Song Lyric Sunday: Precious – ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’

First of all, many congratulations and best wishes to Helen from This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time on her marriage yesterday (which, quite unrelatedly, was also my 65th birthday).

Appropriately, the theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is precious metal or stones. This song is not about love in the romantic sense, but at the very least it shows deep affection for a departed friend and fellow band member. It is also, in my humble opinion, one of the finest pieces of music ever written. I never get tired of listening to this, especially, as here, the full version.

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 in the cross fire of childhood and stardom
Blown on the steel breeze
Come on you target for faraway laughter
come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine
You reached for the secret too soon You cried for the moon
Shine on you crazy diamond
Threatened by shadows at night And exposed in the light
Shine on you crazy diamond
Well you wore out your welcome
With random precision, rode on the steel breeze
Come on you raver, you seer of visions
come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine
Nobody knows where you are
How near or how far
Shine on you crazy diamond
Pile on many more years and I’ll be joining you there
Shine on you crazy diamond
And we’ll bask in the shadow of yesterday’s triumph
Sail on the steel breeze
Come on you boy child, you winner and loser,
Come on you miner for truth and delusion and shine

 

Lyrics by David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright

Song Lyric Sunday 7 May 2017

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