Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) Meaning
Song Released: 1979
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Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) Lyrics
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teacher, leave them kids alone
Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone
All in all, it's just another brick in the wall
All in all, you're just...
this song is a critism to the education system in UK on that time i think.the lyrics "we don't need no education" got grammatical error to show that the education system on that time are horrible..teacher don't allow students to do this and that and blocked their creativity..my english is hoorible too but it is ok since the readers understand..peace :)
anonymous Mar 15th, 2015 3:02am report
First If you don't know already,you need to understand what drove Roger to write The Wall. Years ago EMI hosted a chat room where we could go and talk about PF. In there was a video where Roger talked about this. The short version is that during a concert in Montreal, a fan tried to climb up on stage. Roger went over and spit on him. Horrified at what he had done, he began to understand an emotional wall had come up between him and the fans. In short, the entire album is about anybody and everybody who in some way screwed Roger over, his view of how it happened, and when the wall comes crashing down how he conquered.
There are some brilliant lines here. Note the difference and how one word changes the meaning of the sentence entirely. And this only happens in the first recitation.
"All in all, it's just another brick in the wall
All in all, you're just another brick in the wall"
First line - the impersonal "it's" indicates an incident that happens all of the time, indiscernible from any other like it.
2nd line - "you're" makes it personal, to the teacher you're nobody special, nothing distinguishes you from anybody else.
anonymous Dec 6th, 2012 12:30pm report
What "student" does not love this song, whether they be college or school aged sponges soaking up every ounce, every morsel of knowledge? Not even just that. "Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone" taps into a common well that we all have experienced at some point in our studious rebellion whether a hellion or pet....the meaning is impervious to that "sentiment" drilling much deeper into the core curriculum.
I have always heard, "we don't need no forced control" as opposed to "thought control" which is why this song is amazing because both the implied and actual inferences drive the same meaning....what more penetrating and effective than forced thought control via "education." I will refrain from going into a liberal bashing rant but when you learn about Christopher Columbus and slavery for eons disregarding the Holocaust and such, it is quite obvious that George Bernard Shaw has made his mark....carefully select the environment in which the seedling must thrive and you will have effectively grown what you intended to sow. Brick by brick you are able to build an impenetrable wall if and only if all of the bricks are identical and uniform for no one brick with flaws can formulate the whole as the subtle weaknesses could potentially cause the whole structure to crumble (fall?) and I will not even go into the obvious "Berlinn Wall."
"No dark sarcasm in the class room" (need not even speak of the subliminal ways they so handily contrive this phrase for those of us who hear something in a multitude of ways such as the guards have come to sac the castle...luv, luv!) Illustrates the subversive meaning. Again, without a political conjecture, it means what it means... Slide remarks about political slant from teachers also taught the jargon no.doubt force their thoughts upon the unwitting and innocent youth so the question is...who is teaching who? The trickle down effect of knowledge.
Teachers are taught how to teach and therefore teach what they have learned building the minds of tomorrow....brick by brick, laying the foundation of the next generation of dutiful servants and uniform constructs to.the societal whole. Fuck an A++! These guyzzz! 100% scored this score!
anonymous Sep 12th, 2012 9:53pm report
like the song very much.. i have watched the album movie and all the 3 parts are well distinctive..g8t work.
anonymous Mar 6th, 2012 3:21pm report
First of all you need to have heard the WHOLE album to interpret all of the songs. The track before this one named "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" talks about the teachers. If you heard that track you'd know that this one is about how the teachers would treat their students so horribly it would scar them for the rest of their lives. They would eliminate any creativity and humiliate the children.
anonymous Nov 28th, 2011 11:54pm report
This song is a masterpiece, as is the rest of the album. It's about Pink thinking back to his painful past in school, and how wonderful it would be if children would revolt again the teachers. At least, that's the idea that I got from seeing the movie scene.
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anonymous Nov 3rd, 2011 11:12pm report
i think it means the sarcastic schools at that time periods which was 1960~1970s'
anonymous Jun 28th, 2011 6:24pm report
From what I heard of and based on my own opinion this song is about how his (Pinks) childhood during school is ruined due to bad education system and strict teachers. It's not criticizing any education system in any way.
This whole album revolves around the main character (Pink) building a imaginative wall around him to isolate him from the rest of the world and this school is "just Another brick in the wall"
anonymous May 22nd, 2011 5:07am report
Communist governments control what people are and aren't allowed to do. It controls what they learn in school, which involves the children basically being brainwashed to do as the gov't. asks. The song can easily be from the point-of-view of someone with anti-communism views.
I think it's pretty obvious but, the "wall" as a whole and not just the particular lyrics of this song are the things keeping pink from being able to live a normal sane life. The education system, and strict teachers (walls) are just a couple of the things oppressing pink into his alienation and separation from the world
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