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Album: The Dark Side of the MoonReleased: 1973
This song is about an older man speaking to a baby, telling it to breathe. The old man then describes the unfortunate working life the baby will have to face: "Run, rabbit, run. Dig that hole, forget the sun." The song implies that we need to overcome these messages and do what inspires us.
Many people believe Dark Side of the Moon acts as a soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz. When they are synched up, the line, "Balanced on the biggest wave" plays when Dorothy nearly loses her balance while walking along a fence. (thanks, Tim - PGH, PA, for above 2)
This is followed on the album by an instrumental called "On The Run." The next song is "Time," which reprises "Breathe."
This has been covered by former members of Pearl Jam and Blind Melon. (thanks, Matt - Russell Springs, KY, for above 2)
The whispers that can be heard throughout the album are references to Syd Barrett's madness - Dave Gilmour said this himself when interviewed about Dark Side of the Moon. (thanks, Mat - Guildford, England)
The Pop duo Capital Cities released a cover version of this song online in 2012 and often perform the song at their live shows. Their rendition has a Trip-Hop feel with a prominent trumpet and sample of Tupac Shakur's verse from the 1997 Scarface song "Smile." As Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities told us
, Pink Floyd is a huge influence on the band - they even mention the group in their 2013 track "I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo."