I would react like this to the chorus of kids:-
“We don’t need no education.”
ANY you piece of illiteracy.
“We don’t need no thought control.”
And you think “education and “thought control” are the same thing? What kind of vulgar Rousseau idea is this? That the less education you have, the more in control you will be of your “thoughts”? No, you’ll find your thoughts controlled by tabloids and advertisers.
“No dark sarcasm in the class room.”
Yes of course, dark sarcasm in the classroom is the Gulag and concentration camps and every kind of oppression, you spoiled brat.
"Teachers leave us kids alone."
As soon as I can find another job, any job, and get out of this hellhole, I will.
"All in all, it's just another brick in the wall."
"I'll brick you, you..."One of the demands of fighters for social justice in past years was free education for children, one of the benefits that trade unions offered their members was the opportunity to learn through libraries and educational associations.
This song makes a lot more sense as background music to a video showing youthful protest against a state ruled by oppressive clerics:-
(Full story here).
Sohl [one of the band Blurred Vision who produced the song] hopes that the crackdown on last year's protests will help to change perceptions of Iran among westerners from being an Islamic republic bent on acquiring nuclear weapons to a country crying out for change like South Africa once was. "On the surface it may look like the protesters were crushed but they have now opened a gate to the inevitable," he says. "Opinion in the West is changing and I think, in time, people will speak out with Iranians. It's about bridging that gap between east and west. Hopefully this song will help a little with that."
The video is very effective. I’m reminded of Tom Stoppard’s play Rock ’n ’ Roll , where the desire of the young for jeans and rock music is such a strong force that the state finally splinters. The ideology could not compete against the culture it denounced as "decadent". When you look at this video and see the young with the guitars and mobiles, and the old mullah watching from the minaret, you think those young ones must win. It does look inevitable.