Robert Vincent – ‘Brain Damage/Eclipse’

I chose these two linking Pink Floyd album tracks that end the album “Dark Side of the Moon” essentially for their lyrical content. They remind us of easier days, childhood days. “Remembering games of daisy chains and laughs” and slightly un-easier days. “You raise the blade. You make the change. You rearrange me till I’m sane”, hinting at the machine and the system that ends up controlling all of us in one way or another that Roger Waters went on to write about many times in later albums such as “Wish You Were Here” and “Animals”. It is primarily Roger Waters lyrical input that has always attracted me to the songs but also the sublime counter melodies of David Gilmour’s guitars. As the song ends, the words of “Eclipse” remind us of how every action we make is judged by whatever we wish to be judged by with the lyric, “All that is now and all that is gone and all that’s to come and everything under, the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon”. It gives us the sense of the enormity we face to make our own stamp on the world in one way or another. “How little we are”, and It makes me want to listen again and again.

It was songs that Pink Floyd wrote that set me on my path to break down and understand lyrics and their meanings. And in that, enabling me to question my own feelings and assemble them in a way, I hope, gives the listener their own food for thought.

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