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

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Total ratings: 7760









Released: 1975
Length: 13:17
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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!
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As a teenager (long long ago), my first open air concert was from Pink Floyd. It blew me away. This record is the best of all.
No other song exposes Gilmour's subtle touch better than this. Quite extraordinary.
Although it has taken 45 years, but Pink Floyd is, sadly, starting to wear a little thin for me. Moving it from a 10 -> 9. Still pretty darn good but no longer Godlike. IMHO
That was a pretty smooth transition from Endless Dream by Conjure One, nicely done Bill
 NickDanger wrote:
Must stop work, turn up volume, lean back in my chair, and remember when I was young, listening to this album...
 
That's whatI'm actually doing right now, mate
I can’t listen to this and not feel just a wee bit stoned. Remembering the huge Koss headphones from my young days. Happy times
One of my favourite  openings of ALL time - listening to this brings back the memory of seeing PF at Earls Court so many years ago !  Such a great Album!
After a long hiatus from RP I turned on the  feed today and was pleasantly rewarded with many of the songs I really liked included this gem from PF.  And my rating, maybe if I hit 10 again it will show a 20!  
 scrubbrush wrote:

Anyone else notice how Stingray disappeared around the same time Trump's Twitter really took off in a "bigly" way? Coincidence? 
Boy, I don't miss this guy.
So many exclamation points!
 
Whatever you do, don't say his name three times while looking in the mirror.  I suspect that would be unwise.
One of the most obvious 10-ratings IMO.
I may have posted this comment before, but dang this tune's comment section is pretty active! 

I always thought the line "you wore out your welcome with random precision" was "you wore out your welcome with ONE NOTE precision" - ya know, owing to Syd's playing nothing but middle C after frying his brain with drugs.  

Sad story, though we benefitted from his departure and DG taking the guitarist spot for PF.  Long Live RP and PF!! 
I feel so sorry for the 83 people that gave this masterpiece a 1.
 maalik wrote:
Everytime that songs pops up I wanna hit the 10 again just to realize I already did it. Why is there no 11? No 12? No 9000?
 
I like this song no doubt. But your attempt of rating values would lead to ultraviolet catastrophe. That's why quantum theory was invented.  
 PhoenixArtDj wrote:
The 82 people who rated this a 1 need to be found, roughed up a little, and tossed from the tribe.

1...unreal.

Maybe they were trying to hit it twice for 11, cause that's where this needs to be. Turn it up to 11! Both volume and rating. 
 

Very good analysis! But of course if that was the reason there should be a lot more twos!
I don't know if anyone has had the opportunity to see Us & Them video by Roger Waters but wow.....He did an amazing job of marrying all these great classics in a flow and theme that was just fantastic.  HIGHLY recommended to any Floyd fan!
 Stingray wrote:
This is nothing but a  "classic" for uninspired "couch-surfers"

and old Mom's and Pap's that never never understood Punk and the true

meaning of Rock & Roll!

Most junkies; I bet, love the song - together with old Mom and Paps!

MAKING ME SLEEP!


 
Anyone else notice how Stingray disappeared around the same time Trump's Twitter really took off in a "bigly" way? Coincidence? 
Boy, I don't miss this guy.
So many exclamation points!
 Steve_Bumgardner wrote:
Possibly the best album ever! Arguably the best song! Guy Parry's sax solo is unbelievable!!! Bass to alto, must be seen to be understood! Amazing!!!
 
Dick Parry
le plaisir journalier
The 82 people who rated this a 1 need to be found, roughed up a little, and tossed from the tribe.

1...unreal.

Maybe they were trying to hit it twice for 11, cause that's where this needs to be. Turn it up to 11! Both volume and rating.
Bill, Thank you for my daily dose of Floyd!
Man more punk floyd less beck
Still goosebumps inducing after all these years. A solid 11!
 NickDanger wrote:
Must stop work, turn up volume, lean back in my chair, and remember when I was young, listening to this album...
 
My memory ain't that good to recall so far back.  I'm lucky to figure out this damn QWERTY keyboard.
 sirdroseph wrote:


Have you got a show; where do you do your stand up routine at? Oh, you mean you were serious?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!{#Stupid}{#Eek}
 

Oh man, 10 year old reply incoming... I was quoting Syd Barrett's response from when the band played him an early demo from this album.
 sqqqrly wrote:

Interesting idea.  Having an eleven rating.  But only one song can claim it per account.  Might generate some interesting metrics.   @billG?

I have many 10s.  What single would be 11?
 

