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Us and Them

by BAA Staff | Updated: 09.02.2011 |


From the “Words To Live By” and “Lest We Forget” departments regarding divisions in perspective, wise words from a damn solid treatise on life.

The Album of Life

Ahh the height of the fishing season is behind us and with the idiots returning to Washington, the 2012 elections approaching, the silly season is upon us. Our prediction is this will be the silliest of them thus far. With our country divided along the battle lines of rhetoric and masturbatorial one-ups-manship, we find ourselves turning to the wisdom from the book of "Pink".


From the Essential album "Dark Side of the Moon" we give you the lyrics from the song Us and Them. Discuss amongst yourselves.


Us, and them
And after all were only ordinary men.

Me, and you.
God only knows it’s knows it's not what we would choose to do.

Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died.
And the general sat and the lines on the map
Moved from side to side.

Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who.

Up and down.
But in the end it’s only round and round... and round.

Haven’t you heard it’s a battle of words
The poster bearer cried.
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There’s room for you inside.

“I mean, they’re not gonna kill ya, so if you give ‘em a quick short, sharp, shock, they won’t do it again. Dig it? I mean he get off lightly, ‘cause I would’ve given him a thrashing - I only hit him once! It was only a difference of opinion, but really…I mean good manners don’t cost nothing do they, eh?”

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 fightings all about?

Out of the way, it’s a busy day
I've got things on my mind.
For the want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died.


©1973 Wright, Waters, Gilmour