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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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    LivingDeadAliveDec 18, 2008 at 5:07 am
    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 didnt 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 FUCKING COMPOSER RICHARD WRIGHT SAID. You people know shit.
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    Saucy1888JackMay 27, 2008 at 2:32 am
    I love this song because it reminds me of my dad and how much I miss him. He was a huge Pink Floyd fan, as I am, and we both would just sit around and listen to LAV. Pink Floyd Power!!
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    UnregisteredAug 17, 2012 at 12:12 am
    I think of my brother who took his life a few years back... That's what this song means to me. Dl
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    UnregisteredJan 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    Wish you were here is a song of many faces to many people. that what so great about it. the artist used his words to convey feelings everyone could intrepid along with his feeling at that time. A lost friend or lover, Father or mother, or someone special to them. It could of been even a war of some type that caused a loss mentally or physically. Can any one of us really tell. Say your in love and its heaven that all we see at first our heart is filled with joy then something happens to change this and with out warning you feel like hell a broken heart a death etc. At that moment in time you couldn't tell if this would happen. Take the verse Can you tell a green field From a cold steel rail? Answer no because you may of thought that the grass was greener over the hill but instead it turned out to be just as cold as the side were you started from. No matter how you intrepid it. the song is showing us you wish you could go back and change things or see it coming before it happens. I too wish someone was here.
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    UnregisteredJul 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm
    Face the existential problem; engage honestly with reality or retreat into dissociated 'comfort' (choose 'the walk on part in the war' not 'the lead role in a cage') - do you think you can tell?

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