Pink Floyd: Post-Pulse

The Hubby and I just finished watching one of Pink Floyd’s last concerts on DVD, an October 1994 performance in London during the Pulse Tour.  Oh, if only we were able to see them live before they broke up, for what we saw on the TV screen was amazing.   Imagine what it was up close and personal.

But what’s resonating in my head is the song “Wish You Were Here,” performed as part of the encore.  For me — and I think, for many Pink Floyd fans — this is a poignantly haunting song.  The acoustic guitars and piano, the single then paired vocals, the lyrics — all of it.

“Wish You Were Here”

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 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.


About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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2 Responses to Pink Floyd: Post-Pulse

  1. lizardqueen says:

    That’s right — I remember you telling me and the Hubby about the guitar lessons when we visited y’all a few weeks ago. That’s just so cool.

    And, yeah, “On the Turning Away” and “Wish You Were Here” do go well together. I have fond memories of a friend of mine, after arriving at his home late in the evening, killing his car’s engine but leaving the stereo on. We’d (usually himself, me, and the Hubby) listen to Pink Floyd in the darkness of a Texas night.

    Certain songs of Pink Floyd make me think of that friend.

  2. Celogomama says:

    I love this song. It really strikes a chord, doesn’t it?

    My other favorite Floyd song is “On the Turning Away”

    The two seem to go together so very well

    A friend of mine has offered to teach the children and I how to play guitar. I am hoping to learn these songs to sing around a blazing campfire deep in the night with my best friends.

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