Wish You Were Here (4:40)

Cover of Orchestral Maneuvers: The Music of Pink Floyd

From Orchestral Maneuvers: The Music of Pink Floyd and 105 other releases

“Wish You Were Here” is the title track on Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here. The song’s lyrics encompass writer Roger Waters’ feelings of alienation from other people. Like most of the album, it refers to former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett and his breakdown. The main riff came to David Gilmour while playing his acoustic guitar in Abbey Road Studios. Gilmour then demonstrated the riff to Waters, who was impressed. They collaborated to complete the song, as Waters had already written some lyrics. In 2004, the song was ranked #316 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In the original album version, the song segues from “Have a Cigar” as if a radio had been tuned away from one station, through several others (including a radio play and one playing Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony), and finally to a new station where “Wish You Were Here” is beginning. Gilmour performed the intro on a twelve-string guitar, processed to sound like it was playing through an old transistor radio, and then overdubbed a fuller-sounding acoustic guitar solo. This passage was mixed to sound as though the guitarist was sitting in a room, playing along with the radio; it also contains a whine that slowly changes pitch—emulating the heterodyne between two drifting AM radio signals.

The intro riff is repeated several times and reprised when Gilmour plays further solos with scat singing accompaniment. At the end of the recorded song, the final solo crossfades with wind sound effects (reminiscent of “One of These Days” from the 1971 album Meddle), and finally segues into the second section of the multi-part suite “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”.

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  • RocketRulz

    love it <3

    20 Nov 10:19pm Reply
  • Storchel

    Love it....

    19 Nov 8:53pm Reply
  • fares_bens

    beautiful song

    14 Nov 8:43pm Reply
  • t1_m0

    this song gives me the creeps each fucking time...

    9 Nov 5:02am Reply
  • Bajum

    Listening to #PinkFloyd early in the morning and drinking a cup of tea..

    5 Nov 9:46am Reply
  • Yopta_nax

    KFC__o_o, Because gladiolus

    31 Oct 10:33am Reply
  • Enzox51

    Я не считаю свой вкус илитарным, но твой вкус даже вкусом назвать сложно. Самый обыкновенный букет топовых банд, причем всех подряд. Оттого и бомбит, лол

    30 Oct 8:51pm Reply
  • the_cwtimes

    Ты из тех, кто считает свой музыкальный вкус илитарным? Тебе чего бомбануло-то так, лол

    30 Oct 6:44pm Reply
  • KFC__o_o

    Why this is so popular??!

    30 Oct 5:05pm Reply
  • Enzox51

    Видимо линкин парк, корн и май кемикал романс мне тоже еще предстоит понять))) Не позорился бы ты, человек-с-дельфином-на-аве))

    30 Oct 11:15am Reply
  • the_cwtimes

    в 17 я тоже не понимал )

    29 Oct 8:33pm Reply
  • MrShayton

    Nice Song

    28 Oct 5:44pm Reply
  • IgIanBarrett

    Enzox51 и врядли поймешь.

    27 Oct 4:09pm Reply
  • ROSSANO1972

    With STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN ( L. Z. ) the best song of every time !

    26 Oct 8:19am Reply
  • Enzox51

    Унылейшая песня. Не понимаю, за что ее можно любить.

    24 Oct 11:21am Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    I saw one in new look and I'm not lucky tonight universe we want Kate to come on before go to bed and tell ciaz thanks for my iPhone ok it's charging now so let it get to 100

    22 Oct 9:34pm Reply
  • ghismmbb

    je ne sais si je rajeunis ou je vieillis en écoutant ce titre, en tout cas mon âme apaisée est revenu, nous sommes sans doute immortels dans cette communauté!

    19 Oct 4:59pm Reply
  • muerto14

    The first time i heard this song , i cry. Masterpiece.

    12 Oct 2:16am Reply
  • websrfr

    Like the tinny, old radio sound at the beginning...

    3 Oct 12:33am Reply
  • Cure1980

    one of my alltimes good make music...

    28 Sep 9:28am Reply
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