Apples And Oranges

Album: Shine On (1967)
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  • Got a flip-top pack of cigarettes in her pocket
    Feeling good at the top
    Shopping in sharp shoes
    Walking in the sunshine town
    Feeling very cool

    But the butchers and the bakers in the supermarket stores
    Getting everything she wants from the supermarket stores
    Apples and oranges
    Apples and oranges

    Cornering neatly she trips up sweetly
    To meet the people
    She's on time again
    And then
    I catch her by the eye
    Then I stop and have to think
    What a funny thing to do 'cause I'm feeling very pink
    Apples and oranges
    Apples and oranges

    I love, she
    She loves me
    See you
    See you
    See you

    Thought you might like to know
    I'm the lorry driver man
    She's on the run
    Down by the river side
    Feeding ducks by the afternoon tide
    Apples and oranges
    Apples and oranges
    Apples and oranges Writer/s: SYD BARRETT
    Publisher: T.R.O. INC.
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Comments: 17

  • Terry from Wickford, RiThe Beginning of the End for Syd. The golden boy of Floyd fails to deliver another hot single for the Floyd after the success of Arnold Layne and See Emily Play. The struggle begins here and culminates in the unreleasable tracks Scream Thy Last Scream and Vegetable Man before they draft in Gilmour and finally just stopped picking Syd up for gigs. That said, I love this song...
  • Tristan from Philadelphia, PaThis is a great song, didn't like it the first time through but a second listen really opened my eyes to the pleasant pyschadelia that was Syd. Its interesting that this song was sandwiched between his songs Jugband Blues and Vegetable Man, the latter one is very raw and out of control and the former is just as sad as it is thought provoking. Yet Apples and Oranges is a happy tune with a 'touch of Christmas' as Syd himself put it.
  • Roy from Granbania, MaI think the B-side of this song, Paintbox is a highly underrated song as well as Rick Wright's finest composition. It is very unique (like most early Floyd songs), and it would have fit in well on The Piper at the Gates of Dawn or A Saucerful of Secrets. I wish there was a songfacts page for that song.

    P.S. Syd Barrett is a legend.
  • Jason from Chicago, Ilat about 2:20 in the song,"thought u might like to know", sick refrence to sgt. peppers. Syd is a god.
  • Scott from Portland, OrI got this back in the early 80's on a French compilation. I think it's very catchy song with two alternating parts: Barrett and Wright singing the chorus slowly in harmony (although the "I love she! She loves me!" lyric is corny) and Barrett's screeching feedback guitar picking up the beat and making the verses rock. Waters said the song failed because Barrett didn't bother to tune his guitar but it's so distorted, it's hard to tell.
  • Omar from Sao Paulo, BrazilIn a documentary they say that Syd couldn't even move because he was on a really strong lsd trip. I once read that some of the Beatles played in this album. Is this true?
  • Ron from Almere, NetherlandsApples and Oranges was later covered by Paul Weller & The Jam. Weller admired Syd Barrett and the early Pink Floyd.
  • Angie from Jacksonville, FlI love this song. It's a shame that it's nearly impossible to find on CD.
  • Spencer from Los Angeles, CaI've never heard this song, it was never released on an album, was it? I have every Pink Floyd album on CD, and I don't recall ever hearing this one...I'm too young to have caught it if it had a short run in the 60s, so I wouldn't know about that.
  • Ryan from Plano, TxThis is a great song for the most part, but I really can't stand the feedback screech at the very end.
  • Pinkfloyd from Abbey Road, United StatesJust a little history. This record was a single that was never released in the u.s. it now sells for $100 because it is so rare
  • Tim from Lexington, KySyd's refusal to lip-synch to Apples and Oranges occurred on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. This clip is actually available on the trade circuit, as well as "The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story", part of which was shown on VH1 Legends and Britain's Omnibus. In that same documentary, Roger Waters does mention that Syd refused to lip-sync on the Pat Boone show. None of the official sources have ever mentioned Top of the Pops for this event.
  • Ash from Charleston, WvThat is a rather odd "Visual" song fact. Was that included to ensure that the reader knew what apples and oranges looked like?
  • Kent Lyle from Palo Alto, CaMy suspicion is that Waters rearranged this basic song structure somewhat to come up with "Corporal Clegg". The two have a sort of musical similarity to my ears.
  • Erik from Lund, Sweden1. Syd Barret claimed to have been following a pretty girl during her shopping trip, watching her buy fruit and then writing the song based on this.
    2. Regarding the statement regarding Syd's refusal to lip sync: on the Pat Boone Show in the US he was simply to stoned to even do that, so Waters had to do it.
    3. The single flopped which, according to several sources, was a great personal shock for Syd who already felt pressure to live up to the expectations of pop success.
  • Ben from Beaverton, OrPumpkins have a song with the same name
  • Corey from Dark Side Of The Moon, OtherThis one is a decent early-Floyd tune. My personal favorite song (not included on an album) off their early period is It Would Be So Nice.
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