1. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is so deep of a tribute to Syd Barrett that the song title is an acrostic poem using the letters of his first name.
2. “See Emily Play” might be completely based on a hallucination. Syd Barrett claims he woke up in the woods with a girl one night after a gig, but its unconfirmed if she was a real person.
3. There’s a reason why you can’t immediately recognize who’s singing the lead vocals on “Have A Cigar.” It’s Roy Harper – a British folk singer – brought in to objectively “play the part” of the record exec and sing from his perspective.
4. The chant at the end of “Fearless” is “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical Carousel being performed by Liverpool football fans. The Rogers & Hammerstein classic is their team theme song.
5. The Wish You Were Here album art is a manifestation of “getting burned,” which represents a host of things: Syd Barrett’s mental burnout, the band’s arguments over royalty payments, and their general disillusionment with the music industry at large.
6. The spoken lines woven throughout The Dark Side of the Moon were all recorded from people milling around Abbey Road Studios. Roger Waters wrote philosophical questions on cue cards and had them respond.
Participants included Paul and Linda McCartney, but their responses didn’t make it onto the record.
7. The clocks and alarm bells at the beginning of “Time” were all recorded separately at antique stores by producer Alan Parsons. He just wanted something to use for a quadrophonic surround sound demo.
8. “The lunatic” heard laughing throughout The Dark Side of the Moon is Peter Watts, the band’s tour manager at the time.
The lunatic is on the grass…