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Transcript of Desolation Row
"Desolation Row" is a metaphor for being able to see how the world actually is.
It also is a metaphor of a utopia, a place that you want to get to.
The “moon is almost hidden” and “the stars are beginning to hide” foreshadows a storm, which is a metaphor for the problems this world will have. "Cinderella, she seems so easy"
"And puts her hands in her back pockets Bette Davis style"
"And in comes Romeo"
"All except for Cain and Abel"
"And the hunchback of Notre Dame"
"Now Ophelia, she's 'neath the window"
"Noah's great rainbow"
"Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood"
"The Phantom of the Opera"
"They're spoonfeeding Casanova"
"They be to Nero's Neptune"
"The Titanic sails at dawn"
While Calypso singers laugh at them Desolation Row by
My Chemical Romance Theme It has a very complicated meaning but we inferred that it was a state of realizing that the world is nothing. Social structure and interactions are irrelevant.
So we thought the theme was being able to see the world as it really is and what it is turning into. Other Poetic Devices Repetion- Every stanza ends with the words "Desolation Row".
Alliteration- "They're painting the passports brown"
Personification- "To her, death is quite romantic"
Rhyme scheme- "ABCB"
Allegory- Being in a bad place in your life and seeing the world for what it really is.
Quatrain- All stanzas have 4 lines. (My Chemical Romance version) Tommy, Cody, Landon Desolation Row
Bob Dylan Desolation Row
Music video They're selling postcards of the hanging
Well they're painting the passports brown
And the beauty parlor's filled with sailors
The circus is in town
Oh now look, here comes the blind commissioner
Well they got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
The other's in his pants
And the riot squad they're restless
They need somewhere to go
As Lady and I look out tonight
From Desolation Row
Cinderella, she seem so easy
"Well it takes one to know one," she smiles
And she puts her hands in her back pockets
Oh Bette Davis style
And now here comes Romeo, moaning
"You Belong to Me I Believe"
And someone says, "You're in the wrong place, my friend
You better leave"
And then the only sound that's left
After the ambulances go
Is Cinderella sweepin' up
On Desolation Row
Now at midnight all the agents
And superhuman crew
Go out and round up everyone
That knows more than they do
(Knows more than they do)
They're gonna bring 'em to the factory
Where the heart-attack machine
Is strapped across their shoulders
And then the kerosene
Is brought down from the castles
By insurance men who go
Check to see that no one is escaping
To Desolation Row
'Cause right now I can't read too good
Don't send me no letters no
Not unless you're gonna mail them
From Desolation Row Allusion