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Iraq Vet | Reviewer: Heather | 8/1/10
Hey Iraq vet, my prayers and thoughts are with you. I also suffered that same feeling of nothing when I came home. It was so hard, I was supposed to be happy, and it seemed as if everyone around me was happy, but I just felt like I was in a bubble that was watching from the inside and couldn't be with them. It took a long time, but I've found some peace inside myself. Although, I did starting having nightmares again when they told me I was going back. We'll see how things are this trip, better than the last, I pray.
This song is definitely about the loss of Syd. When you hear "did you exchange a walkon part in the war, for a lead role in a cage?" It's alluding something "optional". For me, this was the perfect song for a friend who committed suicide. She exchanged this life for a crypt. Syd spent his years in a home (cage.) Anywho, love this song, it means alot to me. Always remember, a good artist does have his own meaning for writing the song, but a great artist leaves a song that can evoke all sorts of emotions for the listeners. I'd say this is definitely true of Pink Floyd. Let's all be respectful of each other's opinions.
i went to same school as roger & Syd | Reviewer: Arnold Layne | 8/1/10
The lyrics were written by roger as a tribute to his late father who died in world war 2...so yes it is about war....i'm a year older than Roger and was at cambridgeshire high school when he was. i also used to watch dave when he played with a group called jokers wild....also Syd wasn't in a nursing home, but lived in his mothers hoouse in Cambridge...
Dipshits | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/31/10
Brothers and Sisters...listen all to me :(...
PF sings of a contest between good and evil...consequences regarding our choices...it's all about giving up...and sacrificing one's principles for what one may believe serves the greater good, but does nothing for our betterment...it goes on to state that we all do that...over and over...year after year...to no avail...break free of your fears...move on...let go...be better...live, love, forget...the past...
Its is what it is to you | Reviewer: Moondove | 7/27/10
I belive that the meaning is whatever it means to you. I dont think there is a wrong meaning or a right meaning. I dont think it matters what your age is or if you heard the song when it was first released or if you heard it for the first time 30 years after its release. Music is art and art is mean to invoke something different in everyone. Just my opinion, take it or leave it.
INSPIRING | Reviewer: Bonnie | 6/4/10
I think Pink Floyd had some of the best music produced and is still great today. I think the song means something different to every one. Personally I love it because it reflects back on a time I had with my youngest song who was killed in 2005. WISH YOU WERE HERE is what I wake up every day and say since my son passed away. I actually have it as a ring tone on my phone. Whatever it means to whoever it means it to doesn't matter. All in All it's GREAT!!!!
Wish you were here | Reviewer: Iraq vet | 5/27/10
To me this song speaks about our coming home. The first verse is asking do you think you can tell heaven from hell and so on. When we were in Iraq all we could think about was getting home, but when we got here it wasn't what we remembered. It really did make me ask myself if I really knew the difference between heaven and hell. It speaks of the confusion and disappointment we felt coming home.
The second verse asks, did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts and so on. I knew of and personally knew a few heroes that are now ghosts. What good is a hero that's a ghost? Is that a good trade? We left the hot ashes and hot air for trees and cool breezes, but it still doesn't feel right. We left the cold comfort of the war, where things made sense, to come home to change, place that's different and not as we remember. I left a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in the cage.
The last verse in the first part is a call to my brothers(one in particular) that I'll probably never see again. We're just two lost souls living in a fishbowl(America) year after year. Running over the same old ground(our home towns) what have we found(not the dreams we held onto in war) the same old fears(this country and its people are no different than the Iraqs). And I do wish they were around. I sometimes dream I'm back in Iraq, where things atleast made since.
This song wasn't written about Iraq, as it not only was well before that, but probably before I was born. Though I've always assumed the song was about Veitnam. It clearly aint about some druggy lead singer, the first two verse are all about war. You might say its a metaphor for different kinds of emotional wars we deal with, but I'd say that's a strecth. The last verse is different from the first two, it seems like it may be a more direct verse to the writers friend.
wishful thinking | Reviewer: flavia | 5/15/10
As fans know about fragments of the life of their prefered bands they keep thinking they can interpret everything from these fragments. Or, in other words, the fragment becomes the all mighty interpreting knot to wich every interpretation must be tied.
So they lose Sid in 1969 and you think that they are still singing to him in... (oh, I won't bother going after when this song was released).
So you think you can tell what goes on inside an author's head... you twist everything so that it proves your point... there are limits to it. For example, take the sentence "We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl,year after year"
the idea of two (usually ment to be the person you'r talking about and the one sole person - not a group or a band, because this would be 3, 4, 5, 6, in short, more people than only 2) so not the band saying they miss Sid.
