Pink Floyd — Wish You Were Here
Album: Wish You Were Here
Avg rating:
9.2

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Total ratings: 4996
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Released: 1975
Length: 5:07
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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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So love this album.  Fitting tribute to my cousin.  Played as we walked into his funeral.  So many singing it, with tears in their eyes.
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Maybe I accidently hit the PSD button and stepped into this "I wish I could rate it an 11" track just now, and I am NOT complaining.  In fact, I logged on specifically to shout out to BillG and THANK YOU for offering a LOSSLESS format on the Android App....and how fitting that one of the first songs I hear with the new setting is one of my 11 11-rated songs.  SUPER AWESOME, and LONG LIVE RP!!
not just for this song, but for all your great songs you play. grate work!!!! I love it
Fantastic group and fantastic songs 
I always wonder if a band, while recording a legendary album, recognizes what they're doing. Did they feel this, and not feel it when they did Division Bell? What did they feel? Why didn't they stop, rethink it, and try again? (This isn't about the presence of Waters, but the idea that a band might recognize that the planets had aligned for this moment, allowing them to make great art. You could ask the same question of Peter Gabriel making So and then making Scratch my Back.)
Just saw Waters Us & Them show last week - AMAZING - highly recommended.
Yes, I still wish you were here.
This. Entire. Album.{#Notworthy}
And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?
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 {#Clap}gedhickman wrote:
11

 


{#Cheers}
Awesomeness 
They are few and far between................IMHO.....this is 11....
11
{#Sunny}
 Bert7 wrote:
Classic...

 
Thats true! Always a 10 from Germany!
Classic...
There is actually the slightest little smidgin of life in this one. Damn, there is actually even the slightest little teensy weensy bit of human emotion as well. A rare thing from The Void. They musta woke up and realize they missed the guy.
pink floyd the division bell would be good
When you first learn the guitar, and someone teaches you the opening stanza, you feel on top of the world. Easy to play, and oh so cool. Good one RP.
 musicforme wrote:
Wish you were playing Danny Gatton, please give PF a rest and thank you for the PSD button.

 
You have your PDS button and we enjoying Pink Floyd! Isn't nice, there is something for every one. 

Love this! {#Clap}{#Meditate}{#Notworthy} 
Wish you were playing Danny Gatton, please give PF a rest and thank you for the PSD button.
well said skooba
That vote histogram says it all.
Hi Bill how about playing Bettye Lavette's version from The British Rock Songbook.It's brilliant.
Wish rating scale went to 11.
Seriously, this hasn't been played since Jan 11th?? Great to hear it now :)
not only perfect song, but sadly perfect timing...

we all wish you were here, Mr Bowie


Perfect 11
I wish Robert S. McNamara was still here.  His perspective is missed.  
 sirtezza wrote:
Far too much Pink Floyd here. Tired dull old shit that is SO ANNOYINGLY OVERRATED !!
So much great music out there, so little time.
 
I agree.  There is so much great music out there.  This just happens to be better than 99.99% of it.  Happy Holidays, and may you have a healthy and prosperous New Year!    {#Cheers}
 sirtezza wrote:
Far too much Pink Floyd here. Tired dull old shit that is SO ANNOYINGLY OVERRATED !!
So much great music out there, so little time.
 
..no... 
 I use my one 11 for this.  {#Music}

ckcotton wrote:

I need this ALL THE TIME!

One of the best songs ever written 

 


You gotta love hearing the fingers scratching on the guitar strings on the first eight bars.

Damn the sound mixing board....pure, unadulterated RnR straight ahead, captain! 
 For the sake of saving the lost Citizen Kane, I rather find this pretty surprising and aftermath long-lasting.
Claudia ich liebe dich
 coloradojohn wrote:
Reminds me of my 3 months in the Amiata region of Tuscany. As I hiked and biked the local hills, this song was in my head, and really stayed there. I sang it to myself. Then one night at a local gathering at a wine bar, a band started to play it; they didn't know the words, spotted me, saw a spark in my eye, and next thing I knew, they asked me to sing. I was taken aback, but, wow, what synchronicity The Universe exhibits sometimes! After all, I was prepared — I'd been rehearsing it all along. Apparently, I nailed it. I felt as if it was not me singing it; the voice of The Music took over; it felt like when making pottery in Ishikawa, or climbing a mountain, or dancing in a frenzy...

