As I sit around and work on the last working day at my current workplace, there is a little deep feeling. A feeling, as one sets off on new adventures, a feeling as one leaves behind a lot that he has earned. Yes, am talking about love and family, as I leave this place, I also leave a great family I was a part of and friends, some really great friends.
All these mixed feelings remind me of music (playing right now on my earpieces) by Pink Floyd, actually the whole album 'Wish You Were Here' and the deep feelings and the story of the coincident behind it and here I am telling you the same for this music truly represents my mixed emotions as well.
A tribute to Syd Barret, an original member of the band and a close friend to Roger Waters and Nick Mason, the basis of the track was laid by David Gilmour's 4-notes that hit Roger. This is in two parts, the first part depicts their initial journey and Syd's fight with his mental conditions.
Track two is the strongest track of the album, speaking of how success is fed to the artist through businessmen, who dictate them what to do and become a star so that behind them they can make money. This behaviour and Syd's response to it was what created a lot of trouble for the band and also contributed in worsening of his mental conditions. It also features a rare video played in concerts with slightly disturbing imagery.
This track is a direct taunt to the music and record industry and their salesmen. Its lyrics contains as many cliches as Waters could find like, "You're gonna go far," "I'll tell you the name of the game," and so on. Also, this track was sung by a non-member, Roy Harper, who was a close friend and working nearby during recording and called in to help.
The title track describes the feelings of withdrawal people have because of all the bad the world gets them. It was especially focused, like their album The Wall, on Syd's fight with schizophrenia.
The second half of the track, it describes Syd's final stages of mental breakdown and the depth of feelings can be seen in the fact that out of the blues, Syd wandered into the studio and unrecognisable, he offered to contribute a solo and complete the track but was denied and sent back. Dick Parry was called in to play the iconic Saxophone funeral solo, in the end, to complete it, the final tribute to the friend. Syd was never seen around them since then too.