Peter Jenner (via fortruthisalwaysstrange)
—- I have never gotten that feeling when I listen to Jugband Blues. I’ve always heard it as “thanks a lot for kicking me out of my own band assholes.” people always want to make it sad. maybe it was, I wasn’t there. to me the lyrics are what people are saying to him, about him. the first lines make it obvious. to me this song is not at all the depressing end point people like to make it out to be. this isn’t a song about being schizophrenic, it’s about being someone who keeps being told something is wrong with him, that he’s going off the deep end, people are telling him he’s gone too far and he’s over when really his ideas are better than everyone else’s. and he’s got a band but they’re kicking him out and I would imagine he was pretty pissed about it. and jugband blues says sarcastically thanks a lot I appreciate you informing me how messed up I am, how could I have ever gone on without you bringing it to my attention? and if I’m so fucking crazy then how is it that I wrote this song? you can attempt to take control of my appearance and the way I conduct myself but I think I am doing fine on my own. this song is not him breaking down and giving up. this song is him being forced to by other people who don’t understand where he’s at. like I said I wasn’t there. I don’t know any of these people or what syd was really like. everyone’s shared the concerns they say they had for him. but what if the whole time they just didn’t understand him and his ideas. clearly he was still having them. he wasn’t brain dead and they talk about him like he was. but if syd was so messed up and so unmanageable and impossible to deal with then why didn’t he end up dead a few years later like most others? of course that doesn’t always have to be the end result. but as it is I stand firm in believing that he knew exactly what he was doing with this song and it wasn’t admitting schizophrenia.
Wow Erin.. you hit the nail on the head. Well said. I agree 100%. Syd saw that he was getting kicked out of his own band so towards the end he fucked with them a lot. The Have You Got It Yet sessions- He kept changing the song and saying “have you got it yet?”
I wrote a whole paper on just this. Syd did know. And his “band mates” might see it as a strange coincidence, but Syd was far from stupid. It wasn’t self diagnosed schizophrenia he was writing about, it was about betrayal that any person, sane or not, would feel if they were in his shoes. And as a person with his talents, and his genius, he expressed it in the only way he knew how. His music.