 
Wow, what a nice moment for you. Thank you to share:-).
 coloradojohn wrote:
Reminds me of my 3 months in the Amiata region of Tuscany. As I hiked and biked the local hills, this song was in my head, and really stayed there. I sang it to myself. Then one night at a local gathering at a wine bar, a band started to play it; they didn't know the words, spotted me, saw a spark in my eye, and next thing I knew, they asked me to sing. I was taken aback, but, wow, what synchronicity The Universe exhibits sometimes! After all, I was prepared — I'd been rehearsing it all along. Apparently, I nailed it. I felt as if it was not me singing it; the voice of The Music took over; it felt like when making pottery in Ishikawa, or climbing a mountain, or dancing in a frenzy...

 
Nice...living well man!
 rharvey658 wrote:

I believe this is sound effects to create the illusion that Gilmour is listening to himself on a bad radio (maybe AM), and then starts to play along (when the guitar sounds clearer). You can hear him clear his throat right before he starts to play.  Just my guess.

 
I read somewhere that David revealed that he had recorded the AM radio tuning and interfearence noises in his Ford Cortina.

I would love to know what Derick had thought of this "star nonsence".
Bill, 

I notice you've been playing a lot of Pink Floyd lately.  Whatever you did to tweak your playlist algorithm, well done, man.   
need to play the parts 6 - 9 now, PF should never be in bite sized pieces, they said that themselves.
Syd died 9 years ago TODAY!
 coloradojohn wrote:
Reminds me of my 3 months in the Amiata region of Tuscany. As I hiked and biked the local hills, this song was in my head, and really stayed there. I sang it to myself. Then one night at a local gathering at a wine bar, a band started to play it; they didn't know the words, spotted me, saw a spark in my eye, and next thing I knew, they asked me to sing. I was taken aback, but, wow, what synchronicity The Universe exhibits sometimes! After all, I was prepared — I'd been rehearsing it all along. Apparently, I nailed it. I felt as if it was not me singing it; the voice of The Music took over; it felt like when making pottery in Ishikawa, or climbing a mountain, or dancing in a frenzy...

 
I love coloradojohn's trips back to beautiful experiences, thank you for posting them Dude! big smiles each time, now that's COOL : )
 Will62 wrote:

Sorry Lazarus - the "it's" is a contraction, not a possessive. So the apostrophe stays. And that is the last point of Sweet Virginia's (apostrophe denoting possession) post with which I agree. The term "All Time Classic" gets bandied about a little easily but not in this case

 

Nope... it is a possessive its which means it should not have its apostrophe and it should be its... the apostrophe is only for a contraction of it is to it's... hope life is grand for you right this minute, Will62...

miss you, Buster... wish you were here, brother...


Reminds me of my 3 months in the Amiata region of Tuscany. As I hiked and biked the local hills, this song was in my head, and really stayed there. I sang it to myself. Then one night at a local gathering at a wine bar, a band started to play it; they didn't know the words, spotted me, saw a spark in my eye, and next thing I knew, they asked me to sing. I was taken aback, but, wow, what synchronicity The Universe exhibits sometimes! After all, I was prepared — I'd been rehearsing it all along. Apparently, I nailed it. I felt as if it was not me singing it; the voice of The Music took over; it felt like when making pottery in Ishikawa, or climbing a mountain, or dancing in a frenzy...
From my programming days....

How I wish, how I wish i had a beer
We're just two programmers coding in a cubicle, line after line,
Running over the same old code.
What have we found?
The same old bugs.
Wish i had a beer.
There's nothin like hearing fingers scratching the strings...no over production, no filtering, etc.

This is real music...you can tell a smile from a veil.