What does 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean?

  • One of the most famous albums of Pink Floyd is 'The Dark Side of the Moon'.

    Besides the title of the album, this phrase also appears in the lyrics of one of the last songs of the album, 'Brain Damage'

    And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
    You shout and no one seems to hear
    And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
    I'll see you on the dark side of the moon

    Pink Floyd are known for using allegories in their philosophical lyrics.

    So, what is the meaning behind the phrase I'll see you on the dark side of the moon?

    https://youtu.be/ENU5dKJvVpY He says its about the struggle of the devil in you...we are not perfect....we are going to mess up.... This is a later acoustic version .....the making of Dark Side....54:44...+/- Thanks all for sharing !! Great song !! Enjoy

    Don't forget the _hidden_ comment that states `There is no dark side in the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark.`

  • The moon revolves around the Earth at the exact same speed at which it rotates, due to a phenomenon having to do with the uneven weight distribution of the moon itself. Because of this, on Earth, we only can ever see one side of the moon. The other side of the moon is sometimes referred to as the dark side of the moon, as it is never visible to us. There is much folklore and mythology about the mysterious ‘dark side of the moon.’ In actuality the other side of the moon is lit up just as much as the side we see. The phase of the moon depends on its position relative to the Earth and the sun.

    The term “lunatic” evolved from the Latin word luna for moon, due to the ancient belief that insanity varied with or was caused by the phase of the moon. No such correlation has been scientifically proven however. This does establish a connection between the moon and madness though, helping us to understand the symbolism of the song.

    Waters is essentially stating, if you go mad then “I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.” The dark side of the moon is something that we never see, but is always there, just on the opposite side. Waters seems to be relating this to madness, implying that it is always there, but invisible, waiting to be exposed.

    Waters elaborates further: "The line 'I'll see you on the dark side of the moon' is me speaking to the listener, saying, I know you have these bad feelings and impulses, because I do too, and one of the ways I can make contact with you is to share the fact that I feel bad sometimes." The ‘dark side of the moon’ can be considered the dark side of ourselves; the side that we try to hide from those around us. Waters is coming out and saying that we all have that side, but we need to keep it in check, or it will take control of us; driving us to madness.


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    I think there are two other important lines: "And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes" seems like a clear reference to Syd Barrett and his particular "crazy shining diamond" breed of insanity, and the quote at the very end of the album "There is no dark side of the moon, really--matter of fact it's all dark" seems to indicate that insanity (in some form or another) is far more common than we'd like to admit (hence Roger Waters' "I do too" quote).

    +1, but nitpick re: "having to do with the uneven weight distribution of the moon itself": It's not an uneven weight distribution, but something called tidal locking. The side of the moon nearer to Earth feels a stronger gravitational force than the other side, because it's closer. The uneven pull has a stabilizing effect, locking the rotational speed to the orbital period as you said.

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