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Pink Floyd — Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Album: Wish You Were Here
Avg rating:
9.2

Your rating:
Total ratings: 7087









Released: 1975
Length: 13:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 crossfire 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!
Comments (1878)add comment
This whole album oozes Sid. Vale oh Crazy Diamond.
Wow. 80 sad people rate this masterpiece a 1.
Definitely a 10.

(8-29-19)
In my humble opinion,  their best song., but not their best album. 
 
 Rocktom60 wrote:
Nothing is better!!!  This is a own Universum. 10 and 10 and......... 
 

Hit the Nail!!!!   +1
This is following a Conjure One track which some people thought sounded like PF.  This should change their minds.
I would think English League 1 football club Bolton FC are singing this song now  Nick Mason is part of a team of investors buying the club - more like real-life living 'Money' 'lyrics!! - Well done Nick

New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I'll buy me a football team
Nothing is better!!!  This is a own Universum. 10 and 10 and......... 
 OlderGentleman wrote:
This was one of my father’s favorite albums. He passed at 87 last November. Will always remember cranking this up with him. Funny thing is, he was a professional jazz bass player. Blew me away when he asked me to get him a copy of this album when it came out. Great memories. Miss you dad.
 
I miss my dad too, and THANKFULLY for both of us, we have musical memories of our dearly departed to keep us smiling.  My dad was in and out of prison when I was 17-25 years old, and during his longest stint was when I found this album was almost as good as DSOTM....obviously "Wish You Were Here" was a big one for me at that time....and still is.....so here's to those great memories and Long Live RP and RIP dads!!
sitting alone in my room listening to rp.
THIS just blew me away AGAIN
have to give it a ten
thank you bill
wow that was seamless--Lor
This was one of my father’s favorite albums. He passed at 87 last November. Will always remember cranking this up with him. Funny thing is, he was a professional jazz bass player. Blew me away when he asked me to get him a copy of this album when it came out. Great memories. Miss you dad.
remember when you were young
 jbuhl wrote:
1975  when this came out and I was a jr in HS.  By then I was out of the posters and sticker phase.  I had a fairly nice normal looking bedroom.  But this sticker came in the album and was firmly planted smack dab in the center of the door to my room.




 
Bought the 180 gram vinyl last year and it came with some goodies but no sticker!
The sound quality is absolutely fantastic.


At 9.2, this has to be one of the highest rated songs on RP. Deservedly so.
Must stop work, turn up volume, lean back in my chair, and remember when I was young, listening to this album...
Made me laugh out loud through tears. "youth - meh." 

 
Typesbad wrote:
I was 15 when this came out and it amazes me to think how then. I would just ignore "that slow song at the beginning" and rally around "Have a Cigar " and "Welcome to the Machine".  Youth - meh.  

Now "Shine on" at the beginning and end are what this album, and Pink Floyd in general is all about.  I think, the end version is my pick for best of the two, but usually my favorite is which ever playing at the time.
 

 einsteinstoe wrote:
Quite possibly my favorite piece of music my brain has ever processed. 
I realize it makes it a 25 minute song, but parts 6-9 are my favorite and I always have a letdown moment on RP when that section is not included. Que sera sera.
 

My brain isn't done processing it yet.
Perfect music by brilliant musicians.
 raxe866 wrote:
a great tribute to Syd Barrett.
 
The band was practicing this song when the long estranged and crazy Syd Barrett walked into the room.  They all got goosebumps.
Quite possibly my favorite piece of music my brain has ever processed. 
I realize it makes it a 25 minute song, but parts 6-9 are my favorite and I always have a letdown moment on RP when that section is not included. Que sera sera.
Allways and forever...nothing beats Pink Floyd.
I've sometimes wondered what Music Appreciation classes 200 years from now would use to introduce students to the masters of 20th century music.  This.
Goodness, this song brings back memories.  I was in Australia near Alice Spring's, mid 90's on a 3AM bus to climb Uluru to watch the sunrise.  The driver had this playing on the stereo.  Talk about perfection, there could be no other song for that moment.  Oh, watching the sunrise breaking the plain from the top of Ayer's Rock was pretty cool also.
Please set the dial to 11!
About 8% of listeners think that this song deserves 7 or less... About 8% of listeners think this song deserves a solid 8... I guess the large 84% giving 9 and 10 is too overwhelming to argue about the real nature of this song. It doesn't get any better than this...{#Yes}
First heard this in a dentist chair having a brace fitted. Blew me away then and still does every time. In my all time top 10 and never likely to move. Sheer perfection.
I have listened to this more times than I can remember -but I still have to stop what I'm doing and let it wash over me like a loved ones caress - it truly is something special.
THIS. SONG. NEEDS. TO.  BE. AN. ELEVEN. 
Wow only 1 play in the last 30 days. Feel blessed to have caught it.
 I Poo Poo your aweful comment. This is what the Godlike rating was made for!      thewiseking wrote:

me too..........2 flushes, quick couple wipes and I'm outta there. The problem is when I get out this is still playing!

