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Song Name: Lucifer Sam

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Nice Pair

Run Time: 3:07

Year: 1967

Track Number: 2

Sung By: Syd Barrett

Written By: Syd Barrett


  • The song is built around a descending chord progression, with the dominant instrument being composer Syd Barrett's electric guitar, fed through an echo machine; the resultant sound has been likened to a "sinister" Duane Eddy. This is augmented by bowed bass and increasingly agitated organ and percussion effects.
  • Though the lyric frequently refers to Lucifer Sam as a cat, some speculation has arisen as to whether this was in fact 1960s slang ("a hip cat") for a man, real or imagined, in some type of relationship with Barrett's then-girlfriend, Jenny Spires (referred to in the song as "Jennifer Gentle"). However Lucifer Sam was simply Barrett's domestic feline; the track was originally called "Percy the Rat Catcher" during the recording sessions, which took place during April–June 1967.
  • "Lucifer Sam" was only ever performed live by Pink Floyd in 1967.[3] The intro of the song was later used uncredited in the movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997).
  • The track has been covered by a number of artists, including True West, Jay Farrar, Love and Rockets, Voivod, Shockabilly, and The Lightning Seeds as a B-side to their 1992 single "Sense", also appearing on their 2006 best of collection.
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