Wish You Were Here
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Song Name: Wish You Were Here

Artist: Pink Floyd

Album: Wish You Were Here

Run Time: 5:40

Year: 1975

Track Number: 4

Sung By: David Gilmour

Written By: David Gilmour, Roger Waters

Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd
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  • In the original album version, the song segues from Have A Cigar as if a radio had been tuned away from one station, through several others, and finally to a new station where this is beginning. Gilmour performed the intro on a twelve-string guitar, processed to sound like it was playing through an old transistor radio, and then overdubbed a fuller-sounding acoustic guitar solo. This was mixed to sound as though the guitarist was sitting in a room and playing along with the radio; it also contains a barely-audible whine that slowly changes pitch, emulating the heterodyne between two drifting AM signals, as if it's receiving radio interference.
  • The intro riff is repeated several times and reprised when Gilmour plays further solos with scat singing. At the end of the recording, the final solo crossfades with wind effects (reminiscent of "One Of These Days" and "A Pillow Of Winds" from Meddle), and finally segues into Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. VI-IX).
  • About :26 into the recording, a cough can be heard, followed by a sniff at :31, then some faint breathing at :35, then :37-:42, when the opening acoustic solo starts up. It's rumored that at the time of recording, Gilmour's smoking habit caused him to cough during the solo and that he quit after hearing it played back during mixing; it's possible that the cough, sniff and breathing were intentionally or accidentally recorded and left in to bring character to the song.
  • There is a violin solo playing at the end which is nearly drowned out by the wind effects. Violinist Stephane Grappelli was recording in a downstairs studio, and Gilmour had suggested that there be a little "country fiddle" at the end of the song. Grappelli duly obliged. If you listen closely at 5:21 or turn the volume up, you can hear the violin solo playing during the wind.
  • The voices and brief burst of orchestral music between "Have A Cigar" and this were picked randomly from radio broadcasts. The music includes a snippet of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, and a radio play. In concerts, the band extended the bit by playing live off-air samples from the local town, and then switching into the pre-recorded bit from the album. When the radio series was released on cassettes and CDs, this was cut for legal reasons.
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