Us and Them (7:51)

Cover of The Dark Side Of The Moon

From The Dark Side Of The Moon and 148 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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  • 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
  • md1163

    love great sax : )

    21 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

    Immortal!

    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
  • Al_Gor

    Diving into the infinity.... Just close your eyes!

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Masterpiece.

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    not a big Floyd fan, but this song rules

    19 Jun 2014 Reply
  • frearson10

    @davidnordin7, try Traffic's 'Freedom Rider', only thing off the top of my head

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • curio_j

    Fan-bloody-tastic!

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    Arguably, the best rock album ever penned.

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • jesussouza

    gosto muito!!!

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ilovemusix

    Masterpiece

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • davidnordin7

    Incredible song. Can anyone recommend similar songs, especially with related saxophone-awesomeness?

    13 Mar 2014 Reply
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