'Breathe' by Pink Floyd

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The Four Elements Expressed in Breathe

Dark Rabbit

Breathe Appendices

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Artists are invariably unable to grasp the full significance of their creations. Pink Floyd’s song ‘Breathe’ is a work of art which inspires various interpretations according, arguably, to one’s own life and personal circumstances. It therefore contains different depths of meaning to the subconscious mind which would be clever had the band attempted to accomplish this fear consciously. It is often said that songs write themselves and who knows there much of the inspiration really comes from? For, beyond the conscious ego, lie many layers of memory and experience, many lives in many galaxies and many people and places both on the earth plane and in the astral realms and further. We sometimes catch messages from the inner world in dreams and when writing, particularly poetry and song lyrics because we are being creative and allowing our feelings to flow first and foremost. That is where the beauty and sweetness come from in order to compose a quality song. The last lines of the album (in the song ‘Eclipse’) are:

And everything under the sun is in tune
but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.
‘There is no dark side of the moon, really.
Matter of fact it's all dark.’

Everything under the Sun, although sharing the same Source and therefore offering us its light and energy, its positive essence, might just as well eclipsed by the Moon because that is the human condition. The Moon is eclipsing the Sun. The darkness and low vibrations are here keeping us down, keeping our frequency down, and our self-esteem low, depriving us of our natural, creative power. And our external lives, confined as they are to the control system and materialistic merry-go-round, and therefore the majority of our experiences whilst we remain so limited in our expression, pull us away from our true Selves, from the Spirit, and, therefore, prevent us from finding real happiness. As soon as we are born we are caught in a downward spiral towards death via some form of physical illness or insanity. The Sun, the source of all good, is there yet out of reach. It is blocked, concealed from us by distracting clouds designed to keep us under control.

Breathe, breathe in the air
Don’t be afraid to care
Leave but don’t leave me
Look around and choose your own ground

For long you live and high you fly
And smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be

Run rabbit run
Dig that hole, forget the sun
And when at last the work is done
Don’t sit down it’s time to start another one

For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race towards an early grave

Tiffany Harvey www.worldillusion.com

An Interpretation

Breathe, breath in the air: Enjoy life now while you can. Live but don't just live, don't just go to work all your life and remain unconscious
Don't be afraid to care: …but actually care about yourself and your life and make something of it

Leave, but don't leave me
Look around and choose your own ground
For long you live and high you fly
And smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be

Quite possibly, the narrator is talking to a newborn child in the first verse and then a middle-aged person in the second. A parent, talking to a child, surveys its predictable future, saying leave the nest and make your way in the world. Become a complete individual - but don't abandon me because I need your hope, your potential, to set me free too? Don't leave me in this shit. Don't turn your back on me and reject me just because I am a casualty of life, a prisoner of fate. Don’t abandon human society, the world of the ego, the little mind. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t threaten the status quo. So you only get to exist really, to breathe and experience what others do in this world without higher expectations as though you are plugged into a pod in the Matrix. The world is your oyster but only as long as you believe the dream and don’t wake up! Be like us. Be free but ‘We need YOU!’

According the meaning I have ascribed to these words, the lyrics could also be about someone talking to future generations: make a new world, a better world, but please include me, or the identity and beliefs to which I am attached, in it because I’m not going anywhere! Perhaps I am your deceased father and need to return to a similar world to evolve further. Care but don’t change the world. Find your niche in it and thrive but only as much as ‘I,’ the collective unconscious (or ego) of humanity, want you to. I want you to go out into the world and live but I am holding you back and will only allow you to move within the parameters of human experience which I have set.

Breathing in the fresh air suggests being free. Caring means that you won’t forget where you belong or where you came from. And, so, you won’t lose the connection to the past or perhaps the lower self as you elevate yourself through your experiences which could mean increasing your abundance materially, creatively and spiritually.

Run rabbit run: follow your instincts and fears and go along with life's demands – unconsciously
Dig that hole, forget the sun: go to work and sacrifice your own potential and dreams. Forget the Sun; carry on working after the Sun’s gone down. Forget all about being an individual, fulfilling your own purpose and enjoying life
And when at last the work is down: when you come home cold and tired from work
Don't sit down, it's time to dig another one: don't get used to relaxing because you have to go to work again in the morning and keep on digging the hole that your unconscious presses you to dig, your dependence on the external world

For long you live and high you fly
but only if you ride the tide
and balanced on the biggest wave
you race towards an early grave

You can live a long life providing you do what society expects and forces you to. Do what you must to survive and you can even go far and get much out of life if you follow the tide and live fully in the world. But, even so, even though you might be very successful, really, you are racing towards death, i.e. you are not Really living. You are not really alive. You are not conscious and exploring your individual potential. You still don't know your life's purpose so, although you might go far and live long, your life is short in terms of Consciousness and what you have accomplished spiritually. You have known only mortal existence, which is unconscious, and which is a death state.

Pink Floyd’s song Breathe (on Dark Side of the Moon, 1973) contains interesting examples of each of the four elements. These poetic images are applied intuitively, or unconsciously, to the drama of life. Like life itself, these lyrics may have a different meaning for each of us. For me, they are a riddle comprising the four essential principles of life. They constitute an interesting way of studying the elements.

Roger Waters, who wrote the song all those years ago, believes that its message is ‘live your life in an authentic way.’ It’s okay to be different, unique, living in truth and expressing genuine feeling. Be free as an individual. A friend of mine plays this song (I only ever learnt ‘Wish You Were Here’) and says that, for him, it has always related to growing up and going out into the world. He is reminded of a father advising a teenager: don’t forget where you’ve come from. Don’t be afraid to go out. You’ve got to live life. You’ll be working much of the time but you also have to live it and must also make compromises.


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