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Syd Barrett (actually Roger Keith Barrett -- at 14 he took the name of a local jazz bassist Sid "The Beat" Barrett) was taught at Morley Memorial Junior School bin Cambridge by the mother of Roger Waters, and later he went to Cambridgeshire High School for Boys with Waters, and they became close friends. Then he met David Gilmour as a student in the Cambridge Technical College art department. Meanwhile, Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright, fellow architecture students at the London Polytechnic Institution played together in various rock bands. In 1964 they were joined by Barrett and by late 1965, at Barrett's suggestion, they began calling themselves the Pink Floyd Sound (named in honor of American bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council). They began recording in 1967, but Barrett, the group's lead vocalist and principal songwriter, was already suffering from mental illness (possibly related to his excessive use of psychedelic drugs). he only recorded 4 singles, their 1st album and part of their 2nd album before he was fired in April 1968. He was replaced by Gilmour. The band recorded the album "Wish You Were Here" in 1975 . The title song was a rare collaboration between Waters and Gilmour. Waters had heard Gilmour play the opening riff and asked him to play it slower. They worked on the music for the chorus and verses together, and Waters wrote the lyrics, in part devoted to their mutual friend Barrett.So, so you think you can tellHeaven from hellBlue skies from painCan you tell a green fieldFrom a cold steel rail?A smile from a veil?Do you think you can tell?Did they get you to tradeYour heroes for ghosts?Hot ashes for trees?Hot air for a cool breeze?Cold comfort for change?Did you exchangeA walk on part in the warFor a lead role in a cage?How I wish, how I wish you were hereWe're just two lost soulsSwimming in a fish bowlYear after yearRunning over the same old groundAnd how we foundThe same old fearsWish you were here
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