Brain damage Lyrics - Pink Floyd

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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.
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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.



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Dreams | Reviewer: PAUL | 11/15/13

This song has come to me through the years, in my dreams it speaks to me, its its crazy but he's in my head. I was born in 58' in 2013 I awoke at 4 AM with this song in my head.lol

What it all has to do with us ... | Reviewer: Steal This Idea - So That I May Live Forever | 7/22/11


Someone asked: "but if a member of a great band departs,what has all that got to do with us?"

The short answer is that we are all sending out messages to one another at all times. In this way we alter ourselves and one another, forming the fabric of our societies and more largely the greater humanity we all share. This greater human experience is a result of our individual influences on one another, and the world's influence on us. It defines us as much as we define it.

Part of the role of artists, musicians, authors and philosophers is to examine that greater humanity and the individual experience within it. In this way, the constantly changing state of "who we are" is always on the move, and these people have a powerful and long-lasting (yet difficult to discretely observe) effect on the course of history.

That isn't to say that these people are magical or otherwise exceptional. Surely we all learn a lot about society and who we are from our parents and peers, from events like warfare and so forth. However the interpretation of our humanity through artists, musicians and philosophers is something that can't be simply replaced by another type of experience.

In the end, of course, we are all artists, musicians and philosophers. There is something great in the fact that humanity has elevated these positions so that some members of society can engage in the study of these endeavors full time. However, it is a shame that over the recent centuries these types of endeavors have become so professionalized that laypeople no longer consider themselves a part of this creative tapestry.

We used to sit around the campfires together and sing - all of us, routinely, without exception. In some parts of the world, people still do. We used to make artistic and inspired dolls, complex colorful textiles, paintings, idols and carvings. We used to all share the songs of our culture together, and we created new songs around the fire, too. We used to all do this. All of this is still within us, but a large component of what was once a daily event has been removed to a professional class.

This has the bonus of having a class of people who do this as a full time job. There is greater room for complex learning and innovation, more time to incorporate life's experiences more fully into the expressive arts. But the rest of society suddenly finds itself with much of its artistic and philosophical capacity confined into a limited few.

Because of this trade off, when one of those few dies, he or she takes a great deal of our social fabric with them. The songs that would have been written, the poems that would have been pondered, the ideas and insights that would have flowed from that person whose station in life was to provide these insights.

This sharing of insight is important. The knowledge that could have been imparted to us all, cascading into more ideas and the furtherance of humanity.

This is all a matter of "standing on the shoulders of giants". It pops up in unexpected places. For example:

The song "Du Hast" by Rammstein didn't emerge out of thin air. I guarantee that there is a complicate international origin story for that song. Somewhere in Poland, some guy came up with some musical ideas about 200 years ago. In the Arabian region, another musician came up with something 1,200 years ago. Another person came up with a type of complex rythm on the American plains 3,000 years ago. All of these innovations came along and changed over the centuries and Rammstein picked it up and carried it into a new song.

Now this may not be the precise story of it all, but I wouldn't be surprised if something along these lines happened:

India and "Du Hast": Freddie Mercury, The Beatles and many groups were influenced in part by Indian classical music.

Native American music and "Du Hast": The punk rock movement was influenced in part by (British punk pioneer) Adam Ant. Ant employed the study of Native American rhythms. He influenced (and was influenced by) Siouxie and the Banshees and a number of other foundation groups in the punk movement. Punk influences a huge part of modern pop and metal.

The same stuff goes for musical discoveries and innovations in eastern Europe, Arabian music, etc.

So you might not even care for a particular artist - perhaps an otherwise influential individual doesn't "speak" to you personally, and hit you in the heart or gut. This is understandable. But their art is likely influencing someone else who does (or at least could) "speak" to your deep inner feeling and change who you are, making you into a slightly newer and better (or at least somehow changed) version of yourself.

Music doesn't have to be consciously consumed as poetry to have this changing effect on you. Even if you consume the arts very casually, as a consumer for amusement: "I like the thumping, grinding scream metal of Rammstein" or "I like music with a tricky beat and a lot of peppy electronica" -whatever the preference, still there is something going on. It doesn't have to be Shakespeare. Some tribal music may consist of chants without significant meaning. Still, it is part of the cultural current, and so it forms who we all are.

