An in-depth blog post on my favorite album of all time was long overdue. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is still to this day arguably the best album ever made. I’d highly recommend listening to this album if you haven’t already, but if musical masterpieces aren’t really your thing, this is not the album for you. I constantly come across articles that explain how the album was made, but hardly any on analyzing the album’s meanings song by song. That is what I have challenged myself to do today.
“Speak to Me”
Speak to Me is not a song you’ll hear at a music festival. There aren’t really any lyrics, as it mainly consists of random clips of conversations and various sound effects. When I took the time to really listen to the song, I started to understand its deeper meaning. In the 65 second song you hear the heartbeat sound effect used in “Eclipse”, the clock ticking heard in “Time”, the manic laughter of Peter Watts used in “Brain Damage”, the cash register in “Money”, the helicopter noise in “On the Run”, and vocalist Clare Tony’s scream in “The Great Gig in the Sky” towards the end of the song. Once the screaming stops, the song leads into “Breathe”. So what do all these noises communicate? I feel it gives a very dramatic summary of what themes and sounds the album contains. In this song particular, the theme of insanity is very prominent, as it’s quite the stressful song to listen to.
“Breathe (In the Air)”
Breathe is one of the prettier songs in this album. After the psychotic screams in the intro, it eases into a slow-paced rich guitar medley with David Gilmour’s blues-based chords and solos. Aside from the beautiful instrumentals, the lyrics are what really makes the song worth knowing. The song is full of mixed themes. The beginning tells you to relax and live life, as it’s the only life you get. Then it tells you to get a job and focus on that instead of the beauties of life. It warns you that work is a never-ending cycle. Later some of the lines expose our materialistic society convincing us we are happy when really we’re chained to a vicious cycle of consumerism. One of my favorite lyrics in the song is “All you touch and all you see Is all your life will ever be” as it really enforces one of the harsher realities of life.
“On the Run”
This is the second song in the album that uses sound effects and voice clips as it’s structure. The song gives the setting of a man running late for his flight and trying desperately to make it. There isn’t a lot I really have to say about this song, but it definitely adds to the albums exposure of how messed up adulthood is by showing how stressful it is.
Time opens with extremely loud clips of different types of clocks ringing. Once all the clocks stop, there is a slow and deep guitar solo along with a fast-paced drum solo in the background. The song describes what time has to do with the tough transition from youth to adulthood. When we’re young we think we have all the time in the world. We don’t realize how quickly time passes by until we’re out of time and full of regret. You wasted your life trying to be comfortable, rather than living the crazy fun life you dreamed of when you were young. And now that you want to live that life, it’s too late. You’re out of time and luck. The song seems to be a great depiction of a rock ‘n’ roll midlife crisis.
“The Great Gig in the Sky”
This song is a lyrical Interpretation of death, sorrow, happiness, joy, and pain, all at the same time. It opens with a man saying “ And I am not frightened of dying -Any time will do, I don’t mind -Why should I be frightened of dying? There’s no reason for it, you’ve gotta go sometime-If you can hear this whispering you are dying“. Deep, I know. The rest of the song is Clare Tony’s emotional and powerful vocals growing more and more with the music, till the piano slows and her voice calms. I feel this represents the angry and fearful feeling felt toward death escalation until finally, it’s accepted.
Money is one of my all-time favorite Pink Floyd songs. This is a fun rock/jazz song with a catchy bass riff and iconic guitar solo but, like every other song on this album, it’s got a much deeper meaning. When you first take a look at the lyrics, you may think “Wow, Pink Floyd sure did love being millionaires”. That’s exactly what Waters wanted you to think when he wrote the song. When Gilmour sang “Money, it’s a hit. Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit”, it exposed the arrogance of the upper class. You don’t have to be filthy rich to associate yourself with some of the songs lyrics, as everyone has had some connection to greed. The overall theme of this song is how we evolve in our relationship with money.
“Us and Them”
The conversation closing Money then leads into the calming musical introduction of Us and Them. Most people think the songs only theme is war. I’d argue that it’s not about war so much as it is about the tendency of humans to fight with each other. Not just on the battlefield, but in everyday situations. In an interview Waters discusses a bit of the meaning behind Us and Them: that we are constantly fighting each other and separating ourselves into an “us vs. them” mentality. The point is that we unnecessarily divide ourselves based on every little thing, concentrate on our differences, and forget to think about all the ways we’re all in this thing together. So, yes, on a small scale, it’s about war, but it’s more about human nature in general. Not just the political idea of one country against another, but the very simple idea of one human against another. The powerful background vocals and sax solos communicate the importance of the theme of the song.
“Any Colour You Like”
This song is beautiful, but I haven’t quite discovered it’s meaning yet. There are no lyrics for me to analyze in this song. The only thing I can really comment on in the song is the fact that I feel like I’m on an insane psychedelic acid trip.
This song describes a man’s final descent into insanity. The whole album itself poses the question “Can everyday life make you go insane?”. The themes expressed in Time, Money, Us and Them, and so on all lead up to this when this normal person finally goes insane from his normal life. Finally, at the end of the song, you hear that manic laugh again. The lunatic really is in this guys head. I’d also like to add that some would argue this album was based on what Syd Barrett was going through with drug addiction. Wish You Were Here was without a doubt an ode to Syd, but I think the deep meanings this album presents are beyond Pink Floyd’s co-founder.
