A session was held on 12 June 1969, with producers David Gilmour and Roger Waters, at which recording "Dark Globe", among others. Though, despite two takes deeming the song finished by both Gilmour and Waters, a third attempt was done towards the end of the session. The version recorded at the start of the session was released on the finished album. On 26 July, "Dark Globe" was re-made. This take was titled "Wouldn't You Miss Me" on the recording sheet. The track, along with two others, was mixed on 6 August.
This song has been covered by R.E.M. while touring to support Document and Green, first released by them in 1989 on the single "Orange Crush", and re-released in 1993 on the British "collector's edition" of the single for "Everybody Hurts", and also as one of four cover versions within the rare Automatic Box. In an interview for the DVD The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story, Roger Waters recalls visiting backstage with R.E.M. and being amused when a previously rude Michael Stipe performed "Dark Globe" by himself during the encore. R.E.M.'s rendition was released as a B-side to the original on a marbled brown 7" for Record Store Day on 18 April 2015.
The song was revived in live performance by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, on some of his concerts in July 2006, as a tribute to Barrett shortly after he died. A version was released on a live single entitled "Arnold Layne" later that year.