Us & Them Lyrics – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
Us and Them
(Waters, Wright) 7:40
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.
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.
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About The Song
“Us and Them” is a track from Pink Floyd’s critically acclaimed 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon.” This song is recognized for its poignant examination of conflict, the human condition, and the sense of division that often arises in society.
“Us and Them,” one of the most emotionally resonant tracks of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” delves into the themes of division, the absurdity of war, and the shared humanity that lies beneath our conflicts. The song is notable for its dreamy saxophone melodies, played by Dick Parry, and its soft, floating vocals that contrast with the weight of the subject matter.
Opening with a somber piano, the song builds into a lush and layered soundscape, thanks to the band’s innovative use of studio techniques. David Gilmour’s vocals, complemented by Richard Wright’s harmonies, sing lyrics that pose reflective questions about the nature of conflict and the ‘us versus them’ mentality.
The dynamic shifts between the gentle verses and the powerful chorus add to the song’s dramatic impact. Lyrics like “Forward he cried from the rear, and the front rank died” capture the senselessness of war and the universal desire for peace and understanding.
In “Us and Them,” Pink Floyd not only crafts a musically complex and beautiful piece but also weaves a narrative that encourages listeners to consider the common ground we share, despite the divisions among us.
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