play” was the second single recorded by the English psychedelic rock group Pink Floyd. It was written by original frontman Syd Barrett and recorded on 23 May 1967.

An extremely controversial song.  While I am having trouble finding information of the original scandal, you can test whether a particular copy of the album “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” was made for American or British audiences.  The British version of the album is missing this song.  Said to be a cut at a member of parliament, it was banned in Britain for a long while.

What do you think this song is about?  What does it evoke in your mind?

This is the song that woke me up to Pink Floyd, a band I have been a fan of ever since.

Ladies and gentlemen…

See Emily Play

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5 responses to “A Musical Note: Pink Floyd – See Emily Play

  1. “See Emily Play”

    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

  2. You’re wondering what this song might mean for any of us. Well 1967 was psychedelic ville. My guess, is it’s not about a young girl at all. Dare I say it’s about promiscuity, if that word is usable today. Free love was the term in the 60’s. The video reverses the images from right to left, with some left overs. And the images of men predominate; in the last of the clip you’ve got maybe four men walking along. I may be overstepping boundaries here, but I would be interested if the scandal surrounding the British official ties in with this interpretation. If I can find any evidence of this, I’ll be back. In any case, I think this video/song is much darker than might be seen at first sight. Yup: Free games for may, See Emily play.

  3. Well I was fortunate to find all the lyrics for the album, the goblins, and dandelions, and all of the psychedelic passwords for not only emotions, but what was happening, man. I’ll stick to my theory. But poor Emily, perhaps she did go insane….

  4. I felt fearful for Emily.

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