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"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" CD Project

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Transcript of "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" CD Project

"Let Me Feel" video clip
"Tick Tock" Analysis
The Doctor Who poem “Tick tock” is similar to “’Repent, Harlequin!’” through its description of the preordained fate of two of its characters, reflecting Everett C. Marm and Pretty Alice.

The clock “tick tock[s], until the day…thou shalt marry me”, analogous to the state of affairs between Marm and Pretty Alice in “’Repent, Harlequin!’”.

Marm “cradled her [humanity] and rocked her [humanity]”, attempting to nurture Alice’s free will and freedom of thought.

Just like the Doctor, the Harlequin was “brave and good”, and “turned away from violence” when other means of protest, such as the barrage of jelly beans, were available.


"Step In Time"
from Mary Poppins

"Minority" by Green Day
"Tick Tock"-from Doctor Who
"Let Me Feel"-Nicky Romero/Vicetone Analysis
“Let Me Feel”, by Nicky Romero and Vicetone, parallels “’Repent, Harlequin!’” in the portrayal of life without sentience.

“Without [a] heart and soul” the people in “’Repent, Harlequin!’” are not truly alive.

Marm desired to “be [in love] until the end”, but the fear of breaking society’s rules overcomes Pretty Alice and the bond between the two.

The Ticktockman will not “let [society] breathe”; the ordained punctuality does not allow the masses to pause and contemplate their situation.

“The speed of sound can hit” when society does not stand up for its freedom.
"Step in Time" video clip
"Minority" video clip
Mary Poppins’ “Step In Time” parallels the mechanical and orderly nature of the dystopian society in “’Repent, Harlequin!’” through the repetitive command, “Step in time, step in time” that dominates the song.

The citizens “never need a reason” to leave their structured lifestyles; without time their world falls apart.

Just as the Ticktockman controls the citizens of “‘Repent, Harlequin!’”, the head chimney sweep is able to make his underlings obey his every command.

The workers, like the citizens in “‘Repent, Harlequin!’” “link [their] elbows” to form a single entity, an impersonal machine.
"Step In Time" Analysis
"Minority" Analysis
The Harlequin is “ a face in the crowd unsung” as he defies society’s sense of punctuality.

The sentience of the Harlequin is “flashing in the dark[ness]” of society’s consciousness; while the majority follows orders like clockwork, Marm thinks for himself and his own interests.

As the “sheep runs from the herd”, the Harlequin flees from the authoritarian Ticktockman and his minions, creating chaos in the streets and in the lives of the thoughtless masses.

The Harlequin has “stepped out of the line” to form a new order for the people, one of disorder.
"Tick Tock" video clip
"Tick Tick Boom" by The Hives
"Tick Tick Boom" video clip
"Tick Tick Boom!" Analysis
The song “Tick Tick Boom” by the Hives draws parallels to “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” through the characterization of the speaker as a daring and observant outsider of society.

The speaker, like the Harlequin, “cut[s] to the core” of what plagues society-the unhealthy reliance on punctuality in every part of daily life.

The Harlequin learns that “It’s too late” for his loved ones to free themselves from the clutches of the enforced punctuality, but “it’s [also] too soon” for the Harlequin to assume he cannot influence a change in the society before he is punished.

The opportunity to gain independence has “slipped through [their] hands”
Works Cited:
Almqvist, Pelle. “Tick Tick Boom.” By The Hives.
The Black and White Album
. Burning Heart Records, 2000.

Armstrong, Billie. “Minority.” By Green Day.
Warning
. Warner/Chappell Music Inc, 200. CD.

Gatiss, Mark. “Tick Tock Goes The Clock.” By Louise Bowen.
Doctor Who
. British Broadcast Company, 2015. TV.

Romero, Nicky. “Let me Feel.” By Nicky Romero and Vicetone.
When We Are Wild
. Protocol Recordings, 2014. CD.

Sherman Brothers. “Step In Time.” By Richard Wayne.
Mary Poppins
. Walt Disney, 1964. TV.
Song relates to "Repent, Harlequin!" Theme and Events
Song relates to "Repent, Harlequin!"
Theme, Symbols, and Events
Rhyme relates to "Repent, Harlequin!" Theme, Characters, and Events
Song relates to "Repent, Harlequin!" Theme ,
Mood, Characters, and Events
Song relates to "Repent, Harlequin!" Theme, Characters, and Events
"Let Me Feel" Analysis
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