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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  • 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 4:57am Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Loved it then Love it now.

    24 Nov 12:23am Reply
  • md1163

    love great sax : )

    21 Nov 11:55pm 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 3:32am Reply
  • havefun_2

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

    1 Nov 5:47pm Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Immortal!

    14 Oct 9:36pm 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 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
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