One of the great finds from the dawn of the Internet was “The Dark Side of the Rainbow,” a 1990s video that revealed that certain lyrics and musical cues from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” lined up with scenes from “The Wizard of Oz.” The Scarecrow, for example, does a little dance when the album reaches the song “Brain Damage”
Now it turns out that “Dark Side” may be in tune with another Dark Side. Reddit user knnl has come up with a guide that shows how the album lines up with key moments from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He says that if you put the album on repeat and hit play right when the opening crawl text disappears…
– The screams at the end of the intro track “Speak To Me” play as BB-8 rolls away from the camera in the opening shot, leading into a guitar solo that starts right when the map is placed in Poe’s hands.
– The “Time” lyrics “Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town, waiting for someone or something to show you the way” play over Rey’s tough life as a scavenger.
– The lyrics “Black and blue” play as Finn activates Luke’s lightsaber.
– Lines about not being afraid of death from “The Great Gig In The Sky” play while Poe is being tortured, and right when the camera focuses on Han Solo during his final scene.
– “Brain Damage” plays over the closing scene of the film with the lyrics “You raise the blade/You’ll make the change/You’ll rearrange me until I’m sane” as Rey gives Luke his lightsaber back.
Of course, there have to be more than a few links between the two works for them to “perfectly sync” like the Reddit post claims. While the post cites a long list of moments where lyrics match up with the film’s story, there’s nothing about the instrumentals lining up with the mood of the film.
“Dark Side” could still clash hard with the more intense scenes from “The Force Awakens.” The film is now out on Blu-Ray, and a clip of the first eight minutes of the synced film has been posted to Vimeo. See for yourself whether or not this is just a case of confirmation bias run amok.