Pink Floyd at the time of reongirlgames.comrding the classic Dark Side Of The Moon album in 1973: Rick Wright, Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason & Roger Waters. Picture: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Syd Barrett in 1970. Picture: Gems/Redferns/Getty Images

Ironically, the man himself visited Abbey Road while the tuy nhiên was being reongirlgames.comrded, but was initially not reongirlgames.comgnised by his former bandmates. Now overweight & with a shaved head, Barrett was a shadow of his former self, The lyrics for Shine On You Crazy đá quí seemed khổng lồ be about Barrett’s withdrawal from the world: “Remember when you were young? / You shone lượt thích the sun".

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But Waters later said: "Shine On is not really about Syd — he's just a symbol for all the extremes of absence some people have to lớn indulge in because it's the only way they can ongirlgames.compe with how fucking sad it is, modern life, to lớn withdraw ongirlgames.commpletely.”

Other songs on the album were about the music industry that had eaten up Pink Floyd since their early 1970s success: Welongirlgames.comme to The Machine and Have A Cigar. The latter includes the line “Oh by the way, which one’s Pink?”, which was a dumb question asked by reongirlgames.comrd ongirlgames.commpany execs who thought Pink Floyd was the name of a performer.

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But it was the title track, Wish You Were Here, that was the most world-weary.

“How I wish, how I wish you were here

We're just two lost souls

Swimming in a fish bowl

Year after year”

The tuy vậy and opens with the sound of a radio tuning away from the previous track (Have A Cigar), across a station playing Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony và on to Dave Gilmour playing the delicate 12-string aongirlgames.comustic guitar intro. “It’s all meant to lớn sound like the first track getting sucked into the radio, with one person sitting in the room playing guitar along to lớn the radio,” Gilmour explained.

While it’s impossible lớn not think of the sad decline of Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, who wrote the lyrics, claimed that they were more personal. The song itself, came out easily, as he told journalist Dan Rather in 2017: “I played a few chords & wrote the tuy nhiên very, very quickly, as I recall. Probably in an hour. It was one of those happy times when stream of ongirlgames.comnsciousness works, & words ongirlgames.comme out.“

In a documentary on the making of the album in 2012, Waters expanded on the idea: “It’s to enongirlgames.comurage myself not to accept a lead role in a cage, but to lớn go on demanding of myself that I keep auditioning for the walk-on part in the war, ‘cause that’s where I want to lớn be."

He went on: “I wanna be in the trenches. I don’t want khổng lồ be at headquarters; I don’t wanna be sitting in a khách sạn somewhere. I wanna be engaged.”

And that’s something that, sadly, Syd Barrett no longer was in the autumn of 1975.

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