It's a little tough to talk about the 10 best Pink Floyd lyrics out of context. In today's world, where everybody is a singles band, Pink Floyd created concept albums that held together as a whole. Even so, let's talk about some of the Pink Floyd lyrics that stick out most of all.
- "It's a hit / Don't give me that do goody good bullsh*t.” When you're a kid, it is something special to hear the word "bullsh*t". Usually, we only hear that word when our parents are mad at us. This lyric is a great couplet, even though the song completely misses the point about the principle of love for money being the root of all evil.
- “Remember when you were young / You shone like the sun / Shine on you crazy diamond / Now there's a look in your eyes.” This is a lovely dedication to Syd Barrett, the original Pink Floyd singer that, in fact, did go crazy. It's a great lyric because it's fine poetry. It's also great because it helps tell a true story.
- “Oh by the way, which one's Pink?” I'll bet many Pink Floyd diehards love this one. In a scathing indictment of the music business, these words come from a clueless record company executive. And with the sad state of the music business now, there are many, many more clueless execs.
- “We don't need no education / We don't need no thought control.” I had an education-loving friend in high school who despised this song. He even went to see the band perform it in concert. He should have realized that it had more to do with the bad educational system in England, rather than education itself.
- “Hello? / Is there anybody in there?Just nod if you can hear me.” Who hasn't felt comfortably numb at some point in life? Chances are good we would not have had gothic music had there been no Pink Floyd, for better or for worse.
- “And if you're taking your girlfriend / Out tonight / You'd better park the car / Well out of sight / Cause if they catch you in the back seat / Trying to pick her locks / They're gonna send you back to mother / In a cardboard box.” If these words don't make you think twice about scoring with your little high school friend, nothing will. If you do decide to go for it, here's hoping you're a good runner. Cardboard boxes are no way to travel.
- “Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away / Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air / You better watch out / There may be dogs about / I've looked over Jordan, and I have seen / Things are not what they seem.” This lyric combines Orwell's words with an old gospel song. Neither is very reassuring. Sheep are stupid animals; so if the wool fits, wear it.
- “How I wish, how I wish you were here / We're just two lost souls / Swimming in a fish bowl / Year after year.” With these lyrics Roger Waters conjures up a "Finding Nemo" for depressed adults. It's certainly not going swimmingly for these two lost souls.
- "In the corner of some foreign field / The gunner sleeps tonight / What's done is done." War is always hell. Always. Waters captures the lonely nature of human struggle with these words.
- "Hush now baby, baby, don't you cry / Mother's gonna make all your nightmares come true." No mother will ever sing these words to her child. But Waters is no maternal figure, and when he describes a bedtime story, y'all better stand clear.
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