42 Of The Most Influential Pink Floyd Quotes

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Pink Floyd is one of the most well known bands of all time.  They had a very unusual sound and style that distinguished them from other bands. Originally formed in London in 1965, they gained a followed a “psychedelic pop” band. They had a very experimental approach with their sound and lengthy experimental approaches to songs.

The original members in Pink Floyd were Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright. David Gilmour joined in 1967 and Barrett left the following year. Roger Waters was the primary lyricist and devised many of the conceptual works like The Wall.

Pink Floyd is one of those bands that has a long history of conflict and infighting with constant changes to the band line up.

The two most iconic Pink Floyd albums are The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. Both albums have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and are on the list of best selling albums of all time. Pink Floyd has sold more than 260 Million records which puts them on a short list of best selling musical artists of all time.


Pink Floyd Quotes

Below is a collection of some of the most influential lyrics and quotes by the Pink Floyd band.

1. “Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain. You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today. And then one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.”– Pink Floyd.

2. “I took a heavenly ride through our silence. I knew the moment had arrived. For killing the past and coming back to life.”– Pink Floyd.

3. “Long you live and high you’ll fly, and smiles you’ll give, tears you’ll cry and all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be.”– Pink Floyd.

4. “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat!”– Pink Floyd.

5. “Mama’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true. Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you

Mama’s gonna keep you right here under her wing

She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing

Mama’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm.”– Pink Floyd.

6. “They say there’s gold but I’m looking for thrills.

You can get your hands on whatever we find,

Because I’m only coming along for the ride.”– Pink Floyd.

7. “You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today. And then one day you find ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.”– Pink Floyd.

8. “Witness the man who waves at the wall

Making the shape of his question to Heaven

Whether the sun will fall in the evening

Will he remember the lesson of giving?”– Pink Floyd.


9. “Hello? Hello? Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home?”– Pink Floyd.

10. “Hey, you! out there in the cold

Getting lonely, getting old, can you feel me

Hey you! Standing in the aisles

With itchy feet and fading smiles, can you feel me?

Hey you! don’t help them to bury the light

Don’t give in without a fight.

Hey you! out there on your own

sitting naked by the phone would you touch me

Hey you ! with your ear against the wall

Waiting for someone to call out would you touch me

Hey you ! would you help me to carry the stone

Open your heart, I’m coming home

But it was only a fantasy

The wall was too high as you can see

No matter how he tried he could not break free

And the worms ate into his brain.

Hey you! out there on the road

Always doing what you’re told, can you help me

Hey you! out there beyond the wall

Breaking bottles in the hall, can you help me

Hey you! don’t tell me there’s no hope at all

Together we stand, divided we fall.”– Pink Floyd.

11. “I am not frightened of dying, any time will do, I don’t mind. Why should I be frightened of dying?

There’s no reason for it, you’ve gotta go sometime.”– Pink Floyd.

12. “Strangers passing in the street. By chance, two separate glances meet. And I am you and what I see is me”– Pink Floyd.

13. “Come on you target for faraway laughter. Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!”– Pink Floyd.

14. “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”– Pink Floyd.

15. “I can’t explain, you would not understand

This is not how I am

I have become comfortably numb”– Pink Floyd.

16. “Wasting my time,

Resting my mind

And I’ll never pine

For the sad days and the bad days

When we were workin’ from nine to five”– Pink Floyd.

17. “You lock the door and throw away the key

There’s someone in my head but it’s not me”– Pink Floyd.

18. “We’re just two lost souls. Swimming in a fish bowl.” — Pink Floyd.

19. “You got to be crazy, you gotta have a real need.”– Pink Floyd.

20. “Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?

Remember how she said that

We would meet again

Some sunny day?

Vera! Vera!

What has become of you?

Does anybody else here

Feel the way I do”– Pink Floyd.

21. “Did you ever wonder why we had to run for shelter when the promise of a brave new world unfurled beneath a clear blue sky?”– Pink Floyd.

22. “The band is just fantastic,

that is really what I think,

Oh, and by the way,

which one’s Pink?”– Pink Floyd.

23. “Envy is the bond between

The hopeful and the damned”– Pink Floyd.

24. “You lock the door and throw away the key

There’s someone in my head but it’s not me.”– Pink Floyd.

25. “I’ve always been mad, I know I’ve been mad, like the most of us…very hard to explain why you’re mad, even if you’re not mad…”– Pink Floyd.

26. “You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to.”– Pink Floyd.

27. “Why does anyone do anything?”

“I don’t know, I was really drunk at the time!”– Pink Floyd.

28. “There is no dark side of the moon really. As a matter of fact, it’s all dark.”– Pink Floyd.

29. “Remember when you were young?

You shone like the Sun…”– Pink Floyd.

30. “So have a good drown, as you go down all alone.”– Pink Floyd.

31. “Who was born in a house full of pain.

Who was trained not to spit in the fan.

Who was told what to do by the man.

Who was broken by trained personnel.

Who was fitted with collar and chain.

Who was given a pat on the back.

Who was breaking away from the pack.

Who was only a stranger at home.

Who was ground down in the end.

Who was found dead on the phone.

Who was dragged down by the stone.”– Pink Floyd.

32. “I’ve got a strong urge to fly

But I’ve got nowhere to fly to”– Pink Floyd.

33. “Don’t tell me there’s no hope at all.

Together we stand,

Divided we fall.”– Pink Floyd.

34. “Why can’t we reach the sun?

Why can’t we blow the years away?”– Pink Floyd.

35. “The echo of a distant tide comes willowing across the sand.”– Pink Floyd.

36. “So have a good drown, as you go down all alone.”– Pink Floyd.

37. “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun

Little by little the night turns around.

Counting the leaves which tremble at dawn

Lotuses lean on each other in yearning

Under the eaves the swallow is resting

Set the controls for the heart of the sun.

Over the mountain watching the watcher.

Breaking the darkness, waking the grapevine.

One inch of love is one inch of shadow

Love is the shadow that ripens the wine.

Set the controls for the heart of the sun.

The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun.

Witness the man who raves at the wall

Making the shape of his questions to Heaven

Whether the sun will fall in the evening

Will he remember the lesson of giving?

Set the controls for the heart of the sun.

The heart of the sun, the heart of the sun”– Pink Floyd.

38. “Your lips move, but I can’t hear what you’re saying.”– Pink Floyd.

39. “Meek and obedient you follow the leader.”– Pink Floyd.

40. “Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death.”– Pink Floyd.

41. “Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary”– Pink Floyd.

42. “There’s someone in my head but it’s not me.”– Pink Floyd.

43. “So, so you think you can tell

Heaven from Hell

Blue skies from pain

Can you tell a green field

From a cold steel rail?

A smile from a veil?

Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade

Your heroes for ghosts?

Hot ashes for trees?

Hot air for a cool breeze?

Cold comfort for change?

And did you exchange

A walk on part in a war

For a lead role in a cage?

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”– Pink Floyd.


Pink Floyd Video – “Another Brick in the Wall”

This is one of their most classic songs from the album the Wall.  It really focuses on the theme of alienation from school, society and others, describing the metaphorical walls that get built around us.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, Pink Floyd has been one of most the most successful musical groups in the music industry. Their music, poems, and quotes have transformed many lives worldwide. Reading through the quotes from this article, will probably inspire you to listen to some of their music.

If it’s been awhile, start with Dark Side of the Moon.

 

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