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Pink Floyd - Any Colour You Like
Pink Floyd - Any Colour You Like

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Album: The Dark Side of the Moon
Released: 1973

Any Colour You Like Lyrics

Any Colour You Like
  • The title is often attributed to something Henry Ford said about the Model T automobile: "You can have it any color you like... as long as it's black!" According to The Pink Floyd Encyclopedia , however, the song title is from a catch phrase used by former Pink Floyd road manager Chris Adamson. When asked for a guitar, Adamson would respond, "Any colour you like, they're all blue." He may have picked this up from local street traders in Cambridge.
  • This is an instrumental that is musically similar to "Breathe," and is unofficially called "Breathe (2nd reprise)."
  • The song used advanced effects for the time both in the keyboard and the guitar. The VCS 3 synthesizer was fed through a long tape loop to create the rising and falling keyboard solo. David Gilmour used 2 guitars with the UniVibe guitar effect to create the harmonizing guitar solo for the rest of the song.
  • Roger Waters, in an interview with the author Phil Rose, stated: "In Cambridge where I lived, people would come from London in a van - a truck - open the back and stand on the tailboard of the truck, and the truck's full of stuff that they're trying to sell. And they have a very quick and slick patter, and they're selling things like crockery, china, sets of knives and forks. All kinds of different things, and they sell it very cheap with a patter. They tell you what it is, and they say 'It's ten plates, lady, and it's this, that, and the other, and eight cups and saucers, and for the lot I'm asking NOT ten pounds, NOT five pounds, NOT three pounds... fifty bob to you!,' and they get rid of this stuff like this. If they had sets of china, and they were all the same colour, they would say, 'You can 'ave 'em, ten bob to you, love. Any colour you like, they're all blue.' And that was just part of that patter. So, metaphorically, 'Any Colour You Like' is interesting, in that sense, because it denotes offering a choice where there is none. And it's also interesting that in the phrase, 'Any colour you like, they're all blue,' I don't know why, but in my mind it's always 'they're all blue', which, if you think about it, relates very much to the light and dark, sun and moon, good and evil. You make your choice but it's always blue."

  • Pink Floyd - Eclipse
    Pink Floyd - Eclipse

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    Album: The Dark Side of the Moon
    Released: 1973

    Eclipse Lyrics

    All that you touch
    All that you see
    All that you taste
    All you feel
    All that you love
    All that you hate
    All you distrust
    All you save
    All that you give
    All that you deal
    All that you buy
    Beg, borrow or steal
    All you create
    All you destroy
    All that you do
    All that you say
    All that you eat
    And everyone you meet
    All that you slight
    And everyone you fight
    All that is now
    All that is gone
    All that's to come
    And everything under the sun is in tune
    But the sun is Eclipsed by the moon

    Writer/s: WATERS
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  • The closing track on Pink Floyd's famous Dark Side of the Moon album, this seamlessly follows "Brain Damage" to close it out - radio stations almost always played the songs together. The album was well into production but didn't have an ending until Roger Waters came up with the song. It reprises some lyrics to the opening track "Breathe" ("All that you touch, all that you see") before closing out the album with the words, "There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."

    This closing statement is the voice of Gerry O'Driscoll (often misspelled "Jerry Driscoll"), who was the doorman at Abby Road studios, where the album was recorded. His is one of many random voices that show up throughout the album; Waters recorded people around the studios, looking for spontaneous thoughts, and Driscoll, with his sincere delivery and Irish accent, made the finished piece. He can also be heard on the track "The Great Gig In The Sky" (the line that begins, "I am not frightened of dying...").
  • Dave Gilmour recalled to Rolling Stone in 2011: "I remember working hard on making it build and adding harmonies that join in as you go through the song. Because there's nothing to it - there's no chorus, there's no middle eight, there's just a straight list. So, every four lines we'll do something different."
  • The working title for the Dark Side of the Moon album was "Eclipse: A Piece For Assorted Lunatics." They began working on it during rehearsals for their concerts, and performed early versions live during shows in 1972. This was an era when bands could spend a year refining songs by playing them at concerts before heading into the studio. These days, any such performance would be quickly recorded and distributed.
  • If you put on your headphones, turn down the bass and listen carefully to the right channel at the end of this song, you can hear what sounds like "Ticket to Ride" by The Beatles in a Muzak-style while you are still hearing the beating of the heart. No one in the Pink Floyd camp has talked about this as far as we can tell, which gave the many owners of the album yet another talking point.
  • Dave Gilmour told Guitar World February 1993 about Chris Thomas' role on the album: "Chris Thomas came in for the mixes, and his role was essentially to stop the arguments between me and Roger about how it should be mixed. I wanted Dark Side to be big and swampy and wet, with reverbs and things like that. And Roger was very keen on it being a very dry album. I think he was influenced a lot by John Lennon's first solo album [Plastic Ono Band], which was very dry. We argued so much that it was suggested we get a third opinion. We were going to leave Chris to mix it on his own, with Alan Parsons engineering. And of course on the first day I found out that Roger sneaked in there. So the second day I sneaked in there. And from then on, we both sat right at Chris's shoulder, interfering. But luckily, Chris was more sympathetic to my point of view than he was to Roger's."
  • The heartbeat on this song brings Dark Side of the Moon full circle, closing the album the same way it opens: with the heartbeat heard on the opening track "Speak To Me." The heartbeat is actually a kick drum processed to sound like a pulse.

