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Where were you when I was burned and broken

While the days slipped by from my window watching

And where were you when I was hurt and I was helpless

Because the things you say and the things you do surround me

While you were hanging...


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    Aug 11th, 2017 8:58am report

    Funny nobody sees that like a left behind message before having commited suicide.

    He is saying to one person he used to trust that he didnt get the support he would have been expected, and that led him to fall deeper into darkness.

    Looking through a window to the falling rain "dark and slow", the time lasping, long days, helpless, hurt: all that feelings are describing a deep depression.
    "lost in thought"
    "lost in time"

    The shining sun is the "idea", the "solution": the end of the tunnel, the irresistible escape, the light, calling him everyday more and more, like a planted seed: once depressed person starts thinking about suicide, the idea grows slowly and only people interefering can stop the plant to grow, the final change to come.

    The silences he refers to are the absence of this person, the un-answered calls, the support he did not get. This slowly became an obsession "I took an heavenly ride through our slience".
    Again, lost in though, over-interpretation those silences, thinking in loop.

    And then, he knows, he knew, that the time has come for KILLING the past and coming back to life. Starting again, on the other side.
    The waiting had begun.
    All this referes to the next and last step to change this life to go... well, coming back to life in a hope to be born again in a better life.

    Depression is an heavy thing and some people want just to start again, start from scratch, anything but escaping their own pain and useless life.

    Quite dark song for me.


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    Aug 8th, 2012 8:04pm report

    It's about getting a new life, not only in terms of love, it could be anything. Motivation, happiness, long term goal achievement, inner peace, mental stability anything at all. It is about a person finding himself/herself once again after going through a bundle of tough times!


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    Nov 7th, 2011 11:02pm report

    My interpretation is that it's about someone reflecting on a past loved one and saying you weren't there for me when I needed you. You were in love with someone else. Then the transition in the song is all about the individual moving on and allowing themselves to 'come back to life'. It's about someone overcoming their past and moving on towards a better future,but never really forgetting the one they loved.


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    Oct 3rd, 10:10am report

    It is about being born again. People get born again when GOD calls them.


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    Feb 24th, 2018 2:55pm report

    For the guy who recently made a comment, great to hear you are starting over and putting the past behind. Hope your health is better and you are doing well. It seems you are still in love with the woman you love the most, hope you guys get back together. Wishing you all the best. God Bless Mr.
    - Incognito


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    Feb 24th, 2018 2:29pm report

    To me this song a about a man going through a tough time in his life and the woman he loves the most is not there for him because she is listening to someone else's words trying to believe what the other person says. Walking away from who she really loves, so this man start over and puts the past behind after almost dying and coming back to life,,,, my life!!!!


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    Feb 4th, 2018 2:57pm report

    For me it seems to be abiut suicide . The deep depression, and noone caring. Life foing on as I stand and stare out the window. The Sun.. is God. Going to the Sun..


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    Nov 7th, 2017 11:20pm report

    I relate this song to my husband he had an accident and was tetraplegic and ventilated he couldn't move an inch and lay in a hospital room for almost 2 years before he got home I had to fight to get him home I see this song in relation to people whom he thought were friends but they never visited him he died after only being home for 4 weeks I think it was written by gilmour with sid barrett in mind he had mental health issues but it can mean many different things to different people's situations


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    Nov 3rd, 2017 11:09am report

    It can be about want you want it to be...for me it helped me get through the most difficult part of my life over several years of Depression and anxiety with the lyrics being very relevant to my situation at that time together with the total lack of support and understanding of close family which remains years later hence the track remains very powerful for me.


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    Oct 9th, 2017 10:32am report

    This song to me sounds like a man with a broken heart moving on and starting a new life. "Where were you when I was burned and broken" He means his spouse was never their for him in his pain and struggle. "while the days slipped by from my window watching" He felt like he was missing out on life and what could have been. "Because the things you say and the things you do surround me"He is saying her actions and words overpowered and controlled him. "while you were hanging yourself on someone else's words, dying to believe in what you heard. I was staring straight into the shinning sun." She found someone else that told her what she wanted to hear and wanted to deny ever hurting the man that truly loved her. Now he let her go and found someone new that makes him feel loved and fulfilled.


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    Sep 14th, 2017 9:48am report

    It has to be clearly about lost love... Lost coz of betrayal by the opposite person while he is still in love..


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    Nov 16th, 2016 11:03am report

    A person's transformation who may have become a ''born again'' Christian in the experience, after a mental breakdown he might have endured to become one with. A change that is relevant today to experience ''coming back to life'' as when someone for a long time has been believing and waiting on ''the right'' side of God, according to His will and the person's faith and beliefs that might've endured the setbacks of living in a secular society, left only to finally stare straight into the shinning sun, broken and helpless, fragile and weak. All the while being pushed further away from God by ''the leftist ideology'' that squeezed him towards the middle to paralyze and then to pull him apart that became in need to go to ''the far right''. Now caught in between the extremes that affected his loved one that pulled away from him when he needed her the most in mind and body, but left alone with hope for ''coming back to life, which he did slowly to be in Christ consciousness now to celebrate life again with ''The Right'' liberal.