Losing someone who is key in creating powerful threads in this global fabric of human ideas leaves us with a hole that is hard to fill. We don't know what precise future influence a current artist will have. Therefore, we don't know exactly what we've lost when an artist passes on. It is certain that influential artists create change that creates ripple far out into the future, and the potential for that change is probably hindered by the artist's death.

If some guy hadn't been born about 300 years ago in India (some unknown guy who made an innovation here or there) I probably would never have heard the Beatles song "Within you, without you".

If that same guy had been born, but died early (say if he would have lived to be 38, but died at 25, instead), he might not have come up with that innovation. Perhaps he created it at age 34.

Wow | Reviewer: Mimi | 11/27/10

This is my favorite pink Floyd song and I... Wow this is really depressing!!! I've been listening to pink floyd all my life and I knew their songs were depressing and I new all the lyrics and stuff but... Seeing it just kind of makes it different somehow. I'm just kind of depressed now, especially if you know someone who's mentally ill and this is how it feels... Wow

Jesus... | Reviewer: Mairose | 9/18/10

@Already Damaged: Clearly, you have missed the point of music altogether. If you want to hear music that has nothing to do with the band member's personal lives, then maybe you should stop listening to all music.

After all, it has to come from SOMEWHERE.

Brilliant... | Reviewer: Joshua | 1/31/10

Such a great Song, structure, lyrics, instruments, vocals etc...

But I lol at "Already Damaged", mate I think you need to learn how to write and correct punctuation. It isn't like this. "Oh ,look at my spelling .Isnt it just off , woopsies... Theres another one ." It seriously looks retarded.

we have got nothing to do with problems of the band | Reviewer: already damaged | 10/15/09

great song ,great lyrics,great music ...but if a member of a great band departs,what has all that got to do with us? they paly ,we enjoy....that's all,let them clear their diffences themselves and create great music.We have got other things on our minds.

album | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/22/09

A lot of The Dark Side of the Moon flows as one composition that is divided into independently titled sections. Brain Damage and Eclipse seem more like one piece than the rest though. My computer distinguishes the two by crediting both solely to Roger Waters unlike much of the rest of the album.

Perfection | Reviewer: Haitham Barghouthi | 4/26/09

It's so sad that such a great "Floydan" member left the band that way, who is Syd Barret, anyways, Pink Floyd will live forever, this is just a tiny example of how GREAT and BRILLIANT their lyrics/music/performance..etc are.

Peace

amazing | Reviewer: anonymous | 8/26/08

Yeah i agree with everyone, but i wonder when he would just stop playing and stare into space, or play a different song cause he was trippin' face. Anyone who reads this should check out the machines, if you don't already know who they are, their a tribute band to pink floyd, and are also amazing.

Note To Nicolas:) | Reviewer: Karen | 7/11/08

You're right the line where Rogers sings "And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon." That was for Syd Barrett the former lead singer... During some of their shows he would stop playing and just stare into space... Or he'd start playing a completely different song than the rest of the band... It makes me quite sad he was a brilliant musician.

Lyrics | Reviewer: Rachel | 11/2/07

For the person who asked why part of the lyrics was missing it was becuase that is actually Eclipse, which is technacially the same song as Brain Damage, but they are seperated on the album.

answer | Reviewer: anonymous | 7/13/07

the lyrics your thinking of aren't missing, they're the ones for Eclipse, which most radio stations play right after this song. i used to think it was one song, too.

by the way, this has been my fav. pink floyd song since i was about 7, absolutely amazing!

Just pure magic | Reviewer: Nicolas | 6/27/07

All songs of Pink floyd are perfectly timed (lyrics and instruments are perfectly synchronised). This song was written in remembrance of an ancient band member who suffered of schizophrenia ("And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes" is a good exemple).

qUEStion about the lyrics | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/20/07

Where is the rest of the song? "all that you..".etc....

luv it | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/21/07

wow

i luv this song..

its got so much heart into it. the way rogers sings is it gives me a sort of feeling inside. i guess its sympathy.


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