Song Lyric Sunday — Brain Damage

This week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt is “madness.” As a long time Pink Floyd fan, it is only natural that the band’s song “Brain Damage” would come to mind when the word “madness” is bandied about.

“Brain Damage” is a track from English rock band Pink Floyd’s 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon.” The song was written by Roger Waters, who also performed the vocals on the track. The song was never released as a single.

Waters wrote the insanity-themed song based on former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett’s mental instability. The line, “The lunatic is on the grass” reflects society’s contempt for “uncustomary” behavior. Normal, sane people walk on the path, while the man who steps on the grass is the “lunatic.”

Similarly, the moon has often been associated with insanity and darkness, and in the line, “I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon,” Waters was expressing that he could relate to Barrett’s feelings and to his form of madness.

The line, “And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes” is a specific reference to Syd Barrett’s propensity for playing the wrong song on stage during his “episodes.”

Here are the song’s lyrics.

The lunatic is on the grass
The lunatic is on the grass
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs
Got to keep the loonies on the path

The lunatic is in the hall
The lunatics are in my hall
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more

And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon

The lunatic is in my head
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me ’til I’m sane

You lock the door and throw away the key
There’s someone in my head but it’s not me.

And if the cloud bursts thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear
And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes
I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon

7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Brain Damage

  1. newepicauthor January 7, 2018 / 6:26 am

    This song made my head explode with dark forebodings, so I locked the door and threw away the key.

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  2. Helen Vahdati January 7, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    I didn’t realize I’d heard this song before, but I have. The lyrics are simply brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. herheadache January 7, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Erie song. I do recall it. That word, lunatic, oh how times have changed, in regards to mental illness.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 7, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Indeed. That song was recorded almost 4 1/2 decades ago. Times have certainly changed since then.

      Liked by 1 person

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