other band members to accept the fact that Barrett had to leave the band due to mental illness caused by his addiction to hallucinogenic drug, LSD. Barrett was Pink Floyd’s original guitarist and vocalist but in the late 1960’s his heavy LSD use started to take its toll. Barrett started to behave erratically and unpredictably and despite his deep ties to the band, they had to replace him with David Gilmour, when he became more and more disconnected with reality. In the
subsequent years, his mental state deteriorated even more, and he dropped off the map for a period. His illness became the inspiration for ‘Wish You Were Here’s’ vocal point ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’. If you take the initials from the songs name, it matches with Syd’s name. S stands for shine on, Y for You Crazy and D for Diamond. The song has two parts in this song, there is one line which connects with Syd Barrett’s life, ’You were caught in a crossfire of childhood and stardom’. This means that Syd couldn’t handle being famous at a young age which led to his LSD use and everything just went downhill from there. This part of the album cover creates a sentimental emotion as the band laments for Syd Barrett’s departure.
- Spring '18
- Jared Westover
- English, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Syd Barrett