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Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves in labyrinths of coral caves
The echo of a distant tide
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine
And no one showed us to the...

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    anonymous
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    Apr 24th, 2006 4:36pm report


    On the 30th Anniversary "Dark Side of the Moon" DVD, Roger Waters gives a good description on his philosophy and how this song is a good example of it. Here is my understanding of the meaning of the song: Everything we do and say has an effect on other people, so the best way to live is to be empathetic. Our thoughts and actions can have far-reaching effects, just like the "echoes" of distant tides can have an effect on the deepest cave of coral in the ocean.

    Human emotions, actions, and words are all very powerful. It's important to think of what other people will feel as a result of your actions. Being empathetic is the ideal way to live, according to Roger Waters' philosophy. It puts aside feelings of selfishness and focuses on doing what is best for everyone. This is the best way to promote peace and harmony in the world. Sounds easy (right!), but it sure would be tough to get everyone on the same page. A lofty goal, but certainly a noble and good one.

    For a closer look at the feeling of "empathy" check out the 2nd verse that states "Strangers passing in the street, by chance two separate glances meet, and I am you and what I see is me." Sounds cryptic, but it's sn example of how two perfect strangers could fully understand and feel what the other person is feeling. Wouldn't it be great if the world could see things this way? I always thought of Pink Floyd's songs as sounding musically "lofty" or "airy", and the lyrics and their meaning certainly follow that.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 17th, 2016 7:21pm report


    Oh my God,
    It's too bad "Roger" isn't around!!!
    He was an unbelievably amazing
    part of "Pink Floyd"



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    anonymous
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    Feb 17th, 2016 2:44am report


    Most if not All Floyd song Titles, Album Titles, Album art, and of course lyrics could have something to do with the Flat Earth, or, EVERYTHING to do with the Flat Earth. Think I'm crazy? Super. Now, go listen to every word again, and then see what you think...



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    anonymous
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    Feb 7th, 2016 2:16pm report


    It's so simple. A man is finding himself. The one that man wants to be. That man finds himself in his dream. He wants to bring himself to his life; but, he can't. Everyday that man long for himself. But, he doesn't come to his life. So everyday he waits for himself. And find himself in the iternity of the sky.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 29th, 2014 8:36pm report


    In Baudelaire's poem, the albatros is a metaphor for the artist soul: "Exilé sur le sol au milieu des huées,
    Ses ailes de géant l'empechent de marcher", which means"When exiled on the earth, the butt of hoots and jeers,
    His giant wings prevent him from walking.". This simply describes the disconnection of the artist from reality; he sees another world, not concrete, but beautiful. Poets of Baudelaire's period often see art being the only meaning of life, making artists shepards of the unsighted rest of humans, guiding them to truth.

    Returning to Echoes, I think "Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air" shows the disconnection of humans and the solitude of individuals due to it. The albatros is motionless and seems far up in the sky, which means truth can't be known as it lies far above with the artist who doesn't or can't share it.

    That's for the first line of the song.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 29th, 2014 7:52pm report


    In An Interview With Rolling Stone Magazine, Roger Waters Explained That The Song's Lyrics Were An Attempt To Describe "The Potential That Human Beings Have For Recognizing Each Other's Humanity And Responding To It, With Empathy Rather Than Antipathy". He Has Also Stated In Many Interviews That This Song Is The Ideological Predecessor To "The Dark Side Of The Moon", For In "Echoes" He Began To Focus The Music Of Pink Floyd On People And The Issues Facing Humanity Rather Than Fantastical Space Trips And Psychedelic Imagery.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 4th, 2013 10:21pm report


    Honestly I just think the beginning is a happy day and then he goes to sleep and then has nightmares (the creepy sounds) because you hear the scarecrow and a 'dreamy' noise that basically sounds like distorted wind
    And then he wakes up and that's when everything gets better
    His life is good and his sleep is bad
    His waking eyes
    Lol my interpretation obviously isn't very thought out



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    anonymous
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    Nov 26th, 2011 11:23pm report


    Echoes is a gift from Pink Floyd to people who are depressed. Pink Floyds music is attractive to listen to for people who are depressed. So they made these lyrics to try to help people get out of the depression.

    The first verse tells about how life carries on in a primitive way. Green algae in the ocean swims towards the light for photosynthesis. Nobody tells them to do it, even not the albatross. But there is something urging them to move towards the sun. And thereby they live and reproduce and life in the ocean goes on.