 

what amazes me is how old (or young) they were when they wrote this and other classics - way above their age.  Agree this is as close to perfection as you can get
Bill- I need a rating above 10. Can I get something like a 20? Or maybe we each get one 11, and can set that one track as the tip of the top? Thanks so much for letting this crazy diamond shine on. =D
 Alastair wrote:
I don't listen to Pink Floyd a lot, neither would I claim they were a huge part of my youth.  I was a latecomer to the Floyd party but this song is as close to perfection as anything I can think of.  Makes the day a whole lot better. 

 
" neither would I claim they were a huge part of my youth.  I was a latecomer to the Floyd party but this song is as close to perfection as anything I can think of." 

I couldn't have expressed it better.  In my waning years I have become a great fan of Pink Floyd and wish I had appreciated them more back when  I could so have enjoyed them much of my life.
a great tribute to Syd Barrett.
This song always takes me back to Ecco the Dolphin.
{#Notworthy}
Insanely good even after all these years!
Damn near perfect.
I guess the finishing pinnacle of Pink Floyd. Absolutely great
 
What is it all those Pink Floyd naysayers keeps saying about them? "Pretentious, pompous and dreadfully serious?" Listening to this; sure they are. But when your this good, you get away with it, and stand the test of time. Just like the pyramids.
The Crazy Diamons
The Crazy Diamond
Always amazes me. Not a single redundant note or sound.
 Bert7 wrote:
I always go to the same place whenever I hear this...{#Sunny}

 
me too..........2 flushes, quick couple wipes and I'm outta there. The problem is when I get out this is still playing!
{#Notworthy}  {#Good-vibes}  {#Meditate}
 gmichaelt wrote:

Numinous, actually.

 
Right you are.
I always go to the same place whenever I hear this...{#Sunny}
 Pjesnik wrote:

Explain 'bed spin' to a non-native English speaker, please.
 
I wandered into my mind to put my finger on what the term meant, too. The gutter isn't very deep, so I wasn't there for long. Being teetotal, or nearly so, alcohol didn't immediatley spring to mind, but it eventually came to me...
So good!
 Jeff_Guinn wrote:
Luminous.
 
Numinous, actually.
Goosebumps. Everywhere. Every time.
 
Luminous.
I think ultimately, we can be victims of Pink Floyd: especially Roger Waters. 
1975  when this came out and I was a jr in HS.  By then I was out of the posters and sticker phase.  I had a fairly nice normal looking bedroom.  But this sticker came in the album and was firmly planted smack dab in the center of the door to my room.




I was in school in the 80s and the people who were into Pink Floyd were all about The Wall. I didn't hear this until much later. It's very special indeed.
I must be younger than y'all. Only takes me back to 1994. :)  Still, college... I miss having nothing to do.
I was 15 when this came out and it amazes me to think how then. I would just ignore "that slow song at the beginning" and rally around "Have a Cigar " and "Welcome to the Machine".  Youth - meh.  

Now "Shine on" at the beginning and end are what this album, and Pink Floyd in general is all about.  I think, the end version is my pick for best of the two, but usually my favorite is which ever playing at the time.
Thanks Bill !! Great primer music for the Roger Waters show tonite in Minneapolis!!!{#Dancingbanana_2}
Camping at a racetrack in West Virginia a few years back. Must be around 11PM on a starlit evening. Camp fires can be seen glimmering here and there. Out of the darkness this song comes on. Whoever decided to play it so we could all hear it, THANK YOU!!!! A surreal moment I will never forget.
Finally. Wondered when i'd hear Younger Brother followed by Pink Floyd or vice versa. Both 10's.
  now we're gettin' somewhere.. {#Music}
1975.  Freshman year at Clarion State College.  Great album for bed spins!!!
Great track & great album - go to the exhibition at the V&A in London - very interesting video re the album cover
I don't listen to Pink Floyd a lot, neither would I claim they were a huge part of my youth.  I was a latecomer to the Floyd party but this song is as close to perfection as anything I can think of.  Makes the day a whole lot better. 
worth a bump up in the RP donation :)
Agreed, Godlike! Thank you for keeping Pink Floyd such regular part of amazing tracks played for us  {#Meditate} thanks Bill and Rebecca!
{#Good-vibes}
 boxofrain wrote:

When my husband was in hospice toward the end of this life,  I played this for him and he passed on after about one hour.  He couldn't have been more at peace than hearing this album at the end.

