In a recent biography of Syd Barrett, titled, A Very Irregular Head, the following passage talks about Syd’s interest in authors who had suffered the loss of a parent at an early age, particularly Edward Lear, Kenneth Grahame, Hilaire Belloc, and Charles Dodgson:
These absences had an undeniable impact on each author’s creative life. Certain themes recur throughout their work directly as a result of these early traumatic losses. Disembodied identity, a dream-like sense of the self in limbo without place or purpose, rootlessness, restlessness, rejection, detachment, escapism, retreat into imaginary worlds, the past recounted in reverie, the lost grandeur of classicism and antiquity, faded or unreachable Arcadia, protracted childhood and the potency of myth -- all crop up time and time again and in many guises, as they do through Syd Barrett’s songs.
In my case, it's the lost grandeur of Frontier Village in San Jose.