"And I am not frightened of dying any time will do
I don't mind. Why should I be frightened of dying?
There's no reason for it you've gotta go sometime."
"If you can hear this whispering you are dying."
"I never said I was frightened of dying."

(Instrumental)



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"The Great Gig in the Sky" as written by Wright Waters

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    General Comment:This song, Is as far as I can tell, a Lyrical Interpretation of Death, sorrow, happines, Joy, pain, all at the same time.
    regbon June 07, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I'm not frightened of dying either. Not at all.

    Great gig makes it sound like going to heaven anyway
    Hungryforalynchinon February 12, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:I think the main theme of this song is death, because of the references to dying in the spoken section and the title "The great gig in the sky", which is possibly a reference to a heaven or afterlife.
    CrazyFoolon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:to me its putting a different mood on death besides FEAR like most people. because you CANNOT ESCAPE IT! but thats why he feels that way. because... you cannot escape it. and how different people react to certian circumstances, and there are just so many emotions in the singing. it really does make you feel like you are flying when u listen to it. like you are in the sky... dying. i love it. its so pretty.!
    bimOliciouson May 17, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:So in the Dark Side DVD I have that has interviews with each of the Floyd members and people who worked with them, I was surprised at how they came up with this song. As you can tell after listening to the album, the albums main focuses are Death, Money, and Time... So for "Great Gig in the Sky" they wanted it so you could FEEL the mourning... they wanted someone with power. So they called up Clare Torry and had her listen to the musical part of it ONCE and said "All right, we want you to think of despair, dreadfulness, no hope... death.. and we want you to explain it with your voice"... so she went in the sound studio and belted it out... she comes out all embarassed "Sorry, guys, that was horrible." the members of Pink Floyd are stunned and even after trying different ways, they choose the very first recording Clare did with only listening to it once. This song is about Death... for the person dying.. and the person who's dying's family...
    kdiddy33on February 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Though the actual melody and Clare Torry's voice are beautiful, the few spoken words are the most important part to understanding this song.

    The voice is very defiant in saying "I am not afraid of dying". however, I believe that he is trying to convince himself as well as us (unsucessfully, in my opinion). He is afraid of dying, so afraid that in the end, he goes mad (the other factors are important too, obviously)

    So the guy is frightened of dying, but he hopes he can convince himself that he is not, so that he won't worry as much when the time comes to die.
    WYWHon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This song is about after you die, and what you think about before you die. The great gig in the sky means heaven, and how even when you die, you still have music to play (hence the great GIG in the sky). And all that happens when you die is another show, the longest one.
    thedanman344on April 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This song is just perfect. There are no words to describe how overwhelming is the feeling that we are all going to die some day... so that's why this song is without words. Just a series of screams, deep, full of anguish. This song is just saying... "death is so frightening and fantastic at the same time. It's beyond words."
    The title refers to going to "Heaven", which is "the great gig in the sky".

    Also, please stop with the Wizard of Oz already. I've done the thing, and the coincidences are not that amazing. It takes focus away from the song, which is way cooler.
    Outernationaliston December 16, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I think this is such a beautifully brilliant piece of music. It is obviously about death, "Great Gig in The Sky. I think it appropriately paints death as scary, beautiful, and mysterious. Too often people only think of death as only scary or dark. I tend to think of it as mysterious and as something beautiful. I happen to believe in an afterlife so that helps.
    nuttinbutnateon November 18, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:My answer: READ THE LYRICS ABOVE!!! That's it... don't try to listen to Clare Torry's singing and counter it into your opinion...

    Don't be scared to die because you will die and there is no choice in the matter.

    The singing is all improv done in the studio... she came in, they played the song, she sang over it with some improv (she made it all up on the spot). She was actually upset when she found out the song she had just recorded was called The Great Gig in the Sky and its about death.

    But listen to the music and you can include that in your opinion on the song.
    berman619on April 15, 2008   Link

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