The Hanging Munchkins

William Poppe Per.5 3/4/14

My album name is " The Hanging Munchkins ", and not because i am satanic/demented. I chose the album name due to this "Easter egg" that you can see in the picture above. As you can see there is a " munchkin " hanging in the background. This can relate to the allegory that the Wizard of Oz is related the to Populism Era in the United States. Hanging oneself will always be a long term solution for a short term problem, but back in the Populism times, it may have been an easy choice for the people of America. There is woman burning alive, children working long hours for small pay in multiple factories, and the U.S. in constantly in a state of panic. These conditions make life hard and complicated for the citizens, and some may find it easier to "opt-out" than to continue to live in the harsh world.

Song 1:

"Living on A Prayer" - Bon Jovi (In God we trusted, in Kansas we busted) - The song "Livin' on a Prayer" relates to " In God we trusted, in Kansas we busted " because in the 19th century, thousands of wagons filled with farmers and their families returned back from the expanding west of the U.S. to the major cities. This happened because of the unpredictable weather and disasters that terrorized the Great Plains, such as tornadoes and drought. These worried farmers headed back to the major cities "living on a prayer" due to that they prayed to God that they would be able to make it and support their families with no mean of stable income. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy is in the same predicament. Dorothy ventures to Emerald City, hoping that the wizard will have the power to get her back to her home in Kansas. This would be her "living on a prayer" and the Wizard symbolizing God with his portrayed un-worldly powers.

Song 2:

"The Joker" - Steve Miller Band (Farmers Alliance) - The song " The Joker " relates to "Farmers Alliance" due to the lyrics "I'm a picker, I'm a grinner, I'm a lover, and I'm a sinner". These lyrics closely relate to the Farmers Alliance due to the fact that the farmers job is to pant and pick to feed the hungry mouths of the nation. These farmers can be seen as lovers due to the fact that they join one another to gain more benefits for each other and their families. These benefits were shorter workdays, and the call of action towards the government that all railroads, telegraphs, and telephones were government owned. The farmers can be seen as sinners to the Republicans. These farmers called for inflation, and the coinage of silver that would protect them from buying high priced machinery for their farms, which was almost completely opposite from the Republican platform for gold. The farmers alliance and "The Joker" can relate to the Wizard of Oz through the character Scarecrow. Scarecrow represents all the farmers, due to the fact that the most farmers were portrayed as arrogant and slow minded people, which is why the scarecrow is on his quest to the Wizard for a brain.

Song 3:

"Don't Stop Believing" - Journey (Panic of 1873) - The song "Don't Stop Believing " relates to the term " Panic of 1873" through the lyrics " Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world. She took the midnight train going anywhere. " These lyrics relate to the term by the availability of taking a train in just a small town. The Panic of 1873 was cause by the over production or railroads and factories that required loans from banks. When the loans didn't show any profit, the panic ensued. The small town girl had the opportunity to take the train going anywhere, to the point where there must of been countless miles of railroad track put down. Also, the fact that she is living in a lonely world also relates that with the panic going on, there are people that are miserable and feel empty. This song and term also relate to the Wizard of Oz through the character the Wood Tin man. The Wood tin man shows how a the country has be taken over by machinery like railroads and factories, and this is portrayed by the Wood Tin Man when he works. Every time he works, a he becomes more crippled, so this symbolizes that the more machinery and technology the nation produces, the more we are crippling ourselves and the Earth.

Song 4:

Eye of the Tiger - Survivor (Coxey's Army) - The song "Eye of the Tiger" relates to the term "Coxey's Army" due to the lyrics "rising up, straight to the top. Had the guts, got the glory. Went the distance, now i'm back on my feet. Just a man and his will to survive." These lyrics relate to Coxey's army due to their march to Washington to protest the economic and political system. The leader, Jacob Coxey and his army had the guts to march to Washington and protest as a group. These men believed that if they were to survive with income as payment, they would need a public works program. This relates to the Wizard of Oz through the rugged army in the movie is actually Dorothy and her gang. They are marching to Emerald City, which symbolizes Washington, to speak to the Wizard, who is Grover Cleveland.

Song 5:

Stairway to Heaven - Aerosmith (Gold Standard Act) - The song "Stairway to Heaven" relates to the term "Gold Standard Act" due the lyrics where a lady is trying to buy the stair way to heaven with gold. This relates to McKinley trying to buy over the country with the use of gold as a currency. McKinley was the reason why the Gold Standard of 1900 was passed and made each federal note back by a piece of gold. This song and term relates to the Wizard of Oz through the Yellow Brick Road. The yellow brick road is symbolized as both the Gold Standard Act and the Stairway to Heaven, as dorothy follows the yellow brick road to get to the destination she will find refuge, much like heaven itself.

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