 
Nice.

Go in peace:  so easy to say, so often so hard to do. 
3606 votes for max score... For once I'm proud to be part of the majority {#Cheers}
 Motolorax wrote:
With some trepidation I thought I'd have a look at the comments, but I'm delighted to see that most folk share the same adoration for this remarkable track and album. It is exquisite, and will no doubt be playing quietly in the back of my mind when I finally draw my last breath as it's been the theme tune to much of my life. 

 
When my husband was in hospice toward the end of this life,  I played this for him and he passed on after about one hour.  He couldn't have been more at peace than hearing this album at the end.
Very good!
Some bands can't be replaced or even imitated.
Try playing this video: https://youtu.be/4tBWakZAGqU of a marine iguana foraging in the Galapagos during the first couple minutes of the song. I am sure someone talented could mash the two together quite nicely. 
 
well let's see how can I put this, oh yeah.. GODLIKE ~ {#Cheers}
reach for the gain knob every time
With some trepidation I thought I'd have a look at the comments, but I'm delighted to see that most folk share the same adoration for this remarkable track and album. It is exquisite, and will no doubt be playing quietly in the back of my mind when I finally draw my last breath as it's been the theme tune to much of my life. 
 mojcamojca77 wrote:
Who knows, how many times I've heard this song... It's a pure pleasure every time!

 
{#Sunny} {#Yes}
Maybe the best peace of music ever produced, with the undoubtley best (not the fastest but the one with the most feeling and accurate playing) performed by the most unique and possibly greatest band in history of music on its artistic peak.

and played on the best radio station on the planet

thx bill and rebecca you always manage to pause busy routine life to an inspiring pause

 
 coloradojohn wrote:
THIS SONG perhaps more than any other personifies the Yin and Yang of every extraordinary thing about Pink Floyd... I can honestly say that every single time I hear it, I might discover new and exciting things; in 1988, on one of my cross country road-trips with my Siamese Cat, Syd (his name was no co-incidence), we had to pull over to listen to that special, wild, almost Ornette Coleman-like sax-rant we caught right as it all begins to fade out...and, for example, just now, I noticed, only a minute or so into it, like, for the first time, how Rick Wright's haunting keyboard magic joins Nick Mason's amazing percussion in what must have been their quintessential heartfelt funeral dirge for the death of the inspirational spirit of Syd — without whose early vision, ambition, and pure manifestation of imagination and talent for expression none of them would have had the slightest income.  David Gilmour's unmatched knack for making his wicked Strat guitar sound just like a squawking sax is on full display in this song, and it's simply breathtaking! With Roger Waters' brainstem-grabbing bass-work and withering missile-strikes of cynical poetry — an endless barrage of little but deadly mind-mines planted firmly behind all the theatrics and sonic artistry — well, if you add up even any of it, I think that what you have is an unmistakably all-out, no holds barred ode to their lost and dearly missed friend and enigmatic band-mate that is also undoubtedly A
TRUE AND ETERNAL MASTERPIECE...

 


Amazing song - one of the best ever!
Reminds me to the high school time, winter 1977.
Used this music for a slide show which was made by me and some classmates acting in it.
I'm getting old....... 
Rated with a 10 
 sunybuny wrote:

Heck, I'm a native English speaker and I'd like to know too!

 
Now THAT was funny! Bed spin....as a native English speaker I'm sure you must have experienced it already. Not making fun or pointing any fingers, as I'm experiencing it right now. Due to a certain Dutch beer brand, just to be very clear - no link with my location! (which needs updating anyway)
 coloradojohn wrote:
THIS SONG perhaps more than any other personifies the Yin and Yang of every extraordinary thing about Pink Floyd... I can honestly say that every single time I hear it, I might discover new and exciting things; in 1988, on one of my cross country road-trips with my Siamese Cat, Syd (his name was no co-incidence), we had to pull over to listen to that special, wild, almost Ornette Coleman-like sax-rant we caught right as it all begins to fade out...and, for example, just now, I noticed, only a minute or so into it, like, for the first time, how Rick Wright's haunting keyboard magic joins Nick Mason's amazing percussion in what must have been their quintessential heartfelt funeral dirge for the death of the inspirational spirit of Syd — without whose early vision, ambition, and pure manifestation of imagination and talent for expression none of them would have had the slightest income.  David Gilmour's unmatched knack for making his wicked Strat guitar sound just like a squawking sax is on full display in this song, and it's simply breathtaking! With Roger Waters' brainstem-grabbing bass-work and withering missile-strikes of cynical poetry — an endless barrage of little but deadly mind-mines planted firmly behind all the theatrics and sonic artistry — well, if you add up even any of it, I think that what you have is an unmistakably all-out, no holds barred ode to their lost and dearly missed friend and enigmatic band-mate that is also undoubtedly A
TRUE AND ETERNAL MASTERPIECE...

