Here I Go (Syd Barrett song)

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"Here I Go"
Song by Syd Barrett
from the album The Madcap Laughs
PublishedLupus Music Ltd
Released3 January 1970
Recorded17 April 1969
LabelHarvest Records/EMI (UK)
Capitol Records (US)
Songwriter(s)Syd Barrett
Producer(s)Malcolm Jones
The Madcap Laughs track listing
13 tracks
Side one
  1. "Terrapin"
  2. "No Good Trying"
  3. "Love You"
  4. "No Man's Land"
  5. "Dark Globe"
  6. "Here I Go"
Side two
  1. "Octopus"
  2. "Golden Hair"
  3. "Long Gone"
  4. "She Took a Long Cold Look"
  5. "Feel"
  6. "If It's In You"
  7. "Late Night"
An Introduction to Syd Barrett track listing
18 tracks
  1. "Arnold Layne"
  2. "See Emily Play"
  3. "Apples and Oranges"
  4. "Matilda Mother"
  5. "Chapter 24"
  6. "Bike"
  7. "Terrapin"
  8. "Love You"
  9. "Dark Globe"
  10. "Here I Go"
  11. "Octopus"
  12. "She Took a Long Cool Look"
  13. "If It's In You"
  14. "Baby Lemonade"
  15. "Dominoes"
  16. "Gigolo Aunt"
  17. "Effervescing Elephant"
  18. "Bob Dylan Blues"

"Here I Go" is a song by former singer/songwriter of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett and is the sixth track on his first solo album, The Madcap Laughs.

The song tells the story in which the narrator's girlfriend leaves him because "a big band is far better" than himself. He attempts to win her back by writing her a song, but when he goes to her house to show it to her, he instead finds himself falling in love with her sister.


During the recording sessions for The Madcap Laughs, for the session on 17 April 1969,[1] Barrett brought in fellow musicians[2] Jerry Shirley, drummer with Humble Pie, and Willie Wilson, Jokers Wild's drummer, although for this occasion he was playing bass.[3] Working in Abbey Road Studio 2,[1] the musicians recorded "No Man's Land" together,[2] then they recorded a song Barrett had written in a few minutes, "Here I Go" – the song required no overdubs of any kind.[1] The session for these two songs only lasted three hours.[1]

About 40 years later, for release on An Introduction to Syd Barrett, David Gilmour added bass to one track, "Here I Go".[4]




  1. ^ a b c d Jones, Malcolm (2003). "The Making of The Madcap Laughs" (21st Anniversary ed.). Brain Damage. p. 8. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b Jones, Malcolm (2003). "The Making of The Madcap Laughs" (21st Anniversary ed.). Brain Damage. p. 7. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ Manning, Toby (2006). "Set the Controls". The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 71. ISBN 1-84353-575-0.
  4. ^ "Pink Floyd news :: Brain Damage - 'An Introduction to Syd Barrett' coming from EMI/Harvest in October". Brain Damage. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2012.

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