Song of the Day, April 24: Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

PinkFloydWishToday’s song is the title track from Pink Floyd’s powerful ninth album, Wish You Were Here. After their magnum opus, The Dark Side of the Moon, the band put together a reflective set of songs that looked at many forms of isolation. The spirit of the album was a tribute to former lead singer Syd Barrett, who by this time had completely withdrawn from the music business and lived as a recluse.

This penultimate track opens with a staticky radio coming into tune, followed by a lovely, compelling guitar figure. Stretching over nearly six minutes, it’s a brilliantly constructed song that reflects Roger Waters’ feelings of alienation and conflicting need for control. Co-writer David Gilmour repeats his guitar work with nice intensity and provides one of his best lead vocals. The overall effect is a masterful statement of complex humanity and a smart piece of rock intensity.

Enjoy this classic track today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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