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 – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 15 '19 at 16:23
  • Also Syd Barrett's surname has two 'r' letters. – Michael Harvey Nov 15 '19 at 17:03
  • which is why there is a lyrics tag – green_ideas Nov 15 '19 at 17:50

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.

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  • Thankx Mikal... – NeilB Nov 15 '19 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. – Michael Harvey Nov 15 '19 at 17:06

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