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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here lyrics

So you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell?
Blue skies from pain?

Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?

Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?

Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage

How I wish
How I wish you were here

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year

Running over the same old ground
What have we found?
The same old fears
Wish you were here

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  • l
    Tiptonj you're just way off from the meaning of the song. You know nothing. He wrote this song about his "BEST" friend "Syd Barrett ". One of the founding members of pinkfloyd. He did have a drug addiction but he didn't die from it, he just got mentally ill. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2006. He also quit the band or was no longer part of Pinkfloyd in 68. The entire album "Wish you Were Here" referers to his feeling of Syd Barrett. Stop believing the media, and read what the f*****g composer richard wright said. You people know s*t.
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  • u
    Don't get lost in the games we play status, religion and materialism. Remember to be amazed at the beauty of all creation and your place in it. Marvel at how small you are and how ignorant before being astonished at how easy it is to walk while massively complex in detail. Stay together if you can. Enjoy this world with the ones you care about. What else could there ever be?
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  • u
    I watched the Wish You Were Here documentary a few years back, and Roger Waters, who wrote the lyrics, in an interview said it was about the person you were and the person you could be. On the album, it was Shine On You Crazy Diamond that was written for Syd Barrett, not Wish You Were Here. However, David Gilmour, who sings the song, in another interview, said that when he sings it, he sings it with Syd in mind. So whilst it wasn't originally written for Syd Barrett, it was sung for him.
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  • t
    Whlle I do think a lot of Floyd's songs were influenced by what happened to Syd i.e. "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", "Brain Damage", "Comfortably Numb", to name a few. I am convinced "Wish You Were Here", is more in keeping with "Another Brick in the Wall", in that it was a direct bash at the '50s and '60s British education system, which I can also relate to. A lot of the bully male teachers in those days had seen military service in WW2, and brought their regimented ideas into the classroom. The key lines "walk on part in the war" is self explanatory if you subscribe to my theory, as is the next line. The "wish you were here" part is sarcasm, they wish their teachers were here to see the fruits of their violent teaching. If you think this a load of..., just listen to the little intro before the guitar starts the song. I think most of the other lines were fill ins and poetic license.
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  • e
    What's it about? Who cares, it's good freaking music, period! Anyone can interpret music to fit their own meaning, that's what makes a good record identifiable because it has multiple meanings to those who listen to it and those who wrote it. I doubt it's about Syd Barrett because the band members aren't psychoanalysts now are they?
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