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Syd Barrett – Octopus lyrics

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    Syd borrowed several lines from various poems in this song.
    From "Mr Nobody" by Walter de la Mare, there's the lines: "squeaking door will always squeak" and "every plate we break". There is also a line about "scattered pins" which was changed to "scattered needles" in "Octopus".

    This section "Madam you see before you stand, Hey ho, never be still, The old original favorite grand. / Grasshoppers green Herbarian band And the tune they play is." is from "Rilloby-Rill" by Henry Newbolt.
    "Man on the border" comes from Edward Lear.
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    Octopus sounds to me like a dig at the beatles. Tripping to heave, ho, to, fro is meant to mean trying to hard. "you have no words" is obvious in this context. Trip to a dream dragon is a dig at nonsense psychedelia of yellow submarine. "the old original favorite grand grasshoppers green herbarian band" is an exponential jump above "the beatles". "please leave us here/ close our eyes to the octopus ride! " syd wants them to quit the airwaves/ the octopus ride is the eight arms of the beatles' music and popularity. "the winds they blew and the leaves did wag.
    They'll never put me in their bag" "the squeaking door will always squeak.
    Two up, two down we'll never meet" syd once refused to do top of the pops because lennon didn't have to. "so merrily trip forgo my side/ please leave us here/ close our eyes to the octopus ride! "
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