"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…




Syntax-
The song only has a few verses describing the situation and it is repeated twice. Their is a very long pause before it's repeated again.  The long pause is supposed to represent the sound of the soldiers marching in the war.



Imagery-
During the Vietnam War, many Americans didn't approve of our soldiers fighting over there. This lead to our veterans being mistreated and many of them were ashamed to have fought in the war. The "Unknown Soldier" in this is the soldiers who didn't want to admit they served and wanted to go into hiding because they were treated with no respect or appreciation.

Diction-
Three words that describe the emotion in the song would be mournful, depressed, and bitter. The instrument choice is loud, it starts at a depressing slow pace, it then gets from loud to quite, and it has a sad and happy feeling to it. The rhythm is repeated throughout the whole song.

Details-
The subject of the song is the Vietnam War. The soldiers were mistreated and everyone was upset they were over there. The message was that the returning soldiers wanted to go unknown they didn't want to describe what they saw or had to live through. They knew they weren't going to get any respect, but at the same time it was selfish of the citizens to criticize them when they got to go to bed full and they were safe, when the soldiers and Vietnamese were not.


Tone-
The following words describe the tone of the song's music
- Urgent, Loud, Dramatic, Clinical, Horrific, Aggravated, Angry.

The following words describe the tone of the song's language
- Obnoxious, Quarrelsome, Bitter, Fearful, Numb.



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