Vikki's Reading Group

1955 - Hilltop Hoods

1955 - <-- click this link to play the song

Hilltop Hoods

You know when you're doing a song about a small town

You gotta start it with a cliche, you know what I'm sayin'

Time moves a little slower here

The paint peels 'cause the summers here are so severe

And we're nowhere near no where you would know of

Locals here pride, they show up just to show off

Four men take a load off, just to watch the day go by

Philosophising with their friends like they're Plato

They prophesied on the bench by the main road, right

They got price, I'm okay, if you say so, guys

But what do they know, Fox News got 'em lit

They're shockers, fundamentalists, the new communists

A girl with the shopping list, clutch her handbag close

I'm like "damn man" then it's all bankhands jokes

'Cause I'm a gentlemen, but then again most of us are

First name basis in the bank, the post-office, the bar

The grocery, parks, hey lady I ain't tryna grab your pension

The old men on the bench

"Direct from the transistor radio in your lounge room

It's the entertainment that the whole family can enjoy

Well I say looking slick will do the trick so try barry's brylcreem cream today"

Well lets go, lets go

We're living in the days when everybody sayin'

"What a time to be alive"

But I'm feeling out of place like I live in outer space

'Cause it seems I'm stuck in time

It's like we ride through life

Right in the shadow of the cold war

It gets so quiet at night

Like martial law took a hold of '55

Time moves a little slower here

A day feels like a week, a weekend feels like it could go a year

And we're nowhere near nothing, man so true

I don't tell 'em where I'm from, I tell 'em where I'm close to

And I can go through an Atlas and show you on a map and

You'd still look me sideways and treat me like I'm backwards

But that's just fine, it so happens I'm

Happy living in a city that is trapped in time

While you're lined up in traffic I'm

Not panicked by transit, I'm back in time

For a tv dinner and an early night

'Cause we get dressed to travel, got an early flight

Been doing laps of the earth, we're doin' laps of the sun

Tryna put where I'm at on the map 'cause where I'm from

Would never get a mention, but all that and then some

Once again the old men on the bench

Right across the country they came in waves

Thousands upon thousands of flying discs descending from the planet Mars

For the closest shave try a Wilson's razor today

Well lets go, lets go

We're living in the days when everybody sayin'

"What a time to be alive"

But I'm feeling out of place like I live in outer space

'Cause it seems I'm stuck in time

It's like we ride through life

Right in the shadow of the cold war

It gets so quiet at night

Like martial law took a hold of '55

Where I go, where I go

This will always be home, no matter

Where I go, where I go

This will always be home, no matter

Where I go, where I go

This will always be home, no matter

Where I go, where I go

This will always be home

If you can't beat the summer heat then what you need is a Wordell's

Wordell refrigerators, the cooler choice

The dieting revolution taking the world by storm

Well Montaigne lets go

We're living in the days when everybody sayin'

"What a time to be alive"

But I'm feeling out of place like I live in outer space

'Cause it seems I'm stuck in time

It's like we ride through life

Right in the shadow of the cold war

It gets so quiet at night

Like martial law took a hold of '55


Hidden Questions

1955 - Hilltop Hoods

  1. What is the song about?
  2. Does he like where he’s living? Justify using evidence from the song
  3. Find a simile in the song
  4. What does the lyric mean -’It gets so quiet at night, like martial law took a hold of ‘55’

5. Why do you think they refer to outer space in the song?


Week 6

Fake Plastic Trees

Radiohead

A green plastic watering can

For a fake Chinese rubber plant

In the fake plastic earth


That she bought from a rubber man

In a town full of rubber plans

To get rid of itself


It wears her out

It wears her out

It wears her out

It wears her out


She lives with a broken man

A cracked polystyrene man

Who just crumbles and burns


He used to do surgery

For girls in the eighties

But gravity always wins


And it wears him out

It wears him out

It wears him out

Wears him out


She looks like the real thing

She tastes like the real thing

My fake plastic love


But I can't help the feeling

I could blow through the ceiling

If I just turn and run


And it wears me out

It wears me out

It wears me out

It wears me out


And if I could be who you wanted

If I could be who you wanted

All the time

All the time


Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead

There are no Here questions this week - so you can focus on putting your effort into interpreting & creating meaning.

HIDDEN

  1. What is the main idea of the song?
  2. How many stories/perspectives are we hearing about in the song? Justify with evidence.
  3. What do you think the profession of the ‘polystyrene man’ is? Justify with evidence.
  4. What is the significance of the lyrics in the chorus?

Week 4

Text: http://bit.ly/FairChocolates

Here Questions

  1. What is the purpose of Ewan Cameron's company (aside from making more money than they spend!)?
  2. Where is the cacao plant native to?
  3. How do commodity brokers get money in a fair-trade agreement?
  4. What was involved with creating an operational budget?


Hidden Questions - Fair Chocolate

  1. What is the main idea of the article?
  2. Define Capitalism, Communism & Socialism.
  3. Which of the above philosophies would fair-trade fall under? Justify with evidence from the text.

Week 3

Text: http://bit.ly/HattersGold

This week, due to us watching the performance of Oliver on Wednesday, we will only have reading on Monday & Tuesday. This means that we will skip the Here questions and only have Hidden and Head questions to complete this week. These will need to be completed by Wednesday morning. If you are keen & want to get ahead, here's your work for the week!


Hidden Questions

  1. Who were the shopkeepers supporting during the strike? Justify your answer.
  2. Who do you think Pearl is?
  3. Who do you think has the most accurate reason for why the Hatters earned their name? Justify your answer.
  4. Do you think The Professor worked in the coal mines? Justify your answer.
  5. Who do you think Baldy is?

Head

  1. Do you think the coal miners have gone on strike before? Justify your answer.
  2. Complete the fishbone diagram contrasting Laurie’s life with yours.