Wish You Were Here (4:40)

Cover of Orchestral Maneuvers: The Music of Pink Floyd

From Orchestral Maneuvers: The Music of Pink Floyd and 103 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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  • lukasz_pulawski

    Timeless!

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  • Yukiih

    this song means so much to me...

    Yesterday 5:19am Reply
  • vinman76

    Did you exchange a walk on part in a war for lead role in a cage? Excellent song,Band!!! Iam glad I was lucky to have seen them 4 times. thank-you By the way wich one s Pink?

    16 Apr 7:33pm Reply
  • Andre_L-

    Recently in love with this one

    16 Apr 7:07pm Reply
  • WitchUp

    @Abomination317 Your comment,sir,is an abomination.

    10 Apr 7:19pm Reply
  • WitchUp

    Heartwarming.

    10 Apr 7:18pm Reply
  • davidmxdf

    We're just two lost souls. Swimming in a fish bowl, year after year...

    6 Apr 8:58am Reply
  • ruanpedreiro

    <3

    4 Apr 4:04pm Reply
  • Tamguns

    Lovely...

    2 Apr 10:08pm Reply
  • tayanealves

    How I wish...

    27 Mar 9:52pm Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Welch ein Sound !

    21 Mar 6:11pm Reply
  • dena1222

    How do you download songs and are they free to download or do you have to buy the tracks

    13 Mar 6:21am Reply
  • Ena_Zivkovic5

    wonderful. "we're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year..."

    11 Mar 4:35pm Reply
  • MarioSila

    Perdonar que sea tan reiterativo, los castellanos tenemos un idioma mucho mas rico que el ingles para expresarnos, cuando se pone en ingles yo amo, a quien amas a la canción a la guitarra del solista a su entrepiernas, al grupo. He elegido una frase muy sencilla pero que muestra que el ingles depende mucho del contesto general para expresa un sentimiento.

    11 Mar 7:23am Reply
  • MarioSila

    Siempre es un placer escuchar este tema, década tras década.

    10 Mar 11:50am Reply
  • Grzesiu_

    Sometimes I believe this is the best song ever written. This is one of those times.

    9 Mar 9:40am Reply
  • Abomination317

    Musically, lyrically, emotionally... there's just... nothing there. I can't even say much about this song because there just isn't anything to speak of. Apart from how dull it is.

    5 Mar 3:20am Reply
  • Seph91

    wish she was here [2]

    1 Mar 5:53am Reply
  • MieCiaN

    How many times I have to rape the replay button over this song to get her by my side?

    27 Feb 9:14pm Reply
  • dancemylifeaway

    dinliyo musun nuriye?

    22 Feb 6:11pm Reply
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