06 Oct 2016

EFS & Arnold Layne

The Experimental Film Society is a luminous void and of course a seminal nightmare. Arnold Layne would have approved!

“Arnold Layne” is the debut single released by Pink Floyd on 10 March 1967, written by Syd Barrett. The song’s title character is a transvestite whose primary pastime is stealing women’s clothes and undergarments from washing lines.

“Arnold Layne had a strange hobby
Collecting clothes
Moonshine washing line
They suit him fine
On the wall hung a tall mirror
Distorted view, see through baby blue
Oh, Arnold Layne
It’s not the same, takes two to know
Two to know, two to know
Why can’t you see?
Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne

Now he’s caught – a nasty sort of person
They gave him time
Doors bang – chain gang – he hates it
Oh, Arnold Layne
It’s not the same, takes two to know
Two to know, two to know
Why can’t you see?
Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne, Arnold Layne

Don’t do it again”