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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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    Iquea CokleyFeb 27, 2013 at 9:59 am
    One of the best uses of music in a movie trailer, completely blew it out of the water, soulful music n violence are a potent combination.
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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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    Jace ClaryMay 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    this song... in fact the whole album was made in dedication to Keith barrett aka sid barrett the original lead guitarist for pink Floyd!
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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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