Dark Side of the Moon is about Pink's dad
"Time" is about how dissatisfied with his life and how he feels unfulfilled in the things that he does so he joins the military to aid in the war effort (he left after the lyrics "It's good to warm my bones beside the fire", the field that's briefly mentioned is the battlefield). He then dies and "Great Gig in the Sky" is Pink's mother grieving for his death back home. The rest of the album is Pink's father watching his life unfold from heaven. "Money" is him watching the events of "Have a Cigar" (theorized to be when Pink got his record deal) and all the related bullshit that Pink's manager does. That last section between "Money" and "Eclipse" is him basically watching The Wall happen and becoming upset that things have gone so wrong for/with Pink and his mind, so in "Eclipse" he tries to reach out and comfort his son.
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...)
"Point Me At The Sky" and "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" are companion pieces.
First off, they are 2 sides of the same single. Point Me At The Sky mentions Eugene (Hey, Eugene...} and gives the name of a second person (...this is Henry Mc Clean). Eugene and Henry are two insane men (Isn't it sad we're insane?) and have been for years (Isn't it strange how little we change?). The wording used seems to imply that Eugene and Henry have been friends for many years, and by this point, Henry Mc Clean is sick of how repetitive his life has become (Playing the games that we know end in tears. The games we've been playing for thousands and thousandsand thousands and...). This causes him to feel the need to do something, anything. So he builds a shoddy flying machine (And I've finished my beautiful flying machine), and invites a hesitant Eugene to fly with him (And I'm ringing to say that I'm leaving and maybe you'd like to fly with me and hide with me, baby), but Eugene refuses. Henry then flies the machine, but gets into a fatal crash a ways into the air. The second verse is Henry's dying wishes (And if you survive till two thousand and five. I hope you're exceedingly thin, for if you are stout you will have to breathe out while the people around you breathe in, breathe in, breathe in, breathe in...), being told to Eugene from his hospital bed right before his death.the per-choruses sung by Roger Waters are from Eugene's perspective, with the first one describing Henry's crash, and the second one describing Eugene himself. After Henry's death, Eugene finally snaps at his funeral and kills everyone in the room (Careful With The Axe Eugene middle section), before realizing what he has done and kills himself out of guilt (The quiet ending to Careful With That Axe, Eugene).
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 page)
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.)
- I always felt that the events of The Wall were implied to not only have already happened before(with the bookends of "Isn't this where we came in?"), it's also a never-ending loop of events that poor Pink and by extension us as I also felt that the opening song, "In The Flesh?" is directly addressing you/us/the listener, are doomed to repeat.