 
Let's bump coloradojohn's tribute to a true classic and get back on topic...the amazing music of Pink Floyd.

Well said John.


 samuraipizzacat wrote:

When you're so wasted after drinking and/or smoking a lot of weed - when you lay down your whole body feels like it's spinning out of control. Usually results in puking shortly after

Some people find that bed spin can be controlled by placing one foot on the floor.

A friend in high school in Barcelona got wasted on Anis del Mono (imagine that!) and experienced sidewalk spin. He found he could stop the spinning by grabbing the edges of the sidewalk with both hands.

Ah, youth!
 Pjesnik wrote:

Explain 'bed spin' to a non-native English speaker, please.
 

 
When you're so wasted after drinking and/or smoking a lot of weed - when you lay down your whole body feels like it's spinning out of control. Usually results in puking shortly after
 Pjesnik wrote:

Explain 'bed spin' to a non-native English speaker, please.
 

 
Heck, I'm a native English speaker and I'd like to know too!
Time to get high on this song. See ya all  again in about 10 minutes.
Its the guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 countyman wrote:

{#Drunk}

Ahhhh.  I remember putting this album on as a freshman in college.  Great for bed spins!!! I was usually passed out before the singing.



 
Explain 'bed spin' to a non-native English speaker, please.
 
Love that guitar...!  David Gilmour touches the soul...Love these guys forever
{#Hearteyes} 
I think it would be great to follow this up with the rest of the song - Part VI - IX, that were on side 2 of the LP.
10
very true. can't believe I had only rated this an 8.

neptune wrote:
this song is absolutely stunning and it doesn't matter how many times you listen that

 


Sweeeeeet segue from Conjure One/Poe to this. {#Clap}
 Jota wrote:

You wore out your welcome with random precision.

 


Timeless, it does not get any better than this
this song is absolutely stunning and it doesn't matter how many times you listen that
Who knows, how many times I've heard this song... It's a pure pleasure every time!

{#Drunk}

Ahhhh.  I remember putting this album on as a freshman in college.  Great for bed spins!!! I was usually passed out before the singing.


Great song from a great concept album - down to the cover art.
 thewiseking wrote:
Its as if Gilmour took a totally average blues solo 2 minutes in length and then decided to drag it out to 10 excruciatingly dull minutes
alas, the dopey old stoners ate it up. sold millions. 

 
You wore out your welcome with random precision.
Sad, really.
Ah, well each to their own. Enjoy your Lady Gaga records.


thewiseking wrote:
Its as if Gilmour took a totally average blues solo 2 minutes in length and then decided to drag it out to 10 excruciatingly dull minutes
alas, the dopey old stoners ate it up. sold millions. 

 


Remember WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG?
Its as if Gilmour took a totally average blues solo 2 minutes in length and then decided to drag it out to 10 excruciatingly dull minutes
alas, the dopey old stoners ate it up. sold millions. 
 thewiseking wrote:
ZzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 



You have a faulty keyboard.. 10 keeps showing as z

ZzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Pink Floyd Ehhh are they still around?, i saw them in '68 in Antwerp billiard palace, admission was 50 Bef ( 1$) it was a good show with coloured lights and such. They had that weird guy with them i think he was called Syd or so...lots has happened since then. 
Pure 100% unadulterated geniusness!!!
 idiot_wind wrote:
Th opening guitar riffs still stop me in my tracks. Can't really do much, while this song is playing, other than get "high" on this.