Also, 2 fish swiming in the same bowl - indicates they aren't in the same place (for he wishes the person were there) but perhaps in the same situation, or share something. Well, Sid is not in the same place, not living the same life (by then), not thinking the same things because he went insane... absolutely not in the same situation
And more: the 2 fish are swimming in the same bowl year after year - so the same situation in wich the one lyric subject and the person he wishes were there are in the same situation for a long time till the present day. I don't think the remaining guys from pink floyd are still expecting to solve a situation with Sid - as if Sid would get all better or decide to do so and go back to them. This is ridiculous.
"year after year running the same old ground.what have we found? the same old fears"
Sorry, I don't think anything could relate the remaining guys to Sid so that the above quoted has any palpable meaning at all.
Wishing that every missing you song would relate to Sid is just fan's wishful thinking. Learn to read.
(by the way, if you decide to, I suggest "what is an author", by Michel Foucault)
It's a Tribute Song ! | Reviewer: Chandler White | 4/27/10
The song is a tribute to Syd Barrett, founder and original lead singer of Pink Floyd. He overdosed on LSD in 1968 and lived in a nursing home till his death in 2006. The band had to replace him in 1969 becasue he couldnt write or perform due to mental problems from his drug use and was replaced by David Gilmour. The song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is a tribute to Barrett as well.
"It means what you want it to." ROFL | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/8/10
First of all people say what they mean and they mean what they say. Otherwise, why write a song about it. I mean who writes a song, or anything for that matter, about unspecific shadowy subjects with no detail or valid point in anyone's life, including the writers themselves. So, no matter what your misguided, misinterpreted, unintellectual opinion may be, or how badly you want it to mean what you want it to mean, the writers of the song, more than likely had a specific meaning behind it. Example, JFK's secret societies speech....interpret it as disney and nickelodeon friendly as you like....it doesn't change the original meaning, you "hope" to "change" my "beliefs" half-wit.
Your opinion counts....to you.
I see what I see | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/7/10
To me...I just love the song. Not just the music but the lyrics! You cant change the words or the cords. They (Pink Floyd) want you to get whatever it is that you get out of it. That is why songs are the way they are. This song just so happens to be mine and my future husbands song. We both had issues that when we were apart we couldn't do what was best for ourselves...in our situation we did drugs whenever the other was not around. we couldn't tell right from wrong or good from evil. But in truth we really could but the only thing we knew for sure was that "we wished the other was there"!
It means anything you want it to | Reviewer: Danielle | 3/23/10
I think you guys are so stupid for wasting your time on pointless arguments like this. Who cares what it really means or was intended to mean? Thats the beauty of music and songs. They can mean whatever you want them to and they are open to interpretation. It might not mean the same thing to someone who has never experienced love or loss. It could mean something totally different to someone who thinks a lot about society or politics. And for some people the most obvious meaning is about Syd. But who cares? Music was meant to be listened to and provoke any emotion you allow it to. So get over it, and accept others opinions and move on with your life.
Pardon me, Fuck Head... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/21/10
Pardon me Anonymous-(Fuck all of you)[That isn't meant towards anyone, it's the name of their subject], but I am 14 years old and I know a ton about music. It takes skills. A lot of it.. I take that very insulting. And I'm an American. And I'm fucking proud of it!! What the fuck are you, Iranian? Stay out of our American culture. No one wants you here, apparently.
I think the song is about two friends and one passed on and maybe the singer wrote a song for him/her because he misses him/her. It's a controversial conversation. Anyone can state whatever about it.
Are you going to curse me out for that? No? Good. You're a little smarter than I thought. Yes? Fuck you, too.
By the way, Freedom of Speech is an AMERICAN law, which means, unless you're an AMERICAN civilian, you don't have that Freedom here. So take your stupid Arab ass to some other lyric page and curse them out there or something, but get the fuck off our site.
By the way, this song IS AMAZING!
fuck all of you | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/18/10
how bout you all shut the hell up and appreciate the song I shouldn't even waste my time typing this but your some dumb american idiot who is trying to find meaning in good music just listen to it. you think the artists would want some dumb website where any fourteen year old who thinks they know something about music can tell what they think the song means its fucking ridiculous.
Meaning and Lyrics | Reviewer: Cat | 3/12/10
I don't really care what this song means, I think it means to me something different than it'd mean to the commenter before me, and it will mean something else to the commenter after me.
This song makes me want to cry, but I love it. It's beautiful and I love the lyrics.
<3 | Reviewer: Mia | 2/23/10
This song is personally one of my favourite pink floyd songs,when i was very young i didnt like pink floyd at all but i'm 14 now and i understand what real music is like iron maiden etc, this song is very heartwarming and touching.<3
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