War Pigs! [A-Block]

War Pigs

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been analyzing George Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM from a number of different angles. In fact, many would argue that the novel is considered a classic because it works on multiple levels — as a tale of farm creatures staging a revolution, as a parallel for the Russian Revolution and its consequences, and as a parable about power and resistance.

We are going to further our understanding of Orwell’s work by comparing it to another classic that uses animal imagery to express a poignant message. Oh, you’re wondering what classic we’ll be investigating? Well, it’s a classic of the most rockin’ sort.

Today, we’re listening to WAR PIGS by Black Sabbath!

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THE TASKFirst, take the opportunity to listen to Black Sabbath’s classic WAR PIGS (located in the video above). As you listen to the song, you may want to read along with the LYRICS (click for the PDF). After you’ve listened to the song, listen to it again (and as many times as you see fit) and respond to the prompts using the “Leave a Reply” feature at the bottom of the page.

To receive full credit, make sure you answer the questions thoroughly (full sentences/your own ideas), demonstrating active engagement with the materials at hand.

PROMPTS
A) How would you describe the music in the song WAR PIGS? What instruments are used? What about the vocals? Describe the actual music being performed.

B) What is the theme of the lyrical content? Choose three (3) lines from the lyrics and explain them in your own words.

C) If you were creating the soundtrack for a movie, with what type of scene would you pair WAR PIGS? Describe the scene as fully as possible.

D) Find a scene from ANIMAL FARM that you think fits well with WAR PIGS. Provide the page number(s) on which the scene can be found, and then describe the connection between the song and the scene.

E) What song do you think can be connected with ANIMAL FARM? What about this song (music/lyrics/message/tone) makes it an appropriate pairing for Orwell’s work? Explain in detail!

5 thoughts on “War Pigs! [A-Block]

  1. A) The music in this song is kind of a slow rock/metal song. They play guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. The vocals is separated into short stanzas and between each stanza there is a instrumental part.

    B) The theme is about how leaders make other people do their bidding. One example in the lyrics is when it says “Politicians hide themselves away They only started the war Why should they go out to fight?”. This means that the leaders start things (in this case war) and make other people fight for them.

    C) I would pair War pigs with a Scene of the pigs sitting in luxury in the farm house while the humans are attacking the animals during the battle of the windmill. The scene would show the pigs sitting at the table while out the window the animals are dying and getting wounded while the pigs are still having a good time.

    D) A good scene for this song would be after the Battle of the Windmill when squealer comes out from hiding to talk to the animals (pages 109-110). The connection to the book and the song in this scene is that the song is singing about how the leaders let the lesser people do their dirty work while in the book the pigs did not fight in the battle

    E) The song Bullet with Butterfly Wings by the Smashing Pumpkins can connect with Animal farm. This song talks about how the lead singer is ” just a piece of the game” and how despite all his rage and anger he is “still just a rat in a cage”. This can connect with the living conditions of the animals on animal farm because no matter what the animals hate, they still have to live with it. Another line in the song states “Now I’m naked, nothing but animal”, this line can relate to how the other animals only have themselves.

  2. A) How would you describe the music in the song WAR PIGS? What instruments are used? What about the vocals? Describe the actual music being performed.
    The Music was basic and only had drums and guitars in it with an air raid siren at the beginning. The vocals were basic also, mostly just one guy singing one line at a time. It’s an old rock song

    B) What is the theme of the lyrical content? Choose three (3) lines from the lyrics and explain them in your own words.

    Underneath the war pigs crawling 
    Begging mercy for their sins
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings

    The leaders are asking to be forgiven for all they have done now that they are no longer in power. The devil just laughs at them and takes them under his wing

    C) If you were creating the soundtrack for a movie, with what type of scene would you pair WAR PIGS? Describe the scene as fully as possible. 
    I would have a scene of torn up land in black and white showing the aftermath of what they have done

    D) Find a scene from ANIMAL FARM that you think fits well with WAR PIGS. Provide the page number(s) on which the scene can be found, and then describe the connection between the song and the scene.
    i think the scene where the animals see the windmill fall and the casualties and the aftermath of fighting (Page 108-109)

    E) What song do you think can be connected with ANIMAL FARM? What about this song (music/lyrics/message/tone) makes it an appropriate pairing for Orwell’s work? Explain in detail!
    I think Go Hard or Go Home by Wiz Khalifa wold be a good choice because it basically describes Boxer. In the song, it says: 

    Push it to the edge, I won’t back down
    Cause it’s time to go hard or go home
    One way up, no way out
    I give it all, all for the family

    This is boxers attitude towards everything.

  3. (A) The music in the song War Pigs is fast and the instruments used are mostly guitar, bass and drums. For a seven minute song there aren’t that many lyrics either. The music being performed is very serious and quick.
    (B) “Now in darkness, world stops turning Ashes where their bodies burning No more war pigs have the power.” These three lines are talking about a battle which ends with many deaths and the loss of one side.
    (C) The scene I would put the song War Pigs into would be a battle scene where thousands of people are crowded around all fighting at once and buildings and houses are being destroyed at the same time.
    (D) Pages 108-110 There is a big fight where men came running in from all directions and the animals had to react quickly. After the battle many of the animals had died and the few who made it looked back at there dead comrades and felt sad. This scene resembles the last 10 – 11 lines in the song where there it says “Now in darkness, world stops turning Ashes where their bodies burning No more war pigs have the power Hand of God has struck the hour.” This sounds exactly like when the animals looked back and saw the dead bodies all over the field.
    (E) Another song I think could go well with Animal Farm is One by Metallica because it is all about a soldier wounded in war who had lost most of his face and lower body and is now left to think about what he has gone through and what he has to do until death. One and War Pigs can connect with Animal Farm because of their connection to warfare, what will happen after all the destruction is done and how they will suffer and how they will rebuild.

  4. A. The song is more like a rock song. Theirs a lot of guitar and drums.

    B.Treating people just like pawns in chess, No more war pigs have the power,Death and hatred to mankind. These lyrics show that animals don’t like humans and that the pigs are in control.

    C. The Scene would involve pigs over throwing the humans and taking over in everything they do.

    D.”Only get rid of man, and the produce of our labor will be our own.” I feel like this part in the book relates to the line in the song Treating people just like pawns in chess. They seem like the dont care about the humans and that they are getting rid of them.

    E. Since i couldn’t find a song, the song Black Sabbath’s classic WAR PIGS is a perfect song for it. Its explaining about how the animals don’t like humans and they want to be in control.

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