MEME: Auditory Allusions – Fahrenheit 451

Auditory Allusions

This week’s post will take a peek at

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before… but I’m kind of sort of in love with this book. It’s responsible for my love of the Dystopian genre. Because of this, I couldn’t think of a better book for my first Auditory Allusion.

Well, ok, I could… but turns out I sucked at picking songs for that book and kept focusing on either one character or somehow managing to express spoilers through lyrics. When it came down to the zero hour, there was only book I feel confident enough to come up with a playlist without spending hours pouring over the book to make sure there weren’t important things I forgot.

So without further ado, here’s my playlist for Fahrenheit 451:

(as a warning, there are explicit lyrics)

Fire Water Burn
The Bloodhound Gang

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire,
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire,
The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire,
We don’t need no water let the *expletive* burn,
Burn *expletive* burn.

So as you probably, hopefully, should already know, Fahrenheit 451 is the tale of Guy Montag, a fireman in a world where firemen burn books. It’s opening line is probably one of my favorites of all time: “It was a pleasure to burn.” Is there a song that adequately captures the simple eloquence of this line? Probably not, but Fire Water Burn comes close.

Plus it’s fun to sing with friends while drunk and sitting around a camp fire.

Not that I’d do that.

Moving on…

Little Drop of Poison
Tom Waits

I like my town with a little drop of poison
nobody knows they’re lining up to go insane
I’m all alone I smoke my friends down to the filter
but I feel much cleaner after it rains

Fahrenheit 451 is set in a world where people are encouraged to be vapid and/or violent husks of what was once humanity. Don’t bother thinking deep thoughts or engaging in intelligent conversation, it’s not welcome here. Now, my husband looks at me like I’m crazy when I say this, but this song feels dystopian to me. Combined with the lyrics are Mr. Waits iconic voice and eerie sound I could imagine this playing in the background as I ran, terrified, through Guy’s world.

Ximena Sariñana

Sleep It Off Again
Don’t remember when started
Failing to communicate
Will it see like I’m in half-hearted?

There’s not much to explain
When I’m so in my head
The stronger the theme
The less you will need
To hear it from me
To know what I am trying to say

Sorry if I don’t see you
Mind me if my eyes cross you
Keep in mind I’m not here
I’m a different zone

Sorry if my words hurt you
Wish I knew the time to lie to you
Keep in mind I’m not here
I’m from a different world

Wait till I’m unique
I’m a light in the making
My wisdom will strip you down
Can’t believe all the risk I’m taking

There’s still so much to learn
And things you haven’t heard
I want you see beneath everything
You’re no different than me

No matter the language we speak

The book opens with Guy walking home after a long day of burning. On his way, he runs into his new kooky neighbor Clarisse who blows the effe out of his mind. Kooky girl who sees the world in a different way? Oh yeah, I’ve got the perfect song for that… Or rather Ximena does.

Strange Things
Randy Newman

I was on top of the world livin high
It was right in my pocket
I was livin’ the life
Things were just the way they should be
When from out of the sky like a bomb comes some little punk in a rocket
Now all of a sudden some strange things are happenin’ to me

I had friends,
I had lots of friends
Now all my friends are gone
And I’m doin’ the best I can to carry on

I had power (power)
I was respected (respect)
But not any more
And I’ve lost the love to the one whom I adored

Let me tell you about the strange things are happenin’ to me
Strange things
Strange things are happenin’ to me…
Ain’t no doubt about it

You got someone you think you know well
It turns out a stranger
The minute you turn your back
You’re in it all by yourself

They laugh at your jokes
You think you’re doin’ quite well
But you’re in danger, boy
You end up alone, forgotten, way up on the shelf

Pretty much from the moment he meets Clarisse, his life starts to change. He begins to wake up. And it sends his world into turmoil.

Semi-charmed Life
Third Eye Blind

Doing crystal myth, will lift you up until you break
It won’t stop, I won’t come down
I keep stock with the tick-tock rhythm, I bump for the drop
And then I bumped up, I took the hit that I was given
Then I bumped again, then I bumped again
I said…

Remember that really catchy pop tune from the 90s that was actual a song about drug addiction and sex? Yeah… Well Mrs. Montag is a drugged out junkie who sits around watching TV all day. (I don’t care for her, can you tell?) I can’t think of a better anthem for her.

Couch Potato
Weird Al

If you had
One shot
To sit on your lazy butt
And watch all the TV you ever wanted
Until your brain turned to mush
Would you go for it?
Or just let it slip?

And when I say she sits in font of the TV, I mean surrounded by the TV. Entire walls are TVs, and there’s more than one in a room. *shudder*

And Now We Dance
The Vandals

And now we dance like soldiers on the battlefield
the only triumph in a moment of glory
Crack your head open and sue somebody
Cop a feel on a punk rock girl in bondage pants
And Now We Dance

You are just a speck in a universe of turds
Silenced by conspirators, not another word.
With ozone trees depleted, you choke on malathion.
nothing f-king matters, so what’s the use in tryin’?

Never join the ranks of the kiss ass suit and tie
or the stinking hippie, the future is worth a lie,
nothing’s worth a f-k, a f-k ain’t worth a shit
we’re only gonna die, here’s how we deal with it

Did someone order a theme song for destructive youth? In the Fahrenheit world, “kids these days” drive really fast and kill each other and don’t really give a damn. So basically like kids now, but on energy drinks or something.

Gnarls Barkley

I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place.
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space

And when you’re out there
Without care,
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
I just knew too much

At some point, Montag wakes up to the horror of the world around him. In the movie version that exists in my brain, that moment is expressed by him standing still and the background spinning while Crazy plays in the background.

The Getaway
Ten Foot Pole

Please don’t chase me anymore
I nearly forgot just what I’m running for
I meant no harm, my gas pedal’s to the floor

People watch this on TV
Never thought that this could happen to me
I can’t stop now and it still seems like a dream

Never thought I’d hurt someone
Now I see you clutching your gun
You’re playing for keeps and there’s no place left to run

I had to make a choice, I made it
If I had another chance I’d take it
I’ve got to find a way to make a getaway

Today my future looked so bright
All it took was one red light
The sirens were close behind and my brain said fight or flight

So I ran from my mistake
Not the best choice I could make
The helicopter reminds me that this time there’s no lucky break


Please don’t chase me anymore
I nearly forgot just what I’m running for
I meant no harm, my gas pedal’s to the floor

I always did things my own way
Never cared what the experts say
I thought they were so full of shit, I guess it’s time to pay

I always dreamed I’d have it all
Never thought I’d take the fall
And now I’ve run out of chances and all I can see is the wall

I had to make a choice, I made it
If I had another chance…


Err… if there was a chase scene… you know what, forget this song is here.

Good Riddence
Green Day

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right.
I hope you had the time of your life.

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while

Alright, so it’s predictable, so sue me… but when I picture the ending of this book (which I will not spoil, despite the fact that you should have read it already) I picture this song playing in the background. Zoom out, fade to black, credits roll.

Well, thanks for joining me on my first Auditory Allusion. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

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