By Chelsea Haith
Closure is crucial to a successful break-up. While Pink Floyd will clearly never get back together, the fans are feeling abandoned and in need of closure, a formal goodbye. Soft, sweet and bitterly nostalgic, Pink Floyd has in fact been wishing us goodbye for years, from the lyrics of their ground-breaking albums.
In the wake of the final break-up of the legendary Pink Floyd, I find myself going back through their discography. I lie back and wonder at the tonal glory of my favourite of their albums The Division Bell, the chart-topping The Wall and the revolutionary sound of The Dark Side of the Moon.
David Gilmour has confirmed that Pink Floyd is no more. He is certainly doing his own thing in Rattle That Lock, and perhaps they’ve simply grown apart. After the 2014 release of their new album The Endless River and tour dates all over the world, the break-up has come as a shock, like your parents suddenly announcing a divorce. The media are certainly reporting it as though cherished lovers have parted ways. Perhaps Pink Floyd is like a relationship that has run its course and Gilmour has said, “I still love you, but it’s time for us to be apart.”
So here it is. The farewell you want, the farewell you need from the band that will always be there in quiet nights of contemplation, late afternoons at your desk, 2am ramblings with friends and a sound that runs through the hearts of generations. Like all true farewells there’s some useful advice, memories of better days, some bitter accusations and the fondest of memories. Shine on you crazy diamond.
Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
The child is grown
The dream is gone
I have become comfortably numb.
And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death
People heard him say – say
I will find a way – way
There will come a day – day
Something will be done.
Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today
But if you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re giving none away
We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
Us and Them
And after all we’re only ordinary men
Me, and you
God only knows it’s not what we would choose to do
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.
There is no pain, you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon
You are only coming through in waves
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying
Goodbye blue sky
Goodbye blue sky
Songs featured: Comfortably Numb, Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Time, Let There Be More Light, Another Brick In The Wall (II), Money, Goodbye Blue Sky, Us And Them.
For your nostalgic midnight musing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnYzhKt2BC8