Lyrics of the Week – Week 37


Dedicated to Ian. He gave me this album.

“If” by Pink Floyd

If I were a swan, I’d be gone.
If I were a train, I’d be late.
And if I were a good man,
I’d talk with you
More often than I do.

If I were to sleep, I could dream.
If I were afraid, I could hide.
If I go insane, please don’t put
Your wires in my brain.

If I were the moon, I’d be cool.
If I were a book, I would bend for you.
If I were a good man, I’d understand
The spaces between friends.

If I were alone, I would cry.
And if I were with you, I’d be home and dry.
And if I go insane,
And they lock me away,
Will you still let me join in the game?

If I were a swan, I’d be gone.
If I were a train, I’d be late again.
If I were a good man,
I’d talk with you
More often than I do.

Personally, I prefer Pink Floyd’s instrumental movements on the “Ummagumma” album, but that doesn’t mean they lack in the lyrical department. I’m often drawn to simple acoustic songs with unconcealed lyrics. They are true and universally understood. They are capable of touching a wide variety of people. They lack complexity that often separates listeners. They are poetry.

Photo Credit: Pink Floyd

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