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Old 02-22-2007, 02:53 AM   #1
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Wish You Were Here (the song) appreciation thread

Oh my, I love this song. It was my favorite Pink Floyd song for a while, but it just hit me how truly chilling the song is. There is nothing wrong with it at all. It's perfect. The acoustic guitars, the climax in the chorus, the lyrics! I dare someone to name a single weak moment in it.

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 we found...
The same old fears?


Wish you were here.




http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1u...-you-were-here
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This was one of the first songs I ever learned how to play flawlessly on guitar. It's still one of the only songs I know that I can pick up any guitar and play it through, start to finish (including the solos) without missing a note, and without sheet music of any kind.

There are some songs that I consider to be THE supreme examples of post-1950 songwriting. I call these songs "transcendental beauty" songs, because when you listen to them, you're transported to another world. You immediately know you're listening to something special that can't be duplicated. This list includes songs like Let it Be, Stairway to Heaven, The Great Gig in the Sky, Hotel California, Little Wing, The Wind Cries Mary, Where the Streets Have No Name, One, etc.

Wish You Were Here is on that list.

Even when Fred Durst and that guy from the Goo Goo Dolls did it during the 9/11 telethon, it still sounded good. If a song can still sound good when Limp Bizkit and Goo Goo Dolls are singing it, you know it's fucking amazing.
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I know I'm going to get flamed for this post - Hey Lemon, where was that flame-proof suit you had?

Anyhow, I am not a huge fan of The Wall give me DSOTM any day. That being said I own The Wall simply for Wish You Were Here, one of their best IMO

Finally, if anyone is interested in a half-descent cover of WYWH, The Catherine Wheel does a good job IMO.

Thank you, that is all
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One of my favorite songs

that entire album is
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I know I'm going to get flamed for this post - Hey Lemon, where was that flame-proof suit you had?

Anyhow, I am not a huge fan of The Wall give me DSOTM any day. That being said I own The Wall simply for Wish You Were Here, one of their best IMO


"wish you were here" is not on the Wall

two different records.
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I know I'm going to get flamed for this post - Hey Lemon, where was that flame-proof suit you had?

Anyhow, I am not a huge fan of The Wall give me DSOTM any day. That being said I own The Wall simply for Wish You Were Here, one of their best IMO

Finally, if anyone is interested in a half-descent cover of WYWH, The Catherine Wheel does a good job IMO.

Thank you, that is all
Wish You Were Here isn't on The Wall.
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This was one of the first songs I ever learned how to play flawlessly on guitar. It's still one of the only songs I know that I can pick up any guitar and play it through, start to finish (including the solos) without missing a note, and without sheet music of any kind.

There are some songs that I consider to be THE supreme examples of post-1950 songwriting. I call these songs "transcendental beauty" songs, because when you listen to them, you're transported to another world. You immediately know you're listening to something special that can't be duplicated. This list includes songs like Let it Be, Stairway to Heaven, The Great Gig in the Sky, Hotel California, Little Wing, The Wind Cries Mary, Where the Streets Have No Name, One, etc.

Wish You Were Here is on that list.

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"wish you were here" is not on the Wall

two different records.
Wow... I'm on a stupid post-athon today. Please feel free to link this to "The Dumbest Post" thread

It's been a long day and it's only 10 am...

Well... I got flamed, in a way Why did I think it was on The Wall???

I think it's time to stop posting for today.
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Wish You Were Here remains my favorite PF album, and the title song was the first song I ever heard off of it.
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Even when Fred Durst and that guy from the Goo Goo Dolls did it during the 9/11 telethon, it still sounded good. If a song can still sound good when Limp Bizkit and Goo Goo Dolls are singing it, you know it's fucking amazing.



I adore this song. Just adore it.

In fact, I think I'll listen to it right now.
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Wow... I'm on a stupid post-athon today. Please feel free to link this to "The Dumbest Post" thread

It's been a long day and it's only 10 am...

Well... I got flamed, in a way Why did I think it was on The Wall???

I think it's time to stop posting for today.
No worries. So wait, which is the album you don't like? Wish You Were Here or The Wall?
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No worries. So wait, which is the album you don't like? Wish You Were Here or The Wall?
The wall... I think ...dammit, now I'm going to have to listen to it again to be sure... I'll let you know in a couple of hours.
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Wish You Were Here.

The Wall.
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Oh my, I love this song. It was my favorite Pink Floyd song for a while, but it just hit me how truly chilling the song is. There is nothing wrong with it at all. It's perfect. The acoustic guitars, the climax in the chorus, the lyrics! I dare someone to name a single weak moment in it.
Does not compute! Wish You Were Here is probably one of the few nearly perfect songs. Everything about it - lyrics, music, delivery, etc - is in its right place. It's not my favourite Pink Floyd song. In fact, if I were to try ranking the songs, it'd probably be 7th or 8th. I generally tend to prefer the more 'aggressive' Pink Floyd songs and albums. However, whenever I want to listen to 'mellow' Floyd, this is usually the song I put on.
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