ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND - Parts 1 to 9
A lament on the absence of Syd Barrett.
Roger Waters: I wrote that song, above all, to see the reactions of people
who reckon they know and understand Syd Barrett. I wrote and rewrote and
rewrote and rewrote that lyric because I wanted it to be as close as possible
to what I felt - and, even then, it hasn't altogether worked out for me.
But none the less there's a truthful feeling in that piece...that sort of
indefinable, inevitable melancholy about the disappearance of Syd. Because
he's left, withdrawn so far away that, as far as we're concerned, he's no
Gilmour: It is sad. Syd's story is a sad story romanticizes by people who
don't know anything about it. They've made it fashionable but it's just
not that way.
Waters: It's too long ago to remember exactly why I was thinking about Syd...I
think it was a guitar line of Dave's that sparked me off, a very plaintive
phrase you hear at the beginning of 'Shine On'.It's actually the signature
tune from the radio show 'Take It From Here'.You can't tell from the album,
but in terms of my lyrics, it is the first use I make of memories of childhood,
the juxtapositions and interplay between memories of childhood and feelings
I have now.
During live performances of this song, Richard Wright can be heard playing
parts of Syd Barrett songs at the end, including Bike, See Emily Play, Flaming,
and The Gnome.