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Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd Lyrics


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?

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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Written by: David Gilmour, Roger Waters

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Meshal Al-Harbi

This song was written as a tribute to Syd Barrett, an old member of the group.
He was caught on LSDs that some suggested it was his secret for his peculiar beats and lyrics that basically looked like it’s coming from some unknown realms!

This had a massive impact on the band as they were thriving, releasing originals instead of doing covers in that era.

But also was very self-destructive for Barrett’s as he was publicly unpredictable.
Detuned his guitar once on stage and stared catatonically that the band had to abort the tour.

Later, he was fired and replaced by David Gilmour.

Now read the lyrics again..
“Wished you were here..”

To the man who helped them off-the-ground into big main events like now..

“Did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?!!”

A direct message to him as he chose to replace the comfort life into something more exciting, something new.. using drugs..

“Did you exchange
A walk-on part in the war
For a leading role in a cage?”



Silvia Agolino

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 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.



Dan K

Peter, your heartfelt wish hit me in the gut. Hard.
I feel you so much, brother -man, including the hurt and lonliness of your loss. I am made to think of my mum whom I lost suddenly. It's been many years but can still leave me feeling hopeless, sad, unanchored.

I have no easy answers, I won't be facile. But I bet the person you lost would be pained to see you be engulfed in the loss.

Do not. Get up, get out and live. Lean on family, good friends, anonymous internet strangers and seek spiritual answers and comfort, if so inclined. If not, then perhaps you may benefit from therapy. Or not.

But try it all, try everthing. (Within reason)

Peter, my deepest condolences to you. I wish I get it but know that is not helpful and I wish I had something more concrete for you.

Hang tough, keep trying and from my heart, God Bless You.



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prem neupane

Stop asking who’s still listening, we never stop listening

PEACE

Nimits

It's not true

Amal🥀

Prem are you an indian

Transcending Butterfly

We are all here because we can identify this song as our own. When I hear this song it takes me to a deeper state in which my brother was still alive. The more I need him I am here listening to the powerful anthem of pain and loss. Just like he lost him to insanity and can feel that same pain. Nothing worse than loving someone who is no longer with you. Namaste

Angela Fardo

Nevarrrrrr!

Atheist trying to live by christian values

peace brother

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Kelly Smith

Although my best friend passed in 2016, I can still hear him playing this on his guitar like it was yesterday. That's the beauty of music...a doorway to memories, good and bad. RIP, Albert...

MR COMENTTOE

Sorry about your friend I think the song will always remind us of our friends I think somehow we'll be hearing the soundtrack we're on our way to heaven cuz it's like the soundtrack of my life

Daniel Proulx

Perfect

Vamirion

Rest in peace Albert. Im really sorry to hear that. I hope you're doing fine. I wish you all the luck on this world for the rest of your life and beyond.

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