The final song in The Dark Side of the Moon is Eclipse. There are infinite themes and metaphors you can obtain from this song. Here’s how I see it. It’s saying that everything in the universe is in perfect harmony and balance. It is only us humans that are messed up. The moon represents the chaos and madness of our minds that eclipses the god-giving light of the sun. That’s why Dark Side of the Moon is really the dark side of human nature, as it blinds us, but it’s also what makes us unique. As the last lines show, there is no dark side of the moon, it’s all dark. It’s only the sun that makes it bright. So in fact, everyone is crazy, and that is our purpose.
I hope this post cleared up some of the confusion on what this album was communicating. In the end, only the writers of this album will know the true meaning.
How do tfp Ratchet, Wheeljack, tfa Jazz and rid2015 Grimlock react to weird human things their s/o does (feeling someones forehead to guess if they have a fever, brain freezes etc)
He doesn’t understand on why you insist on feeling the kids’ foreheads to determine whether or not any of them have a fever when Ratchet has a perfectly good scanner that could tell you all that and more. Admittedly it is rather endearing to see you fuss over them, though he’ll never tell you this, opting to grumble quietly as you send them home to get some rest. When you come into the base one day, clearly ill, he discreetly scans you but instead of just telling you that you have a fever he presses the edge of his servo to your forehead and then confirms what he already knows out loud. It makes him feel ridiculous but it’s worth the smile you give him.
It’d been a particularly hot day and you had convinced Wheeljack to give you a ride into town so you could get a slushie to help cool you down. On the drive back you chatted with him, sipping at your drink absentmindedly. Suddenly you were groaning in pain and clutching at your head, slushie forgotten. He’ll never tell you or anyone else this but it scared him to see you go from perfectly fine to hunched over like that and he’s quick to pull over. After you explain to him that you’re fine and what a brain freeze is he laughs it off as just another weird human thing.
He’d moved past his fear of organics, having realized that they don’t spit acid, spew goo, or do any of the things Sentinel claimed that they did. At least he thought he’d moved past it. The first time you sneezed in front of him, he had jumped, startled by the noise. Before you could tell him it was fine, you sneezed twice more in rapid fire succession. Poor Jazz looked like he didn’t know if he should help you or run for the hills. It’s only after you explain to him that it’s harmless, for you and him, does he relax. Even then he still flinches sometimes when you sneeze.
You’re sitting contentedly in his lap as the two of you watch some old horror movie. He’s never seen it before but you have, so you occupy yourself by munching on various snacks. Apparently you ate them a little too fast since you start hiccuping. At first Grimlock doesn’t notice but after the third time he realizes that there’s a weird squeaking sound and after you hiccup again he figures out that it’s coming from you. He doesn’t know what’s happening but since you’re not panicking he isn’t going to either, plus he thinks its adorable. When you tell him that one of the popular cures is to scare the hiccups out of someone he takes it upon himself to try and help. Its isn’t very effective but when your hiccups finally go away on their own you tell him that it was thanks to him, just to see him smile.
You’re taking me out to wine and dine me, trying to wind me ‘round and around and bind me to your legal contract (Ha ha!). Rumor has it that you can play it dirty, I’ll tell you what I’ll do about that, that yeah! I’ll play you at your own game!
Hey there, could I request TFA Bumblebee, Blitzwing, Prowl, Jazz, and Poly!Jettwins (polygamy) with a human S/O that has a lot of freckles that they're insecure about because people used to make fun of them a lot?
Anyone who can’t appreciate you or your freckles is obviously a glitch head. He wouldn’t be afraid to tell them that to their faces either, he won’t hesitate to defend you if anyone makes a negative comment about you in general. Obviously they’re all just jealous of your cuteness, and if you need a reminder of just how cute you are then Bee is more than happy to provide.
Hothead is the first to react, wanting nothing more than to hunt down the people that made you insecure in the first place. He’s quickly followed by Icy who cooly insists that your freckles are nothing to be ashamed of. Finally Random comes out to add in his two cents, alternating between cooing over your freckles and threatening the ones who hurt you, all in the same breath.
He’s silent as you admit to him how insecure you are about your freckles but as soon as you’re done speaking he rests a servo against the side of your face. Lightly stroking your cheek he tells you quietly that you’re beautiful, every part of you is beautiful, including your freckles. He ends his little speech by pressing a soft kiss to your head, humming softly as he holds you close.
He likes your freckles, they’re just one of many things that make you unique. You don’t have to say anything for him to tell that you’re self conscious about them, he goes out of his way to slip in little compliments throughout the day. He just wants to boost your confidence and give you the love you deserve.
Freckles are an entirely new concept to them, Cybertronians don’t have anything like that, and the fact that you have some only endears you to them further. They can’t understand why anyone would shame you for having them but they do understand that you feel negatively about them so they happily spend hours telling you how much they love you and your freckles.