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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Lyrics 8 months ago
@[Grace5025:16423] I do indeed still read comments and while I appreciate your concern for other's well being I have to disagree. I personally see no reason for man to rely on the crutch of any god (big or small g). I believe in the strength of human spirit and do not think that I need either the succour of an imaginary sky father or the doctrine of dogma that has lead to more conflict and misery that anything else that man has created. I sometimes envy those caught in the trap of belief, but in the end I can not begin to picture myself relinquishing so much of my inner-being to a set of rules put together by shepherds thousands of years ago and then repeatedly reinterpreted by generations of priests running a closed shop cartel on the truth. Blue skies are everywhere, but you need to find them within not take them surrogate. Just my humble opinion naturally.

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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Lyrics 3 years ago
Wow, I just got an e-mail letting me know that someone had commented on my post. 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. Having come here and read the post from me in the past, I have to say I like my style and still agree with what I said. I am just struggling with the strange situation of reading your own words as if for the first time.

Thanks to all those who have commented, I am sure that there are times over the past 5 years (!) that I could have done with seeing those.

As it stands at the moment I have put down my little black book, but still have a bag with a toothbrush and a comb in.

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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Lyrics 3 years ago
Wow, I just got an e-mail letting me know that someone had commented on my post. 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. Having come here and read the post from me in the past, I have to say I like my style and still agree with what I said. I am just struggling with the strange situation of reading your own words as if for the first time.

Thanks to all those who have commented, I am sure that there are times over the past 5 years (!) that I could have done with seeing those.

As it stands at the moment I have put down my little black book, but still have a bag with a toothbrush and a comb in.

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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Lyrics 8 years ago
For me this song is (like much Floyd) about missed opportunities.
Do you really think that right now you can tell the difference between something that will be good in the long run and something short term?
Do you really think that you can tell what the difference is between this job and that one?
Do you think that you really know if this girl will be better in 5 years, or that one.

Can you tell Heaven from Hell? Can you tell what will work out well from a nightmare?
Blue skies from pain? 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. Look at all of history, the life story of every great artist, the history of every war. Things that seem great one second are just pain the next, and possibly more importantly, things that seem great now can be the undoing of everything.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and often the road to enlightenment is paved with painful mistakes and lessons.

The song grinds this message home. Then expresses loss in the titular line.

That loss seems to be for someone, but is equally for all the missed opportunities and chances.
It is the loss of all the lives that could have been.
All the dreams left unfulfilled.
The chances not taken.
Because we could not tell heaven from hell, blue skies from pain.
Because we could not see beyond the end of our (temporal) noses.


The final segment makes it all the more personal.
A relationship that is not working.
Two people, neither grasping their dreams, both plodding along in the same routines.
Day after day, in the same old way, they bang their heads against the same barriers, never breaking through.
Never quite telling that today's blue skies are eternities' pain.
Never quite getting to the point where they have to break free or break down.
Just bumping of the bowl year after year, running over the same ground.

So for me this is a song about the nature of humanity and it's limited capability to see it's own position in the world, or individually in their own life. It is about the lack of vision of most of man, the limited horizons and the pain that that causes.

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.

Many other Floyd songs express similar feelings to me, particularly Time which puts a ticking clock next to the weighing scales of wish you were here. Balance each decision, but don't run out of time.

I think I have failed on both counts.
Ho humm, welcome to the machine.

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