Us and Them (7:51)

Cover of The Dark Side Of The Moon

From The Dark Side Of The Moon and 145 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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  • 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 3:10pm Reply
  • jomabbs

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

    21 Sep 10:23pm Reply
  • hastyevilcarnie

    that sax makes me its bitch

    17 Sep 8:49pm Reply
  • spiderferi

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

    28 Aug 7:13pm Reply
  • Al_Gor

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

    23 Aug 8:13pm Reply
  • muerto14

    Masterpiece.

    18 Aug 1:50pm Reply
  • Tymbolic

    not a big Floyd fan, but this song rules

    19 Jun 8:12am Reply
  • frearson10

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

    12 May 11:11pm Reply
  • curio_j

    Fan-bloody-tastic!

    22 Apr 12:41pm Reply
  • Eye_Gore

    Arguably, the best rock album ever penned.

    31 Mar 5:41pm Reply
  • jesussouza

    gosto muito!!!

    20 Mar 12:17am Reply
  • ilovemusix

    Masterpiece

    15 Mar 2:14pm Reply
  • davidnordin7

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

    13 Mar 12:26pm Reply
  • Dannyownzz

    This is a song which you can really easily feel the music and just a really chill song. This is one of Pink Floyd's songs that doesn't necessarily need to be played blasting, but needs to be played nonetheless.

    5 Mar 7:19pm Reply
  • activewaste

    "And after all we're only ordinary men" The best thing is the fact how long it takes, 60 seconds to do 4 lines of lyrics

    15 Feb 8:06pm Reply
  • blueskyfrank

    Timeless...

    4 Feb 4:13pm Reply
  • joshsaussey

    The saxophone work in this song is brilliant, such a powerful song.

    31 Jan 4:46am Reply
  • LahunAhau

    Love

    23 Jan 3:38pm Reply
  • Loco-mo

    Typical Floyd Brilliance

    19 Jan 2:31pm Reply
  • LandslideGoat

    Down and Out It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about With, without And who'll deny it's what the fighting's all about

    8 Jan 2:54pm Reply
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