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Pink Floyd — Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Album: Wish You Were Here
Avg rating:
9.2

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Total ratings: 8926









Released: 1975
Length: 13:17
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom,
blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!
You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!
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 misterbearbaby wrote:
The Crazy Diamons
The Crazy Diamond


Syd Barrett?
 slates13 wrote:


Also 61 and I also think this is one of if not the best Pink Floyd number.  Whole album is in my top 10 along w/Dark Side.  I remember when I first heard this album in my middle school days.  Nothing like it then nor now!
64 here and I remember the 8 track I purchased whilst in High School. One of my first 3 CDs I purchased at National Record Mart (RIP). 

The sax solo.....how it just soars.

The big 3, DSOTM,  WYWH and Animals.

What!  Again!  Had stop and listen!  This has to have the most perfect opening couple of mins - thanks to RW and that's BEFORE the guitar comes in - a couple of mins of DG perfection and then even more RW and eventually the vocal!!

Thank you PF and thank you Radio Paradise
EPIC...
Yeah, it may have become cliche, overplayed, the whole lot.

But the fact is, there is nothing better than the classic era of Pink Floyd. They are musical bliss. This shit is transcendent. How did they do this? Again and again?  This band has so many songs that force you to drop everything and just get lost in it for the duration. The first time, or the thousandth time.

10, 10, 10.
 paloeguevo wrote:


More than that, how can you listen to RP and give this a 1? I understand it might not be of your liking, but give it a 1? Maybe I think too high of my fellow radioparadisers. Classics cannot be put into a scale, that's what makes a classic a classic


So, maybe they accidentally rated it 1, trying to make it an 11: and got truncated. This masterpiece is clearly deserving of the notional "11"
 paloeguevo wrote:

I feel so sorry for the 83 people that gave this masterpiece a 1.



They're all happy over there at the home.
 rockroll360 wrote:

R.I.P. - The last song played on the night Progressive Radio WBCN 104.1 in Boston, Massachusetts , was this classic by Floyd. This song said it all for it's 41 years on the air.

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun
Shine on you crazy diamond
Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky
Shine on you crazy diamond
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom
Blown on the steel breezeCome on you target for faraway laughter
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shineYou reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon
Shine on you crazy diamond
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light
Shine on you crazy diamond
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision
Rode on the steel breezeCome on you raver, you seer of visions
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine

WBCN signed off for the last time at 104.1 
July 29, 2009

P.S. Just for kicks "I Feel Free' by Cream was the 1st song back in March 15th, 1968 on Freeform WBCN 104.1. 



Heard that final broadcast live, recorded it, then lost the recording. 

Highly recommended: Carter Allen's history of the station, "Radio Free Boston."
Genius...
Totally Epic. 
 scrubbrush wrote:

Interesting how this track is simply named "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" on RP when it is, technically, just parts 1 through 5 of the full two-track "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".... I would argue that RP should either play all 9 parts under the  "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" title or rename this  track to include "parts  1-5" in the title


And I would argue that you should get out more
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Don't be so hard on yourself.



My brother passed away a few years ago and one of his close friends wrote a beautiful eulogy, taking the tone of this song and changing up the words to personalise it. 
My brother was a muso and this was a fitting tribute for sure. 
 timmus wrote:
Just for the record, 98 people gave this a "1".  I'm very curious what would lead someone to rate this the worst on the scale.

Brain Damage?
A deep and unfaltering love for the music of Michael Bolton?
Okay - you win - heard those perfect opening notes and just HAD to stop - turn up the volume and listen - Thanks RP
 jjbchansen159 wrote:

Great song,  but maybe play some lesser played Floyd songs?



More Floyd in general is always a good thing...
Obviously a 10, absolutely a 10.
Imprinted in my brain!! What a great time it was-an absolutely great song - thank‘s Bill for remember …!!!
Great song,  but maybe play some lesser played Floyd songs?
The last song WBCN played in 2009 after thirty-nine years on the air as The Rock of Boston, before fading to static. When I went to look for a cover image to recommend Carter Allen's book on the history of the station I found a SECOND book devoted to the subject, this one by Bill Lichtenstein!

