Eclipse (song)

Eclipse (song)

"Eclipse" is the tenth [The track number depends upon the edition of the album; some releases merge the two tracks "Speak to Me" and "Breathe," for instance.] and final track from British progressive rock band Pink Floyd's 1973 album, "The Dark Side of the Moon". It was sung by Roger Waters, with harmonies by David Gilmour. After Waters left, Gilmour sang the lead when performing live.

The song is often mistakenly labelled "Dark Side of the Moon" alongside "Brain Damage" because the two run together and are commonly played together on the radio, giving the impression that they are one song. The incorrect title is derived from a recurring lyric in "Brain Damage," and the title of the album.


The song serves as a climax to the album, and features a loud, repetitive melody which builds and then ends with a very quiet outro. When the main instrumentation ends at approximately 1:30, the sound of a heartbeat from the first track, "Speak to Me", appears and gradually fades to silence.

The song consists of a repeating four chord pattern: D Major, D over C in the bass (a compound chord usually notated as "D/C".), B-flat Major Seventh ("B♭maj7" -- this chord can be heard as a D "minor" over a B♭ bass, or "Dm/B♭", though that is not a proper chord name), and A7 (with a suspended fourth resolving to the major third -- notated as A7sus4 to A7). However, the arrangement adds variety. Guitarist David Gilmour recorded two tracks of rhythm guitar, playing arpeggios, one in open position, and one much higher, around the tenth fret. The lower-pitched guitar part includes the open G and E strings during the B♭maj7, resulting in an added sixth and a dissonant augmented fourth. However, these notes become consonant as they sustain through to the next chord, A7. The quartet of female background singers vary their parts, rising in volume, and echoing some of Waters's lyrics, as the piece builds in intensity. On the last repetition of the chord progression, the B♭maj7 leads directly to a climax on D major, resulting in a "brightening" effect (known as the Picardy third), as the aforementioned implication of D minor in the B♭maj7 chord shifts to the major. ["Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon" 1973 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd., London, England, ISBN: 0 7119 1028 6 (USA ISBN: 0 8256 1078 8) ] ["Which One's Pink? An Analysis of the Concept Albums of Roger Waters & Pink Floyd" by Philip Anthony Rose. Collector's Guide Publishing, Inc. Ontario, Canada. ISBN: 1-896522-47-5]

At the end of "Eclipse", after or during the spoken words of 'There is no dark side...', a small chamber string orchestra can be heard playing a light tune which sounds like it's heard from a small radio in another room. To be able to hear this one must listen especially carefully with headphones and the volume at maximum level.This is believed to be on some copies of the album, an orchestral version of The Beatles' song "Ticket to Ride" can be heard playing in the background during the fade, but only on one stereo channel. Fans have tried to find a meaning behind this, but it was likely just an artefact of the recording process, such as an improperly erased tape. The recording has been identified by some as having come from George Martin's orchestral adaptation of the Beatles album "Help!". Coincidentally, Paul McCartney and Wings were recording in the same studio.

McCartney was one of the people interviewed by Roger Waters as part of the latter's efforts to develop dialogue to accompany certain songs on the album. The McCartney interview was not used, but Abbey Road Studios doorman Gerry O'Driscoll's was. His full answer to the question "What is 'the dark side of the moon'?", part of which is heard in "Eclipse", was:"There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark. The only thing that makes it look alight, is the sun." ["The Making Of The Dark Side Of the Moon" DVD] ["Inside Out". Nick Mason. First edition, p.172]


On the March 10, 2004, the song was used to wake the Mars probe "Opportunity"—it was chosen in recognition of the transit of the Martian moon, Phobos.Fact|date=July 2007 This is not the first time Pink Floyd has been played in outer space: Russian cosmonauts took an advance copy of "Delicate Sound of Thunder" into space with them, making it (unofficially) the first album played in space.Fact|date=July 2007

Alternative and Live versions

*The song is featured on the "P*U*L*S*E" CD and DVD and is sung by David Gilmour instead of Roger Waters as it was originally.
*The version heard on the compilation album "Works" is about 30 seconds longer, with much of the heartbeat removed. Like "Brain Damage", the song is presented in an alternate mix.
*"" also features the track which is segued out of "Brain Damage".


*Roger Waters - Bass, vocals
*David Gilmour - Guitar and vocals
*Richard Wright - Organ and vocals
*Nick Mason - Drums, percussion


*Lesley Duncan — Vocals (background)
*Doris Troy — Vocals (background)
*Barry St. John — Vocals (background)
*Liza Strike — Vocals (background)


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