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The Dark Side of Oz:
The first cryptic reference to
Judy Garland occurs as Speak To Me transitions into Breathe. What
we hear may be the sound of a movie projector. This is followed by screaming
as the names of the producer, Melvin LeRoy, and the director, Victor
Fleming appear on the screen. The screaming is most likely a reference to
the abuse that Judy Garland suffered at the hands of these men.
Judy Garland was 16 years old during the filming of The Wizard of Oz. Apparently, the hectic schedule involved in making the movie was too strenuous for her. In addition to this, the MGM moguls were concerned about her weight. The producer and director of the movie are said to have given her certain pills in order to boost her energy, and control her weight, in order to be able to complete the filming on schedule. (This information is publicly available in several biographies of Judy Garland.) As a result of her drug use during Oz, she lived a life of drug and alcohol dependency. Her sudden death in 1969 at the young age of 47 stunned millions of fans around the world. She died of an accidental overdose of barbiturates. It has been observed that her work on Oz made her a star, but also led to her early demise.
During the filming of Oz, Judy Garland was subjected to abuse at the hands of MGM that would be illegal today. For instance, she is said to have been slapped in the face once by Victor Fleming, the director of Oz, for laughing and giggling during many of the takes. Bert Lahr’s flamboyant acting as the Cowardly Lion is said to have been the cause of her laughter during the filming.
After one too many cases of her adolescent giggling, Victor Fleming slapped her in the face to “cure” her of these laughing spells. (This information is also public knowledge from various Garland biographies.) If such a thing were to have occurred today, Mr. Fleming could have been charged with assault. And MGM would be in violation of several labor laws regarding minors.
Notice also that the titles of the first two tracks are similar to what one might say in a panic if they find someone dead of a drug overdose, “Speak to me!! Breathe!”
The first references to Judy Garland’s untimely death occur in the sync during Breathe:
Look around and choose your own ground.
This line may be a reference to the year that Judy Garland’s remains spent without a final resting place. The National Enquirer came to prominence by being the first to break the story that Judy Garland had not yet received a proper burial a year after her death! Her remains were stored in a temporary crypt in the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. After the story broke, her family quickly made the necessary burial arrangements to avoid further shame and embarrassment.
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
Here’s a reference to the fact
that Judy Garland brought smiles of joy to millions, yet her own life was
filled with many tears of sorrow.
Judy Garland died virtually penniless.
The Wizard of Oz is the most watched movie ever. Period. One would be hard-pressed to find anyone that has not seen the film at least once. Regardless of age or generation, almost everyone has seen it. And yet, because residuals were not usually paid to movie actors in those days. Judy Garland never received a dime from the movie itself beyond the salary that she was paid at the time.
Her career waned in her final years.
She owed back-taxes that she could not pay. The I.R.S. seized most of her
property and cash. She essentially crashed and burned. All of this while The Wizard
of Oz was enjoying unprecedented success on television year-after-year
while she received no royalties from it whatsoever.
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.
As mentioned previously, this is a
clear reference to Judy Garland’s untimely death in 1969.
This track has no lyrics. But it
is worth noting that it takes place in the sync while Dorothy is singing Over
The Rainbow. Note that both songs have the same acronym – OTR.
Money, get away.
Get a good job with good pay and you're okay.
Money, it's a gas.
Another reference to Judy Garland and MGM occurs in Money while we see a close-up of Dorothy holding Toto:
Money, get back.
I'm all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack.
The song Us and Them is probably about the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.
Judy Garland was an “icon” of sorts among gays throughout the 1950s and 1960s. She is said to have unofficially dedicated the song Over the Rainbow to gays in their struggle to find acceptance and tolerance. Many gay men, the majority of whom were “in the closet” during those pre-Gay Rights days, cryptically referred to themselves and each other as “Friends of Dorothy.”
Judy Garland’s support of the gay community was a major part of her life. And no tribute to her would be complete without an acknowledgement of this fact.
Judy Garland died on June 22, 1969 in London. Her funeral was held on June 27, 1969 in Manhattan at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home at Madison Avenue and Eighty-first Street. Some 22,000 people filed past Judy's open coffin over a twenty-four hour period. Among them were many homosexual men who came to pay their last respects to someone that had shown them great support and encouragement over the years.
Later that night, many of the gays that attended her funeral are said to have gone to The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City. Many were said to have been commisserating and reminiscing about the recently deceased Garland. On that very night, June 27, 1969, the New York City Police Department decided to raid The Stonewall Inn (an illegal after-hours gay bar). Usually, when these gay clubs got raided, most of the patrons simply ran away before they were caught. This night, however, the patrons of The Stonewall Inn decided to fight back. They caused rioting that went on for several days.
To this day, the Stonewall protest that began on June 27, 1969 is seen by the gay community as the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement. June 27th is the date of the annual Gay Pride parade in New York City. Interestingly, it may very well have been the death of Judy Garland that triggered Gay Pride around the world.
the rainbow as the symbol for gay pride is said to go back to Judy Garland and Oz.
