The Gnome

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This article is about the Pink Floyd song. For the fairy tale, see The Gnome (fairy tale).
"The Gnome"
Song by Pink Floyd from the album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Published Magdalene Music/Essex Music
Released 2 November 1967
Recorded 19 March 1967 at
Abbey Road Studios
(London, United Kingdom)
Genre Psychedelic pop, psychedelic folk
Length 2:13
Label Columbia (EMI) (UK)
Tower (US)
Writer(s) Syd Barrett
Producer(s) Norman Smith

"The Gnome" is a song by British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd. Written by Syd Barrett, it is the eighth song on their 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.[1][2]


The song tells the tale of a scarlet-tunic-wearing-gnome named Grimble Gromble. The psychedelic yet puerile lyrics came off the top of Barrett's head during an earlier richly creative period.[3] Reportedly, it also draws its inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction.[4] "The Gnome" was also included on the B-side of the US Pink Floyd single "Flaming" (Tower 378). This single was never released in the UK.

Cover versions[edit]

British actor Nigel Planer recorded this song under the name and pretext of Neil, his character in the UK sitcom The Young Ones, in 1984. It appeared on his Heavy Concept album.[5]



  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  3. ^ Mike Watkinson; Pete Anderson (2001). Crazy Diamond: Syd Barrett & the Dawn of Pink Floyd. Omnibus Press. p. 68. ISBN 0-7119-8835-8. 
  4. ^ "The Songs". Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "Neil's Heavy Concept Album - Nigel Planer : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 October 2012.