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Boomer Operettas: Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Shine On You Crazy Diamond [Official Music Video] 1975


In Concert 2019

Added Reflection from 2021: A detailed reaction tour and take by a classical composer. Probably only for aficionados.<!–
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

And last, but by no means least, something from the dark side of the moon, Close Encounters’ “Play the Five Tones”

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  • John G Condon January 24, 2022, 3:37 PM

    Beautiful tribute, Jerry.

    As usual, you find yet again, the beautiful.

    But thats what artists do.

    (If you haven’t discovered it yet, LSOT has much of what you may find of interest. )

  • Klaus January 24, 2022, 4:51 PM

    Just maybe a little more appropriate for us boomers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gsp2CZQYd18

    • ghostsniper January 24, 2022, 6:59 PM

      My dad came in my room one time when I was about 15 and listening to Adam Heart Mother on headphones and he wanted to hear it. He put the headphones on and immediately took em off and asked, “What the hell is wrong with you?” My dad liked Hank Snow, Ferlin Husky, you know, all that north to alaska type stuff.

      • ed in upstate ny January 25, 2022, 3:49 PM

        Ghost, what the hell IS wrong with you? That was Atom Heart Mother. One of my faves BTW.

      • gwbnyc January 25, 2022, 4:25 PM

        Whenever I got t’ Ferlin Husky the old man gimme a kick in the slats.

  • Joan of Argghh! January 24, 2022, 6:08 PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed “Shine On” being enjoyed by Doug.
    I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it before. It’s a perfect expression of grief that keeps getting lifted up in hope. I too, was smiling at the end. May we all be smiling at the end.

  • Dirk January 24, 2022, 7:23 PM

    Used to listen to Crazy Diamond, while being Comfortably Numb! Go figure.

    And and, we are not alone. I’m pretty sure my lovely wife’s from outer space. She’s just too dammed perfect!


  • Skorpion January 25, 2022, 11:02 AM

    While the Floyd was recording WISH YOU WERE HERE, their old bandmate Syd Barrett showed up at the studio. He’d been kicked out of the group several years earlier because of his deteriorating psychological condition, and it was obvious that he was now a permanent resident of *Cloud Cuckoo-Land*.
    That whole LP, and this song in particular, were dedicated to Syd.