The Pearl Songs
By: Malerie DeGrave
Song of the Family
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you thinkSo don't blink
In the book "The Pearl" Kino hears a song called the song of the family. Kino talks about hearing the song when he is with his family or during his morning described in the beginning of the book. This song symbolizes happiness.
In the song he sings about cherishing everything and not taking anything for granted. It relates to the book because Kino takes in everything as he wakes up and describes his family. He also takes the time to take in his morning and say how it is "perfect among mornings"
Song of Evil
To the classroom
Everyday at school
To the teachers
As she tries to cover every bruise
She doesn't lie
In the classroom
She doesn't lie
Anymore at school
With JesusBecause there's nothing anyone would do
In the book Kino finds a pearl and it is believed that the pearl is causing bad things to happen to him and his family. First, Kino stabs somebody that was trying to attack him, Kino kills somebody, their house burns down, and their baby dies.
The song relates because it's a sad song. A girl named Alyssa is being abused by her father and ends up dying. It relates to the book because the book so many depressing things happen and Coyotito even loses his life for something he couldn't stop.
Song of the Enemy
Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighborOr did you just sit down and cry?
In the book Kino talks about hearing the song of the enemy. An example of this is when the scorpion is about to sting Coyotito. Kino describes what he hears and sees. The song of the enemy generally occurs when something bad is happening.
This song is about 9/11 and what happened because of terrorism. It relates to the book because the scorpion is seen as an enemy to Kino and his family just as the terrorists are seen as an enemy to the U.S.
Song of the Pearl (beginning of book)
And it's a great day to be alive
I know the sun's still shinin'
When I close my eyes
There's some hard times in the neighborhoodBut why can't everyday be just this good
In the book Kino goes pearl diving in search of a pearl to pay the doctor to treat Coyotito. He ends up finding this pearl which they called "the pearl of the world." When Kino found it him and Juana were really happy.
This song is generally about happiness. It relates because in the book when Kino finds the Pearl everyone is really happy. When he finds it Coyotito even seems to have gotten better.
Song of the Pearl (end of book)
So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed
That it would go
And if you're reading this
I'm already home
At the end of the book the pearl pretty much resembles evil and darkness. It has caused so much harm to Kino and his family and by the end of the book even Kino wants nothing to do with it and throws it back into the ocean.
The song is in the form of a letter that he is sending home to his family. (when they receive it he has already died). It's a pretty depressing song and it relates to this song because at the end of the book the pearl is just pretty much sadness to Kino and Juana.
Song of the Book
Baby why'd you leave me
Why'd you have to go?
I was counting on forever, now I'll never know
I can't even breathe
It's like I'm looking from a distance
Standing in the background
Everybody's saying, he's not coming home now
This can't be happening to meThis is just a dream
The book is pretty much just bad things happening one after another and it's pretty depressing to read about all of these problems this family has to face. The only possible solution for them was to get rid of the pearl, without selling it and becoming rich.
The song says that this 18-year old is believed to be in her wedding dress going to her wedding, but is actually going to her husband's funeral. In the song the husband is a soldier who was killed during war. This relates to the song of the book because the book is very sad hearing about what the family has to go through, and even losing their only child.