Henceforth, the title Wish You Were Here. Ho humm, welcome to the machine. Wish you were here is a song about how they wish the old Sid Berrit was still with them and in saying that they agknowlage that he has changed into a monster that is not the Sid they know and love. This is the best explanation of the song, I feel my life as a set of missed opportunities,good or bad, and also you noticed a big truth. One that struggled with with going through life and now see my own daughter fall into the same cycle. The cold comfort we are familiar with that stops us from reaching out and taking risks that may have been better for us. Literally, how I wish you were here would mean the narrator wants that other person to be where the narrator now is.
You know, like those people that go on vacation to Bermuda and send a postcard back saying Wish you were here. The first verse is about how Sid has lost the ability to differentiate between good and evil, like heaven from hell or blue skies from pain. The one who calls out wants to know where the other person is, is she still the same, or has she sold out to the world. The final segment makes it all the more personal. A person does not have to physically be gone to be gone.
How I wish, how I wish you were here. But do you ever stop and stare at the clouds Or pause to smell the roses How long will you keep on fighting for your breath? I Lost my light but found it there in the front row Losin sight but found I just had my eyes closed Laughed with the devil, shook his hand with a smile I said you just ain't for me Went on a mission, I could never have trained for But fell in love, and its worth going insane for Fed on the praise and drank It up like a tall boy, But I'm just fakin Watched the water flood into my bed Afloat on sinking ships inside my head But ya still say your love runs deep until the end Year after year and I've seen every motel here Felt alone with you, believing This was all about me Year after year Before the stories disappear Took a while but now I realise I did it for you How many bridges do we burn to the ground while We try to reach the highest peak of the mountain? Trading hot ashes for trees and hot air for a cool breeze can be interpreted again as maturing, getting more in sync with the world as opposed to your own selfishness. Loss and mourning and wishing someone hadn't gone away. The Pink Floyd members have conferimed that this song and the whole album is a tribute to Sid Berrit who was kicked out of the band due to exessive drug use. So he's in this miserable place and hey wanna' join us? Look at all of history, the life story of every great artist, the history of every war.
However the person takes it makes it special and unique for them. No warranties are given as to their accuracy nor any claims are made regarding their attribution. To chalk it up to his having done too much acid certainly does not pay tribute to one of the founding members of what became an amazing band. When one is addicted to something they think they know better than everyone else. Therefore this song is about Sid's transformation to insanity in his mind.
Unless we take the opposite path to get there, and then we end up empty and life is a shell with no substance filling us. A post that I had no recollection of making on a site that if you had asked me yesterday I would have said I have never heard of. Barrett was considered the creative one behind early Floyd. And I know that I suffer from all those flaws, and that I am trapped in that position, and that is why I had to listen to this song tonight when I came home. I try and find a key so I can sing or say A little of my peace in a subtle way This guitar I can barely play Yet I still strum along And I yearn to hear your thoughts Maybe a little praise At first that's what I got But it never seems to stay And for a time I kept it caged just to let it go I thought I'd come such a long way I thought I'd broken some brand new ground But still I live with the same fate Again and again, year after year And I'd be pleased with just your company Stuck to the walls in here just hanging around Until we feel there's nothing more to see We'll get the hell out of here I knew that all the while you tried to stay the same Same hair, same scent, same smile And when it came time, you loved the change And you embraced it so For now we'll drive this lathe and with an honest try We'll go against the grain And I think we'll find it's best that you and I have changed And we'll just let it show Oh god we'll let 'em know.
And did they get you trade your heroes for ghosts? Then again, I may have it all wrong. Can you tell Heaven from Hell? Did they get you to trade Your heroes for ghosts? Roger the writer of the lyrics says: Can you free yourself enough to be able to experience the reality of life as it goes on before and with you, and as you go on as part of it. Never quite telling that today's blue skies are eternities' pain. I think this song is about soulmates who get together but than part to do other things, but never forget eachother, and realize later on that nothing else matters, they should be together again. The progressive side of a great band like Pink Floyd can be sometime hard to understand and can scare a lot of people. I think aside from the album's Syd theme, there's a more general meaning.
Just because the songwriter had some specifics in mind doesn't mean everyone else will see it that way. Probably, I might say, in a way that my father would approve of. Wish you were here is one the most important songs in the history. This my initial and possibly last diatribe on this site. Past good experiences and times can be changed for some new greater ones. I just wanted to add that the last part of the song is what makes me think of loss and change either physical or mental How I wish, how I wish you were here.
Because Syd visit the while the Pink Floyd records Shine on you crazy diamond. Yet I still strum along And I yearn to hear your thoughts Maybe a little praise At first that's what I got But it never seems to stay And for a time I kept it caged just to let it go I thought I'd come such a long way I thought I'd broken some brand new ground But still I live with the same fate Again and again, year after year And I'd be pleased with just your company Stuck to the walls in here just hanging around Again and again, year after year And I'd be pleased with just your company Stuck to the walls in here just hanging around Until we feel there's nothing more to see We'll get the hell out of here I knew that all the while you tried to stay the same Same hair, same scent, same smile And when it came time, you loved the change And you embraced it so For now we'll drive this lathe and with an honest try We'll go against the grain And I think we'll find it's best that you and I have changed And we'll just let it show Oh god we'll let 'em know. Do you really think that you can tell what the difference is between this job and that one? I watch her try to contort reality into what she thinks is good, or what she wants at that time and inevitably sets herself back to a state of lesser understanding. And how we found The same old fears. All the songs are encouraging me, I imagine that I write them for me, it's to encourage myself not to accept a lead role in a cage, but to go on demanding to myself that I keep auditioning for a walk on part in the war, because that's where I want to be.
And did you exchange A walk on part in the war For a lead role in a cage? So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain. When we're young we sometimes misconstrue the most straightforward signs in our lives. I'm tired of waiting while you waste my time. About that song, Wish You Were Here what they say is that they play the song thinking about Syd, and they can't to it of other way, although this song is not like Shine On, it's not specifically about Syd. As for the second part of this song. Now they were famous and they were looking back, wishing that the one who had gotten them off-the-ground was there to share it with them. Then he asks do you know what you have give up? After so many years apart to achieve each their own dreams, he realizes that feelings haven't changed, the same problems exist, and he wishes to be with her.
Etc simply put they wrote this song for their younger self. Something good from something bad And repeat in a good way, I love the song What it says to me is that you can never tell, at least about your own life your too close , what is good and what is bad. The song grinds this message home. Two soul mates, the author and Syd, who went different ways. How I wish, how i Wish you were here. Can you tell what will work out well from a nightmare? I knew, of course, that the song was about Roger's missing Syd, and I really liked the instrumental introduction.