Pink Floyd

Wish You Were Here


playSo, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
playblue skies from pain.
playCan you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
playA smile from a veil?
playDo you think you can tell?

playDid they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?
playHot ashes for trees?
playHot air for a cool breeze?
playCold comfort for change?
playDid you exchange a walk on part in the war
playfor a lead role in a cage?

playHow I wish, how I wish you were here.
playWe're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl,
playyear after year,
playRunning over the same old ground.
playWhat have we found?
playThe same old fears.
playWish you were here.

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Its lyrics encompass Roger Waters' feelings of alienation from other people and his distrust for the music industry

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vocabulary Vocabulary

can tell

to distinguish; to see (a difference); to know or decide

  1. Can you tell the difference between them?
  2. I can’t tell one from the other

walk on part

Acting role with no spoken lines. Insignificant role in a play or film where I think the actor has no lines to speak. A walk-on part refers to movies or television. Say for example you have a street scene with a lot of people walking around. These people are known as extras and they have walk-on parts, meaning they don't speak or do anything special. They just form part of the background

  1. She asked for a walk-on part so that she wouldn't have to memorize lines
  2. Rembrandt appears in so many of his own paintings in a walk-on part.

lead role

Central acting part, the principal role in a play, film, etc.

  1. I wrote the lead role for him.
  2. My friend had the lead role in a play based on 18th-century love letters

Cold steel rail

The track of a train line.


A length of cloth worn by women over the head, shoulders, and often the face.

  1. Nothing completes your dream wedding dress like a gorgeous veil


To exchange something for another.

  1. Once Spain ran out of gold, people stopped having a reason to trade with Spain

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