A lot of Pink Floyd's albums play like stories for me, even besides the obvious The Wall
Right now Atom Heart Mother
seems to me like the story of one band's stop in a town, wherein after performing a few songs, one member has a one night stand with a local (The title song represents the performance followed by the act of lovemaking). Afterwards, the songs "If" and "Summer '68" represent the regret said member has of making one-night stands ("If I were a good man, I'd talk with you more often than I do," "Tomorrow brings another town, another girl like you"
), and the song "Fat Old Sun" represents the woman's answer to the question ("How do you feel?"
) repeatedly posed by the musician; in stark contrast, the girl found the encounter to be something magical (asking the musician to "sing to [her]"
in a contented, almost ethereal tone). The final song is what it is; a recording of a roadie making breakfast as the band shoves off again.
(studio disk) feels to me like the stages of grief at learning of one's own upcoming death, followed by a period of introspection and enjoying the last days of one's life. "Sisyphus" are the stages up until "acceptance," which comes with the line "Icy wind of night, be gone, this is not your domain"
in "Grantchester Meadows." Roger Waters' next song consists mostly of incomprehensible syllables followed by a rambling speech in a heavy Irish tongue, although clearly ending with the line "and the wind cried back..."
which serves as an opening to the more "philosophical" song "The Narrow Way" and finally to the slightly nonsensical and very carefree sounding "Grand Vizier's Garden Party," which can symbolize simply cherishing one's final moments of life.
I usually imagine a story with Dark Side of the Moon
and The Final Cut
as well, sometimes Wish You were Here,
but I think my post may verge on Wall of Text
edited 16th Jun '11 10:57:47 PM by DoctorDiabolical