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The lunatic is on the grass
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...

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    pinkfloyd
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    Aug 26th, 2006 8:03am report


    Fist of all...This song is called "brain damage"
    second of all this leads me to belive this is about suicide "you raise the blade, you make the change
    you re-arrange me 'till I'm sane
    you lock the door
    and throw away the key"
    or drug use (cocain)
    and tripping on it.

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    bedheadben
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    Apr 7th, 2006 4:55am report


    You guys, if you play this album, and The Wizard of Oz at the same time, they sync perfectly. It's crazy, you have to see it to believe it!

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    Wintermut3
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    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.



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    kurtfan
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    Dec 19th, 2005 12:53pm report


    The guy is messed up in the head. He thinks that there are people in his head. I love Pink Floyd, but it's kind of hard to get an interpretation on this band because they were on major drugs when they sang.

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    inpeace
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    Nov 27th, 2005 11:16pm report


    There isn't a song called dark side of the moon, the song that your comments are made on is actually called "brain damage" which I think is about Syd Barret going crazy and going crazy in general.



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    Wakutiki
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    Oct 12th, 2005 10:54pm report


    This song is about the final stages of life and that your head undergoes changes. People get memory loss or just go nuts maybe due to drugs or other substances. Either way it is about old age and the coming of the end of the road of "life"



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    anonymous
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    Sep 23rd, 2005 9:22am report


    This song is actualy called Brain Damage. It is about him going crazy.



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    username
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    Jul 9th, 2005 7:52pm report


    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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