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Echoes The Best of Pink Floyd (2001) with One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)


Start Track 5 of Disc Two when the “United Artist” appears. Play part of Disc Two (tracks 5-13) starting with When the Tigers Broke Free. Then play all of Disc One (tracks 1-13). Then play the beginning of Disc Two (track 1). Examine the CD booklet artwork during each song for additional connections. Watch movie with Closed Captioning to follow movie plot and themes. What follows is only a small list of the connections between the music and the movie. (I got tired of writing.)

Some things I noticed:

When the Tigers Broke Free

“It was just before dawn” is appropriate for the scene.

Strange face in a drawing on a pole or wall looks like screaming face in the artwork.

“Most of them dead, the rest of them dying” is similar to the status of some of the members of the ward.

One of These Days

“One of these days I’m going to cut you into little pieces” foreshadows McMurphy’s lobotomy.

Us and Them

Song starts as new scene begins.

“The old man died” as Nurse Ratched looks at McMurphy.

Learning to Fly

Appropriate song title for this film.

Guy holding his head in artwork similar to one of the patients during this song.

Arnold Layne

“On the wall, hung a tall mirror” as McMurphy stands next to the tall chief.

“Chain gang” is what prisoners like McMurphy are in at times.

Wish You Were Here

“A lead role in a cage” is what McMurphy has.

Jugband Blues

“And I’m most obliged to you for making it clear that I’m not here” is how Nurse Ratched makes McMurphy feel when she doesn’t grant him any of his wishes.

High Hopes

McMurphy has high hopes for watching the World Series.

“Division Bell” symbolizes the conflict between Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

McMurphy has high hopes for lifting the water unit.


“You’re the kind of girl that fits in with my world” as Billy talks about the girl he wanted to marry.

Astronomy Domine

See Emily Play

“See Emily Play” as McMurphy pretends to see the World Series game being played on the television.

The Happiest Days of Our Lives

Laughing in song as McMurphy laughs.

Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)

Tall fence is similar to a wall.

Patients get on a school bus as the school kids sing in the song.


“And deep beneath the rolling waves” as the patients take a fishing trip on the boat.

Hey You

The lyrics could apply to some of things McMurphy might have been thinking or feeling.


McMurphy is marooned in this strange place.

The Great Gig in the Sky

“I’m not afraid of dying…” and other spoken phrases before McMurphy and company get the electric-shock therapy.

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun


Toward the beginning of the song, McMurphy says, “I’ll pay off in silver dollars.”

Later during the song, McMurphy bribes with money the guy in charge of night watch.

Keep Talking

“Why won’t you talk to me?” as the men were hiding in the room trying to avoid replying to the supervisor who was calling for someone.


The patients of the ward are the sheep. The people running the ward are the dogs.


This song precedes the suicide of Billy.

The artwork shows a young man sitting on a bed who looks similar to Billy.

Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-7)

“Now there’s a look in your eyes like black holes in the sky” relates to McMurphy being returned to the floor of the ward after he’s had a lobotomy.

The chief escapes – Shine on you crazy diamond.

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