Wish You Were Here

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  1. Luciana Nechita Says:

    Syd Barrett

    Syd Barrett’s music and time with the group left a deep impression on Pink Floyd’s music. Virtually every album is centered on Barrett.

    So this is how it happens:

    …from the record company, we follow the radio waves through the building until we end up in a squeaky radio in a rather empty room. This is the room where Syd lives now: a bed, a table, a chair, a fridge, and a radio. We can hear coughing: this is Dave Gilmour actually coughing. When he heard the recording, he immediately decided to quit smoking!

    Syd walks around (we can hear the stereo shift), and then he changes the channel. After some trial and error, he finds his favorite radio station, playing a song he knows. He gets his guitar and starts jamming with the radio. Now, we enter his dreamworld: he is actually there, with the band he left so many years ago.

    In fact, Syd actually did show up while Pink Floyd was recording Wish You Were Here: he had become bald and fat, and no-one recognized him until Peter Jenner (the band’s manager) walked in and said: ‘My God, it’s Syd!’. Syd told them that he wanted to visit his old mates now that they had become a successful rock band. They asked him if he wanted to join, but he refused.

    So, 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?

    And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees?
    Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change?
    And 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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