  • Pink Floyd - Speak To M
    Pink Floyd - Speak To Me

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    Album: The Dark Side of the Moon
    Released: 1973

    Speak To Me Lyrics

    Speak To Me
  • In the pre-Dark Side live performances, this song was usually just low drumming and a heartbeat. On the album, it contains the heartbeat, followed by sounds representing things that can drive you to madness: spoken bits, a clock ticking, a cash register, coins clinking, synthesizer, then at the end, a mad shriek. It was Clare Torry that Pink Floyd used for the closing screams as the song fades to "Breathe." She is later heard on "Great Gig In The Sky." (thanks, Old Pink, New Castle, IN)
  • This is Pink Floyd's only song that gives all composing credits to drummer Nick Mason, who generally didn't write the songs - he called the composition a "color sound montage." At one point Roger Waters claimed this credit was a "gift" to Mason, which didn't help band relations. (thanks, Matt - Russell Springs, KY)
  • Pink Floyd's road manager Peter Watts contributed the crazed laughter on this song. The father of the actress Naomi Watts, Peter died of a heroin overdose in 1976 at age 30.
  • The title doesn't appear in the lyric - "speak to me" is what the album's engineer Alan Parsons would say when testing a microphone.
  • There are lots of little aural details on the Dark Side of the Moon album that lend it to repeated headphone listening. An example on this track: the heartbeat comes slightly from the right, which simulates the sound of a person's heart if he were standing directly in front of you.

  • Pink Floyd - Us And The
    Pink Floyd - Us And Them

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    Album: The Dark Side of the Moon
    Released: 1973

    Us And Them Lyrics

    Us (us, us, us, us) and them (them, them, them, them)
    And after all we're only ordinary men
    And you (you, you, you)
    God only knows
    It's not what we would choose (choose, choose) to do (to do, to do)
    Forward he cried from the rear
    And the front rank died
    And the general sat
    And the lines on the map
    Moved from side to side
    Black (black, black, black)
    And blue (blue, blue)
    And who knows which is which and who is who
    Up (up, up, up, up)
    And down (down, down, down, down)
    And in the end it's only round 'n round (round, round, round)
    Haven't you heard it's a battle of words
    The poster bearer cried
    Listen son, said the man with the gun
    There's room for you inside

    "I mean, they're not gonna kill ya,
    So if you give 'em a quick short, sharp, shock,
    They won't do it again. Dig it?
    I mean he get off lightly, 'cause I would've given him a thrashing
    I only hit him once! It was only a difference of opinion, but really
    I mean good manners don't cost nothing do they, eh?"

    Down (down, down, down, down)
    And out (out, out, out, out)
    It can't be helped that there's a lot of it about
    With (with, with, with), without
    And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about?
    Out of the way
    It's a busy day
    I've got things on my mind
    For the want of the price
    Of tea and a slice
    The old man died

