martes, julio 11, 2006

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

I got acquainted with Pink Floyd when I was 8 or 9. I was mesmerized by the cover of "Dark Side of the Moon" so, one day, when my older brother and my mom left the house, I played the LP. I was immediatly drawn in by the music, but I did not understand the lyrics, since they were in English and I did not speak the language at the time.

Later, when I was 11, one of my Junior High teachers translated some of the lyrics for us. That was it. I have been a Pink Floyd fan since then. Viewing the movie "The Wall" was another rite of passage.

Extrangely enough, I did not learn about Syd Barrett until I was in college, when a Pink Floyd freak told me all about the band, and about Syd, and about how "Wish You Were Here" and "The Wall" were heavily influenced by Roger Waters pain over Syd's situation.

Somehow, learning about his departure gave me the blues.

Shine on you Crazy Diamond

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 on 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 layers and I'll be joining you there.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
And we'll bask in the shadow of yesterday's triumph,
and sail on the steel breeze.
Come on you boy child, you winner and loser,
come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine!

Here you have the note:

Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, dies

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer

18 minutes ago

Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.

The spokeswoman — who declined to give her name until the band made an official announcement — confirmed media reports that he had died. She said Barrett died several days ago, but she did not disclose the cause of death.

Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, and wrote many of the band's early songs.

He got the name of the band from two old blues musicians, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Pink Floyd's jazz-infused rock made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene. It was the first British group to do light shows in concert and its music and style was weird even for that era.

The 1967 album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" — largely written by Barrett — was a commercial and critical hit. The group, with additional band members Nick Mason and Richard Wright, came to be known as England's premier acid rockers.

But the band did a turn for the worse when Barrett became mentally unstable from the pressures of drugs and fame and had to leave the band in 1968 — five years before Pink Floyd's most popular album, "Dark Side of the Moon."

Barrett spent much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge.

Guitarist David Gilmour, another Cambridge student, took Barrett's place.

A small, private funeral would be held, the spokeswoman said.


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