- The opening. Everything is silent... And then we here a heartbeat, a ticking clock, a cash register, some maniacal laughter, and a few voices out of nowhere...
Chris Adamson: I've been mad for fucking years, absolutely years. I've been over the edge for yonks. Been working with bands so long, I think. Crikey...
Gerry O'Driscoll: I've always been mad, you know I've been mad, like most of us are. Very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad.
- "On the Run" is almost otherworldly, what with the high-tempo synthesizer sound, helicopter noises, and echoed laughter that borders on Evil Laugh territory.
- "Time" may sound like an upbeat track at first, but listen closely to the lyrics and you'll realize that it is actually about how life seems to go by faster as you get older. Relative to this theme of time sneaking up on you, the first half a minute also features softly ticking clocks that give way to a loud alarm clock that can catch first-time listeners off-guard.
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older.
Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death.
- "The Great Gig in the Sky". Their goal was to create a track that simulates the feeling of dying. Let's just say they succeeded. It's also rather sorrowful, especially after its composer went there.
- "I never said I was frightened of dying."
- "Brain Damage", especially this part. Good grief.
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.
You lock the door, and throw away the key.
There's someone in my head, but it's not me.
Nightmare Fuel / The Dark Side of the Moon
Considering the whole album is about stuff that can drive you insane, it's no surprise that it has plenty of Nightmare Fuel.