Remember when you were young
You shone like the sun
Shine on you crazy diamond
Now there's a look in your eyes
Like black holes in the sky
Shine on you crazy diamond
You were caught on the cross fire of childhood and stardom,
Blown on the steel breeze
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine

You reached for the secret too soon
You cried for the moon
Shine on you crazy diamond
Threatened by shadows at night
And exposed in the light
Shine on you crazy diamond
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
Rode on the steel breeze
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I - V) song meanings
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  • +5
    General Comment:To Killingfloor:

    Imagine a comma (,) in the title, like this, "Shine On, You Crazy Diamond." You'll see that the You Crazy Diamond is one construction, the subject of the phrase, as in: "You (Crazy Diamond) Shine On," Or "(You Crazy Diamond) Shine On." Consider the title a command sentence, where the "you" is implied.

    "You Crazy Diamond" is a similar construction grammatically to "We Three Kings" or "We the People" or "Bob the Builder". These are all one "subject" or noun-phrase.

    Hoping this helps,
    Vozzyon September 24, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:Don't try to find out a metaphore in every line or word of the lyrics.
    this song is dedicated to syd barrett. this was said by the group members in more than one interview. somebody like to say (and perhaps is ture) that barret came in the studios during the recording of this song.
    two months ago i've seen a concert of Waters: while the band played this song, behind them the megascreen over the stage was showing pictures of barrett and the first pink floyd.
    i've interpreted this as a sort of celebration of the utter genius (in this i agree with FelixCloud) and the days gone by... it's true that Water had to kick him out of the band, but in my point of view "kick out" is a bit negative.

    One think as a not-english-speaker i'd like to know: how do explain the title? i mean: is it imperative, conjunctive or what? "you" and "crazy diamond" are both subjects or objects or what?
    thanx to whom answer. bye
    killingFlooron August 23, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:I am also of the view that this song is about their band member Syd Berrett who left Pink Floyd very early. They are missing him and wanted to say that he (Syd) considered himself as successful very soon and left. But now he is wasting his life , destroying himself... he was a shining like a start but now he is in gloom....
    ishtiaqahmedzon June 05, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:It is a biographical song about Roger *Syd* Barrett, written love, respect and honesty.
    thecrossboneon June 19, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I totally agree with Floydian. I grew up with Pink Floyd, and I have yet to tire of their music. This is an awesome song and everone should have to listen to it at least once. It's got something for every one. You can listen to country or metal and still like this song. Well.....I dunno bout country, but every thing else you could.
    thatsreallymessedupon March 10, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:"Shine on You Crazy Diamond", the title is a acronym for Syd Barrett, Shine You Diamond. S-Y-D. The whole album is a tribute to him.
    wm010403on May 10, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:SYD!! SHINE WHEREVER U ARE!
    trichohmon November 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I always thought Piper could also be a reference to "Piper at the Gates of dawn."
    Snocore04on April 26, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Ive herd Floyd my whole life. But now is the first time i'm actually listening to them, if thats makes sense.
    tweekron June 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Shine on Rick Wright.
    Pink Floyd Fanaticon September 17, 2008   Link

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