 
Yeah, this is pure denial-of-service in aural form.
 coloradojohn wrote:
THIS SONG perhaps more than any other personifies the Yin and Yang of every extraordinary thing about Pink Floyd... I can honestly say that every single time I hear it, I might discover new and exciting things; in 1988, on one of my cross country road-trips with my Siamese Cat, Syd (his name was no co-incidence), we had to pull over to listen to that special, wild, almost Ornette Coleman-like sax-rant we caught right as it all begins to fade out...and, for example, just now, I noticed, only a minute or so into it, like, for the first time, how Rick Wright's haunting keyboard magic joins Nick Mason's amazing percussion in what must have been their quintessential heartfelt funeral dirge for the death of the inspirational spirit of Syd — without whose early vision, ambition, and pure manifestation of imagination and talent for expression none of them would have had the slightest income.  David Gilmour's unmatched knack for making his wicked Strat guitar sound just like a squawking sax is on full display in this song, and it's simply breathtaking! With Roger Waters' brainstem-grabbing bass-work and withering missile-strikes of cynical poetry — an endless barrage of little but deadly mind-mines planted firmly behind all the theatrics and sonic artistry — well, if you add up even any of it, I think that what you have is an unmistakably all-out, no holds barred ode to their lost and dearly missed friend and enigmatic band-mate that is also undoubtedly A
TRUE AND ETERNAL MASTERPIECE...

 
I've made this remark on other PFsongs,  but they personify the adage "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. "
 
THIS SONG perhaps more than any other personifies the Yin and Yang of every extraordinary thing about Pink Floyd... I can honestly say that every single time I hear it, I might discover new and exciting things; in 1988, on one of my cross country road-trips with my Siamese Cat, Syd (his name was no co-incidence), we had to pull over to listen to that special, wild, almost Ornette Coleman-like sax-rant we caught right as it all begins to fade out...and, for example, just now, I noticed, only a minute or so into it, like, for the first time, how Rick Wright's haunting keyboard magic joins Nick Mason's amazing percussion in what must have been their quintessential heartfelt funeral dirge for the death of the inspirational spirit of Syd — without whose early vision, ambition, and pure manifestation of imagination and talent for expression none of them would have had the slightest income.  David Gilmour's unmatched knack for making his wicked Strat guitar sound just like a squawking sax is on full display in this song, and it's simply breathtaking! With Roger Waters' brainstem-grabbing bass-work and withering missile-strikes of cynical poetry — an endless barrage of little but deadly mind-mines planted firmly behind all the theatrics and sonic artistry — well, if you add up even any of it, I think that what you have is an unmistakably all-out, no holds barred ode to their lost and dearly missed friend and enigmatic band-mate that is also undoubtedly A
TRUE AND ETERNAL MASTERPIECE...
If you're of the right age, this is like playing "Name That Tune" in 4 notes and just KNOWING you got it.   ...Dah-Dah-DAH-Dah...
Th opening guitar riffs still stop me in my tracks. Can't really do much, while this song is playing, other than get "high" on this.

  
 Orangeman wrote:
 Wouldn't you love to have been a fly on the wall in the recording studio !

 
One of my friends was in London, and it was the early 70s. He made the obligatory pilgrimage to Abbey Road to see where the Beatles had recorded. Walks up and walks in, no trouble. A man asks, "Can I 'elp you?" and he shyly says he just wanted to look around.

The man takes him on a brief walkaround in the studio. They get near a studio room and there's a racket with instruments and voices. "Oh, that's the Pink Floyd in there recording something they call Dark Side of the Moon..." 
I remember one comic that was mocking fans of various artists and bands, portraying them in certain comical ways.

Anyway, they portrayed fans of Pink Floyd as an utterly boring people without friends or girlfriends, with spider webs around their wrists. Ironically, that's how I feel when I hear Pink Floyd. ;-)
Second album I ever bought, back in 1979 or so when I was very small.
My son came home one night rather pissed after a party, about 3 in the morning. I was just tidying up after we (the parents) had a party and my son said "fancy a night cap" I said "what the hell". That didn't surprise me, what came next did "Dad, stick some Pink Floyd on, Wish you were here" - of course I obliged which woke the wife up so she came and joined us. Don't you just love family gatherings!!!
одна из тех песен что вызывает мурашки по телу
one of those songs that evokes goose bumps
....and Shine!
 Skydog wrote:

wise family, listen to them

 
Hahaha, complete opposite in my households - TURN IT UP!!!
 Wouldn't you love to have been a fly on the wall in the recording studio !
 jbuhl wrote:
When this first came out I had to listen to my dad yell.  "SON CAN YOU TURN THAT DOWN!"

Now I have to listen to my 19 year old daughter. "DAD CAN YOU TURN THAT DOWN!"   {#Frown}

 
wise family, listen to them