Pink Floyd: Brain Damage Meaning
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Brain Damage Lyrics
The lunatic is on the grass
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs
Got to keep the loonars on the path
The lunatic is in the hall
The lunatics are in my hall
The paper holds their folded faces to the...
Wintermut3 Jan 4th, 2006 1:11pm report
This song is most likely about going insane/being insane.
The previous poster is correct as well, the song itself is titled "Brain Damage", "Dark Side of the Moon" is the album it's off of.
There's a political side to it as well (just as there is to most of Pink Floyd's work) On the surface level it's about insanity, but the 'secondary' meaning may well refer to the hysterical US claim that the Soviets were testing massive-yield nuclear bombs on the 'dark side of the moon', the side facing away from the earth, where they couldn't be detected by NATO spy satilites.
On that level it's a metaphor for how, well, basically insane the governments had gotten, claiming James Bond movie like plots by the soviets to justify massive spending on space programs and science fiction-esque gadgets.
A LOT of PF's work has double-meanings related to the cold war and international politics, including The Wall (obviously) and Dark Side of the Moon.
That's one of the things I've always loved about Floyd, the songs make sense on the most surface level, have a deeper, psychological meaning, and often have 3rd and 4th 'layers' of symbolism buried even deeper.
anonymous Sep 23rd, 2005 9:22am report
This song is actualy called Brain Damage. It is about him going crazy.
It might sound crazy, but this song really sounds like it's told from the perspective of someone who works in a mental hospital. Finally after all the years as an employee the person goes nuts themself. "Got to keep the looners on the path..."
This song also mentions none other than Syd Barret. "...if the band you're in starts playing different tunes..." Syd Barret would often go onstage and play a completely different song than the rest of the members were playing. It was rumored that his friends laced his coffee with LSD and that's what drove him crazy.
"You raise the blade... You make the change... You rearrange me 'till I'm sane..." is obviously in reference to lobotomies.
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