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Pink Floyd — Us & Them -> Eclipse
Album: Dark Side Of The Moon
Avg rating:
9.1

Your rating:
Total ratings: 5822









Released: 1973
Length: 16:34
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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."
Comments (1568)add comment
 Zep wrote:

Average rating 9.1, not bad. Maybe the highest in the library?

I still remember buying the vinyl DSOTM for the then-hit-song "Money", and when the phonograph segued into this, it was ...

oh ... my! 


#8 according to Top Lists ... behind 3 other Pink Floyd songs, as it turns out.
 Iggis wrote:

still outstanding. Why is there no music like this being made anymore?


Porcupine Tree? (with whom PF are compared regularly here) Not active any more sadly, but still within range.

All-India Radio? 
Ray Lamontagne?
Sneaker Pimps? 

There's a guy on youtube, Rick Beato I think, who has dozens of videos on "What makes this song great?" and he slices and dices various compositions, all of which seem to be at least 20 years old. 

He has another video that discusses why "they" don't make great songs any more, and it covers the heavy influence of labels on production and the investments made being in conflict with creative effort. 
 Jelani wrote:

90 People voted this a "1"?!?!?!!!!
I don't understand that. I can understand not liking it, but Sucko-Barfo? Really?


I expect some people feel the same about some of your 1 ratings.  And so it goes.
Average rating 9.1, not bad. Maybe the highest in the library?

I still remember buying the vinyl DSOTM for the then-hit-song "Money", and when the phonograph segued into this, it was ...

oh ... my! 
 Iggis wrote:

still outstanding. Why is there no music like this being made anymore?


There is some very fine music being made in a similar vein - I would heartily recommend Dot by Karmakanic.
 sid1950 wrote:

Many moons ago I had a friend who worked for BBC Radio's engineering test team. He had access to the audio test room which was then in the basement of Broadcasting House, where new kit was tested. One Sunday we went in with this LP. We set up a pair of H&H 250 watt amps, a Technic turntable with SME arm and Stanton cartridge as use by Radio 3 at the time, and played this through a Quad 33 pre-amp with the volume at 11! Very loud and very magical. We ended up lying on the floor in the dark. Those were the days.

I would give this an 11 if the settings went that far.



I still have a Quad 33-303 set up along with DSOTM. They both still sound Amazing!...

You cannot rate this, you use it to judge the rest.
I can't think of anything to say except that it's marvelous!
my goodness

yikes

ooooooooooh

yaba waba  
This may be the closest I get to feeling a religious experience.  I had planned to do something else now, but that's on hold while this is playing.
still outstanding. Why is there no music like this being made anymore?
perfection...never been bettered...heaven...want me to go on?
My mother used to play lots of Pink Floyd when I was born.
It was so regular and common for their music to be playing in our house that now at times when I sleep I actually have their music in my dreams.

 uksminas wrote:

This started playing as I began my work week at the desk of my home office (Covid).  Great way to start off a week.   

Much better than if it had started at the end of my work week, because then I would have delayed ending to enjoy this fabulous classic.
 dandueck07 wrote:

The first time I attended university, we (my stoner friends and I) played this album EVERY NIGHT  before we retired for the evening.  And, to this day, even without the influence of mind-altering substances, it still takes me to a magical mental state that calms my soul.  I would love to listen to it, right before I leave this earth! 


So would I.................
Sacrilege to play one piece from this classic album. The whole album is one piece, and the whole album shall be played in one.
 wiegandshawn wrote:
The correct track listing: Us & Them, Any Color You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse...  Come on, get it right!
 
How about Side two, less money? its one piece.

I heard that the wax press of the time would not get "Money on side One, so....
Nice PF set!! Segues were seamless!! Bravo RP 
Hard to believe this is my third favorite Pink Floyd album! This is a masterpiece.

So are Animals (1st) and Wish You Were Here (2nd).
OK, let's not abuse our ingenious rating system.  10 is godlike.  But for those handful of audio pop works that might actually transcend the musical equivalent of Valhalla or Olympus, this is surely one of them.  
SHALOM
Instant peace ... from the first note on. Outstanding.
 gbt wrote:
Sunday morning, Sun shining, top down, volume maximum. Gotta love RP   
 The ONLY way - even in London

The first time I attended university, we (my stoner friends and I) played this album EVERY NIGHT  before we retired for the evening.  And, to this day, even without the influence of mind-altering substances, it still takes me to a magical mental state that calms my soul.  I would love to listen to it, right before I leave this earth! 
Pink Floyd, like Radiohead, is a band I appreciate more than enjoy. Lots of talent and creativity, but doesn't necessarily speak to me.
Musik für die Ewigkeit!
I don't normally approve of listening to excerpts of this the greatest album of all time, as I believe it should be played in its entirety.  But I'll make an exception for RP.
The definition of Nailed it.
Some classic rock albums never get tired and this is one of them.  Total masterpiece.
The correct track listing: Us & Them, Any Color You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse...  Come on, get it right!
 mikeinkobe wrote:


 

Don't worry, If you think about it long enough, it will come to you...
 mjbaumann wrote:
i dont really get what ya mean..   i dont give very many "10"s but this is the top.
 