    The second verse tells about the same process for the most intelligent of life forms: the humans. To live as a species we need to reproduce. To do that, we need to find a partner. The first step is to see someone. We catch a glimpse of someone on the street many times in our life. If we manage to take this person by the hand, we can reproduce, life goes on and we will be happy. Most depressions comes from failure in finding a partner. When you have failed many times, your depression prevents you from finding someone. How can you get out of the depression? You need to find a memory of something good from your life.

    The third verse tells you to look to the sun. Everybody can remember a happy feeling in their lives when they looked outside on a sunny day. You feel much more happy than on a cloudy day. Just as the sun causes the algae to reproduce and live, so it can give you a push up from the darkness and encourage you to make efforts in finding a partner. To do so, you need to connect to someone. First step it so see someone or get seen - getting attention/attraction. Pink Floyd tells what they do: They throw the windows wide and sing songs to the world.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 7th, 2011 8:30pm report


    Echoes is not only about the evolution of life beginning in the sea it is about it's transition to land and the leap forward toward a unified consciousness such as the audience experiences in a concert setting. Finally, the reference to "call to you across the sky" is the voice of the performer doing just that through the acoustic and electronic media right down to the present.

    It's the same arc of development, which Kubrick represented in "2001, A Space Odyssey", except more immediate and inclusive. In both cases it demonstrates the transcendence of mind over the technologies and media, which so preoccupy us.

    ‎"One theory is that HAL went crazy because he had to lie to the crew about the
    real mission. Then again, it may be that HAL understood what the
    stargate was, and he understood that it was reserved for the acceleration of
    organic human minds, and that computers would be forever left behind and
    discarded, which he could not accept."

    Clarke



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    anonymous
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    May 11th, 2011 5:40pm report


    Lots of people think echoes is about the evolution of sea creatures, but like many of pink floods songs I think it's all about human interaction. If u think about songs like the wall, it's all about breaking down a wall u build around yourself. People r not completely off with the whole evolution idea but I think pink Floyd used the idea of evolution as a metaphor to describe the feeling u get when u make eye contact with random people, by saying ( no one forces down our eyes) and later ( help me understand the best I can) they r saying if nothin forced them to advert there eyes they would be able to become enlightened about life in general. Which can be compared to a creature living in the depths of the ocean ( climbing towards the light) of land. I think peoples interpretations of the song are affected by them taking the lyrics literally, if the song was writin exactly the way the way it was meant to be taken it wouldn't be much of a song at all, but how ever ya take it rock on!



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    Punk Jesus
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    May 7th, 2011 5:54pm report


    I feel like the song talks about the force which drives us to do something that has no primary logic to us, but we do it just bcoz we feel like doing it..as an example, falling in love with a particular person, waking up everyday at a particular time u know...there is something that drives us..but we cant see it or hear it..the song begins with the evolution of life and asks why life had to move to earth from seas. some people say that this song was written just to break the "space-rock" label of the band..i would just like those guys to check out the meaning of the last two lines.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 30th, 2011 3:30pm report


    To me this song sounds like venturing deep into a cave and going so far in that it is like venturing into a deeper darker world ( when the weird sounds begin in the middle of the song) and then climbing up and emerging at the other end of the cave into dayligh (when the guitar picks up). That's just the image the song puts into my head



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    anonymous
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    Dec 18th, 2010 12:10am report


    Pink Floyd didn't choose the albatross to start the song with for the sake of it. As a matter of fact, Charles Baudelaire, a very skilled French poet had written a poem about the albatross. Basically, the albatross in the sky, in his field is a king. Sailors used to fetch albatrosses and force them down to the boat. Albatrosses cannot walk very well looking at how their feet can barely support their weight and size. So, albatrosses would do weird gestures on solid ground. In other words, Albatrosses are kings in the sky, and clowns on the ground. Not very sure what this brings to the song.



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    Watcher
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    Jan 2nd, 2010 1:00pm report


    I know this may sound strange but some verses in Echoes makes me think of animal evolution on Earth; more precisely when marine animals evolved and start crawling on land...
    "Something stirs and something tries
    Starts to climb toward the light"

    Maybe this is farfetched; what do you think ?



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    milan
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    Mar 16th, 2009 3:03pm report


    Abyass of harmony between humankind and nature.



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    PAJOFLOYD
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    Jul 27th, 2008 7:35pm report


    Last anonymous, you got it all right. Echoe's effect is what this song tries to tell to the people. Thanks Man.



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