Breath, breath in
Don't be afraid to care
Leave, but don't leave
Look around and choose
your own ground
For long you live and high you
And smiles you'll give and tears
And all you touch and all
Is all your life will ever be
Run rabbit run
Dig that hole, forget the sun
And when at last your work is
Don't sit down it's time
to dig another one
For long you live and high
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest
You race towards an early
* "Leave..." sung as Em reproves Dorothy for bothering
her and Uncle Henry while they're busy working, telling her, in essence,
* "Look around..." sung as Dorothy subsequently
looks around and away from Em. Note the interesting "black gargoyle rabbit"
effect actually made of 2 hens behind Dorothy here.
* "All you touch..." sung just before Dorothy touches
arm of farm hand Zeke (Kansas double of Cowardly Lion). Zeke then turns
around and sees Dorothy, as "...and all you see" is sung.
* "Don't sit down..." sung as Dorothy stands on bench--benches
usually for sitting down on. In doing this, Dorothy passes in front of
Hunk (Scarecrow's Kansas double) in the background for a moment,
perhaps emphasizing her lack of brains in then walking fence between pig
* "...balanced on the biggest wave" sung as Dorothy
balances, with arms extended (like a plane--"high you fly"),
on fence separating pig pens.
* After verse "...race towards an early grave" Dorothy
looses her balance on the fence and falls into one of the pig pens. She
looses her balance exactly at the beginning of the following song, "On
The Run." Dorothy's dangerous fall into pig pen overlapping Floyd's reference
to early grave can be seen to resonate with Judy Garland's early death
via drug overdose, and also Syd
Barrett's own debilitating drug problems.
ON THE RUN
* Just as Aunt Em begins to harshly reprimand
farm hands Zeke, Hunk, and Hickory (Tinman double) for "jabberwocking"
(Dorothy, Hunk, and Hickory are laughing at Zeke for being so frightened
about Dorothy's fall into the pig pen), placid flight announcer begins
speaking in DSotM. This overlap lasts throughout Em's tirade, with one
break where the announcer appears to talk for Hickory instead.
* Dorothy looks up into the sky as airplane
noises begin in DSotM. Dorothy continues to gaze at the sky for the remainder
of "On the Run," as she sings "Over the Rainbow." At one point, Dorothy's
gaze also appears to follow the planes as they cross between speakers,
albeit with a small time lag.
* Close-up of Toto flashing his teeth just
as laughing begins in DSotM. Toothy Toto shown prominently as laughing
continues to build up to the plane crash/explosion climaxing "On the Run."
* Plane crashes in "On the Run" just after
D. finishes line "Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebird fly," creating an
inversion (flying vs. crashing). Simultaneous with explosion, Toto's ears
prick up, like he is hearing the explosion in the distance with his more
* "On the Run," the most dissonant song
of DSotM, is here overlapped with the most lyrical (consonant) song of
TWoO in "Over the Rainbow." Notice that the acronyms for "On the Run" and
"Over the Rainbow" are the same: OtR.
* Dorothy holds Toto's leg while panting
man runs between speakers at the end of "On the Run."
T I M E
Ticking away the moments that
make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off
Kicking around on a piece of ground in
your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show
you the way
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying
home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is
time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have
got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the
And you run and you run to catch up with
the sun but its sinking
And racing around to come up behind you
The sun is the same in a relative way
but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death
Every year is getting shorter, never seem to
find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half
a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English
The time is gone the song is over, thought
I'd something more to say
Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
When I come home cold and tired
Its good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells
* As camera pans down from Dorothy and Toto
and looks through wagon wheels, the ticking of clocks beginning "Time"
become audible (spoke wheels = clock gears?).
* Series of bells and chimes sound loudly
at precise moment Alvira Gulch (Kansas counterpart of Wicked Witch of West),
riding a bike, makes her first appearance in the movie. This is one of
most powerful matches in "Dark Side of Oz," and can be tied to, among
other things, the similar sounding bells and gears at the end of Syd Barrett's
song "Bike" from Pink Floyd's first album, *Piper at the Gates of Dawn.*
Notice also that bells calm down when Gulch gets off her bike upon arriving
at Dorothy's farmhouse.