Is there any other rock station that's ever rated TWO books celebrating its legendary status? Hardcover, no less!
This was the golden age.  When a new Floyd album was released the (formerly) cool FM station would play it first to last, and my girl and I would be lying in front of the fire with candles around and the lights off sipping wine.  
Of course then one year we were hanging out with a new one that seemed off, and when the snotty nosed brats started their whining the lights came on, the radio want off, and I moved past them.  (but later albums were still excellent!)
 memoryboxer wrote:

And to think Gilmour was 29 when he wrote this.  What were we all doing at 29? I certainly wasn't carving a permanent niche in the pantheon of music (or anything else for that matter).  Godlike indeed. 


What a wonderful example of his feelings about Syd...
my daily dose of the Floyd! Thanks Bill!
Timeless
The lyrics are great...and they are the worse part of the song.
 timmus wrote:
Just for the record, 98 people gave this a "1".  I'm very curious what would lead someone to rate this the worst on the scale.


More than that, how can you listen to RP and give this a 1? I understand it might not be of your liking, but give it a 1? Maybe I think too high of my fellow radioparadisers. Classics cannot be put into a scale, that's what makes a classic a classic
This is song is actually shorter than it should
its a clarion call 

maybe to be virtuous
oh my...

those first four guitar notes

Ill see you after this song brings me back
Just for the record, 98 people gave this a "1".  I'm very curious what would lead someone to rate this the worst on the scale.
 maxvonevil wrote:



Yes, unfortunately it does.


If only the next song was allowed to fade in. 
Head phones are a must!
Listening while working  at home and can't resist stopping and just cranking this up!  Some songs just get imprinted on your brain. 
 sylvaincorneau wrote:

This song is probably my preferred one since so many years. I’m 61 now and still have so much impact on my feelings. Thanks Radio Paradise



Also 61 and I also think this is one of if not the best Pink Floyd number.  Whole album is in my top 10 along w/Dark Side.  I remember when I first heard this album in my middle school days.  Nothing like it then nor now!
This song is probably my preferred one since so many years. I’m 61 now and still have so much impact on my feelings. Thanks Radio Paradise
One hundred years from now, when we're long gone, I am confident that this song will still be relevant then as it is now.  Can't say there are too many songs / albums from the today's music, that will have this kind of impact that this song / album has had.   I rediscover it every time I hear it.  Thank You RP.
Pure blues
 Chwkbud wrote:
does it ever...end?


Sadly, yes 😉
Ok. It’s a “10” now. I was 19, and this was my world.
 paloeguevo wrote:

I feel so sorry for the 83 people that gave this masterpiece a 1.




Agreed, but as of right now there are 97 ones, and 5105 tens !!  

R.I.P. - The last song played on the night Progressive Radio WBCN 104.1 in Boston, Massachusetts , was this classic by Floyd. This song said it all for it's 41 years on the air.

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun
Shine on you crazy diamond
Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky
Shine on you crazy diamond
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom
Blown on the steel breezeCome on you target for faraway laughter
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shineYou reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon
Shine on you crazy diamond
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light
Shine on you crazy diamond
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision
Rode on the steel breezeCome on you raver, you seer of visions
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine

WBCN signed off for the last time at 104.1 
July 29, 2009

P.S. Just for kicks "I Feel Free' by Cream was the 1st song back in March 15th, 1968 on Freeform WBCN 104.1. 

Stops me in my tracks every time it comes on.
Wow.

Today is New Year's Eve. 

Late afternoon. Dark and cloudy. Rain and snow coming down. 

Hark...there is the clarion call from Pink Floyd. It will explain it all. 

