The Gnome

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"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 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. The lyrics ostensibly "came off the top [of Barrett's] head" during his earlier, richly creative period.[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.