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    Aug 28th, 2016 8:07pm report

    "Coming back to life" is about, in my opinion, realizing that we screwed up how life is suppose to be lived & coming to the reality that the only way to experience life is through Christ.
    "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." JOHN 14:6

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    Feb 9th, 2016 2:37am report

    It's simply about someone inside, the real you, which you had forgotten, but found out when u were free..♡


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    Oct 9th, 2015 10:18pm report

    Well,my interpretation is one that I myself have most definitely survived,fentnyl addiction,fits this song to a crystal T,so it's my belief is that,either Gilmour, or waters,fought that same drug battle wit whatever it may have been,,,but it really was "coming back to life",for me


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    Oct 3rd, 2015 10:00pm report

    I think this song depicts the inner separation one begins to feel when we start to do things that our soul doesn't permit... maybe related to family or career or drugs. The wall that begins to form inside you when you do things against your good nature and try to satisfy yourself with the superfitial efforts. Then your innerself just looks outside, not allowed to speak or do anything, slowly breaking and dissipating.

    "Where were you when I was burned and broken

    While the days slipped by from my window watching

    And where were you when I was hurt and I was helpless

    Because the things you say and the things you do surround me"

    And then it says that while you were trying to fulfill yourself with making promises and then breaking them... Hanging yourself on those foreign words,fighting and loosing,the distance between us growing more and more.. I was still keeping that vision going.. I was still keeping your fire.

    "While you were hanging yourself on someone else's words
    Dying to believe in what you heard
    I was staring straight into the shining sun"

    Slowly, steadily, now you begin to miss me. Thinking over your past self, you realize how distant we had become. But i won't tell how to bring it back, i will keep silent 'coz its you who went far away and its you who has to struggle back and there is no other way. Changes are brought about, new seeds are planted, while the dark exterior weeps for its loss, a new hope arises.

    "Lost in thought and lost in time
    While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
    Outside the rain fell dark and slow
    While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime"

    I travelled along with you in silence, Showing you the light. Now i know that you are coming back to me, and that we are again going to become one. And now we are going to travel into the shining sun.

    "I took a heavenly ride through our silence
    I knew the moment had arrived
    For killing the past and coming back to life

    I took a heavenly ride through our silence
    I knew the waiting had begun
    And headed straight ...into the shining sun"


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    Mar 13th, 2015 3:35pm report

    It is indeed about drugs. It's about Gilmour's addiction to cocaine at the time and how he managed to "come back to life" with the aid of his wife. The like 'this dangerous but irresistible pastime" refers to taking cocaine.


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    Oct 17th, 2014 10:51am report

    I think the history behind this song is that Gilmour wrote it about his previous wife, but to me personally it has an entirely different meaning.

    I'm currently going through a difficult time in my life where I need to repeat my first year in a degree program that I've always wanted. I haven't received much support from my father, who's pushed me to pursue a different career throughout my life and convinced to pursue multiple backups in case med school doesn't work. Upon acceptance, within a week he tried to convince me to pursue a career he had always pushed for. In summary, he doesn't appreciate where I am right now and his criticism of me has severely distracted me from my studies. On top of this, I've come unprepared for the school I've always truly wanted to attend becuase I tried to keep too many doors open. Now I need to return for another year with a stronger background in those courses and could potentially end up in significant debt with the delay in academic progression.

    I've been a big fan of Pink Floyd for many years and have always loved this song as a fan of them, but in my situation I've come to realize how much the lyrics of Coming Back to Life really applies to my life "Where were you when I was burned and broken" "While you were hanging yourself on someone else's words" and "I was staring straight into the shining sun."

    Going forward with this setback, I know things will be different for me ("While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted") but one of the things that helped me the most with this situation is my growing faith with Christ that has helped me be at peace during my strained relationship with my father ("I took a heavenly ride through our silence"). Unfortunately I may need to break my relationship with my father altogether in order to accomplish my dream in life, but I fully believe that the Lord will be taking me to places in the meantime to help me accomplish my dreams and become a better Christian in spite of this setback (summed up perfectly with the concluding lyrics "I took a heavenly ride through our silence, I knew the moment had arrived for the killing the past and the coming back to life" and "I took a heavenly ride through our silence I knew the waiting had begun, and I headed straight into the shining sun")

    I think its amazing how I've liked this song a lot for many years but never have really understood the meaning of the lyrics to my life until just recently. This along with the magnificent guitar solos has bumped this song up to my favorite Pink Floyd song of all time (Wish you were here a close second). This song is very encouraging for those going through difficult times that you can rebound and "head straight into the shining sun".

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