The Scarecrow is a song by Pink Floyd on their 1967 debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, though it first appeared as the B-side of their second single “See Emily Play” (as “Scarecrow”) two months before. It was written by Syd Barrett and recorded in March 1967.
The song contains nascent existentialist themes, as Barrett compares his own existence to that of the scarecrow, who, while “sadder” is also “resigned to his fate”. Such thematic content would later become a mainstay of the band’s lyrical imagery. The song contains a baroque, psychedelic folk instrumental section consisting of 12-string acoustic guitar and cello.
Record Company: Columbia Records
Catalog Number: DB 8214
Matrix: 7XCA 30214-1 HL 1 KT / 7XCA 30215-1 HA 3 KT (both stamped) (solid center)