  
THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE ALBUMS that I used to put on, intending to flip and hear every bit of it, hungrily soaking up the feelings that it induced. To me, this band, in all its phases, was staggeringly good at creating a powerful spell within every song within an album with a concept within a Universe of entirely Floydian co-ordinates that I can never resist diving all the way into, so that I may receive the benefits of some kind of quantum transformation, every time. I loved their unflinching willingness to be as vulnerable, as passionate, and as artistic in their music as possible, in every way, at every level. I love that I can still have all those feelings come and carry me away from the madness of the world, as always was, is now, and ever shall be, thanks to RP. Amen.
8,379 ratings - more than 5,000 of them are "10". That says something about how this music affects many of us.
GREAT TUNE!  
First time on weed. 14 y.o. steering at this white celing. I still can asure that each reef turns into ligth crossing the white emptyness. I was with my best friend who passed away this year. I havn't had a puff (or sip) in 27 years. And I still can see the light on each cord.
I have to say "Echoes" is my favorite Floyd song but I have enjoyed much of their compilations. 
Sublime.
Also, my personal favourite album cover.
Interesting that this song and Wish You Were Here are both tributes to Syd Barrett. They both seem to have such tremendous affection for him.
This record is a big part of the soundtrack of my childhood. It was one of a handful of 8 track tape's on rotation in my room in high school...timeless!!!
 25demayo wrote:

In great company as one of the top 3 rated songs on RP. A mere 0.013 separates them.

Jimi Hendricks- All Along The Watchtower 9.652
Beethoven- Moonlight Sonata 9.65
Pink Floyd- Shine On You Crazy Diamond 9.639



Nice to see in 2021 that this masterpiece is still at the top of RP's Top Classics, second only to Wish You Were Here, another PF masterpieces. That's pretty darn impressive!
 spensnook wrote:

I remember perfectly when i listen this song for the first time! I remember when i was young more than 35 years ago and shine like the sun! I remember the chills down the spine. Today happens the same. Thank you Pink Floyd!

Ditto - in the school dormitory when Nicky Horne (Capital Radio - Your Mother Wouldn't Like It) played it in its entirety a week before its release, after quipping on the track before 'set your (recording) volume levels up now'... Mindblowing then on an AM transistor radio (can't call it a tranny now...!) under the bedclothes - still magical. The perfect answer to 'how do you follow DSOTM?'

Sublime. Just sublime.
Me too - still get the chills when those four notes sing out!
I remember perfectly when i listen this song for the first time! I remember when i was young more than 35 years ago and shine like the sun! I remember the chills down the spine. Today happens the same. Thank you Pink Floyd!
The most perfet opening for a track - heard it, STOPPED working, and enjoyed!
Clearly Pink Floyd's Magnum Opus!
 smorgan wrote:

I can’t listen to this and not feel just a wee bit stoned. Remembering the huge Koss headphones from my young days. Happy times



Koss Pro Triple A's...?-) Best worn with a neck brace...Those suckers were hefty...

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
I love this track.  Shine on Syd wherever you are in the universe. 
How can one describe how good this song is? Doesn’t matter how many times its played still is awesome
This deserves an easy 10, but that leaves me with a dilemma. I can't rate "Wish you were here" with an 11. 
 Chwkbud wrote:
does it ever...end?


If you were ever making out to this, you wouldn't want it to end
One of those  - STOP whatever you're doing, turn up the volume and ENJOY and remember passed family and friends - thanks again Bill
 Chwkbud wrote:
does it ever...end?



Yes, unfortunately it does.
The curious thing about this album or any of its tracks, is that I had never heard of them before I first heard them here on RP some 15 years ago. Around the turn of the millennium this album seemed to have slipped out of the collective consciousness where I lived, and Pink Floyd was only really known for Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.

Of course shortly after being exposed to it here on RP, I bought this album without hesitation. To be honest, I think it is PF's finest work ever. Everything about it is outstanding, from the writing, the lyrics, the execution, to the production and even the album cover.

