Pink Floyd — Us & Them -> Eclipse
Album: Dark Side Of The Moon
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Released: 1973
Length: 16:34
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Us, and them
And after all we're only ordinary men.
Me, and you.
God only knows it's noz what we would choose to do.
Forward he cried from the rear
and the front rank died.
And the general sat and the lines on the map
moved from side to side.
Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who.
Up and down.
But in the end it's only round and round.
Haven't you heard it's a battle of words
The poster bearer cried.
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There's room for you inside.

"I mean, they're not gunna kill ya, so if you give 'em a quick short,
sharp, shock, they won't do it again. Dig it? I mean he get off
lightly, 'cos I would've given him a thrashing - I only hit him once!
It was only a difference of opinion, but really...I mean good manners
don't cost nothing do they, eh?"

Down and out
It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about.
With, without.
And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about?
Out of the way, it's a busy day
I've got things on my mind.
For the want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died.


The lunatic is on the grass.
The lunatic is on the grass.
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs.
Got to keep the loonies on the path.

The lunatic is in the hall.
The lunatics are in my hall.
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more.

And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

The lunatic is in my head.
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane.
You lock the door
And throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me.

And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear.
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

"I can't think of anything to say except...
I think it's marvelous! HaHaHa!"


All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste
All you feel.
All that you love
All that you hate
All you distrust
All you save.
All that you give
All that you deal
All that you buy,
beg, borrow or steal.
All you create
All you destroy
All that you do
All that you say.
All that you eat
And everyone you meet
All that you slight
And everyone you fight.
All that is now
All that is gone
All that's to come
and everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

"There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."
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Man, I just had one of those perfect music moments listening to this. Thanks, RP!
 dc_zee wrote:
Is this sequence related to today's tragic event in Florida?  Gun references alternating with hopeful ones?

Let me know if I should change my handle to 'mistress of the obvious'!
While this is an easy 10 (3.7% of my votes are 10) you know what would be a 11 Bill:

Us & Them
Revolution No. 9
Brain Damage
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331: I. Andante grazioso
btw google Us and Them to Eclipse: this comments page is the #1 hit.   
Oh, that glorious Eclipse...{#Meditate}
This album was the only reason i bought a sacd player.

 It just never gets old.
 Grammarcop wrote:
The lyrics of Us and Them ask a simple question: Are humans capable of humanity?

Only if we work at it, it would seem. As arguably the highest of primates, it's amazing how much more primitive than our evolutionary family members we can actually be.
And my Mood Ring still works ~
The lyrics of Us and Them ask a simple question: Are humans capable of humanity?
 hypotenuse wrote:
This track makes me stop what I am doing and just enjoy the brilliance. Thanks for playing the whole of it.

Tears every time. I can't ever say what my favorite song is, but this one makes every cell in my body pay attention. 

Funny story, one time I didn't realize I'd left my stereo with remote speakers outside on, and volume fairly high. And connected to the computer that automatically starts RP at 5 in the morning. At about 5:15 I woke up to someone's radio blasting outside and thought 'well at least they have taste'. When I realized it was me and raced out to turn it off, I couldn't. What if someone else was enjoying it? So I stood there with bathrobe on and faded it out on the closing heartbeat. 

Anyway, there are a few 10's in my list. This is 10+.
 hypotenuse wrote:
This track makes me stop what I am doing and just enjoy the brilliance. Thanks for playing the whole of it.

I'm sure we're many like you, and I just stopped everything for 10 minutes !
This track makes me stop what I am doing and just enjoy the brilliance. Thanks for playing the whole of it.
I think hearing this sequence played in full may have been the thing that made me sit up and notice RP in the first place while I was roaming through internet radio stations. 12 years on and I'm still listening and loving (almost) every minute, and none of it more than still getting those four tracks together. Cheers!
 sunflowerbee wrote:

I half suspect that DSOTM was something of a musical dark comedy, or a tone poem for humorous cynics.  Nonetheless, it's a 20. Too much is not enough. 
sometimes you need the 11
summer '73.....18, on the road I-76 from Pittsburgh, PA to Ocean City, NJ
weed, wine, and dark side. Thought I was traveling to heaven...yikes!
It's syzygy day in America. Get your geek on!
 coloradojohn wrote:
Can there be any more fulfilling stretches of music and psychotherapy than THIS?! I am still 17, in my Cutlass, assuming Std. Orbit...

Same here....although a few years later...and presumably a MUCH louder and CLEANER sounding car stereo....I actually still get goose bumps when I hear Any Colour You Like, which I know as Track 7, but that damn remastered CD added a track in the it's 8 on the newer discs.  Seriously, I did not realize how awesome a great stereo was until I heard this CD and OMFG.  Time BUMPS like crazy, and again, I just loved the dynamic range, stereo separation and clear highs on Any Colour You Like. 

Kudos to BillG for the combo tracks of DSOTM.  It's really amazing to think how UNDERPLAYED this album is in my life and I've heard it at least 500 times if not more.  I think I could listen to it in full weekly if not daily.  This is the peak, the benchmark which ALL OTHER bands had to look up to and say "well shit I don't think we're that good but let's try it anyways" other album have I purchased more times than this one.  Twice on LP, once on cassette, no 8track cuz it was dead by my time, at least 3 CDs and I even bought it in digital format. 

LONG LIVE RP and PF!!  RIP Syd and Richard.  PEACE

Oh...when I get off work in 15 minutes I'll be enjoying some Amnesia Haze {#Cowboy}

Noticed I'd rated this a solid 9. I was gravely mistaken. After lucking into free tickets to see Roger Waters and experiencing this live (and without *cough* anything to enhance the sensory experience at that, save for a $7 arena beer), it's most certainly bumped to a 10+. Even as programmed and exacting musically as the show has to be to coordinate the music with the multimedia, it borders on a religious experience. 

Again, if the tour gets through to your neck of the woods and you're remotely curious and have the coin for tickets, I would strongly, strongly urge you to go.

Or maybe I'm just becoming an old sap. Either way, it was a hell of a show.