I was reading the lyrics of a song called "Dominoes" by Syd Barett, and couldn't understand what he was trying to convey in this verse "Losing when my mind's astray"


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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about poetry / lyrics interpretation Nov 15, 2019 at 16:23
  • Also Syd Barrett's surname has two 'r' letters. Nov 15, 2019 at 17:03
  • which is why there is a lyrics tag Nov 15, 2019 at 17:50

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I do not know the song but I think if you consider it literally: He is playing a game of dominoes with his girlfriend but is pre-occupied with their failing relationship - his mind is on other things [gone astray]. As a result, he is not concentrating on the game and, as a result, he loses.

It could also be a metaphor for their relationship - perhaps he has not been paying his girlfriend much attention, possibly looking at other women - playing another game... and, as a result their relationship is failing and he is losing her love...

Go astray: Wander off the right path or subject; also, wander into evil or error.

  • Thankx Mikal...
    – NeilB
    Nov 15, 2019 at 17:02
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    Regarding Barrett's mind being 'astray', it is possibly relevant that he quit Pink Floyd after becoming increasingly mentally erratic, even by the standards of the time for rock stars. Nov 15, 2019 at 17:06

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