Some of you must have identified where these lines come from. Yup! Its Linkin Park's "Nobody's Listening"! I was listening to that song today on my way to the lab and something struck me. The lyrics of most of their songs and certain other rap groups and all are pretty similar, aren't they? Talking about pain, struggle, anger, frustration and a few other such things. And we listen to it. In fact, we love these songs! Personally I love every Linkin Park song I've ever listened to! But only today it hit me that the songs are so full of anger, frustration and all. Sorta describing a struggle over a lost cause where there's nothing to gain. Then I thought of something else.
The chameleon in Dr.Dolittle 2! Remember? The one which had trouble changing colours? When Dolittle's daughter stomps out of the room all angry and pissed, the wise 'ol thing says
"So young, so angry, damn that rap music!"
I thought of Harry Potter too! The fifth book where we are introduced to Phineas Nigellus Black, the old headmaster of Hogwarts. Here's a scene in Dumbledore's office
"'I know how you are feeling, Harry,' said Dumbledore very quietly.'No, you don't,' said Harry, and his voice was suddenly loud and strong.....'You see, Dumbledore?' said Phineas Nigellus slyly. 'Never try to understand the students. They hate it. They would much rather be tragically misunderstood, wallow in self-pity, stew in their own- ''That's enough, Phineas,' said Dumbledore."
Which brings me back to what I started off since Phineas has so aptly described most of the rap music that we listen to and love!. I guess most teenagers love these songs full of anger coz they look at themselves as misunderstood rebels of sorts who have to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders!
And I guess we tend to forget that those whom we rebel against (in most cases- parents) understand us completely since they were also rebels once! Strange thing it is... adolescence... dontcha think so? /:)
Another strange thing.... this post coming from me!!! The biggest rebel ever! Ask my parents, they'll tell you :P :P
And damn those people for capitalizing on our teenage anger and frustration! ;)