The Gnome

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"The Gnome"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Released2 November 1967
Recorded19 March 1967 at
Abbey Road Studios
(London, United Kingdom)
LabelColumbia (EMI) (UK)
Tower (US)
Songwriter(s)Syd Barrett
Producer(s)Norman Smith

"The Gnome" is a song by the English 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 (often incorrectly spelled Grumble). The lyrics ostensibly "came off the top [of Barrett's] head".[3] Reportedly, the song also draws its inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction.[4] "The Gnome" was included on the B-side of the US Pink Floyd single "Flaming" (Tower 378), which was never released in the UK.

Cover versions[edit]

British actor Nigel Planer recorded this song as "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.

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