“Requiem For The Masses” by The Association (1967)

Requiem aeternam, requiem aeternam
Mama, mama, forget your pies
Have faith they won't get cold
And turn your eyes to the bloodshot sky
Your flag is flying full
At half mast, for the matadors
Who turned their backs to please the crowd
And all fell before the bull
Red was the color of his blood flowing thin
Pallid white was the color of his lifeless skin
Blue was the color of the morning sky
He saw looking up from the ground where he died
It was the last thing ever seen by him
Kyrie Eleison
Mama, mama, forget your pies
Have faith they won't get cold
And turn your eyes to the bloodshot sky
Your flag is flying full
At half mast, for the matadors
Who turned their backs to please the crowd
And fell before the bull
Black and white were the figures that recorded him
Black and white was the newsprint he was mentioned in
Black and white was the question that so bothered him
He never asked, he was taught not to ask
But was on his lips as they buried him
Rex tremendae majestatis
Requiem aeternam, Requiem aeternam.

Imagery

  •   “Turn your eyes to the bloodshot sky”. “Blue was the color of the morning sky”. “Pallid white was the color of his lifeless skin”. These lines from the song all help paint a picture in our minds.

Diction

  • Requiem aeternam
  • the instrument choice makes it sound like whoever is singing is going to war, which fits the idea of the song (Vietnam war) The music, rhythm, and vocals make the song seem a bit solemn. It is not necessarily sad, but it is serious.

Syntax

  • your flag is flying full keeps being repeated, and Requiem aeternam are the first and last words in the song

Details

  • It is about dying soldiers in Vietnam
  • - A message of how the American soldiers who fought in Vietnam were sent to Heaven. It was more of a message to the fallen telling them to rest in peace.
  • the line Rex tremendae majestatis is a song by Mozart, and the lyrics mean Grant them eternal rest, Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them, which adds to the overall theme of the song because it is about Soldiers dying and forever resting in peace in heaven, and that line from Mozart pretty much sums up the song

Tone Analysis

Songs music- melancholy: the music itself has a kind of depressing sound that makes the listener sad

Songs language- pensive: the words make the listener (or reader) really think about the message. The words makes you feel really serious.

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