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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...

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    username
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    Jul 10th, 2005 7:01am report


    This is the first track on "Wish You Were Here." It's basically an introduction to the album, which is about how fame can drive you crazy.

    The name "crazy diamond" means that whoever is called one is an eccentric, not crazy. A crazy person is just crazy plain and simple. A crazy diamond is crazy but can touch lives and make waves with their insanity. The subject of this song is definitley former guitarist Syd Barret, who went insane from the fame, drugs and emotional heartache that came with both. Lead singer Roger Waters urges him in this song to continue shining because he has the potential.

    Something really cool about this song is that it has a little over an 8 minute intro.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 29th, 2006 4:52pm report


    Yes you people are right but I'm surprised no one pointed out this.......'S'hine on 'Y'ou crazy 'Diamond'



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    anonymous
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    Jul 29th, 7:01am report


    "S"hine on "Y"ou crazy "D"imond....
    SYD!



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    anonymous
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    Jul 19th, 7:26am report


    You’d all do well to read (at the least) “Inside Out” by Nick Mason...enlightening. Also, the comment about “you reached for the moon too soon”... this is not about Barrett howling at the moon at a Yorkshire cottage. Check the album release dates. “The Dark Side of the Moon” is the Floyd’s seminal work. Everyone has their favorite (I get it), but Dark Side resonates so deeply across generations that it’s spent more than 900 weeks on Billboard’s top 200 (that’s YEARS more than any other album). The album has become culturally significant as well as popular. The line “you reached for too soon” in “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a reference to the album “The Dark Side of the Moon”. Each band member acknowledges the monumental influence Barrett had on the direction of the band. The line is thus an homage within the homage of Diamond; a recognition, if you will, that without Syd, Dark Side would not have been possible.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 10th, 2013 12:15pm report


    Besides Barrett. The song is to stay strong, avoid nihilism, and focus on your visions.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 2nd, 2012 10:11pm report


    The day this song becomes true will be the day you stop worrying about everyone elses problems. Look into your Self and invite your shadow. The things in you that you dislike, suppress. Learn from your own message and only then will you be able to adopt the message of Pink Floyd as your own. The possibilities are endless. But FIRST this song is about YOU.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 2nd, 2012 10:08pm report


    The day this song becomes true will be the day you stop worrying about everyone elses problems. Look into your Self and invite your shadow. The things in you that you dislike, suppress. Learn from your own message and only then will you be able to adopt the message of Pink Floyd as your own. The possibilities are endless



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    Boudicca7
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    Apr 1st, 2012 4:30pm report


    The inspiration for the song's lyrics was definitely original guitarist/singer Syd Barrett. This has been verified by all of Pink Floyd's members at one time or another. According to Roger, Syd developed schizophrenia either subsequent to his hallucinogenic dependency (from which he basically never returned to real time) or as a direct result of it. He didn't specify so it's anyone's guess, though schizophrenia usually develops in people in their early 20s; it may have collided with the end results of the acid trips. As for Syd showing up at the studio, I believe in synchronicities and not coincidences. To me, it is downright EERIE that he would find them and still believe that he was in the band at the time they were recording a song about him. Of course, we're free to believe whatever we like, but I think it's causally connected.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 28th, 2011 12:19pm report


    It's actually about Syd barrett and how he was mentally ill the lyric 'you cried for the moon' refers to when Syd had a cottage in the yorkshire moores and used to howl at a full moon. Also the lyric 'well you wore out your welcome, with random precision' refers to when Syd was in the band and when they wrote songs and played them, Syd would play something totally different to what they had written.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 17th, 2011 4:49am report


    Syd Barrett showed up at the recording studio to work on Wish You Were Here and the guys had to remind him that he was not in the band anymore, even though he believed he was. Barrett took alot of acid and became crazy.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 18th, 2010 12:13am report


    Of course this song is about Syd. I once saw an interview with David Gilmour in which he stated that the reason the band broke up was that all Roger Waters wrote about was madness and war. The madness from Syd and the war from losing his father during WWII.



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    paldebayan
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    Sep 4th, 2009 9:56pm report


    Come on guys....the SYD thing from 'S'hine on 'Y'ou crazy 'D'iamond is crazy...its a co-incidence.....just like the co-incidence that Syd suddenly visited the studio in which the song was being recorded,and met the PF members almost after 7 years....it was highly co-incidental and roger waters broke down to tears...and David did not even recognize Syd initially....but the SYD thing is crazy!



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    anonymous
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    Aug 18th, 2009 8:52pm report


    An interesting thing about this song is that allegedly Syd Barret arrived out of the blue with no invitation or notice to abbey road when Pink Floyd was recording the song.



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    PAJOFLOYD
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    Jul 27th, 2008 7:16pm report


    Pink Floyd is my religion and I never noticed the "S"hine on "Y"ou crazy "D"iamond (SYD) thing. Good job guys, you're all right with your interpretations; this song's about Syd.



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    dritani176
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    Aug 14th, 2007 8:33pm report


    The song is a tribute to Syd. Although he got sick, he is still as precious as a diamond and is a guide light for them (shine on).



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    anonymous
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    Mar 3rd, 2007 3:19pm report


    The first guy is right also realize "S"hine on "Y"ou crazy "D"iamond "SYD"



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    regularguy1000
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    Mar 20th, 2006 3:09am report


    The first guy is exactly right. I have nothing else to say.



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