Pink Floyd And Wizard Of
In case you haven't already heard about the strange cosmic synchronization that occurs
when you play Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" in place of the original
"Wizard of Oz" movie soundtrack, here's the rundown. Start your Pink Floyd
"Dark Side of the Moon" CD at the precise moment the MGM lion finishes it's
third and final roar and you will find some very interesting coincidences (or are they?)
You'll know you've got it right when the first chord of "Breathe" comes in at
the same time "Produced by Mervyn LeRoy" is displayed on the screen.
Dorothy is teetering on the fence to the pig bin when the band is singing "balanced
on the biggest wave" from the song "Breathe".
Dorothy falls into the pig bin just as the you hear the words "race towards an early
grave" and the music changes at the same time.
Dorothy holds a little chick up to here face in a caring manner as you hear the band sings
the words "Don't be afraid to care" from the song "Breathe".
In the beginning of the movie during the song "Breathe", the band sings
"smiles you'll laugh" and you see the Lion and the Tinman in human form laughing
"and tears you'll cry" shows the Scarecrow crying.
When you hear the words "when at last the work is done" from the song
"Breathe", Scarecrow in human form smacks his hand with a hammer and stops
Mrs. Gulch AKA Wicked witch of the west appears riding here bike at the same moment you
here the alarm clock bells going off at the beginning of the song "Time".
When the band sings "kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town" from
the song "Time", Toto hops out of Mrs. Gultches basket and runs back to the
When the band sings "waiting for someone or something to show you the way" from
the song "Time", Dorothy is in her room wondering what she should do when Toto
comes hopping through the window to show her the way.
When you hear the words "ticking away the moments that make up a dull day" from
the song "Time", Dorothys uncle puts his hand up to his head and rolls his eyes
just before he kicks back in his chair after arguing with Mrs. Gultch.
When Dorothy leaves the fortune teller to return to the farm, the lyrical content
"home, home again" from the song "Breathe" is playing.
A triangle can be seen hanging from a tree and the way the fence rails run look an awful
lot like the cover of "Dark Side of the Moon".
When you hear the words "Smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry", the Lion and
the Tin Man are smiling and the Scarecrow is crying.
Auntie Em appears and starts talking at the same moment you hear the woman's voice talking
in the song "On the Run".
Toto pops his head up in a window at the same time that the band sings "Waiting for
someone or something to show you the way" from the song "Time".
When you hear the words "racing around, to come up behind you again" from the
song "Time", professor marvel appears at Dorothy's back.
During the guitar solo in the song "Time", You see the words "Past Present
and Future" on the sign of Professor Marvel.
Glinda, the good witch of the North, appears in her bubble as the band is singing
"don't give me that do goody good bullshit" from the song "Money".
In the song "Us and Them" right when the word "Black" is said, they
show the wicked witch.
The Good witch of the north confronts the wicked witch of the west as the band sings
"and who knows which is which" (or would that be "witch is witch"?)
from the song "Us and Them".
When the Mayor of munchkin land is talking to Dorothy just before she takes off down the
yellow brick road, his lips are moving as you hear the dialogue "I don't know, I was
really drunk at the time" and it appears to be what he is saying to her.
The song "Brain Damage" begins at about the same time the scarecrow
starts singing "If I Only Had a Brain".
After the scarecrow is let off his post and is stumbling around trying to walk the band is
singing "the lunatic is on the grass" from the song "Brain Damage".
When the Munchkins are dancing after Dorothy arrives in Oz, the scene appears to be
perfectly choreographed with the song "Us and Them".
When the Lollipop men hand Dorothy the lollipop , the song "us and them is playing
and it's right at the beginning when they say "US.......AND THEM". Us is said
when the munchkins hand it to her, "and them" is said when she takes it .
When Dorothy opens the door to the house after landing in Oz, the move switches from black
and white to rich color at the same moment that you here the synchronized cash register
sounds at the beginning of the song "Money".
The coolest part of the whole ordeal has to be the tornado scene, it's very intense (even
if you haven't smoked a bong in years) honest, "The Great Gig in the Sky" is the
perfect song to the perfect scene. They bind together seamlessly. As glass and debre are
flying and Dorothy is being blown around, the vocal screams are in perfect synchronization
with the movie. You have to check this out.
About three and a half minutes into the song "The Great Gig in the Sky", you
hear a woman's voice say "I never said I was frightened of Dorothy". I've had a
lot of people tell me that this is what the voice is saying however, I have confirmation
from a book about Pink Floyd that states that the actual dialog is "I never said I
was frightened of dying, anytime will do".
Right as they are showing the twister for the second time and it's well on it's way, you
hear a voice in the background saying "I am not frightened of dying, anytime will do,
why should I be frightened of dying, there's no reason for it, we've all got to go
At the same time you hear the words "all that you taste" from the song
"Eclipse", Scarecrow squirts the oil can into the corners of Tinmans mouth.
This thing hangs in there right up to the very end when you hear
an insistent heartbeat at the end of the album and Dorothy has
her head against the Tin Man's chest listening for a heartbeat.
I've had a lot of people write and tell me that there are still more coincidences the
second and third time around. I've watched this thing all the way through with the CD
looped about a dozen times and frankly, I just don't see it. First of all, it would be
hard enough just to do it once and second of all, if that was the case, wouldn't you be
able to start the original soundtrack over again at the same place you'd start the
"Dark Side of the Moon" CD over and have that sync up with the movie again also?
Well, anyway, these are the only things I found during the second and third playing.
*During the song "Breathe", you hear the words "run rabbit run" just
as the wicked witch takes off on her broom from a rooftop in the forest. *During
"Breathe" , you hear the words "home, home again, I like to be here when I
can" and Dorothy is indeed home again. *Professor Marvel pops his head up in the
window at the end and say's something just as you hear the words "thought I'd
something more to say" from the song "Breathe". Well, that's it for now,
look for more in the future.
Maybe this is all just one big coincidence and maybe it's not. All I can tell you is that
I tried it and found it to be most interesting. At some points it's almost eerie how the
two interacted with each other and at other times it's was questionable. None the less, it
was a great experience and I'm sure I'll do it again soon. What are you waiting for? You
should be about half way to Blockbuster by now. (Who, by the way, didn't have a single
copy of the "Wizard of Oz" to be found and neither did any of the other video
stores in the area when news of this first came out).
If you try this and find any other striking things which occur, let me know, I'd love to
hear about them.