Shine On You Crazy Diamond P1-5 Lyrics – Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond Lyrics
(1-5) 13:38

Part 1:Wright, Waters, Gilmour
Part 2:Gilmour, Waters, Wright
Part 3:Waters, Gilmour, Wright
Part 4:Gilmour, Wright, Waters
Part 5:Waters

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 crossfire
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!

  1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond P1-5
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About the Song

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)” is a nine-part composition by Pink Floyd, with the first five parts opening their 1975 album “Wish You Were Here.” This epic piece is both a tribute and a lament for the band’s former member, Syd Barrett, whose decline due to mental health issues and drug use had been a source of deep concern for the band.

“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” stands as one of Pink Floyd’s most legendary compositions, an expansive and emotive suite that unfolds over the course of the album “Wish You Were Here.” Parts I-V serve as the album’s opening, with an extended introduction that gradually builds into a complex musical masterpiece.

The suite begins with a hauntingly beautiful intro featuring a synthesizer mimicking a wine glass’s chime, creating a melancholic atmosphere that sets the tone for the entire piece. David Gilmour’s guitar then takes the lead, delivering one of his most iconic solos that is both stirring and reflective.

As the music progresses, the listener is drawn into a deep and immersive soundscape with layered synthesizers, saxophone, and guitar work that seamlessly blend together. The lyrics, when they arrive, are poignant and direct, referencing Barrett’s enigmatic presence and absence: “Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.”

With Richard Wright’s keyboards and Nick Mason’s drums providing a steady undercurrent, Roger Waters’ bass and vocal delivery infuse the piece with a profound sense of loss and admiration. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is as much an homage to their lost friend as it is a meditation on change, fame, and the impact of one’s life and work.

This opening segment of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a powerful and enduring piece of music, showcasing Pink Floyd’s ability to weave complex emotions into a tapestry of sound that continues to resonate with listeners decades after its release.

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