So, so you think you can tell heaven from hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I 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 you found?
The same old fears

Wish you were here


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    General CommentWhy has no-one commented on this? This is one the the most beautiful songs ever, and this is an amazing cover of it.
    ecureuilon June 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti agree... they did an unbelievable job with this song. it is absolutely beautiful, the song draws you in and doesn't let go until it is finished touching you. their cover of it seems almost dreamlike to me... the way the piano and the vocals mix are perfect. everyone should download this song....
    ~*not_your_star*~on June 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIF you think this version's good listen to the Floyd original...it blew my world...
    piper_@_the_gates_on June 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah it pissed me off how i listened to wywh by PF before hearing this one. i just like the singing so much better by david gilmour
    blackled222on July 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's hard to make a bad song out of this well written piece of music, kudos: gilmour and waters.
    hailtokidamnesiacon October 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRadiohead pulled it off pretty well. Pink Floyd is still my favorite and all time greatest band but Radiohead does the song justice. From me, that's saying a lot, as I am a huge fan of Pink Floyd and all of their work. Any jaded fan would spit in the face of any artist who even attempted a cover of such briliance.

    Given the true meaning of the sone (Being about the loss of Syd Barett) I don't know if it's right for it to be disected by Radiohead fans, but either way, It's delivery is entirely diferent. Not enough desperation, but I don't think anything can match to the original.
    HeyPetrayon October 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThom fucked the lyrics up toward the end. He sings "what have we found, the same old tears"
    Gforce38on November 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis isn't realy a Radiohead song, it was done by Sparklehorse. Thom just sang it over the phone for the recording.

    But anyway, one of the best songs ever written covered by one of the best bands of the past decade (Sparklehorse). A++

    As for the meaning, it's a very deep song about a guy missing his good freind (who's locked up in a mental institution 'cause he took to much LSD (you should here Syd Barett's solo stuff)). Of coarse every one knows that.
    kalkinon January 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think they did an amazing job with the setup. I won't lie--it certainly helps that the song itself is already fantastic and the lyrics are incredible, but Sparklehorse (& Thom) did a fantastic rendition.
    sandcastleon January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me, Radiohead is the Pink Floyd of my generation.
    Both Radiohead and Pink Floyd put alot of thought and meaning into their music, which is a rare quality for a band these days.
    CoopFloydon January 17, 2005   Link

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