Shine on you crazy diamond

Syd BarrettSyd Barrett, one of the founders of Pink Floyd, has died.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd's first album, must rank as one of the finest debut albums of all time, and it is a testament to Barrett's genius.

As Barrett became more unreliable, possibly because of his use of drugs, the group hired Dave Gilmour so that there would be somebody playing the guitar when Barrett stopped.

When Barrett left the band (they simply decided not to pick him up in the tour bus on the way to a gig in Southampton), he had a wholly unsuccessful solo career, and ended up a recluse, living with his mother in Cambridge.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond was recorded by Pink Floyd in 1975, on the album Wish You Were Here, as a tribute to their lost friend, Syd Barrett.   

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 you target for faraway laughter
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!

Coincidentally Barrett made an unannounced appearance at the recording studio while the band was recording this track. They didn't even recognise him. 

2 thoughts on “Shine on you crazy diamond”

  1. They didn’t even recognise him.

    At first. Mostly because he was, by all the accounts I’ve read, pretty unrecognisable from the man they knew. When they figured out who he was (while he was there), they were apprently quite touched.

    Personally, I’ve always liked their stuff post-Syd better, up until the second big split when Waters left, but, y’know, YMMV.

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