 

 unclehud wrote:
Yes indeed, Bill.  Every now and then I'll think, "Well, I've extracted all the enjoyment possible out of that song."  And then I'll hear it and realize I was wrong.

Terrible day at the office today, but Pink Floyd and my headphones convinced me to stay and extract all the joy from Us and Them yet again.
 
I keep thinking that too, 47 years and counting....uncountable listens attentive each time new nuance. Passed it on to the kids and grand kids, not sure they get it...yet! Hopeful!
 EdEastridge wrote:
Us & Them seems to be the ultimate theme of 2020.

"Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who"

"Up & down
And in the end it's only round and round and round"

"Down & Out
It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about"

 
You've got that wrong, 1973, 1974, 1975,1976, 1977, etc and so on,  every year until the end of "Time"

I guess, you youngsters no longer grock the concept of an "Album" What a  shame!
DUNE.

Queue Eclipse.

Perfect choice for the preview to the movie that shall not come out in 2020 because why would it. This year official has suck to all new lows. But man oh man, that preview with Eclipse playing is truly righteous. 
1,500 freaking comments and counting! Talk about impact! And apparently these guys didn't even like each other! Gotta be some magic there!
This sounds like a different mix for some reason.  Just the same but just a little bit different than my 40+year old vinyl version.  Still amazing after all these years.
Thanks RP for everything!  
Us & Them seems to be the ultimate theme of 2020.

"Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who"

"Up & down
And in the end it's only round and round and round"

"Down & Out
It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about"

Thank you again for playing all of these songs together. 
I just listened to the Pulse live today and there is so magic to hear again with the studio version so brilliant and pure... Love it forever.
this album is truly from the gods.
Trip me baby ~ one more time

Thanks a bunch Bill!















 
Thanks Bill!
GILMORE!!!
11 out of 10 if I could.
And I would.
If I could.
But I can't.
So I shan't.
Darn't.
Rated it 10 halfway in.  Yet it kept going.
 Eclectic_Ears wrote:
Relevant then, sadly, still relevant now.
 
And what four months head revealed.  If I had told you when you wrote your entry, you would not have believed it.
Drivel:
Most compared to this is just drivel.
Would never harsh my buzz man.
Sunday morning, Sun shining, top down, volume maximum. Gotta love RP   
thanks for playing this.at times like these....still love it like i did long ago...awesome ...and for entertaining us with good music like this
Wonderful Pink Floyd!
'Dark Side of the Moon' was one of the two first CDs I bought back in 1987. The other was Genesis 'A Trick of the Tail.'  I laid out of work the next day just listening to them over and over.
"I can't think of anything to say except...I think it's marvellous! HaHaHa!"
90 People voted this a "1"?!?!?!!!!
I don't understand that. I can understand not liking it, but Sucko-Barfo? Really?
I would rate this an 11 if I could.
Just awesome!!  I've sent a modest contribution your way so you can keep up the good work!  
 Butchandfran1957463 wrote:
This is the lp i quit listening to pink floyd they went commercial love there old stuff
 Can you post in English please?


Relevant then, sadly, still relevant now.
 Tomasni wrote:
Long Live RP
My rating is 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G

 

LOL, three thumbs down for a 9! Sorry mate… 
I can't think of anything to say except.....this is likely to be the best 16 1/2 minutes of my day 
 
I should have left work 10 minutes ago. Just had to keep busy. Not too many songs/albums that make "Godlike" feel like a lowball.
gives me chills every time I hear it. 
Gotta love those looooong guitar notes.
Just saw Roger Waters' concert movie Us and Them, which showcases his concert in Amsterdam recently. It's fantastic! Only a limited showing, however, so watch your local listings. 
Damn, for a minute, I almost forgot I was at work. Thanks for that :)
 kbs wrote:

... and I recall listening to Nicky Horne on Capital Radio  (London) playing the whole of Wish You Were Here (pre-release) at a similar time of night, having said 10 mins previously 'you can start setting your levels up now'. I really didn't know what he meant
 
I used to record Nicky Horne's show each evening onto cassette and listen to it the next morning (3.00am) as I drove to work.

|I recall the time when had been to the off licence and as he left one of the bags broke and out of all the purchases he had made, it was the expensive brandy that smashed on the pavement.
 crescenthill wrote:
That was the best!!!!!  If I'm not mistaken, you played the whole side of the album!!!!  My husband and I, just had the best dance!!!!!  So many memories!!!!  Thanks for playing the whole side of the album...it's been years!!!  No one ever plays the whole side of an album any more....never mind a whole CD.
 
