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Friday, December 23, 2011


Wish You Were Here

Five people around a fish bowl tonight, with Cory Juneau, another embodiment of
skateboarding. Wish You Were Here... 
At the end of The Lords Of Dogtown, there is this song about Syd, the dying kid with brain cancer. The real Syd for which the song was written by Pink Floyd in 1975 did not died until 2006 at the age of 60, but the song was shrouded with references to mental illness, friendship, alienation from other people, rejections and street cred. Just like skateboarding.
"Is Syd dying?" Were asking people in 76… "Is Syd dead?" The Syd from the movie die at the end, but not before the whole Z-Boys are reunited for a last sesh before splitting forever. Whether the film is far from the reality; with dogs wandering around a bowl in what looks like a sanatorium close to an empty pool, is irrelevant. At least for Syd. The movie ends with fantasy and so many cross-references that the verse “swimming in a fish bowl” takes a brand new meaning after 2 hours of pure Dogtown apology. The Pink Floyd song Wish You Were Here had nothing to do with skateboarding in 1975, but after The Lords Of Dogtown, it has become the embodiment of skateboarding.

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?
And cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
A walk on part in the 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.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Friday, December 23, 2011 




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