* Uncle Henry seems to ring the last three
bells with his paint brush.
* Scene changes to interior of Dorothy's
house exactly with first chord in music of "Time," another impressive sync.
Dorothy's back and forth interactions with Gulch, Em and Henry also seems
to synch with the song's chord changes.
* Just after "Kicking around on a
piece of ground in your home town," Toto, who has just escape from
Gulch's basket on her bike, kicks up dust on the road (in his "hometown")
in hustling back to Dorothy.
* "Waiting for someone or something
to show you the way" sung as Toto jumps through Dorothy's window,
showing Dorothy the way to next proceed: running away from home so that
Gulch can't retake her dog.
* "Tired of lying in the sunshine...":
Toto is lying on the bed, awash in the dull Kansas sunshine."
* "...ten years have got behind you"
sung as the camera shows Dorothy running away from behind.
* Scene change to Dorothy and Toto on *bridge*
just as musical *bridge* in "Time" begins.
* The billboard on Professor Marvel's wagon displays
the three aspects of time: past, present, and future, resonating with the
song title of "Time." Guessing game in movie that follows, where Marvel
deduces Dorothy is running away from home, also involves the number three
* Word "sinking" of
phrase "And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but its
sinking" sung just as fire (sun symbol) pans off-screen to the
left. Sun also sets to the left/west.
* During next line, "...racing around
to come up behind you again," Marvel comes quickly from *behind*
Dorothy to pull out a chair for her.
* The word "sun" in next line,
sun is the same in a relative way...," coincides exactly with Marvel
lighting the first candle in his dark wagon. Another association between
Marvel and sun.
* "...half a page of scribbled lines"
: At the end of this line, we see a photograph of Dorothy and her Aunt
Em that Marvel is stealing a look at while Dorothy's eyes are shut. Em,
whose figure defines 1/2 the photo (page?), appears to have a dress of
* "Home, home again" sung
as Marvel is describing Dorothy's home, as he pretends to see it in his
* "Far away across the fields"
sung as Marvel looks back into crystal ball and sees heartbroken and possibly
ill Em--sees far away across the field to Dorothy's home?
* "Calls the faithful to their knees"
sung as Dorothy stands up from her kneeling position to go home. Possibly
translation: Dorothy realizes she has not been faithful to Em, and thus
stands up when the song inversely talks about calling the faithful to kneel.
THE GREAT GIG
IN THE SKY
* Song begins roughly same time as Dorothy
leaves Marvel's wagon & storm begins.
* Tornado's initial screen appearance coincides
with first guitar lick in "Gig."
* During next shot of tornado, we hear a
voice say "And I'm not afraid of dying, anytime will do," resonating with
Dorothy's close proximity to a killer twister. The voice continues to talk
of death during the next several views of the tornado.
* Drums kick in and singer Clare Torry first
begins to wail just as first immediate danger of tornado occurs:
the uprooting of a tree right behind Dorothy. Note: cinematically, the
left to right direction of this blown tree is made more dramatic by slower
right to left motion of a horse galloping across the screen in previous
* Music reaches greatest frenzy on a high
G note just as Dorothy is hit on the head by a blown out window. The impact
of the note meshes perfectly with the impact felt vicariously by the viewer
when the window hits her. The music then quickly subsides as Dorothy falls
unconscious on the bed.
* Dorothy regains consciousness and shoots
upright on her bed as next high G is sung, as if jarring her awake
(note: this is actually where the movie's fantasy begins, not when Dorothy
opens the door to Oz).
* As Dorothy exchanges waves with an old
woman knitting in her rocking chair in the tornado, the words "hey, hey,
hey..." are repeated over and over by Torry, as if emphasizing this friendly
* When the very next sustained high G is
sung, Dorothy sinks *back* to her bed in terror as Alvira Gulch transforms
into the Wicked Witch of the West in her window.
* Music continues to subside with the descent
and jolting landing of farmhouse in Oz. Album switches between original
first and second sides (between songs "Great Gig In The Sky" and "Money")
exactly as Dorothy opens the front door of the farmhouse and enters Oz.
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