Year 11 In-class song analysis task

Choose one of the following protest songs and complete a 500 word analysis by Friday 13th, August, 2010.
To respond well, you will need to research either on the internet or in the library and you must, please, place quotation marks around any direct quotes you use and provide references to your sources at the end of each quote. For example: Phil Ochs was profoundly concerned with the escalation of the Vietnam War, performing tirelessly at anti-war rallies across the country ( ). Direct quotes must not exceed 60 words in TOTAL. That means that if I included the above 19-word quote in a response, I would only have 41 words left to use in direct reference. In your response, please consider: *Historical context (what was happening in the world or its country of origin when it was written?) * Social/Cultural context (where was it written, for what demographic or target audience and whether it voiced ideas popular or unpopular to mainstream society) * Language or Poetic devices (what figurative language is used? Eg. metaphor, simile, analogy, colloquialisms, rhyme , imagery etc.) *Theme/s (what is the central theme of the song and what other themes or issues are implied or voiced?) *Purpose (why did the songwriter choose to write the song?) *Form (how is the song structured? Does the music style make a difference to the overall effect of the song? Does the tone in which the song is sung sarcastic, ironic, angry, melancholy etc. - make a difference to the overall effect?) *Opinion (what do you think of the song? How do the lyrics make you feel? Are the themes in the song still relevant to you today?)

1 can still see Frankie. The Sixth Battalion was the next to tour and it was me who drew the card We did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left. And I can still hear Frankie lying screaming in the jungle. can you tell me what it means? God help me.I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) by John Schumann (1983) Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing out parade at Puckapunyal. 'Till the morphine came and killed the bloody row And the Anzac legends didn't mention mud and blood and tears. I'd been in and out of choppers now for months. can you tell me what it means? God help me. when each step could mean your last one on two legs: it was a war within yourself. And Townsville lined the footpath as we marched down to the quay. so you closed your eyes and thought about something else. But you wouldn't let your mates down 'til they had you dusted off. why I still can't get to sleep? And why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet? And what's this rash that comes and goes. And can you tell me. Then someone yelled out "Contact"'. and the bloke behind me swore. and an Asian orange sunset through the scrub. why I still can't get to sleep? And night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M16? And what's this rash that comes and goes. I was only nineteen. VB and pin-ups on the lockers. And can you tell me. with my SLR and greens God help me. I was only nineteen. he was going home in June. We hooked in there for hours. and stories that my father told me never seemed quite real I caught some pieces in my back that I didn't even feel God help me. leave in Vung Tau. From Vung Tau riding Chinooks to the dust at Nui Dat. And there's me in my slouch hat. doctor. then a God almighty roar. (1t was a long march from cadets). Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon: God help me. But we made our tents a home. This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean. drinking tinnies in the Grand Hotel on a thirty-six hour rec. I was only nineteen. I was only nineteen. A four week operation. . doctor.

The Spanish American war had its day And the Civil War too was soon laid away And the names of the heroes i's made to memorize With guns in their hands and God on their side. The Second World War b oys. came to an end We forgave the Germans and then we were friends Though they murdered six million. they tell it so well The cavalries charged. The First World War. boys. So now as I'm leavin'. the Indians fell The cavalries charged. Oh. he'll stop the next war. i'm weary as hell The confusion I'm feelin' ain't no tongue can tell The words fill my head and fall to the floor That if God's on our side. then fire them we must One push of the button an' shot the world wide An' you never ask questions when God's on your side Through a many dark hour i've been thinkin' 'bout this That Jesus Christ was betrayed by a kiss But I can't think for you. it came an it went The reason for fightin' I never did get But I learned to accept it. accept it with pride For you don't count the dead when God's on your side. my name it ain't nothin'. the Indians died Oh.God on Our Side by Bob Dylan (1963) Oh. my age it means less The country I come from is called the Midwest I's taught and brought up there. . But now we got weapons of chemical dust If fire them we're forced to. you'll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side. in the ovens they fried The Germans now too have God on their side. to run and to hide And accept it all bravely with God on my side. I've learned to hate Russians all through my whole life If another war comes it's them we must fight To hate them and fear them. the laws to abide And that the land that I live in has God on its side. the country was young with God on its side. the history books tell it.