I'm in for my 11 too!
A worthy cover of another track on this album
My mind is always blown whenever I hear this. This is definitely a Desert Island album for me...
 CrispyDruid wrote:
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
 
Interesting idea.  Having an eleven rating.  But only one song can claim it per account.  Might generate some interesting metrics.   @billG?

I have many 10s.  What single would be 11?
Possibly the best album ever! Arguably the best song! Guy Parry's sax solo is unbelievable!!! Bass to alto, must be seen to be understood! Amazing!!!
 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
 
Tangerine Dream's Phaedra could also almost induce it on its own... 
Still get goosebumps listening to this
 davinson110 wrote:

Nice post my dad is the opposite he is 91 and when i got hold of this album for the first time around 1979 as a teen my dad would be telling me to turn this album down grrrr
 
I love the Big Band swing that my 86 year old dad raised me on. Sadly his reaction to anything with electric guitars and synths is a determined " turn off that NOISE".
 philip1 wrote:
There was a documentary a while back in which Dave G said that the beginning of the song is meant to have the same sonics (acoustics?) as if one is standing in a cathedral.
Every time I hear it now I imagine this huge space being slowly filled up by the music as the band members come in. Perfect song.
 
And to think Gilmour was 29 when he wrote this.  What were we all doing at 29? I certainly wasn't carving a permanent niche in the pantheon of music (or anything else for that matter).  Godlike indeed. 
 admascott wrote:

yet 80 folks felt obliged to rate it 1
 
Well said.
I adore PF but realise they can be an acquired taste but I would never go so far as to down rate a track just because I don't like it! 
Interesting how this track is simply named "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" on RP when it is, technically, just parts 1 through 5 of the full two-track "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".... I would argue that RP should either play all 9 parts under the  "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" title or rename this  track to include "parts  1-5" in the title
Radio Paradise is playing the last song aired on WBCN, The Rock of Boston, after three+ decades as one of the most influential rock radio stations ever. There's a new documentary out and, of course, Carter Allen's book from a couple of years ago.
There was a documentary a while back in which Dave G said that the beginning of the song is meant to have the same sonics (acoustics?) as if one is standing in a cathedral.
Every time I hear it now I imagine this huge space being slowly filled up by the music as the band members come in. Perfect song.
 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.
 
Nice post my dad is the opposite he is 91 and when i got hold of this album for the first time around 1979 as a teen my dad would be telling me to turn this album down grrrr
 klowe wrote:
Although Dark Side of the Moon is  an undeniably great album and the soundtrack for my early adolescence, I listened to this album with a bit more reverance.  This was my "go to headphone"s album on a lonely night, reclined out on my bedroom roof watching the wind blow the trees back and forth.
 
Agreed. This was my go to Floyd album. But I should listen to them both again and see if things have changed.
Although Dark Side of the Moon is  an undeniably great album and the soundtrack for my early adolescence, I listened to this album with a bit more reverance.  This was my "go to headphone"s album on a lonely night, reclined out on my bedroom roof watching the wind blow the trees back and forth.
An incredible piece of music, never tire of listening to this album which needs to be heard in its entirety
70s prog rock master piece, stops me in my tracks every time.
 PhoenixArtDj wrote:
In the spirit of Spinal Tap, I feel like we should each get one 11 rating. To hand out to that song that deserves just a little bit more.


maalik wrote:

 

Everytime that songs pops up I wanna hit the 10 again just to realize I already did it. Why is there no 11? No 12? No 9000?
 

 
yet 80 folks felt obliged to rate it 1
 nitsirk90 wrote:
9.2 - Highest rating I've seen on RP.
 
you're right about that!  This piece and 'Wish You Were Here' are both 9.2, so is 'All Along The Watchtower' and 'Moonlight Sonata.'  There's 7 tracks with a 9.1 (DSOTM has 2 entries), more classical pieces and the Beatles' 'A Day In The Life', along with (my fav Jimi tune) 'Little Wing' - Long Live RP and the classics!! 
In the spirit of Spinal Tap, I feel like we should each get one 11 rating. To hand out to that song that deserves just a little bit more.


maalik wrote:

 

Everytime that songs pops up I wanna hit the 10 again just to realize I already did it. Why is there no 11? No 12? No 9000?
 

9.2 - Highest rating I've seen on RP.
The transition into this song from the previous (Endless Dream, by Conjure One) was perfect!
 slates13 wrote:
Yeah, but the other side of the coin - 92% rate it an 8,9 or 10!  Should be 10+

 

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 MayBaby wrote:
Wow. 80 sad people rate this masterpiece a 1.
Definitely a 10.

(8-29-19)
 

♥️♥️♥️♥️
Everytime that songs pops up I wanna hit the 10 again just to realize I already did it. Why is there no 11? No 12? No 9000?
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.