Pink Floyd: Eclipse Meaning
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and all that you see
All that you taste
All you feel.
and all that you love
and all that you hate
All you distrust
All you save.
and all that you give
and all that you deal
and all that...
anonymous Mar 23rd, 2016 3:05am report
This song echos back to the very first track (Breathe) of the album with the lines "All that you touch" / "All that you see", and also expands upon them...
1. It sings of basic economy: "give/ deal/ buy/ beg, borrow, or steal"
2. It also sings of other things people do in life (aside from economy), like all that you "love / hate / create / destroy" (referring to both people and material things).
3. It not only sings of "concrete" actions (like creation and buying), but abstract acts like interaction: "everyone you meet"...
4. The most abstract (I think) deals with time (which gets its own song on the album) where *this* song simply says "All that is now / All that is gone / All that is to come" ... this sings of people's capacity to think/discuss about past/present/future.
If you put all of the above together, it sings of general human experience, and the song concludes with "Everything under the sun is tune" (there is some cosmic order to human life... even if we don't understand it all!)
However (eventually), "the sun is eclipsed by the moon" meaning each of us will die (inevitably).
Yeah, rather depressing if you look at it negatively (nothing you can do about it)... but that is life (and could you call it life if there is no death?)...
Metaphysics aside, I choose to look on the positive side (reflect on the very first song, "Breathe")... cherish every moment of your life and make the most of it (because someday it will be gone).
Everything seems to be cause and effect, purposeful and complete. Order fills the universe. The artist sees another force at work though. Chaos seems to be thrown in at times on purpose, causing an unsettling effect on his mind.
It touches upon great mysteries, yet it is unable to explain them.
anonymous Feb 15th, 2012 2:36pm report
Earlier in the album, there was a song that said "All that you touch, and all that you see, is all your life will ever be." Well in this song its adding all the other parts of life, showing you how much your life will ever be.
An idea; "everything under the sun is in tune but the sun is eclipsed by the moon" to me suggests that all that is in life carries the thought of death hovering in the background. Contemplating one's mortality may provide a rationale for how to live, but if unresolved can bring someone to question the point of it all, perhaps leading to severe depression or even insanity. A similar commentary happens in the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes. The 'preacher' talks about a time for everything under heaven but describes it all as "vanity and striving after wind" when he realises that death will erase it all. Powerful song.
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