Almost; side B of the record starts with "Money"
It's also the point in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" when the Technicolor scene first starts....among the more interesting coincidental parts of TWoO + DSotM.  
Epic, awesome, Floyd on top form.
I am trying to make a 5 min. driving route last for15 min just so I can listen to all of the sequence of this sublime piece of music...
Heavenly and sublime. Bravo for playing the whole side of the album. There are a tiny fraction of albums that deserve an entire side. This being one of them. The only other ones I can think of right now are: Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick and the Beatles either Abbey Road or Sgt. Peppers.
I think it's madness. Ha ha hah. 
 TheKing2 wrote:
I always sing this along:

Time keeps
flowing like a river.
to the sea,
to the sea.....
 
I can see Alan Parsons lyrics fitting in this one too.
Superb. Now I'm late leaving work...
 njtjt wrote:
These 4 songs are the most perfect sequence on any album.   No matter the mood, when these play they take full control of the moment.  And in those times when I need to escape the moment, these are a go to.
 

   well said...  9 -- 10  
 dubberdan wrote:
for some reason I had rated this a 9. now corrected to a 10 😆
 
Welcome to the club! 
And it's SO cool having tracks 6-9 played at once (or 7-10 on the newer CDs) - Any Colour You Like is one of my favorite tracks to play LOUD with the good speakers...total trip...and some of Nick's best work.  11!! 
And BillG - I'm right there with you....I imagine I'll never stop enjoying this album, maybe when I'm dead....Long Live RP and DSoTM!!
for some reason I had rated this a 9. now corrected to a 10 😆
These 4 songs are the most perfect sequence on any album.   No matter the mood, when these play they take full control of the moment.  And in those times when I need to escape the moment, these are a go to.
Heavenly..
I always sing this along:

Time keeps
flowing like a river.
to the sea,
to the sea.....
 UltraNurd wrote:
I was quite impressed that the classic rock station in Minneapolis played this album in its entirety, although it was at 11 pm...
 
... and I recall listening to Nicky Horne on Capital Radio  (London) playing the whole of Wish You Were Here (pre-release) at a similar time of night, having said 10 mins previously 'you can start setting your levels up now'. I really didn't know what he meant
That was the best!!!!!  If I'm not mistaken, you played the whole side of the album!!!!  My husband and I, just had the best dance!!!!!  So many memories!!!!  Thanks for playing the whole side of the album...it's been years!!!  No one ever plays the whole side of an album any more....never mind a whole CD.
I just saw a documentation on the making on "Wish You Were Here" and switching to Radio Paradise it´s "Us & Them" from Dark Side. What a very nice evening!
Sprawled on my living room floor while this masterpiece sweeps all over me. Ahhhh...what a way to start the day.
Yes indeed, Bill.  Every now and then I'll think, "Well, I've extracted all the enjoyment possible out of that song."  And then I'll hear it and realize I was wrong.

Terrible day at the office today, but Pink Floyd and my headphones convinced me to stay and extract all the joy from Us and Them yet again.
I think Bill created this radio station so that there is one that that plays the whole tracks of Pink Floyd :-)
Yes !!!
In the darkest hour, when the abyss is gazing into you, Pink Floyd is there. They don't necessarily shed light onto the situation, but cast a framework around the situation that, sometimes, you can use to crawl back down. Eternal music. I enjoyed Bill's comment suggesting he'd stop listening when he had ceased to draw new meanings from the songs, but that this point seems to never draw any closer. 
And thanks for keeping it going - not cutting it off like so many do.  The Fabulous Armadillos in Minnesota do a cover of this - the entire album performed flawlessly.  It's incredible!
Are you kidding me.  Still this good after this long!!!
This is the lp i quit listening to pink floyd they went commercial love there old stuff
supreme
Best Saturday early morning dream.
Thank you Pink Floyd - thank You Bill & Rebecca

This is simply a masterpiece.....



 kimschoice wrote:
Stop work, listen to the song, read lyrics that you never really knew, back to work — From this song - "I mean good manners don't cost nothing do they, eh?"  This song is brilliant.
 
The neat thing about those "lyrics" is that they aren't lyrics, not really. It's kind of a funny bit of trivia.
Thank you, Bill and Rebecca!
Stop work, listen to the song, read lyrics that you never really knew, back to work -- From this song - "I mean good manners don't cost nothing do they, eh?"  This song is brilliant.
Man, I just had one of those perfect music moments listening to this. Thanks, RP!
 dc_zee wrote:
Bill: 
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
Eclipse
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:
{#Music}

 
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!
{#Music}
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 intro...so 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"

Also...no 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.