Sing Along Expository on “Revolution” by The Beatles
In 1968, John Lennon from the rock band The Beatles composed a song that caused a large amount of controversy during the Vietnam War. In the United States, there were many political rallies and protests against the U.S. government and military for sending young men to help in the Vietnam War. John, along with the other members of the band, were strongly against the war. The argument in “Revolution” is very clear to the targeted audience but it is also clear that Lennon was being sarcastic is parts of the song. Lennon was trying to people to understand that the world should be in peace and that everything is going to be all right. He wanted to put out there that there were people who opposed the war and were not going to support it.
John Lennon was sarcastic in parts of the song. He was being a “smart Alec” as some people would call it. He was using his sarcasm as a way to undermine the government and make it seem like what they were doing (in his opinion) was stupid. Lennon wrote in the song, “You say you got a real solution. Well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan”. Lennon felt as if the government’s plan for a “solution” was just a lie. Lennon was targeting the audience of young college-aged adults who were already pushing for “world peace” as well as the government and the people who were involved in the continuation of the Vietnam War. He wanted people to see where they were wrong and to fix it. He was also telling the people who were harmed or had loved ones harmed by the actions of the government that everything is going to be all right. This is temporary.
Lennon’s purpose was to point out the flaws in the government and the Vietnam War. He composed a song that was meant to point out the problems with the war, target a certain audience to agree with him, and push for a movement of peace. “Revolution” is a song that made history, whether it was because of it’s message for peace or...