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Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.

Shine on you crazy diamond.
there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the cross fire of childhood and stardom,
Blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter, come on you stranger,
You legend, you martyr, and shine!

You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Treatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
Rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter,
You piper, you prisoner, and shine!

Nobody knows where you are, how near or how far.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Pile on many more layers and i'll be joining you there.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
And we'll bask in the shadow of yesterday's triumph,
And sail on the steel breeze.
Come on you boy child, you winner and loser,
Come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine!

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    PaleHearseMay 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    More haunting still, and I think this comes through in the origional recording, was that after not seeing Syd for quite some time he walked into the studio while they were recording this, of all songs.
    There is often an underlying theme of insanity and remorse of loss as well as a profound honoring of the past that is seen in many of the works of Pink Floyd. Probably why these tunes strike us so deeply. And will be around for as long as mankind recognizes these aspects of humanity.
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    UnregisteredFeb 4, 2014 at 7:14 am
    Beyond the obvious and well documented story of Syd Barrett, there is something magical about the spirit of these very personal lyrics (and music) that many of us relate to in our own way. A common theme in these posts is the desire to play this during a funeral. I myself have this same request when I go - and not that I see myself as a Syd Barrett type genius, but rather my own personal interpretation of the score - which to me starts at birth and musically describes a complete and complex life cycle. One of the most beautiful, artistic, soulful, and complex arrangements I have ever experienced. Hard to fully describe why it seems so meaningful to me. Along with the title track, some of Water's most elegant and heartfelt lyrics. Deeply personal between him and Syd - We're just two lost souls. Wish you were here.
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    UnregisteredDec 20, 2013 at 5:45 pm
    I just started studying this song. Within the three stanzas the steel breeze changes. First it was blown (involuntary, rought) then it was rode (voluntary yet rough) then it was Sail (voluntary, smooth).

    The three stanzas represent the Maturity of beautiful Crazy.
    Shine on suggesting the beautiful crazy mature further.
    Into something more Beautiful. More Crazy. More PINK.
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    UnregisteredSep 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm
    syd barret was a great artist and the whole album wish you were here was dedicated to him. in late 70s he was in depression due to the effect of psychedelic mind altering drugs like LSD and marijuana which altered his perception and he went mad after overdose, suffered from some random brain disease...
    roger's lyrics somehow matched with the guitar chords played by gilmour and soon they were recording it...
    once randomly syd appeared in the studio and when they were recording SOYCD roger asked him how was the song
    he was silent for a moment (kinda dumbstruck) later replied it sounds pretty old...
    SYD BARRET...nostalgia
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    UnregisteredJun 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm
    The terrible truth is that none of us should feel content in this life, only hope to ride the waves of insanity and keep afloat.
    After all if you can be truly content while there is a tsunami of death, suffering, corruption and evil washing over the world then you have become a part of that cruel narrow reality and insanity.
    That feeling is pretty much expressed in the comfortably numb lyrics, how we all conform to a lesser or greater degree and sell our souls in the process - unless you are crazy diamond of course.

    Extract from wish you were here;.

    Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
    Hot ashes for trees?
    Hot air for a cool breeze?
    Cold comfort for change?
    And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

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