Candy and a Currant Bun

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"Candy and a Currant Bun"
Single by Pink Floyd
A-side "Arnold Layne"
Recorded 29 January 1967 at
Sound Techniques Studios
(London, United Kingdom)
27 February 1967 at
EMI Studios
(London, United Kingdom)
Length 2:38
Label Columbia (EMI) (UK)
Tower/Capitol (US)
Songwriter(s) Syd Barrett
Producer(s) Joe Boyd

"Candy and a Currant Bun" was the B-side to Pink Floyd's first single, Arnold Layne.[1] Its lyrical content is about drugs and casual sex.[2]

Lyric change[edit]

When performed live in 1967, the song was known as "Let's Roll Another One"[1][3] and contained the line "I'm high – Don't try to spoil my fun", but the record company forced Syd Barrett to rewrite it, at the suggestion of Roger Waters,[4] without the controversial drug references.[5] Nevertheless, the recorded version added the line "Oh don't talk with me/Please just fuck with me", which the BBC censors missed.

The Mars Volta cover[edit]

"Candy and a Currant Bun"
Promotional single by The Mars Volta
from the album The Bedlam in Goliath
Released 28 January 2008 (2008-01-28)
Format Limited Release (VinylDisc)
Length 2:20
Label Warner Bros./Amnesty International
Songwriter(s) Syd Barrett
Producer(s) Omar Rodríguez-López

The Mars Volta's cover of "Candy and a Currant Bun" was released in some U.S. indie stores as free 5" VinylDisc in 2008. It was given away with purchase of the album The Bedlam in Goliath. The VinylDisc was an experimental format that contained a digital side and a vinyl side, one side playing in a CD player, while the other side playing on a turntable. The vinyl side contains the Pink Floyd cover "Candy and a Currant Bun", while the CD side contains the audio track for "Candy and a Currant Bun" as well as the Wax Simulacra video as enhanced content. It also comes with a removable foam spindle insert to switch between CD and vinyl.

The track was a bonus track on the UK and Australasian releases of the album.



  1. ^ a b Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus,. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  2. ^ Fitch, Vernon (1998-11-01). The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia. Collector's Guide Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-1-896522-44-9. 
  3. ^ Chapman, Rob (2010). "Distorted View – See Through Baby Blue". Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head (Paperback ed.). London: Faber. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-571-23855-2. 
  4. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "The Underground". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 32. ISBN 1-84353-575-0. 
  5. ^ Mason, Nick; Dodd, Philip (2005-03-17). "Chapter 2: Going Underground". Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd (illustrated, revised ed.). Chronicle Books. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-8118-4824-4. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 'Candy and a Currant Bun' was originally called 'Let's Roll Another One', including the lyrics "'I'm high, don't try to spoil my fun'". Since this was deemed to be pushing our luck on a tape due to be taking into the still very conservative record industry, a complete alternative set of lyrics had to be cobbled together. 

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