- "The Gnome", otherwise among the most lighthearted and silly of all their songs, has an eerie, somewhat Mood Whiplash-inducing bridge: The way an overly reverbed Syd Barrett whispers the completely benign lyrics "Look at the sky / look at the river / isn't it good?" makes them sound oddly ominous.
- "Bike" starts off as a charming little nursery rhyme about a bike and mouse called Gerald (though even at the start, the voices from the left and right channels aren't quite in sync, and there's an awkward break between verses), but then, near the end, after the last bit about "the room full of musical tunes... let's go into the other room and make them work..." the music breaks down and all kinds of clock sounds and weird noises erupt. If this wasn't peculiar enough, what sounds like a goose honking suddenly starts up (though it's probably intended to be a bike horn). First from the distance, growing louder and louder, as if a gigantic bird is charging at the listener.
A Saucerful of Secrets
- The title track off of A Saucerful of Secrets up to the "Celestial Voices" movement.
- Barrett's last song to be on a Floyd album, "Jugband Blues" is a skin-crawling combination of Sanity Slippage Song, Tear Jerker, and bitter Et Tu, Brute? to the rest of the band. One of the eeriest things about it is the way it uses Non Sequitur as an organising principle. The opening lines seem to be a sarcastic Take That!: "It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here / And I'm much obliged to you for making it clear that I'm not here." Then the song trips along in its part-cheerful, part-melancholy way for a while, one section lurching into another, until the band is drowned out by a parping brass band in a completely unrelated key, which in turn is replaced by just Barrett, strumming a guitar, sounding chillingly lonely, with the song cutting off abruptly on his very last word:
And what exactly is a dream?
And what exactly is a joke?
- "Careful with That Axe, Eugene".
- The live disc of Ummagumma, which contains the aforementioned "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and "A Saucerful of Secrets", as well as unnerving versions of "Astronomy Domine" and "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun".
- "Come In Number 51, Your Time is Up", the Zabriskie Point version of "Eugene", is even harsher and scarier.
- "ONE OF THESE DAYS, I'M GOING TO CUT YOU INTO LITTLE PIECES!!!"
- The ethereal wailing sounds at around the 11-minute mark in "Echoes".
Obscured by Clouds
- The last minute of "Absolute Curtains", which is a creepy distorted tribal chant
Wish You Were Here
- While "Welcome to the Machine" is a pretty dark song to begin with, the music video is just as disturbing as the animated scenes from The Wall.
- Imagery seen in the video includes silver monoliths cracking and oozing blood, a mechanical dragon slowly lumbering towards the screen, skeletal rats leaping across corpse laden steel beams, and a man being viciously decapitated and the head slowly decaying into a skull (What's worse is that in the version aired on VH-1, the decapitation is synced to a sound effect in the song that sounds like metallic screeching).
- When revisiting the album in 2016, George Starostin, having warmed up to it a great deal since his previous review, offered his take on "Welcome to the Machine" and "Have a Cigar":
"...I like to picture "Welcome to the Machine" as a long, creepy, but breathtaking elevator journey to the top of The Factory, with the souls of miriads (sic) of unfortunate victims trapped on the countless stories; and then, at the very top of it all, you are greeted by the Uberboss, a somewhat ignorant ("by the way, which one's Pink?"), but totally efficient Lucifer model in its own right. (Maybe they should have brought in Alice Cooper to sing the song instead. Or Meatloaf.)"
- Some of the lyrics from "Shine On You Crazy Diamond": "Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun . . . Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky", or "Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light."
- "Dogs", the 17-minute epic that comprises virtually the entire first half of Animals, is a thoroughly chilling composition in every conceivable sense of the word. From the twistedly psychedelic keyboard effects to the raw, brittle acoustic guitar, the prevailing mood of the entire track is utterly dour. The lyrics are a stark and unflinchingly accurate portrayal of the aggressive, egomaniacal businessmen who exploit the people around them to get ahead. One line in particular stands out, describing the eventual fate of those types:
Just another sad old man,
All alone, and dying of cancer.
- "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" opens with a pig snort and a creepy keyboard solo.
- "Sheep" may also qualify as this. Halfway into the song, there is very eerie Hammond organ, followed by a corrupted version of Psalm 23 which could give you nightmares:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me down to lie
Through pastures green he leadeth me the silent waters by
With bright knives he releaseth my soul
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places
He converteth me to lamb cutlets
For lo, he hath great power and great hunger
When cometh the day we lowly ones
Through quiet reflection and great dedication
Master the art of karate
Lo, we shall rise up
And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water.