Baby Lemonade

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"Baby Lemonade"
Song by Syd Barrett
from the album Barrett
Released 14 November 1970
Recorded 26 February 1970
Length 4:10
Label Harvest/EMI
Capitol Records (US)
Songwriter(s) Syd Barrett
Producer(s) David Gilmour

"Baby Lemonade" is the opening track to Syd Barrett's second studio album, Barrett. "Baby Lemonade", and another song, "Gigolo Aunt",[1] they were a go for Barrett to play and/or sing to an existing backing track.[2] The solo was performed by Barrett, not David Gilmour as is often noted.[3] The intro was actually Barrett simply warming-up on guitar, that Gilmour had managed to record and placed it at the start of the album, making it seem like an intro to the song.[3] It was included on the multi-artist Harvest compilation, A Breath of Fresh Air – A Harvest Records Anthology 1969–1974 in 2007.[4]


The song was performed along with 4 other songs (3 songs that would later be recorded for Barrett, and one that was originally from The Madcap Laughs) and recorded for BBC Radio on 24 February 1970.[5][6] These five tracks were later released on The Peel Session,[5] and even later with 3 added songs (one being another version of "Baby Lemonade") from another BBC Radio show, as The Radio One Sessions.[7]



A "baby" is archaic Public House slang for a half-size bottle of mixer. "Baby Lemonade" would be understood by Victorian barmaids to mean a small bottle of lemonade.[8]


  1. ^ Barrett (booklet). Syd Barrett. Harvest, EMI. 2010. p. 1.
  2. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "Set the Controls". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 72. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
  3. ^ a b Palacios, Julian (2010). "Within the Dark Globe". Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd: Dark Globe (Rev. ed.). London: Plexus. p. 365. ISBN 0859654311.
  4. ^ "A Breath of Fresh Air: A Harvest Records Anthology, 1969-1974 - Various Artists : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Peel Sessions - Syd Barrett : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  6. ^ Chapman, Rob (2010). "We Awful, Awful Crawl". Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head (Paperback ed.). London: Faber. pp. 268–269. ISBN 978-0-571-23855-2.
  7. ^ "Music - Review of Syd Barrett - The Radio One Sessions". BBC. 20 November 2002. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  8. ^ Redding Ware, J. (1909). "A Dictionary of Victorian Slang". p. 13. Retrieved 2017-07-06.