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Brain Damage

This song is by Pink Floyd and appears on the album The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) and on the live album P•U•L•S•E (1995).

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Brain Damage
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 rearrange me till 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

"I can't think of anything to say except... Ha-ha-ha-ha! Ha-ha-ha-ha!"
"I think it's marvelous."


Written by:


  • Roger Waters – lead and double tracked vocals, bass guitar
  • David Gilmour – treated guitar, lap steel (slide) guitar
  • Nick Mason – percussion
  • Richard Wright – Hammond organ, VCS-3
  • Peter Watts Wikipedia16 and Patricia "Puddie" Watts – spoken sections
  • Roger "The Hat" Manifold – spoken words
  • Backing chorus consists of Doris Troy, Lesley Duncan, Liza Strike and Barry St. John



  • Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is known, among many things, for its addition of spoken clips over top of the music. The spoken clips were chosen to fit into the concept of the album.
  • The production behind "Brain Damage" is shown in Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

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