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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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    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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    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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    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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    It is about syd barret and his drug use/mental illness. He's inquiring, rhetorically, if syd can tell the difference between living and existing. In his 'shell' (either his earlier drug induced 1 or his later mental illness) does he know what's going on. Did the drugs get him to trade a fake reality with nothing good for him, hot ashes etc for real pleasures, like trees, a cool breeze. By choosing drugs, did he exchange reality and it's difficulties we all must face (walk on part in a war: life's struggles) for a lead roll (full time) in a cage. A cage of isolation the drugs/illness put him in. Now, though I'm sure all of the floyd members probably used drugs but none the epic use like syd, the rock stars, pink floyd, are living in a fishbowl of fame, while syd is living in a fishbowl of people thinking that he was a wasted of talent and a genius gone mad. For sure all of the albums have meaning, saying they don't proves you know nothing about their creativity. These guys used a fire extinguisher as sleeve art for the album and also used one in the studio because they admired the sound. Deep. And living, you are correct. Syd left well before the 80's, so I dunno how someone could have met them in the 80's at msg.
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    I worked backstage as a stage hand in a large city which was frequented by Pink Floyd over the past 30 years. I know nothing of what his true feelings for the lyricks of the song meen because musicians by my account rarely if ever tell anyone the whole or real truth as to what a song was written about, or who, or for what real reason. I was lucky I met Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, Richard Wright and the other mebers of the band once many years ago at Madison Square Gardens, after a show in the early 80s. Unfortunately they did not tell me or everyone else why, who and what each song was about.
    No one really knows except the writer and he likely has many stories for who and why, depending on who asks and his mood at that moment.
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