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Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond lyrics

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

Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now 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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  • l
    We used this song as the background to a slideshow of pictures after my son's death. My son was brilliant but schizophrenia threw his life into chaos. He then became a I. V. Drug user, had multiple blood borne and other infections that cause his heart valve to fail, at the age of 36. He has asked his sister that this be played for him if he should go first. I know it's not written for my son but it surely seems like it was written for someone like him.
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    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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  • u
    I'm lost--lost in a world that I don't understand. I try desperately to understand it, and help heal, transform and create in it, but the more I understand, the darker and deeper the conspiracy against me seems to get. I don't know how to understand anything, except thru my imagination, but what was once my greatest asset is now my enemy's strongest weapon. I long for clarity. I am clear like a diamond, but multi-faceted, but if you look at each facet, you will see it is clear, and that all the competing and contrasting facets only adds to brilliance and beauty. I wish to share this brilliant multi-faceted diamond with you, in a partnership of forever, whatever that means in this reality I don't understand. It already has been forever, but I want to heal all the hurt and pain and misunderstanding. I want to explain, one facet at a time, as the light shines on them, what each facet means, and how such different facets can come tegether to make a beuatiful gem that never bores or becomes stale or predictable. Love me as I am, give me a chance, talk to me and let me show reveal to you, one facet at a time, this crazy diamond.
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  • u
    The meaning is clear; they lost a brave, lost, searching, deep, sad, important to the world creator of beauty; prisoner of himself, caught between childhood and stardom- I've never been in the childhood/stardom zone, but have been many of the other places- (without the unbelievable creativity he had). I am in recovery; just wishing I didn't hafta be today for a minute, clean 28 years out of the last 30; where is all the meaning? I love what syd made, I hate what took him. And I loved the same addiction I hate.
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    You are going to be a martyr whether you want to, or not. In your final moments you will be reborn into immortality as a legend if you desire it. Become the diamond you were destined to be. Be in love with death. Because, to live in this world, you must look forward to the end through the eyes of the insane to maintain your sanity. It's the only choice you've got. Romance your inner necromancer. For you are a prisoner, and never doubt it.
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