Eclipse (2:03)

Cover of The Dark Side Of The Moon

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“Eclipse” is the tenth and final track from British progressive rock band Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. It was sung by Roger Waters, with harmonies by David Gilmour. After Waters left, Gilmour sang the lead when performing live.

The song is often mistakenly labelled “Dark Side of the Moon” alongside “Brain Damage” because the two run together and are commonly played together on the radio, giving the impression that they are one song. The incorrect title is derived from a recurring lyric in “Brain Damage” and the title of the album.

The song serves as a climax to the album and features a loud, repetitive melody which builds and then ends with a very quiet outro. When the main instrumentation ends at approximately 1:30, the sound of a heartbeat from the first track, “Speak to Me”, appears and gradually fades to silence.

The song consists of a repeating four chord pattern: D Major, D over C in the bass (a compound chord usually notated as “D/C”.), B-flat Major Seventh (“B♭maj7” — this chord can be heard as a D minor over a B♭ bass, or “Dm/B♭”, though that is not a proper chord name), and A7 (with a suspended fourth resolving to the major third — notated as A7sus4 to A7). However, the arrangement adds variety. Guitarist David Gilmour recorded two tracks of rhythm guitar, playing arpeggios, one in open position, and one much higher, around the tenth fret. The lower-pitched guitar part includes the open G and E strings during the B♭maj7, resulting in an added sixth and a dissonant augmented fourth. However, these notes become consonant as they sustain through to the next chord, A7.

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