“Wish You Were Here” is the title track on Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here. Its lyrics encompass Roger Waters’ feelings of alienation from other people. Like most of the album, it refers to former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett and his breakdown. David Gilmour and Waters collaborated to write the music. On June 14, 2013, the song was released as an unofficial promotional single on Spotify and when the fans stream it one million times, the rest of the band’s catalogue will be released, which only happened in 4 days. In 2011, the song was ranked No. 324 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Wikipedia®.
David Gilmour – Wish you were here live
This song is about the detached feeling most people go through life with. It is a commentary on how people cope with the world by withdrawing physically, mentally, or emotionally. In the commentary of The Wall, Roger Waters states that the inspiration was Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett and his ordeal with schizophrenia. Songfacts®.
David Gilmour – Wish You Were Here Lyrics:
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.