Me, and you.
God only knows it's not what we would choose to do.
Their orientation is not their choice.
Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who?
The police are normally a force for good. However, to the Stonewall patrons in June of 1969, they were a force for oppression and evil. The men in blue became, to the Stonewall patrons, as wicked as the Witch of the West in Munchkinland.
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There's room for you inside.
There’s room inside the paddy
wagon. Note also that during the sync, this line in the song occurs just before
the Wicked Witch in the movie says, “I’ll get you my pretty…”
During this song we watch as we see the beginnings of a hallucinatory experience. Dorothy is confused about which direction to take on the Yellow Brick Road which forks and splits into a few different directions. She is startled to find a scarecrow that talks to her. This speaks of the start of the “brain damage” that Judy Garland suffered in her life. This transitions into the next song which speaks of the day of Judy Garland’s death.
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.
Webster’s dictionary defines a daisy chain as a garland or wreath of daisies. An intentional cryptic reference to Judy Garland?
The lunatic is in my head.
The lunatic is in my head.
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane.
You lock the door
And throw away the key
There’s someone in my head but it’s not me.
All that you touch
All that you see
All that you taste...
Eclipse is the last song on the album. It is the final farewell song in this requiem.
One interesting note here. Even though the lines in the lyrics begin with the word all – sometimes it sounds as if the word oil is being sung. For instance, at the precise moment when the line “All (oil?) that you see” occurs, Dorothy sees the oil can on the tree stump next to the Tin Man.
One other thing worth noting. Notice that the name of the author of the Oz books – BAUM – is contained in an acronym of tracks 5 thru 8 on the CD in reverse. …A cryptic message?
1. Speak To Me/Breathe (4:00)
2. On The Run (3:33)
3. Time (7:06)
4. The Great Gig in the Sky (4:44)
5. Money (6:32)
6. Us and Them (7:40)
7. Any Colour You Like (3:25)
8. Brain Damage (3:50)
9. Eclipse (2:04)
The Wizard of Oz was one of the very first feature films to use Technicolor technology. It is interesting to note that Technicolor technology back then involved the use of a prism inside the movie camera which created alternate black & white strips of film each tinted in the primary colors of blue, green, and red. The use of the prism on the DSOTM album cover where the B&W light rays are split off into colors is a clear reference to the nascent Technicolor technology in the movie.
All of the greed referred to in the sync is juxtaposed with the latin motto in the circular band around the MGM lion -- "Ars Gratia Artis" ("Art For Art's Sake")
I invite you to watch the sync with this interpretation in mind. This is not just about some 100 or so “matches.” This is an amazing audio-visual project by Pink Floyd, done 8 years before the advent of MTV, with a cohesive theme.
Even though the band members have
either denied any purposeful link between Dark Side of the Moon and The
Wizard of Oz, or claimed to have no knowledge of it at all -- they do, in
fact, encourage their fans to see the sync and judge for themselves. …Hmmm.
Check this out from the official Pink Floyd
Dark Side of the Moon website --
Historical Fact #28 from the list of 30 Floydian Facts about Dark Side:
28. Throughout the 1990's rumours persisted that the album was
intended to be played back while watching The Wizard of Oz. Many
similarities were depicted between the music, lyrics, and the film. The band
have denied that the classic film made an impression on them while recording
the album, but if you want to judge for yourself be sure to start the CD at the
third roar of the MGM lion at the start of the film!
From: THE OFFICIAL PINK FLOYD 'DSOTM' WEBSITE
Click this link and then click on "HISTORICAL INFO" on their page.
Two of the seven albums that Pink Floyd released prior to Dark Side of the Moon were, in fact, official authorized soundtracks for full-length feature films. In 1969 they released an album called More which was the musical soundtrack for a film of the same name. In 1972 they released an album entitled Obscured By Clouds which was the musical soundtrack for a film called La Vallée. This shows that they had an interest in scoring music for feature films, and the ability to do so. They had the experience and skill to do it.
Aligning Dark Side of the Moon to The Wizard of Oz would have involved the exact same process as scoring the music to any other film.
All they needed was a 35mm print of The Wizard of Oz, a movie projector, and a stop watch so that they could "time stamp" the various events on the screen and then record and edit the master tape
of the album so that it would synchronize when played along with the film. In light of their movie-scoring experience -- do you think that this was beyond the ability of Pink Floyd at the time?
If this sync was done intentionally by Pink Floyd, then it is truly a work of creative genius.
It is a very thoughtful tribute to one of America's best-loved entertainers that
deserves its place in the annals of the history of album rock.
I suspect that it may very well have been done on purpose. Since Roger Waters wrote all of the lyrics for Dark Side of the Moon, he may be the sole creative genius behind this sync. Perhaps copyright restrictions make it necessary for Pink Floyd to deny any purposeful intent in designing the album as an alternate soundtrack for The Wizard of Oz. If that's the case -- that's understood.
(Okay...hum The Twilight Zone theme song here.)
Copyright © 2006 -- R.K.J.
Originally Posted: April 25, 2006