Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Lyrics

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here Lyrics

Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in September 1975. Inspired by material the group composed while performing across Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded in numerous sessions at London’s Abbey Road Studios.

Some of the songs critique the music business, others express alienation, and “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a tribute to Syd Barrett, whose mental breakdown had forced him to leave the group seven years earlier. It was lead writer Roger Waters’ idea to split “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” into two parts and use it to bookend the album around three new compositions, introducing a new concept as the group had done with their previous album, The Dark Side of the Moon.

As with The Dark Side of the Moon, the band used studio effects and synthesizers, and brought in guest singers to supply vocals on some tracks of the album. These singers were Roy Harper, who provided the lead vocals on “Have a Cigar”, and The Blackberries, who added backing vocals to “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. The album became an instant commercial success and record company EMI was unable to print enough copies to satisfy demand.

Although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since been acclaimed by critics and appears on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have each cited Wish You Were Here as their favourite Pink Floyd album, and the album is widely regarded as the group’s magnum opus.

Wish You Were Here Lyrics

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skys 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 heros 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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