It seems that others also rediscovered this album shortly after me, because now each local “Top 100 of All Time” chart will contain either this track or Wish You Were Here (or both) in its top 10, and deservedly so.
Es una obra, sentida, hermosa, profunda, es delicioso escucharla en cualquier momento,  en cualquier lugar, un buen día Radio Paradise
does it ever...end?
 NickDanger wrote:

Must stop work, turn up volume, lean back in my chair, and remember when I was young, listening to this album...



Recognizable! Agree!!
 sqqqrly wrote:

In 200 years:

Will RP still be playing with an android BillG running the playlists and  announcing songs with comments?   

I can imagine an occasional android dog barking in the virtual background.


For the future of mankind, I hope so.
One the most classic pieces of all time.  Goosies all over.
I hear a Clarion Bell!!!!
When this came out I shone like a diamond. Now I glow like a dying ember.
Possibly the most over-rated band in the world? They'd be great to see playing down your local but I fail to see what all the fiuss is about...
One of my favorite tracks ever from any band!!!! 
unbelievably, I know people who don’t rate PF. They obviously haven’t heard this track.
 JeriF wrote:

Damn near perfect.




Exactly what could be improved to make it perfect? Sounds perfect to me...
 treatment_bound wrote:

Remember WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG?



Yes I do.  I laughed much louder
The Pink Floyd were a phenomenon.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Who is this Bee Thoven dude? Never heard of  'im.
Probably some third rate guitarist from Blue Oyster Cult.



 25demayo wrote:

In great company as one of the top 3 rated songs on RP. A mere 0.013 separates them.

Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower 9.652
Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata 9.65
Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond 9.639


Who is this Bee Thoven dude? Never heard of  'im.
Probably some third rate guitarist from Blue Oyster Cult.
 thewiseking wrote:
Plodding. Dull. Bombastic. Pretentious. Artless.
 
Don't be so hard on yourself.
 TimeTraveler wrote:
I've sometimes wondered what Music Appreciation classes 200 years from now would use to introduce students to the masters of 20th century music.  This.
 
In 200 years:

Will RP still be playing with an android BillG running the playlists and  announcing songs with comments?   

I can imagine an occasional android dog barking in the virtual background.
 Motolorax wrote:
With some trepidation I thought I'd have a look at the comments, but I'm delighted to see that most folk share the same adoration for this remarkable track and album. It is exquisite, and will no doubt be playing quietly in the back of my mind when I finally draw my last breath as it's been the theme tune to much of my life. 
 

I quite agree, and yet there are at this counting 92 votes out of 7866 with a 'suck barfo' rating! 
 paloeguevo wrote:
I feel so sorry for the 83 people that gave this masterpiece a 1.
 

The only rational explanation is they misunderstood the ranking order - after all, this is clearly a #1
 deanofox wrote:
9>10
Not sure why I previously rated this a 9!?
 

A Momentary Lapse of Reason...
 DChas wrote:
remember when you were young
 
You shone like the sun.

A true one-off classic tune, with a ripping guitar.
was about to go to lunch
but now have something to think about
somewhere else to go
Crank it up. 

For 40+ years (from teenage boy to soon-to-be old man) this song has always stopped my brain and transports me to a different dimension of exisitance. 

I'm here...but I'm not.   
OK. OK. I admit defeat. There's no getting away from it. It's a 10.
 NickDanger wrote:
Must stop work, turn up volume, lean back in my chair, and remember when I was young, listening to this album...
 

And I was going to write the same - thinking of friends, some here, others missed and no longer with us - one of the great PF albums - in my book better than DSOTM and that's a good 10!!
I used to deliver David Gilmore's milk. Two pints of sterilised...
9>10
Not sure why I previously rated this a 9!?
 jimwilliams wrote:


this is everlasting........
 I want to "like" this twice.

