Thursday, July 13, 2006

What happened on July 13th?


Back on July 7th, Sid Barrett, an artist, some might think a genius, passed away at age 60. Growing up I wasn't a huge Floyd fan, in fact I found their later music overblown and pompous.

But, without Sid and his problems one of my favoite songs would neve have been written.

Wish You Were Here (Waters, Gilmour)

So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skys 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 heros 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.

So, good bye Sid and thanks for the music.