“Us and Them” by Pink Floyd

Song of the Week

January 28, 2018

Written by Roger Waters & Richard Wright
Produced by Pink Floyd
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, June 1972–January 1973
Released on the LP The Dark Side of the Moon in March 1973

Featured on the brilliant Dark Side of the Moon, “Us and Them” was built from a unused piano piece that keyboardist Richard Wright had composed for a movie soundtrack several years earlier.

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With the development of the theme album Dark Side of the Moon, lyricist Roger Waters re-purposed the beautiful music piece with lyrics that fit the human condition. The song is lead by the soft, double-tracked vocals of David Gilmour and features a generous amount of saxophone by guest Dick Parry.

Listen to “Us and Them”:

Song Lyrics

Us and them and after all we’re only ordinary men
Me and you, God only knows it’s not what we would choose to do

“Forward!” he cried from the rear and the front rank died
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 and in the end it’s only round ‘n 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”

Down and out, it can’t be helped that there’s a lot of it about
With, without, 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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