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"Us and Them"
Single by Pink Floyd
from the album The Dark Side of the Moon
Released June 23rd, 1973
Recorded June 1972 - January 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London, England
Genre Progressive rock
Length 6:23
Label Harvest, EMI (UK)
Harvest, Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Waters
Producer(s) Pink Floyd
Peak chart positions
  • #13 (US)
Pink Floyd singles chronology
"Free Four"
(1972)
"Money"
(1973)
"Us and Them"/"Time"
(1973)
The Dark Side of the Moon
Tracks
  1. Speak to Me (1:08)
  2. Breathe (2:48)
  3. On the Run (3:31)
  4. Time / Breathe (Reprise) (7:04)
  5. The Great Gig in the Sky (4:47)
  6. Money (6:23)
  7. Us and Them (7:48)
  8. Any Colour You Like (3:25)
  9. Brain Damage (3:50)
  10. Eclipse (2:06)
For the Godflesh album, see Us and Them (Godflesh album).
For the Shinedown album, see Us and Them (album).

"Us and Them" is the seventh track[1] from English progressive rock band Pink Floyd's 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. It was written by Richard Wright and Roger Waters and sung by David Gilmour (harmonies by Wright). It is 7 minutes, 50 seconds in length, making it the longest song on the album. However, when performed live throughout the 70s, it was slightly longer, though in later tours, as evidenced in bootlegs and the releases P*U*L*S*E and Delicate Sound of Thunder, it was sometimes up to a minute shorter. Image File history File links Circle-question. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (800x800, 115 KB)Cover of Pink Floyds album The Dark Side of the Moon. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... 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Speak To Me is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. ... Breathe[1] is the second track[2] from British progressive rock band Pink Floyds 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. ... On the Run is the third track[1] from British progressive rock band Pink Floyds 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. ... Time is the fourth track[1] from British progressive rock band Pink Floyds 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, and the only song on the album credited to all four members of the band. ... Breathe (Reprise) is a song by Pink Floyd. ... The Great Gig in the Sky is the fifth track[1] from British progressive rock band Pink Floyds 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. ... “Money (song)” redirects here. ... Any Colour You Like is the eighth track[1] from British progressive rock band Pink Floyds 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. ... Brain Damage is the ninth track[1] from British progressive rock band Pink Floyds 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. ... Eclipse is the tenth[1] and final track from British progressive rock band Pink Floyds 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. ... Godflesh was an industrial metal band from Birmingham, England, formed in 1988 by Justin K. Broadrick (guitar, vocals, and programming) and G. C. Green (bass). ... Us and Them is Godfleshs fifth official album. ... Shinedown is a Southern Hard Rock band that originated in Jacksonville, Florida. ... Us and Them is an album by the American hard rock band Shinedown, released on October 4, 2005. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate 50... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ... 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Contents

Composition

"Us and Them" is rather quiet in tone and dynamics. It has two saxophone solos in it, one at the beginning and another towards the end of the song. Rick Wright introduces the song with harmonies on his Hammond organ and put a piano chordal backing and short piano solo afterwards on the arrangement. The verses have a unique almost jazzy chord sequence: D sus 2, D 6, D minor major 7 and G (with D in the bass sustained as a pedal point throughout) Especially the D minor chord with a major 7 is a rarity in 1970s pop music. In the middle, there is a break during which several characters including Pink Floyd roadie "Roger the Hat" speak (during the recording of this a number of interviews were laid down, including with Paul and Linda McCartney who were recording in the same studio). Before its release, the song was known as "The Violent Sequence" which is available on bootlegs. The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family, usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece like the clarinet. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The road crew (or roadies) are the technicians who travel on tour, usually in sleeper buses, with musicians and who handle every part of the production except actually playing the music. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an iconic Academy Award– and Grammy Award–winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Linda Louise, Lady McCartney (September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist. ... An assortment of bootleg recordings A bootleg recording (or simply bootleg or boot) is an audio and/or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist, or under other legal authority. ...


The song describes the tendency of people to partition themselves from those who are different, in cases such as war, politics, and social class. Moreover, it is a description of the battle between citizens desires and their government; the battle between, "us and them." Some fans believe the song was influenced by Roger Waters' father dying in World War II, and this is created by the fact that the music has the slow jazz style, which is usually related to the 40s. Hence, the song is in fact a time warp to the 40s culture in Britain, and the rise of the pacifists. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Pacifism is the opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes. ...


The tune was originally written on the piano by Rick for the movie Zabriskie Point in 1969; this is where the "Violent Sequence" title came from. Director Michelangelo Antonioni rejected it on the grounds that it was too unlike their "Careful with That Axe, Eugene"-esque work; as Waters recalls it in impersonation, Antonioni's response was, "It's beautiful, but too sad, you know? It makes me think of church." [1]. The song was shelved until Dark Side Of The Moon. Zabriskie Point is a 1970 film by Michelangelo Antonioni that depicts the U.S. counterculture movement of that time. ... Michelangelo Antonioni (born September 29, 1912) is an Italian modernist film director whose films are widely considered as some of the most influential in film aesthetics. ... Careful With That Axe, Eugene is a Pink Floyd song. ...


It was also re-released on the 2001 greatest hits album, Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd, where it is the seventh track of the second disc. See also: 2001 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2001 Record labels established in 2001 2000s in music. ... Alternate uses: Echoes (disambiguation) Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd is a compilation album by Pink Floyd. ...


Cover versions

The song has been covered by Between the Buried and Me on the album The Anatomy Of. Between the Buried and Me is a metalcore quintet from Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The Anatomy Of is the fourth album from the band Between the Buried and Me and features the band covering songs by other artists. ...


Alternative and Live versions

P·U·L·S·E (also referred to as Pulse) is a live double CD by Pink Floyd, released in 1995. ... Delicate Sound of Thunder is a Pink Floyd live double album from the David Gilmour-led era of the band which was recorded over five nights at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York in August 1988 and mixed at Abbey Road Studios in September 1988. ... A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... Alternate uses: Echoes (disambiguation) Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd is a compilation album by Pink Floyd. ... One of These Days is the opening track from Pink Floyds 1971 album Meddle. ... Learning to Fly is the second song on Pink Floyds album A Momentary Lapse of Reason. ...

Notes

  1. ^ The track number depends upon the edition of the album; some releases merge the two tracks "Speak to Me" and "Breathe", for instance.

Album cover, Dark Side of the Moon Speak To Me is a song by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. ... Breathe[1] is the second track[2] from British progressive rock band Pink Floyds 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. ...

External links

  • AMG review

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