Ummagumma is a concept album
Ummagumma is widely known to Floyd fans to be slang for sex, and what is Ummagumma, but Ummagumma? Disk 2 of the album contains experimental solo projects from each member. On disk 1 of the album, we hear the band come together live playing extended takes of four of their songs, clearly an appropriate metaphor for an auditory foursome.
"A Saucerful of Secrets" even ends with Gilmour passionately moaning the vocal parts of the song, parts which were earlier played by a ghostly-sounding orchestra on the album which shares the song's title.
- The beginning of "A Saucerful of Secrets" definitely sounds like sex (the beginning of life), and the end sounds like a funeral march (the end of life). So perhaps Ummagumma is about a man's quest for sex (the first three songs), thereupon dying, his biological usefulness in life fulfilled (males of many species, particularly insects, often die after mating after all...)
God Emperor of Dune
Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" is about the Museum Fremen in God Emperor of Dune
is set thousands of years after the first three Dune books. The planet Rakis (formerly known as Arrakis) has become a lush paradise, although a small region is preserved as desert, and a small group of descendants of the Fremen still practice the old ways. They are considered more of a curiosity and a tourist attraction than anything and are now known as "Museum Fremen." The second verse of "Wish You Were Here" describes them perfectly:
"Did they get you trade
Your heroes for ghosts
Hot ashes for trees
Hot air for a cool breeze
Cold comfort for change?
Did you exchange
a walk-on part in the war
for a lead role in a cage?"
Since "Wish You Were Here" came out a few years before God Emperor of Dune,
Pink Floyd is also capable of time travel.
- Actually, these lines were references to Syd Barrett's solo works.
Wish You Were Here is a concept album about Syd Barrett.
The song "Echoes" is told from the point of view of a whale
The piano "pings" are supposed to be echolocation, the line "And everything is green and submarine" could mean that it takes place underwater, as well as the whale calls, which may also tie in with the verse "So I throw the windows wide/And call to you across the sky"
(PLEASE NOTE: I put this here because The Dark Side Of The Moon
doesn't have a Wild Mass Guessing
After thinking about the Dark Side Of The Moon
album, I realized that it vaguely seems to resemble John Lennon's life. It's a little hard to explain, but here's what my thinking is:
"Speak To Me" - The Circumstances in which John Lennon was born; In war-torn England.
"Breathe" - John Lennon's birth and very young life.
"On The Run" - Representing John Lennon's Father who would leave Lennon's Mom, and wouldn't reconnect with John until later in John's life.
"Time/Breathe (Reprise) + The Great Gig In The Sky" - Which describe John Lennon growing up, as well as the Death of his Uncle and his Mother.
"Money" - John Lennon's success with the Beatles.
"Us And Them" - The Eventual Break up of the Beatles.
"Any Color You Like" - John Lennon's life After the Beatles, specifically his Retirement.
"Brain Damage" - Mark Chapman Shooting John Lennon.
"Eclipse" - John Lennon's Death.
- Obvious problem with the above: The Dark Side Of The Moon was released in 1973. Lennon died in 1980. How could they have known what would happen to him?
is a metaphor for every childhood star.
- Think about it. Pink has bricks in a wall to keep him from interacting with "commoners" as a young sensation. Later on in life, the wall inhibits his ability to cope with his scars that fame brings. So he goes to drugs, and the people find out and put him on trial for his drug habit (and insanity.)