Far Out: 'The Force Awakens' Syncs Up To Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon'

  • by: Jeremy Smith

When I was in high school, a few of my friends and I tried to sync up Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" with "The Wizard Of Oz". From what I recall, it possibly worked. Now, the current generation is in for its own "sync up" with the iconic Pink Floyd album.

According to a recent Reddit post, three replays of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety becomes the perfect soundtrack for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". According to Reddit, pressing play as the film's opening scroll ends and the camera pans to the spaceship starts a synchronization that almost lines up perfectly with each act in the movie.

Here's the breakdown from the original post (be prepared, there are spoilers ahead for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"):

- When Poe (Oscar Isaac) wakes up in Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) torture chamber, the lyrics of "The Great Gig in the Sky" go, "I'm not afraid of dying/ Anytime will do," and the song's scream happens right as Poe opens his own mouth.

- "Time" plays while we witness the repetitive mundanity of Rey's (Daisy Ridley) life making a living by scavenging old electronics.

- The "Us and Them" lyric "And after all, we're only ordinary men" is sung right as Finn (John Boyega) tells Rey that Resistance fighters look like him. "Some of us," he says. "Others look different."

- Twice during the "Keep your hands of my stack" line in "Money", someone grabs a lightsaber: First it's Rey taking hold of Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill), then Han Solo (Harrison Ford) grabbing Kylo's.

- "Us and Them" again syncs with the battle of Battle of Takodana. As Finn surveys the battleground, the lyrics go, "God only knows/ It's not what we would choose to do." Then, as David Gilmour says, "Black," the camera focuses on Finn receiving Luke's lightsaber (oof). Just as Gilmour says, "Blue," Finn ignites the blue blade.

- In what turns out to be his final scene, the camera focuses right on Han Solo as the lyrics, "If you can hear this whispering, you're dying" are heard.

- During Kylo and Rey's final fight, the "Us and Them" lyrics go, "Black and blue/ Who knows which is which and who is who," echoing the fight between going to the Dark Side or staying with the Light Side of the Force.

- "Brain Damage" in almost its entirety seems to fit up with the movie's final scene as Rey makes her way towards Luke: "The lunatic is on the grass/ Remembering games, and daisy chains and laughs/ Got to keep the loonies on the path."

For more breakdowns of how the film and album lineup, check out the original Reddit post.

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Jeremy Smith is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is an editor at Lead Stories, www.leadstories.com, mainly focusing on debunking hoax stories. 

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