Wish You Were Here

“Although we possessed a remarkable ability to enrage and upset each other, while still maintaining a straight face, we never acquired the skill of talking to each other about important issues.”

So shares Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason in his book, Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd.

Have you ever really thought about the lyrics to the song, “Wish You Were Here”? 

The song, written by Roger Waters, was originally written about estranged band member (and co-founder of the band) Syd Barrett. That in itself is a very sad and worthwhile point to explore. But over 30 years later, a specific section of the song lyrics now more appropriately apply to David Gilmour and Roger Waters. I’m not saying the other guys didn’t play a fault in the eventual demise of the band, but as David and Roger became the face of Pink Floyd, they arguably became the collective ego. And with that comes a large burden of potential-blame.

Since 1985, Roger Waters has officially not been a part of Pink Floyd.

In 2006, the four (post Syd Barrett) original members of Pink Floyd got on stage together to perform 4 songs at Live 8. Gilmour and Waters, together, sang the following lyrics from “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”

Old fears, like old habits, apparently die hard. Two men with phenomenal histories together in the music world have the same old fears, and either still can’t let them go, or simply don’t care enough to.

The Live 8 phrase that was across the top of the stage as Pink Floyd performed was: “NO MORE EXCUSES.”

That is irony.


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