This is one of my favorite songs of Pink Floyd and coincidentally (?) the title of the next episode of Once Upon a Time. I did a little analysis of the song linking to Regina and Emma story. Of course this is a personal opinion about it all, but to me it makes sense. I’m not trying to make theories or whatever. I just wished (for fun) to parallel Regina and Emma’s story with the song.
And YES. I know this song was written for Syd Barret and has not a romantic meaning, but as any poetical opera, it can be read and interpreted in different ways and this is MY interpretation.
At last but not least, if you don’t like Swan queen, please, skip the post, no war, no rudeness, no fights. I’m sure there will be uncountable other posts on tumblr the will be right for you , for your ship, etc. As I said on the top of my blog. There is already enough war in the world, so let’s just have FUN here ok?. Thank you!
“Wish You Were Here” - Pink Floyd
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?
This first verse can be surely linked to Regina’s wish of taking way all the evil / bad part of her. The questions in this verse enquire many times about the possibility of separating opposite sides of a dual concept. i.e. "so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.“ So Regina do you think you can tell you can be whole separating your good and your bad? This verse tells Regina feelings about her own being.
Trying to analyze this verse linking it to Emma’s life. Do you think your resistance will keep apart two pieces of a whole? / Do you think only your resilience can make a whole from two parts that don’t belong together? (related to her relationship with Hook) Here we can either link to both, Emma’s life as the savior and daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming (She has been since the beginning conflict about both statuses) and also to the fact she continue convincing herself that her happiness is in an relationship that don’t full fill her.
Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change? Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?
This second verse we can associate to Regina’s choices in her past. Being influenced by her mother and Rumple. Her mother, because she wanted Regina to live the life Cora had chosen for her, despite Regina’s own destiny. Cora indeed altered in many ways her daughter’s destiny killing the man Regina was in love with, making her marry Snow White father. Rumple because he used her anger to manipulate her. It seems to Regina that despite all her efforts she does not feel full filled. Despite righting her wrongs, becoming a better person, having a family, people who love her, she is not full filled, something is missing. (would this be the reason she separated from the EQ? Because she thought she would never be whole because of her evil part? Somehow something is missing / wrong, she may not see or is avoiding to see it.
Analyzing this verse from Emma’s point of view we have the moment Emma question herself about her feelings, her fears, Actually it can all be asked in one single question: Will all my efforts to fit in the way / the life people’s want me to be worth? If so, why am I not happy?
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.
In this last verse we have a parallel about Regina and Emma’s lives. Both looking for happiness, both looking for a possibility to be completely full filled by their lives, being happy about who they really are and most important looking for something (or someone) they fail to find in other people. They care for each other, they fight for each other, they save each other, they are similar to each other, despite going each one for its own way, despite giving their best on their personal search, anything is never accomplished because they don’t feel whole, they don’t be full filled, and when that happens all that remain is their longing of each other.
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