Sunday, April 19, 2009

Conclusion: Dark Tower Lyrical Analysis

If you are someone like me, you can find connections to such a vast epic as Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" anywhere. I've spent a couple of hours tonight finding some songs that might not be super-obvious, but that stood out to me as connecting beyond coincidence to King's masterpiece. Hope you enjoy, hope you leave comments (especially you, my good friend Roland), and hope it's made you think a little. In typical me fashion, this is the third installment. The other two are the posts directly before this. Hope this doesn't make things too confusing : )

"1979" by Smashing Pumpkins
Ah yes, except for Roland, human race is in this interesting cycle that it's impossible to get out of.
"And we don't know/
Just where our bones will rest to dust I guess/
Forgotten and absorbed into the earth below"

"Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam
So is Roland of Gilead a hero? A villain? A flawed man? Salvation for all humanity?
"I don't know whether I'm the boxer or the bag."

"Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones
Oh, poor, poor Susan Delgado. (Although, to be fair, the gunslinger really did believe he loved her ... this song just makes me think of the poor doomed girl).
"Under my thumb/
Her eyes are just kept to herself/
Under my thumb, well I/
I can still look at someone else."

"Superman" by Five for Fighting
Poor, poor, poor Roland. He realizes this eventually, much to his own misfortune.
"I'm only a man in a silly red sheet/
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street/
Only a man in a funny red sheet/
Looking for special things inside of me."

"Love Her Madly" by The Doors
Yes, Roland the Gunslinger did love madly (and deeply and truly and all that). Didn't do him much good though, poor guy...
"All your love is gone/
So sing a lonely song/
Of a deep blue dream/
Seven horses seem to be on the mark."

"Break on Through" by The Doors
More betrayal, of course. And the concept of breaking ....
"I found an island in your arms/
A country in your eyes/
Arms that chained us, eyes that lied/
Break on through to the other side."

"Losing my Religion" by REM
Poor Roland ... he doesn't understand the true portent of his slips ... and that they will adversely impact him personally more than his quest, if that makes any sense.
"Consider this/
The hint of the century/
Consider this/
The slip that brought me/
To my knees failed/
What if all these fantasies/
Come flailing around/
Now I've said too much."

"I Would Do Anything for Love" by Meat Loaf
Roland speaks of (and knows of) magic, sand is a constant in DT1 as the gunslinger struggles across the desert, and the allusions to the Emerald City in Baum's "The Wizard of Oz" are impossible to ignore.
"Will you make me some magic, with your own two hands?/
Can you build an emerald city with these grains of sand?/
Can you give me something I can take home?"

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