Pink Floyd, Diamonds and Words

Words can uplift a great song so.

Pink Floyd. A band that captured the imaginations of millions and continues to do so. The other day, I happened to be listening to a great song of Pink Floyd’s- ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’, a song, which, in my opinion, is one of their very best. This track from their 1975 concept album, ‘Wish You Were Here‘ is a tribute to one of Floyd’s founding members, Syd Barrett. A genius who influenced the music Pink Floyd is known for, Barrett’s experimental techniques have inspired many musicians. Towards his later years, he grew highly reclusive owing to medical issues and other complications.

This nine part composition, with a soulful guitar presence, is elevated by the oh-so amazing lyrics.

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!

(Parts VI-IX)
Nobody knows where you are, how near or how far.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Pile on many more layers and I’ll be joining you there.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
And we’ll bask in the shadow of yesterday’s triumph,
sail on the steel breeze.
Come on you boy child, you winner and loser,
come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine.

Here’s a link to the track-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UXircX3VdM

What a song.

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