Wish you were here Lyrics - Pink Floyd

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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?
And 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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The One That Got Away | Reviewer: Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Member 529 | 3/24/14

Everyday I think about Stacey. Her likeness follows me, reminding me she did exist in my life. "It's not the length of life, but the depth of life." RW Emerson. Every time I watch the beginning of UP, I remember you and feel knives in my throat. I remember the day we held hands, the day we kissed, the day we made love... I remember the day I had to choose between you, and another girl, I chose the other girl. And there is not a day that goes by that reminds me, that I should have made the other choice. Years and years go by... last I heard she was having a baby.

Missing Piece | Reviewer: Loverboy | 1/27/14

Once I had a GF, she lived like 100Km far away (not much, but enough to keep us apart by some long times) and whenever she wasn't good she gave me a phonecall and started singing this song while we were talking, and sometimes I did it to her house at late night just to hug her and make her feel safe. But all of this changed when she had to move to Australia, (we're southamerican)and she kept singing this to me when on skype talks, until some things happened and we've never talked again (12 hours of time difference aren't easy to stand) So whenever I hear this song, all I want is to go to australia by swimming if needed, just in order to see her smile again.

Another songs that strikes me hard is "nobody home" I guess after reading this you might easily notice why. Greetings! and thanks for reading :)

What a long strange trip its been | Reviewer: M3Man | 9/17/13

There is one line in this song that has resonated with me from the day the album came on. "Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage." Throughout a 35 year career that brought me into close contact with mayors, senators, congressmen and presidents, its a question I always asked myself, and still do, even now that I am retired. Only one other song stanza fills a similar role for me.
"Sometimes the lights all shining on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip its been."

Wish I Was Here | Reviewer: Brandin | 6/10/13

Great Song! Don't know why I bothered looking up the lyrics since I know them off by heart; It's just good to see so many positive responses to one of the most influential tunes of all time. I was about 16 when a close friend introduced me to this song, well actually the whole album. Upon hearing I became an instant fan although I owned a copy of 'Momentary lapse' years before. Over time I gradually acquired and became truly acquainted with their solid back catalogue. Then not long after the band released 'The Division Bell' (a grand comeback), my (forementioned) friend's father gassed himself, other friends of mine hung themselves so you could say the mid-90s for me were a pretty gloomy time with comtemplations myself. But luckily music won me over and with brilliant songs like this and/or any number of Pink Floyd tracks (godlike musicianship BTW)... life's gotta be appreciated.

Dry cry | Reviewer: Dereje birhanu | 2/4/13

When i listen this song,the most amazing feeling i feel, i think abt ma mam and henok he is ma boy friend we sang this song with Henok together but now i don't know where he is and i wish he was here and when i listen this song i almost cryed thinking abt mam,she is not with me i wish she was here...............cry cry cry

beautiful song | Reviewer: charlene | 8/26/12

this reminds me of my first year in high school ( which wasn't that long ago) i used to listen to this all the time and my friend zac would play this on his guitar, this one and every rose has its thorn. guitar II band was so much fun there where only me zac , christen and this other guy who's name i cant think of,even though we where super close. any who it was the most enjoyable class. that summer when i moved away learned one very important thing about life, never EVER take anything for granted, not even family,and this song reminds me that every time i hear it

1994-2012 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/19/12

I thought i got over my best friends death, but i was on my way back from a concert with my girlfriend and this song came on. I instantly broke down crying, which is rather peculiar considering she has never seen me cry before. His name was Nick Murphy, and we grew up together in a small town in Wisconsin. We did everything together! We would ride bikes and listen to music all the time. We got in trouble sooo many times, it was rather funny looking back. Back then, however, it wasn't very funny at all :P. The point is, that Nick was my best friend, and i lost him a couple weeks ago. He committed suicide, and i don't know why. The only thing i know is that i wish he was here...

for evryone | Reviewer: anonymous | 1/29/12

this song braught alot of meanings to each one of us it reminded me of my father wen he traveled for work and now it reminds me of my freind who left us 6months i go i only wishes he was here...

WISHES | Reviewer: JASON | 12/7/11


Wish You Were Here | Reviewer: Connie Gill - Botwood, NL | 11/15/11

Up until today, when I heard this song on the radio while at work, I could not listen to it without losing it. My two nephews sang this song and played guitar at my parents funeral. My mom and dad were taken away from us in a motor vehicle accident January of 2011, 2 days before my mom's 66th birthday and 3 days before their 48th wedding anniversary. This was a very devastating time for my family and I,something we will never get over, just learn to live with. Wish they were here. Love and miss you mommy & daddy, kisses in the wind.

My interpretation of this song. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/4/11

This song is not directly about Syd, I feel. It’s actually about the writer (Roger Waters?) who is alienated from other people who cannot understand.
The first stanza involves the writer asking another person whether he can differentiate between two things in life. At first, the differences seem pretty obvious (green fields from a cold steel rail). But for the alienated writer, the things seem quite the same. In this way, he is asking the other person whether he has experienced this feeling. (Do you think you can tell?)
In the second stanza, the writer confirms that the other person (Syd) has actually experienced all of this. He then continues to ask how it felt. He blames this sense of alienation on other people like family and friends (Did they get you to trade.......cold comfort change?) but then asks Syd if he himself chose this path (Did you exchange, a walk on part in the war for a lead role in the cage?)
It is in the third stanza that the writer makes his motive clear.
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.
The writer is asking the other person for support since he is the only person who has experienced such things and can comfort him.
However, this is only my interpretation on this song. There can be dozen interpretations of a song based on mood, feelings, etc. The main thing, never let a certain interpretation limit you to thinking it means only that.

makes me cry everytime | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/24/11

Pink Floyd was my husbands fave band & Wish you were here was his absolute fave song of all time. We played it at his funeral Dec 09, he was 41, everytime i am missing him badly or could really do with him touch/ aarms around me this pops into my ipod or on the radio & I just feel it every time

sjfksha | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/4/11

This song I fist hurd when my boyfriend sang it to me and I almost cryed thinking about my mom. She's an alcholic and it breaks my hear t to see her. She's such a sweet person but she's gone its consumed her life. And the words of this song relates to almost everones story called life.

Lovely Song, And Here's Another | Reviewer: Taly | 6/7/11

A lovely song, very strong poignant lyrics, lovely melody. Here's another. For all those here who lost someone, there is another song by another group and which has the exact same title as this one, which will, I think, be just as poignant, and emotionally enduring. The song is 'Wish You Were Here' by the Bee Gees (lyrics can be found on this website) written in 1988 right after the death of their youngest brother Andy who was only 30, having turned 30 only three days earlier. Two versions exist, the original on the album 'One' (1989) and a new somewhat different one on Robin Gibb's 2003 album 'Magnet' dedicated to his twin brother Maurice, who died that same year. If you enjoyed this song and it has touched you sentimentally then the Bee Gees one will too, for sure. As it speaks of the complete devastation of loosing someone you really love and the good times you had when that person was around.

Wish he was here | Reviewer: Manish | 5/30/11

My cousin brother died of brain hemorrhage 16 days ago. He was 26. He was the only one I could count on when things seemed dark, and the only one who could bring me out of sadness.
His life had been a struggle. I know I can never be as strong as he was, can never live after going through some of the things he did.
Reading some of these words would've been meaningless to me a few months ago. People pretend to understand, but really, you never can, unless you've gone through the same thing.
And the same is true for songs like this one. I heard it before, liked it, but never thought much of it.
Now, I'm even afraid to hear it, because I know it'll remind me of him.
Wish You Were Here

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