Sloan (1965) The eastern world it is explodin'. There'll be none to save with the world in a grave. hate your next-door-neighbour. but you tell me over and over and over again my friend. I can't twist the truth. it's bound to scare you. but don't forget to say grace. you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. just contemplatin'. and marches alone can't bring integration. violence flarin'. and you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend. what I'm trying to say? Can't you see the fear that I'm feeling today? If the button is pushed. when human respect is disintegratin'. but don't leave a trace. for four days in space. handful of Senators don't pass legislation. I'm sittin' here. it knows no regulation. bullets loadin'. ah. you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. take a look around you. you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. ah. but you tell me over and over and over again my friend. boy. there's no running away. Think of all the hate there is in Red China! Then take a look around to Selma. feels like coagulatin'. my blood's so mad. it's the same old place. Don't you understand. Alabama! Ah. what's that gun you're totin'? and even the Jordan river has bodies floatin'. you're old enough to kill but not for votin'. you can bury your dead. boy. Yeah. but when you return. you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. and you tell me over and over and over again m y friend. this whole crazy world is just too frustratin'. the pride and disgrace. ah.F. you don't believe in war. you may leave here. . ah. the poundin' of the drums.Eve of Destruction By P.

In Washington the atmosphere was tense today as a special subcommittee of the House Committee on Un-American activities continued its probe into anti .S. Dr. In Chicago Richard Speck. The recent fight in the House of Representatives was over the open housing section of the Civil Rights Bill. The nurses were found stabbed an d strangled in their Chicago apartment. the U. Cook County Sheriff Richard Ogleby asked King to call off the march and the police in Cicero said they would ask the National Guard to be called out if it is held. sleep in heavenly peace. Demonstrators were forcibly evicted from the hearings when they began chanting anti -war slogans. Bruce was 42 years old. In a speech before the Convention of the Veteran s of Foreign Wars in New York. A compromise was painfully worked out in the House Judiciary Committee. Georgia.Vietnam war protests. should look forward to fi ve more years of war. but it had no chance from the sta rt and everyone in Congress knew it. In Los Angeles today comedian Lenny Bruce died of wha t was believed to be an overdose of narcotics. Former Vice-President Richard Nixon says that unless there is a substantial increase in the present war effort in Viet nam. . President Johnson originally proposed an outright ban covering discrimination by eve ryone for every type of housing. Martin Luther King says he does not intend to cancel plans for an open housing march Sunday into the Chicago suburb of Cicero. Brought traditional en emies together but it left the defenders of the measure without the votes of their strongest supporters. now in Atlanta.7 o clock news/Silent Night By Paul Simon (1966) This is the early evening edition of the news. Goodnight. Nixon also said opposition to the war in this country is the greatest single weapon working against the U. accused murderer of nine student nurses. plans to return to Chicago Tuesday. That's the 7 o'clock edition of the news. Silent night Holy night All is calm All is bright Round yon virgin mother and child Holy infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace.S. was brought before a gr and jury today for indictment. King.

man We ll rattle. 2001) One savage second. one little slip One hard lifetime. Rattle the cage . scream out your rage Rip at your flesh. scream out your rage Rip at your flesh. one bad trip Scream at the system. Rattle the cage Ten little Indians sign on the line Hello uranium. one little slip One hard lifetime. goodbye good time Tear down the green world Tear out that page Ten little Indians will rattle Rattle the cage Seven night riders break seven seals The seven sin Satan is turning the wheels God is the actor Millenium: stage Seven night riders will rattle Rattle the cage One savage second.Rattle the Cage By Denny Prussian (November. man We ll rattle. one bad trip Scream at the system.

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