Terrapin (song)
"Terrapin" is a song by Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett
Syd Barrett , born Roger Keith Barrett, was an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and painter, best remembered as a founding member of the band Pink Floyd. He was the lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter during the band's psychedelic years, providing major musical and stylistic...

 that appears as the first track off his first solo album The Madcap Laughs
The Madcap Laughs
The Madcap Laughs is an album by British singer/songwriter Syd Barrett, released on 3 January 1970. It was his first solo album after being replaced in the band Pink Floyd by his old school friend David Gilmour.- History :...

and is notably the sole representative from that album that appears on The Peel Session. The song's arrangement is sparse, like much of the album, and features only acoustic and electric guitar accompaniment to the vocals.

The song has been covered by Phish
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, The Smashing Pumpkins
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, Marc and the Mambas
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, as well as David Gilmour
David Gilmour
David Jon Gilmour, CBE, D.M. is an English rock musician and multi-instrumentalist who is best known as the guitarist, one of the lead singers and main songwriters in the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has worked as a producer for a variety of...

, who featured the song on the live album David Gilmour in Concert
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The Syd Barrett Appreciation Society titled its official magazine Terrapin (published from 1972–1976), in tribute to the song.
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