Did you know... it was all going to go so wrong for you
And did you see it was all going to be so right for me
Why did we tell you then
You were always the golden boy then
And that you¹d never lose that light in your eyes

Hey you... did you ever realise what you'd become
And did you see that it wasn't only me you were running from
Did you know all the time but it never bothered you anyway
Leading the blind while I stared out the steel in your eyes

The rain fell slow, down on all the roofs of uncertainty
I thought of you and the years and all the sadness fell away from me
And did you know...

I never thought that you'd lose that light in your eyes


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    General CommentIn the first stanza I believe David creates a paradox betwen the two Rogers, Waters and Roger (Sid) Barrett. Sid being carefree and aloof and Roger being focused, egotistical.

    "And did you see it was all going to be so right for me" again paradox speak. David taking Sids spot now taking Rogers spot as the bands leader.

    The Golden Boy reference fits Sid in a pleasent way and Roger in a demeaning way. Loosing the light Sids (spark) and Rogers light (fight) for ownership.

    Hey you... did you ever realise what you'd become (Sid drug addiict) (Roger Egomaniac) Neither realized it.

    Final note. The carnival music? I'm sure we've all heard the term, "Media Circus" which I think this most private matter had become.

    My thoughts... Please reply I'd love to know your thoughts on this and more. Matt

    And did you see that it wasn't only me you were running from (Sid from Stardom) (Roger from the other group members)

    Did you know all the time but it never bothered you anyway (Sid brain damaged) (Roger blind rage)



    The rain fell slow, down on all the roofs of uncertainty (Outcome of the legal battle)

    I thought of you and the years and all the sadness fell away from me (The legal battle was finally over David was happy that monitary issues would be rightly paid to those parties involved.

    And did you know...

    I never thought that you'd lose that light in your eyes

    (Figured Roger would never give up the fight for the name Pink Floyd)
    (Again reflecting back at Sid)
    Whatapainon February 26, 2012   Link
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    Song Meaning..

    After reading the user comments here, I navigated away from this page .. this entire site .. because I thought, "They missed it. It's just people, random people, throwing in their two cents but .. wow, they missed it." I'm from Cleveland, OH and I've been employed for many years to study the concepts and lyrics of rock music. This is my job. And it has been for over 25 years. I navigated back here because it's Floyd and it is easy for folks to miss things with them.

    Because it is The Internet and everyone is an expert .. and if anyone says anything at all contrary to their viewpoint or opinion, even in the smallest way, it is an entire affront to their way of life, religion, the beauty of their wife and the aesthetic value of their dog .. and must be defended with the intensity of Divine Wind warriors .. I will not be coming back here to argue or even read anything written on this page. So, if your blood starts to boil, remember, you're talking to yourself because I'll never see it.

    That being said ..

    Pink Floyd's primary success was extracted from the trauma that all the members experienced at watching Syd slowly melt. DSOTM was entirely about all the things that make you go nuts (Time, Money, Religion, etc.) Moon, lunacy, so on. Obviously, Wish You Were Here, with Shine On, was primarily about Syd but .. there was also a couple tracks on that album that were not about Syd. DSOTM was more about Syd than people really recognize.

    Now, David Gilmour loves Shine On and also is a smart man. He realized there was a vein there to be mined. He looked upon Roger leaving as, roughly, the same thing and thought there was some hay to be made on that subject. Much in the way that Syd served them before. Except with Roger, it was his choice to leave. And there was nothing wrong with him short of a massive case of "Asshole-itis". Genius people tend to be that way.

    But, this pissed Dave off to a level that I would venture to say that David Gilmour has never been pissed off to. He's just not that kinda guy. But you know who else wasn't? John Lennon. He was a very peaceful guy. However, check out the song "How do you sleep?" by Lennon. It's viscous. And it's all about Paul. (John tried to tidy it up after hearing from lawyers and public relations people at the record company but read the lyrics yourself. It's a massively cruel song directed right at Paul McCartney)

    Now, this is not only rock history but this is some major personalities in rock, also from England, that Dave idolized (who couldn't, really).

    So, with all this percolating underneath as the basis, premise and bedrock, this song is David Gilmour being as viscous as in any song I have ever heard him. But, you have to take the entire The Division Bell album and view it through what I mentioned.

    It's all about Roger Waters. All of it. There is no Syd in the first verse. David Gilmour would never be so mean and cruel to a guy who was mentally handicapped. It's just not David Gilmour. But to a guy that sued him and caused great pain for him, and Nick and Rick, yeah.

    It's all about Roger. As are many of the other songs on The Division Bell. No even allusions or allegories or subtleties. It's blatantly directed straight at Roger Waters' face and meant to be that way.

    So, there it is.

    Take it for what you paid to read it.

    ..
    StealBreezon August 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAcoording to Polly Samson who helped write the lyrics, the first part of the song is about Syd Barret and the second part is about Roger Waters
    pinkubus_floydon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree. Losing the light in his eyes is a cross reference to Shine On You Crazy Diamond which is also about Syd. "Now there's a look in your eyes/ Like black holes in the sky"
    FeelTheFlood32on July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think most of the songs on "The Division Bell" are specifically about the band or can at least be easily applied to the band.
    Paradoxon March 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI read that a few songs on the Division Bell refer to Waters.
    Killspyon June 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI read that a few songs on the Division Bell refer to Waters.
    Killspyon June 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think, like some of you, that this references both Barret and Waters, and how different they were in both their running of the band and their personality. The first stanza seems to be about Barret, and the econd seems to be about Waters. What gets me is the third stanza. It's pure poetry; I only wish I knew who the "you" was. I think it's targeted for both Barrett and Waters. Both "And that you'd never lose that light in your eyes" and "Leading the blind while I stared out the steel in your eyes" show how they lost that lust that propelled the band... which led to the las tline "I never thought that you'd lose that light in your eyes."

    I'm open for suggestions. I think I have the first stanza figured out, but the second and third stanzas are confusing me right now. Any ideas?
    TenYears_Goneon October 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe first verse is definitely referring to syd coz i don't think gilmour would ever call waters 'golden boy'. besides, syd was the golden boy of the band as he kinda started it and was the creative genius behind it in the beginning and later he was the source of inspiration.

    as for the second verse, i'm not too sure if it refers to waters or not. i dunno whether he means that waters is leading the blind because, that doesn't make sense. when he was in the band, they were at the peak of their success. i dunno, i'm totally conused after the 1st verse.

    the last part might mean that gilmour is totally uncertain abt his feelings becoz well... after waters left the band they did get the freedom but it was never the same again. he's not sure if it was good or not. but he does acknowledge that the best times was when waters was there.

    any suggestions, anyone??
    Ereinionon November 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe album, and this song, deal with communication, or lack there of. The first part is about Syd and the second deals with Waters. Great song.
    citizendildo2045on November 10, 2004   Link

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