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Syd Barrett wrote this. One of the band's original members, he was the group's leader until he lost his mind. He did a lot of acid and became very unpredictable, sometimes refusing to play at shows. His band mates kicked him out in 1968.
Barrett claimed "Emily" was a girl he saw when he woke up one night after sleeping in the woods after a gig. It is unclear if she was a real person or a drug-induced hallucination.
This was Pink Floyd's second single. Their first was "Arnold Layne
Barrett did the slide guitar work on this song with a Zippo lighter (he used it as a slide, not to set the guitar on fire). (thanks, Steve - Laconia, NH)
David Gilmour was asked by the members of Pink Floyd to join the band to supplement the guitar work of the increasingly erratic Syd Barrett. For a brief time, Syd and David were both members of Pink Floyd at the same time. When Barrett's mental breakdown made it impossible for him to continue with the group, Gilmour became a permanent, contributing member in time for their second album, 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets. Syd Barrett contributed one track to that album, his last with Pink Floyd. Syd departed soon after that. (thanks, Joel - Chicago, IL)
The original title was "Games For May." They performed it live a few times before changing it.
This is an example of the Psychedelic sound Pink Floyd was known for. Over the next few years, they tried to lose the Psychedelic image because they wanted people to know there was much more to their music.
This was included on the 2001 Pink Floyd retrospective album, Echoes. The tracks flow seamlessly together.