The first time I heard this song, I was drunksd1. In fact, I was drunk and at my favorite bar (so far) in the DC area. The coworker I was with went over to the jukebox and said, "This is the music I used to listen to when I was in high school just high out of my mindsd2." He told me the name of it (as-no kidding- a large portion of the bar sang along with the song) but I didn’t remember it. This was like May of last year. I knew it was Pink Floyd and that’s about it. About a week or two later I downloaded every Pink Floyd song I could, trying to play the songs and hopefully remember what it was. No joy.
About a month ago, I was at work (at a different job) and another (much younger than the previous) coworker had this song on his iPod. And I was able to download itsd3, and fall in love with the song all over again.
Anyhoo, I think DFW said it bestsd4:
This had been one of Hal’s deepest and most pregnant abstractions, one he’d come up with once while getting secretly high in the Pump Room. That we’re all lonely for something we don’t know we’re lonely for. How else to explain the curious feeling that he goes around feeling like he misses somebody he’s never even met? Without the universalizing abstraction, the feeling would make no sense.
Missing someone or something is a feeling that is universally understood. We have all missed things at various points in our lives. Hell, that’s what nostalgia is: missing something that happened in the past. And this song normally makes me feel nostalgic. Makes me think of times that I’ve had in the past. The joy and laughter. The pain and the tears.
This song is dedicated to the college football season. Hurry the fuck up will you?
I mean, seriously.
Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
sd2: yes, my drinking partner at the time was that old. it worked though. i’m an all generations type of guy.
sd3: at legimate website where the artist was compensated for their work of course
sd4: in the Book. there’s actually a lot about nostalgia in there.