Brain Damage Lyrics – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

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Brain Damage (Waters) 3:50

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!”

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About The Song

“Brain Damage” is a pivotal track from Pink Floyd’s seminal album “The Dark Side of the Moon.” Written by Roger Waters, the song delves into themes of mental illness and the pressures of life that can lead to a psychological breakdown. It’s particularly notable for its references to former band member Syd Barrett’s mental struggles.

In “Brain Damage,” Pink Floyd offers a haunting examination of mental distress, set to a melody that’s both somber and strangely uplifting. This song, penultimate on “The Dark Side of the Moon,” is often considered an ode to Syd Barrett, whose deteriorating mental health profoundly affected the band.

Roger Waters’ lyrics, “The lunatic is on the grass…” convey a vivid picture of social isolation and the thin line between sanity and madness. The song builds with a gentle, persistent rhythm, accompanied by David Gilmour’s emotive guitar and Rick Wright’s atmospheric organ playing.

The chorus, “And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes, I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon,” has been interpreted as a metaphor for feeling out of place or disconnected from one’s surroundings and peers. This line, and the song overall, touches on the idea that we all have our own ‘dark side’ that we grapple with internally.

“Brain Damage” is a track that captures the essence of Pink Floyd’s lyrical genius and musical innovation, combining introspective content with captivating soundscapes that have resonated with audiences for generations.

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