“The Unknown Soldier” by The Doors (1968)

Wait until the war is over
And were both a little older
The unknown soldier
Breakfast where the news is read
Television children fed
Unborn living, living, dead
Bullet strikes the helmets head
And its all over
For the unknown soldier
Its all over
For the unknown soldier
Hut
Hut
Hut ho hee up
Hut
Hut
Hut ho hee up
Hut
Hut
Hut ho hee up
Compnee
Halt
Preeee-zent!
Arms!
Make a grave for the unknown soldier
Nestled in your hollow shoulder
The unknown soldier
Breakfast where the news is read
Television children fed
Bullet strikes the helmets head
And, its all over
The war is over
Its all over
The war is over
Well, all over, baby
All over, baby
Oh, over, yeah
All over, baby
Wooooo, hah-hah

All over, All over, baby…

Imagery, Syntax, Diction, Details

The songs starts off more soft and slow. It begins to pick up and is more upbeat towards the middle.

The song uses repetition when it says "over". It repeats "the war is over" "it is over". When people repeat a statement or words many times, it sometimes implies that they are lying or do not believe what they are saying.

The song's details make it more intense. You are not just listening to the song, you think about what you are listening to. Details like marching, getting guns ready and shooting make you feel like you are there and experiencing it.

Diction used like "nestled" "hollow" and "dead" help you create an image in your mind and help the listener better understand what is being spoken.

Tone

The tone of the music is Whimsical with the combination of instruments.

The tone of the lyrics is Aggravated because he repeats the words "its all over" saying that it doesn't matter anymore because the war is over.

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