Logical song

I tweeted this week about finding direction in the strangest places.  I never really thought about the lyrics to Supertramp’s Logical Song until I heard it on the radio recently but I wondered whether it is in fact a commentary on the industrial model of schooling. 

Interestingly, the song was released six months before Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall.

For me, it seems to capture the aspirations of the past (John Dewey’s pedagogical creed) and the present (Sir Ken Robinson).  Voices from different times, representing a unified plea for schooling that is not mechanical and linear but social, organic and ‘magical’.

The Logical Song
written by: Richard Davies, Roger Hodgson

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
joyfully, playfully watching me.

But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the world’s asleep,
the questions run so deep
for such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.


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