There’s someone in my head…

And It's Not Me

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Isaiah Palombo, Staff Writer

In 1973, Pink Floyd released an album called “The Dark Side of the Moon.” It’s a powerful album that deals with one theme; losing your mind. Each song gets progressively crazier and crazier until the album reaches its unforgettable climax.

The album opens with a heart beat that continually gets louder and louder. It’s followed by someone screaming, people talking about death and sound effects that appear later in the album. This jumbled mix fades into the first song, “Breathe.” It’s a slow song with lush guitar chords and soothing vocals. The song is about how life is repetitive and boring but if you break away from society and take risks, you’ll actually be able to enjoy life. It’s followed by the song “On the Run.” It’s an instrumental song with a keyboard that plays the same thing over and over for three and a half minutes. Their is manic laughter and talking intermixed throughout the song. It ends with a giant explosion that goes into “Time” which is one of the most intense pieces on the album. It opens with many alarm clocks going off while the band plays minor chords. The song then kicks in with harsh vocals and strong guitar parts. The song’s idea is that, when you’re young, you think you have unlimited amounts of time and you don’t live life to the fullest. When you’re old, you regret the choices you made and wish you would’ve taken more risks. After this harsh, dark song, a calm piano piece starts up “The Great Gig in the Sky.” The piano then picks up when a girl’s voice starts singing wordlessly. Her voice becomes progressively stronger as the song goes on until she reaches the point where she is screaming at the top of her lungs. This closes the first side of the album.

Side two opens up with the sound of coins being tossed around. This is followed by a bassline, saxophone and a guitar with tons of tremolo on it. The song is called “Money” and it’s about as funky as Floyd gets. The lyrics are about how bad money can be and they even go as far as saying it’s “the root of all evil today.” The song is followed by my personal favorite song on the album, “Us and Them.” It starts off with a light guitar and piano, followed by a calm, soothing saxophone solo. In contrast with this light beginning, the chorus has strong vocals and a whole choir. The lyrics are about war. It’s about how people should just come together and instead, we fight. The song’s ending perfectly fades into the next song, “Any Colour you Like.” This is another instrumental song that is good but, to me, always felt out of place with the rest of the album. It doesn’t really fit the mood. It’s followed by a song called “Brain Damage.”

The song is opens with an eerie guitar part and, that manic laughter heard earlier on the album. It’s about a man becoming insane. The ideas in all the other songs on the album led a person to lose their mind. Things in everyday life like money and time finally got to a normal person. It then fades into “Eclipse.” The last song on the album. All the songs are wrapped up in this heartbreaking finale. It’s about getting closure on everything that took place before this song and facing death. The album ends as it began, with a heartbeat.

“The Dark Side of the Moon” was a huge success. It brought Pink Floyd worldwide fame and recognition which, later would lead to their downfall. It has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.