 Grebbel wrote:
As a teenager (long long ago), my first open air concert was from Pink Floyd. It blew me away. This record is the best of all.
 I'm sure that was AWESOME.

 bitbanger wrote:
Although it has taken 45 years, but Pink Floyd is, sadly, starting to wear a little thin for me. Moving it from a 10 -> 9. Still pretty darn good but no longer Godlike. IMHO
 

this is everlasting........
Released 45 years ago. Sheeesh. And yet: Doesn't get any better than this.
Brilliant segue from the Conjure One!!!
As a teenager (long long ago), my first open air concert was from Pink Floyd. It blew me away. This record is the best of all.
No other song exposes Gilmour's subtle touch better than this. Quite extraordinary.
Although it has taken 45 years, but Pink Floyd is, sadly, starting to wear a little thin for me. Moving it from a 10 -> 9. Still pretty darn good but no longer Godlike. IMHO
That was a pretty smooth transition from Endless Dream by Conjure One, nicely done Bill
 NickDanger wrote:
Must stop work, turn up volume, lean back in my chair, and remember when I was young, listening to this album...
 
That's whatI'm actually doing right now, mate
I can’t listen to this and not feel just a wee bit stoned. Remembering the huge Koss headphones from my young days. Happy times
One of my favourite  openings of ALL time - listening to this brings back the memory of seeing PF at Earls Court so many years ago !  Such a great Album!
After a long hiatus from RP I turned on the  feed today and was pleasantly rewarded with many of the songs I really liked included this gem from PF.  And my rating, maybe if I hit 10 again it will show a 20!  
 scrubbrush wrote:

Anyone else notice how Stingray disappeared around the same time Trump's Twitter really took off in a "bigly" way? Coincidence? 
Boy, I don't miss this guy.
So many exclamation points!
 
Whatever you do, don't say his name three times while looking in the mirror.  I suspect that would be unwise.
One of the most obvious 10-ratings IMO.
I may have posted this comment before, but dang this tune's comment section is pretty active! 

I always thought the line "you wore out your welcome with random precision" was "you wore out your welcome with ONE NOTE precision" - ya know, owing to Syd's playing nothing but middle C after frying his brain with drugs.  

Sad story, though we benefitted from his departure and DG taking the guitarist spot for PF.  Long Live RP and PF!! 
I feel so sorry for the 83 people that gave this masterpiece a 1.
 maalik wrote:
Everytime that songs pops up I wanna hit the 10 again just to realize I already did it. Why is there no 11? No 12? No 9000?
 
I like this song no doubt. But your attempt of rating values would lead to ultraviolet catastrophe. That's why quantum theory was invented.  
 PhoenixArtDj wrote:
The 82 people who rated this a 1 need to be found, roughed up a little, and tossed from the tribe.

1...unreal.

Maybe they were trying to hit it twice for 11, cause that's where this needs to be. Turn it up to 11! Both volume and rating. 
 

Very good analysis! But of course if that was the reason there should be a lot more twos!
I don't know if anyone has had the opportunity to see Us & Them video by Roger Waters but wow.....He did an amazing job of marrying all these great classics in a flow and theme that was just fantastic.  HIGHLY recommended to any Floyd fan!
 Stingray wrote:
This is nothing but a  "classic" for uninspired "couch-surfers"

and old Mom's and Pap's that never never understood Punk and the true

meaning of Rock & Roll!

Most junkies; I bet, love the song - together with old Mom and Paps!

MAKING ME SLEEP!


 
Anyone else notice how Stingray disappeared around the same time Trump's Twitter really took off in a "bigly" way? Coincidence? 
Boy, I don't miss this guy.
So many exclamation points!
 Steve_Bumgardner wrote:
Possibly the best album ever! Arguably the best song! Guy Parry's sax solo is unbelievable!!! Bass to alto, must be seen to be understood! Amazing!!!
 
Dick Parry
le plaisir journalier
The 82 people who rated this a 1 need to be found, roughed up a little, and tossed from the tribe.

1...unreal.

Maybe they were trying to hit it twice for 11, cause that's where this needs to be. Turn it up to 11! Both volume and rating.
Bill, Thank you for my daily dose of Floyd!
Man more punk floyd less beck