Two Suns in the Sunset (5:17)

Cover of Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset)

From Oh By the Way (Studio Album Boxset) and 4 other releases

Two Suns in the Sunset” is the final song on Pink Floyd’s 1983 concept album, The Final Cut. Partway through the song, the lyric “the sun is in the east, even though the day is done” is a metaphor referring to the glowing fireball of a nuclear explosion.[1]

The Final Cut’s main proponent was the band’s bass player and songwriting frontman, Roger Waters, previously a chair of the youth branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Cambridge. “Two Suns in the Sunset” was his view on the world’s end, thermonuclear war, which would ultimately end in nuclear winter. Waters later returned to this theme in his solo albums, most prominently so in Radio K.A.O.S., which dealt with this theme throughout the album.

It is notable for being one of the few Pink Floyd songs in which drummer Nick Mason does not feature. It was felt that Nick was not able to play the part well enough and so drumming duties were instead given over to Andy Newmark. The song also contains the same piercing scream by Roger Waters used on earlier songs such as “Careful with That Axe, Eugene”, the intercut between “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives” and “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2”, and “Run Like Hell”.

Towards the end of the song, we hear the same passing car and radio sound effects that we heard at the start of the album. This cyclical effect was also heard on some of the band’s previous albums, for example the use of “Outside the Wall” on The Wall and the heartbeat on The Dark Side of the Moon.

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  • outerisolation

    oh no...

    14 Mar 1:03pm Reply
  • drlarrymitchell

    Best Floyd song, hands down...

    11 Jan 9:58pm Reply
  • rorberyllium

    The most effective use of the inward scream on any Pink Floyd recording.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Raphael "Baker Street" Ravenscroft on the sax!

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

    well i see this as two ways...it describes an apocalypse like alot of people said. but i think that it is more of an awakening. you can live your life as you want up until "the moment when the brakes lock and you slide towards the big truck...". but as soon as that is happening you fear what you are going to leave in your life. understanding of the world...even though it is not universally accepeted..."finally I understand the feelings of the few, ashes and diamonds, foe and friend, we were all equal in the end"..is most important. we all live. we all leave.

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Artemito

    Relax Relax :)

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • LoreFloyd

    Maravillosa canción.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • kourosh1991

    @felghen even if it is not last pink floyds song it feels like it for many peoples the song has that feeling in it too :( the song makes me tremble -.-

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Ennish

    As o.k. as I think this album is, I always get an empty feeling whenever the sax solo plays, like that feeling you get when you finish a good book.

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Sea_Saw

    my tears evaporate...

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • PrettyStar

    вместо мемориального дома Флетчера лучше б эту вписали на сборник

    5 Oct 2011 Reply
  • brownda7

    oh no

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Ek90

    And i'll say again: Another orgasmic sax solo by Pink Floyd :)

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • al-ghul

    the sax is in the right time i think. the end of this sorrowful song: "finally I understand the feelings of the few ashes and diamonds foe and friend we were all equal in the end" with the sax gives little optimistic feeling to the song, to the future, the feeling of the unification of all people of humankind. that's why the sax appears to me little optimistic and hopeful. that's why I think sax gives the additional quality to this song and is needful:)

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ClassicManiac

    Don't like the album as a whole, but this song has something special.

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • jakushkov

    Like the moment when the brakes lock and you slide towards the big truck, you stretch the frozen moments with your fear aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • LightRed

    The sax is great! And this is possibly my favorite song in the entire Pink Floyd catalogue.

    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • pingpong_fiasco

    The sax is obtrusive, saccharin, and melodramatic. I hate it.

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ArtemNikto

    Sax is great btw. [3]

    29 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Samhain138

    I love how the album just leaves you there after all these powerful songs about war and death. A soft sax is playing, while you think about the nuclear apocalypse. Well done Roger, well done.

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
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