Us and Them (7:51)

Cover of The Dark Side of the Moon

From The Dark Side of the Moon and 151 other releases

Us and Them is a song from English psychedelic / progressive rock band Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, Dark Side of the Moon. It was written by Richard Wright and Roger Waters and sung by David Gilmour (harmonies by Wright). It is 7 minutes, 51 seconds in length, making it the longest song on the album.

It deals with ethnocentrism, conflict and the belief that a person’s self is “always in the right”

It is rather quiet in tone and dynamics and it has two saxophone solos in it, played by Dick Parry, one at the beginning and another towards the end of the song.

The tune began life in 1969 when Rick Wright, who along with the rest of the band, were frustrated by Michelangelo Antonioni’s directions to the band while scoring his 1970 film Zabriskie Point, came up with the basic chord sequence on the piano.

Nearly 30 years later, on the DVD commentary track for American Beauty, Director Sam Mendes revealed that the final scene in the film was originally going to be set to “Us And Them”, lip-synched by the main characters. It references an earlier scene in the movie where Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) says he had Dark Side on 8-track.


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Us (us, us, us, us) and them (them, them, them, them)
And after all we're only ordinary men
And you (you, you, you)

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  • TheJohnBrooks

    12 Jul 5:43am Reply
  • daveitfcfan

    I'm just one of two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl. People will be listening to this in awe hundreds of years from now.

    1 Jun 12:31pm Reply

    Not even funny how epic and awesome this piece of art is.

    20 May 12:35am Reply
  • samiskywalker

    Eternal <3

    19 Apr 5:18am Reply
  • zmatster

    A timeless classic, a masterpiece

    1 Apr 7:25pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    20 Mar 3:11pm Reply
  • indiaquick

    good but on the back burner for now

    7 Mar 10:37pm Reply
  • ForestFloor

    there's so much to love about this song but the sax takes it over the top

    25 Feb 9:31pm Reply
  • perrytequila

    putz grila que viagem maravilhosa

    19 Feb 9:08pm Reply
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    19 Feb 9:08pm Reply
  • venicechance

    Increasingly my favourite Pink Floyd track. Epic song.

    24 Jan 7:22pm Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    We got our first copy of DSOTM from an Uncle who worked as a music jobber... It was a new release and we played it to death up at the cottage that summer... such vivid memories!

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Loved it then Love it now.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Varietist

    Through my now longish life, many of the women I have loved during it, have influenced my taste in music and reading. One of the most influential was a neighbour and subsequent lover when I was living in Fareham, Hampshire. One evening early in 1973 there were about eight of us sat or lying around her lounge drinking wine, smoking something recreational, with the lights dim and the conversation muted. She declared she had been out earlier that day and had bought the new Pink Floyd album. The band at that time was unknown to this gathering. After playing it for about the thirtieth time, we were all totally wasted, converted and I was incredibly in love with the blond haired hospital matron, who had introduced me to this incredible music.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • havefun_2

    "The Dark Side Of The Moon" came out and I was a Hardcore-Fan forever.

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski


    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • tygergurl72

    I've loved Pink Floyd for quite some time now, and it's hard to choose a favorite song, but "Us and Them" is one of the front-runners in my mind for the best Floyd song ever. I can play this over and over and never tire of it.

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • jomabbs

    Will there ever be another Pink Floyd record to match these now we have lost two members?

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • hastyevilcarnie

    that sax makes me its bitch

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • spiderferi

    out of the day it's busy day i have things on my mind

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
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