Two Suns in the Sunset

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"Two Suns in the Sunset"
Song by Pink Floyd from the album The Final Cut
Published Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd
Released 21 March 1983 (UK)
2 April 1983 (US)
Recorded July–December 1982
Genre Progressive rock
Length 5:23
Label Harvest Records (UK)
Capitol Records (US)
Writer Roger Waters
Producer Roger Waters, James Guthrie and Michael Kamen
The Final Cut track listing

"Two Suns in the Sunset" is the closing track on Pink Floyd's 1983 concept album The Final Cut.[1][2]

Lyrics and music[edit]

Partway through the song, the lyric "the sun is in the east, even though the day is done" refers to the glowing fireball of a nuclear explosion.[3]

Session drummer Andy Newmark plays drums on this song, as Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was unable to perform the song, due to its complex time signature changes. The song begins and ends in 9/8 time, while the majority of the song is in 4/4 (or "common time"), and it is punctuated with added measures of 7/8 and 3/8. Adding to the complexity, the main theme of the rhythm guitar has chords changing emphatically in dotted eighth notes, so three eighth-note beats are divided equally in two. This is not unlike what "Mother", from the previous Pink Floyd album, The Wall, does, and on that song, Mason relinquished the drumming duties, in that case to Jeff Porcaro.[4][5][6]

Personnel[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 1177. ISBN 1-84195-551-5. 
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (1995). The Complete Guide to the Music of Pink Floyd. London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-4301-X. 
  3. ^ Glenn Povey (2007). Echoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd. Mind Head Publishing. ISBN 0-9554624-0-1. 
  4. ^ Pink Floyd: The Wall (1980 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd., London, England, ISBN 0-7119-1031-6 [USA ISBN 0-8256-1076-1])
  5. ^ Pink Floyd: The Final Cut (1983 Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd., London, England.)
  6. ^ Terry Bezer, Vintage Pink Floyd Interview — Part 1, Classic Rock Magazine, 26 March 2009.

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