Roger Waters' cycles
One of several traditions Roger Waters started during his years with Pink Floyd was to have each of his albums cycle back on themselves.  In addition to being lyrically and/or musically self-referential, the albums literally picked up where they left off.  Maybe he was hinting that you should play them non-stop.  I did when I was in high school, so I guess his plan worked!



 
The Dark Side of the Moon: Thump, thump of a heartbeat.
Wish You Were Here: Wind.
Animals: Bookended by "Pigs on the Wing" Parts 1 and 2.
The Wall: Organ playing quietly.  More prominently, the phrase "Isn't this where we came in?" is split across the end of the album and wraps back around to the beginning.
The Final Cut: Traffic sounds (cars on the highway).
Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking: Clock ticking by the side of the bed.
Radio KAOS: Morse code "tapped" electronically and voice says "That's... back to the beginning."
Amused to Death: Crickets chirping in the night.

Incidentally, the cover of Dark Side was intentionally (according to some) designed so that it would be a "wrap-around" as well.  The same might be suggested of the cover of The Wall as well, but that may be stretching things.




Copyright traditionAle[x].
Back to the index