By: Emma Utrie
Song of the Family
I love you, you love me.
Were a happy family
with a great big hug
and a kiss from me to you.
Won't you say you love me too?
In 'The Pearl', The Song of the Family was what Kino heard when there was love and safety in his family, and within their daily routine. It was the sound of their life and their togetherness. In Chapter 1, the rhythm of Kino's family thunders in his head during their mornings and as he studies details about their home, where he is warm and safe.
This song represents The Song of the Family because the lyrics "I love you, you love me we're a happy family" shows a close family bond and a family that is happy together and comfortable around each other. It relates to the song of the family in the book because in the book, Kino talks about how much he loves his family.
Song of Evil
I admit that in the past I've been a nasty
They weren't kidding when they called me, well,
But you'll find me nowadays
I've mended all my ways
Repented, seen the light and made a switch
And I fortunately know a little magic
Its a talent that I always have posessed
And ladies, please don't laugh
I use it on behalf of the miserable, lonely, and depressed
(pathetic) Poor unfortunate souls
The first time the Song of Evil is heard is when the scorpion is climbing down the branch toward Coyotito's cradle to sting him. This song comes up whenever the safety or well being of Kino's family is threatened, when Kino is suspicious of the Doctor, when the pearl buyers and villagers are showing greed, and when Juana and Kino are threatened by the townspeople. The Song of Evil becomes louder when Coyotito gets killed by a stray bullet. The song stops when Kino throws the pearl back into the sea.
This song is sung by Ursula as she tries to trick Ariel into giving up her voice. Ursula is the deceitful, evil villain who lies (just like the Doctor and pearl traders) to get what they want.
Song of the Enemy
The curl of her lips
The ice in her stare
All innocent children had better beware
She's like a spider waiting for the kill
Look out for Cruella De Vil
The song of the Enemy is what Kino hears when he and his family are in danger, followed by the trackers, and as he is about to attack them. This song has a lot of foreshadowing in the book showing when something bad is going to happen.
'Cruella de Vil' relates to the Song of the Enemy because Cruella preys on the puppies like the trackers follow and try to harm Kino and his family.
Song of the Pearl (beginning of the book)
It might seem crazy what I'm about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take a break
I'm a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don't care baby by the way
Because I'm happy
The Song of the Pearl is heard near the beginning of the book when Kino discovers the huge oyster. He stares at the beauty of the pearl and hears its song. Kino is happy and hopeful about the possibilities that the pearl will bring, and is hopeful about Coyotito's future.
This song relates to The Song of the Pearl because Kino and Juana were so happy about their discovery. They were happy and hopeful that their family would have a good future.
Song of the Pearl (end of book)
The best things in life are free
But you can keep them for the birds and bees
Now give me money
That's what I want
Lovin' gives me a thrill
But you're lovin' don't pay my bills
Now give me money
That's what I want
At the end of the book, the Song of the Pearl becomes sinister and evil. Instead of seeing hopeful things when he stares at the pearl, he sees a murdered man and his wife beaten, lying on the ground. He sees his dead son. It represented all the bad things in life. When Kino was once a good man who was caring for his wife and son, greed corrupted him and all he began to think about was the pearl and money.
This Beatles song 'Money' goes with the Song of the Pearl because Kino becomes greedy and always wants more because he was corrupted by the pearl. The song keeps saying 'Give me money. That's what I want.' Both the song and Kino are consumed by material things.
Song of the Book
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swing hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
As Kino tries to gain wealth and status with the pearl, he loses the innocence and contentment that he had with his family. This is replaced by greed that causes him to beat his wife, causes the death of his son, and causes Kino to become separated from his neighbors. He didn't know how good his life was 'till it was gone.
The song 'Big Yellow Taxi' also refers to greed and materialism. 'They' paved paradise (destroying nature) to build a pink hotel , a boutique, a hot spot, and a parking lot. No one appreciated how good everything was until it was too late.