Songs and Literature (in process)

In our literature class, we are analyzing how music and poetry are fused together.

The song I chosed is named «Another Brick in The Wall» by Pink Floyed.

As I said before, this song is from a very well known band called «Pink Floyd».  It is considered as one of the most commercially successful and influential rock bands of all time.

It was an English rock band formed in London in 1965 by students:  Syd Barrett (guitar and lead vocals), Nick Mason ( drums), Roger Waters  (bass and vocals) and Richard Wright (keyboards and vocals). Nowadays, the band is dissolved.

Song

It is possible to believe that «Another Brick on the Wall» is about students rebelling against the school system, about the government controlling the people. Althought that is true, I search in the internet and found interesting information.

The  «The Wall» could be understood as a barrier that separates one from the others. As if the wall was a collection of hard experiences symbolized by bricks.

In other words, The wall may refer to the emotional barrier the author  built around himself because he wasn’t in touch with reality. And, at the same time, the bricks in the wall were the events in his life which propelled him to build this proverbial wall around him.

In this case, the song is critizing the school system and the education, being his school teacher, another brick in the wall.

Lyrics, Sound, and Image are combined to
make a dark and angry commentary.

Themes:

  • Isolation
  • Critizism to the educational system which implies a rebellion.
  • Abandonment
  • Empathy

Tone: 

As the song plays, the tone seems to shift from lack of hope to anger.

Lyrics Part1.

Daddy’s flown across the ocean
Leaving just a memory
Snapshot in the family album
Daddy what else did you leave for me?
Daddy, what’d’ja leave behind for me?!?
All in all it was just a brick in the wall.
All in all it was all just bricks in the wall.

‘You! Yes, you! Stand still laddy!’

Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
Roger Waters

We don’t need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave those kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave those kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.

‘Wrong, Do it again!’
‘If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you
have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?’
‘You! Yes, you behind the bikesheds, stand still laddy!’

Writer/s: Roger Waters

Part 2.

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey, teachers, leave them kids alone
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave those kids alone
Hey teachers, leave those kids alone
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
«Wrong, do it again! Wrong, do it again!»
«If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?»
«You, yes, you behind the bike sheds, stand still, laddy»
Picture:
I chose this image because it shows the powerful message of rebellion the song portrays.
Picturepink_floyd_the_wall___the_trial_by_iam16bits-d9kbv9u
This second picture give us the opportunity to understand different meanings. Each person can understand it in a different way.
What I kept from it is that people, as the pink person is sourranded and built up by external factors. The person is locked inside a «world», trapped between the walls, alone.
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I found an interesting quotation from Roger Waters that says:
«You couldn’t find anybody in the world more pro-education than me. But the education I went through in boys’ grammar school in the ’50s was very controlling and demanded rebellion. The teachers were weak and therefore easy targets. The song is meant to be a rebellion against errant government, against people who have power over you, who are wrong. Then it absolutely demanded that you rebel against that»Roger Waters

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I really liked this topic because it showed me another way of understanding the song. I knew it was a critic towards the educational system, but I had never realized that it had a much deeper meaning.
Now I was able to realize that the concept of  «wall»  shows what people put up to protect themselves.  Any time something bad happens, we withdraw further, putting up «another brick in the wall.»
Another fact that called my attention is the meaning of «We dont need no education». Those words show the critisism made towards the system since they show that education is necesary, but not the education established. An education that make people really think.
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4 respuestas a Songs and Literature (in process)

  1. jperezmuniz dijo:

    Margui this is a very powerful song! I saw the video when I was young and it shocked me. Now I can say it is a wonderful song with an important criticism to the system.

  2. vlandolfo dijo:

    The video is spectacular! Plus, your choice of the picture was really interesting.

  3. bmayol dijo:

    My dad showed me this song years ago and I really like it till this day. Great analysis, Margui

  4. igalmarini dijo:

    This idea of tackling the song is new to me! but i found it really intersting! I have never thought about an emotional wall between you and society or people, this point of view is amazing! Great job!

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