|The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn|
Song Name: Bike
Artist: Pink Floyd
Run Time: 3:22
|Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd|
Track Number: 11
Sung By: Syd Barrett
Written By: Syd Barrett
- In the song, Syd Barrett's lyrical subject shows a girl his bike (which he borrowed), a cloak, a homeless mouse that he calls Gerald, and a clan of gingerbread men - because she "fits in with my world". Towards the end of the song, he offers to take her into a "room of musical tunes".
- The final verse is followed by an instrumental section that can be referred to as a piece of musique concrete: a noisy collage of oscillators, clocks, gongs, bells, maniacal laughing, and other strange sounds edited with tape techniques, apparently the "other room" spoken of in the song.
- The song was written for Barrett's then girlfriend, Jenny Spires. She is also mentioned in the song Lucifer Sam, which is also on The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
- The American jam band Phish has covered this song numerous times in their live performances which features drummer Jon Fishman on lead vocals and performs a vacuum solo. Trey Anastasio in turn plays drums in Fishman's stead and the song usually includes an instrumental intro and outro of "Hold Your Head Up" by the band Argent.
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