Song of the Day #2,131: ‘Wish You Were Here (Live)’ – David Gilmour

wish_you_were_hereFor my final selection of favorite songs, I’m travelling back (once again) to high school.

It’s no surprise that so many of the songs I’ve featured over the past three weeks come from my adolescence. I’ll be curious to see if the same holds true for my readers’ lists (which I expect you to post in the comments!).

As I wrote when I first featured this song all the way back at Song of the Day #65, my high school friends and I were so enamored of Pink Floyd, and this song in particular, that we managed to get it voted in as our prom theme.

It’s a beautiful song, and free of all of the prog rock artifice that dates so many other Pink Floyd songs. The original sounds very much like the unplugged live performance by David Gilmour I’m featuring today.

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,131: ‘Wish You Were Here (Live)’ – David Gilmour

  1. Dana says:

    First off, it’s so nice to see Dave Gilmour’s father sing one of his son’s songs. Wow, are we all getting old!😄

    Anyway, I didn’t see this pick coming, but it makes all the sense in the world for the reasons you have given.

    Well, I suppose I might have to get busy during the long holiday weekend in coming up with my desert island/favorite songs.😄

  2. pegclifton says:

    It’s interesting that so many of your favorite songs are from your high school days; when we go to breakfast at the “Floridian” on Las Olas, the soundtrack is all oldies from the 50’s and 60’s, and I’m brought back to my high school days and it’s very sweet; I just love it. Not sure if they are my favorite songs of all time, but I do love listening to them 🙂

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