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    Us And Them Song Chart
  • This began as a piano piece Rick Wright came up with while working on the soundtrack to the 1970 movie Zabriskie Point. It didn't make the soundtrack, but they worked with it at the Dark Side of the Moon sessions and it eventually became this song. The director of Zabriskie Point, Michelangelo Antonioni, rejected the song for being "beautiful, but too sad... it makes me think of church."
  • Zabriskie Point was one of the first soundtracks Pink Floyd worked on. They put a lot of work into it, but the director ended up using only 3 of their songs. Floyd also worked on soundtracks for the movies More, The Valley, and Tonight Let's All Make Love In London.
  • The band refereed to this as "The Violence Sequence" because they worked on it for a very violent scene in the movie.
  • Dave Gilmour sings lead, but this song was written by Roger Waters and Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright. Some of Wright's other songwriting credits include "Breathe," "Great Big Gid In The Sky," and "One Of These Days," but by the late '70s Waters ended up doing most of the writing himself, and he wrote all the songs on their 1983 album The Final Cut. Talking about Wright's compositions, Waters said in a 2003 interview with Uncut: "He would write odd bits. He secreted them away and put them on those solo albums he made and were never heard. He never shared them. It was unbelievably stupid. I never understood why he did that. I'm sure there were two or three decent chord sequences. If he'd given them to me, I would have been very, very happy to make something with them."
  • One of Pink Floyd's first uses of female backup singers. They brought in Liza Strike, Leslie Duncan and Doris Troy to sing harmonies. Troy had a hit on her own with "Just One Look."
  • Like other songs on the album, this contains the ramblings of random voices. Roger Waters made flashcards with questions on them and recorded different people around the studio answering them. He showed one to a weird roadie for another band named Roger The Hat, who got the question "When was the last time you thumped somebody." His answer made it onto this song, which is the part about giving someone a "short, sharp shock."
  • Along with "Money," this was one of 2 songs on the album to use a sax, which was played by Dick Parry.
  • The engineer for the album was Alan Parsons, who also worked on The Beatles' Abbey Road album. Some of the production techniques on this are similar to the suite of songs at the end of that album, especially "Sun King." Parsons went on to form his own band called The Alan Parsons Project. They had a hit in 1982 with "Eye In The Sky."
  • Pink Floyd's record company was originally hesitant to release this track because it was felt that the signature melody line was extremely depressing. (thanks, Joe - Piscataway, NJ)
  • In the Dark Side of the Rainbow theory (that Dark Side of the Moon acts as a soundtrack to The Wizard Of Oz), the line, "And who knows which is which and who is who," occurs after the Wicked Witch of the West appears and she is first seen with Dorothy and Glinda, the good witch on the opposite side of the screen. (thanks, Adrian - Brookings, SD)
  • When this was recorded, Rick Wright played the song's jazz-influenced grand piano to what he thought was the rest of the band playing in the next studio. In fact they weren't present and it was a recording made earlier. What started as a prank became, according to Alan Parsons in Mojo magazine, "one of the best things Rick ever did."

  • Pink Floyd - Tim
    Pink Floyd - Time

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    Album: The Dark Side of the Moon
    Released: 1973

    Time Lyrics

    Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
    Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
    Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
    Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

    Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
    You are young and life is long and there is Time to kill today.
    And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
    No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

    So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
    Racing around to come up behind you again.
    The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

    Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
    Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
    Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
    The time is gone, the song is over,
    Thought I'd something more to say.

    Home again
    I like to be here
    When I can

    When I come home
    Cold and tired
    It's good to warm my bones
    Beside the fire

    Far away
    Across the field
    Tolling on the iron bell
    Calls the faithful to their knees
    To hear the softly spoken magic spell

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    Time Song Chart
  • This song is about how time can slip by, but many people do not realize it until it is too late. Roger Waters got the idea when he realized he was no longer preparing for anything in life, but was right in the middle of it. He had just turned 28.

    When the band came up with the concept for the album, the idea was to explore the pressures of life throughout the songs. This song takes on the topic of mortality.
  • The song starts with layers of clock noises that were put together by their engineer, Alan Parsons. Each clock was recorded separately at an antiques store, and the band blended them together. Parsons wanted to use the clocks to demonstrate a new quadraphonic sound system, but they ended up using it to open the song instead. (thanks, Joe - Piscataway, NJ)
  • This was the only song on Dark Side of the Moon on which all four members received a writing credit.
  • The Dark Side of the Moon album has sold over 34 million copies and was on the US charts for 741 consecutive weeks (14 years). It entered the charts in March 1973, and didn't leave until October 1988. Even after it fell off, it continued to sell thousands of copies every week.
  • On their 1973 tour, Pink Floyd played this just after a 4-foot model plane was released from the back of the venue, crashing into the stage and exploding. Floyd always used lots of visual effects at their shows, and had the money to make them very elaborate on this tour.
  • The band played this live long before it was released. They played the whole album in February 1972 at the Rainbow Theater in London, over a year before it came out.
  • This contains a reprise back to the rhythm of "Breathe," which appears two songs earlier on Dark Side of the Moon. "On The Run," an instrumental, is in between. (thanks, Matt - Russell Springs, KY)
  • At the time of recording only a few tom-tom drums were available for the intro. To get the right mix and sound, the band had to tune each drum after hitting it, record it, and then blend and mix into a finalized percussion track. This was a time intensive process.
  • In 1998, Dark Side of the Moon was certified 15x Platinum, meaning it had sold more than 15,000,000 copies. In 2003, the album was re-released on vinyl and has sold steadily in that format. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)

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