http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYY-a0_Bb9Y&feature=fvst

Gary Jules: Mad World Lyrics


All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very mad world mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very mad world ... mad world
Enlarging your world
Mad world

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/garyjules/madworld.html

This song is about the boring repetition of life every day. In the song Gary Jules says "the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had." I think this means that he would rather die than live this boring, repeating life. The song represents a nonexistence in life- "look right through me"- and wants there to be enjoyment in things rather than being depressed all the time. In the song Jules says he wants to drown his sorrow, which I think means he wants to change this meaningless life that repeats itself every day. The song Mad World goes along with nonconformity because Thoreau says, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This means that people are afraid to change this consistent repetition of life because they might offend the people that are "brainwashed" into this consistency.

Transcendentalist - Kurt Kawohl

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http://www.transcendentalists.org/

As a teenager Kawohl had a near-death experience which changed his perspective on life. He said, "I have personally experienced my spirit leaving my body and being united with the "ultimate supreme spirit." When his soul left his body he felt peace and was in a place with all of the souls and spirits, and he also felt like a part of God. He felt in sync with the deceased people and even the prophets from the Bible. He hadn't given it much thought after he told his dad about what he had seen and felt until 9-ll happened, and had a deep meditation when it happened. After this his spirit had communicated with the "ultimate spirit"(God). Kawohl also said, "I have been truly blessed. God's inspirations and blessings are available to all who seek them. Our lives may come with many bumps and bruises but we should always look forward towards a major goal that we want to achieve and strive to attain it." Kawohl, I would say, is nonconformist because after this near-death experience he was influenced to go after a goal in life, and I think his goal is to find out what his spirit has sensed and to have family. Now he is an author and writes about transcendentalism.

Fly Like An Eagle by Steve Miller Band

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http://www.alaskanalpinetreks.com/ImageGallery/Eagles_2/bald-eagle-flying.html
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'

Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle

To the sea
Fly like an eagle

Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I'm free

Oh, Lord, through the revolution

Feed the babies
Who don't have enough to eat
Shoe the children
With no shoes on their feet
House the people
Livin' in the street

Oh, oh, there's a solution

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I'm free
Fly through the revolution

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'

Into the future
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future
Time keeps on slip

pin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I'm free
Fly through the revolution

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future
Time keeps on

slippin', slippin', slippin'
Into the future

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/steve+miller/fly+like+an+eagle_20130994.html

To me this song means that if you "spread your wings" or try things that you want to do but wouldn't normally do, you can "fly like an eagle" or succeed in life. The song also says, "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future." To me this means we don't have much time, so go ahead and try new things and live life to the fullest. "Fly Like An Eagle" is comparable to Thoreau because the meaning of the song is optimistic because it says, "Let my spirit carry me I want to fly like an eagle till I'm free fly through the revolution." This is optimistic because it talks about letting your spirit carry you, so you can be successful. It's not not money but ideas that matter.

Hippies, Conscientious Objectors, and the Anti-Vietnam War Movement

During the late 1960s people of all ages and classes were attracted to opposing the Vietnam War in peaceful protests and marches. The hippies, at the time of the Vietnam War, wanted peace, love, and personal freedom. They opposed the war because the were about being peaceful and having love for one another. There were also conscientious objectors during this time, who are people that are opposed to serving in the military when asked to(or a draft). I would say that these people are comparable to Emerson and Thoreau because they didn't want to be a part of violence. The conscientious objectors denied joining the war, and the hippies wanted peace, love, and personal freedom. Thoreau said, "The authority of government, even such as I am willing to submit to. Let your life become a counterfriction to stop the machine." These are examples of nonviolent resistance.



Works Cited

"Bald Eagle Flying" alaskanalpinetreks.com March 15, 2011 http://www.alaskanalpinetreks.com/ImageGallery/Eagles_2/bald-eagle-flying.html
Barringer, Mark. "The Anti-War Movement in the United States" english.illinois.edu March 17, 2011 http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/vietnam/antiwar.html
"CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION AND ALTERNATIVE SERVICE" sss.gov March 17, 2011
http://www.sss.gov/FSconsobj.htm
"Fly Like An Eagle Lyrics" lyricsfreak.com March 14, 2011 http://www.lyricsfreak.com/s/steve+miller/fly+like+an+eagle_20130994.html
“Gary Jules Lyrics” azlyrics.com March 2, 2011 http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/garyjules/madworld.html
“Mad World by Gary Jules(Official music video)” youtube.com March 10, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYY-a0_Bb9Y&feature=fvst
"The 1960's Hippies" arikiart.com March 17, 2011 http://www.arikiart.com/Fashion/hippies-1960s.htm
Thoreau, Henry David. "Civil Disobedience." The Language of Literature: American Literature. 2000. Arthur N. Applebee, et all, Ed. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2000.
Thoreau, Henry David. "Walden." The Language of Literature: American Literature. 2000. Arthur N. Applebee, et all, Ed. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2000.
“Transcendentalist-Kurt Kawohl” transcendentalists.org March 3, 2011 http://www.transcendentalists.org/