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Hooters – Where Do The Children Go lyrics

Surrender into the night
Silently take my hand
Nobody knows what's inside us
Nobody understands
They handed us down a dream
To live in this lonely town
But nobody hears the music
Only the echo of a hollow sound

Where do the children go
Between the bright night and the darkest day
Where do the children go
And who's that deadly piper who leads them away

Together we make our way
Passengers on a train
Whisper a secret forever
Promises in the rain
We're leaving it all behind
While castles are falling down
We're going where no one can find us
And if there's a heaven
We'll find it somehow

Where do the children go
Between the bright night and the darkest day
Where do the children go
And who's that deadly piper who leads them away



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    This song is very open to interpretation and could narrate a variety of stories or meanings. But let's start with some basic symbolism. Children represent innocence or people who are not responsible for bad events that have occurred. The innocent have in some way been abandoned by a horrific event and as a result the are possibly orphaned. "Darkest day and bright night" are paradoxical. Ordinarily it would be bright day and dark night but here it's reversed indicating the world is backwards possibly after nuclear holocaust which was a central theme and huge social issue in the '80s when this song was written. The "deadly piper" could be war mongering leaders of the day like Muammar Gaddafi, Ronald Reagan (at least as seen from the left’s perspective), the USSR's Andropov and so on, leading us to what we think is just and right and we the innocent children just blindly follow our parental leaders because that's what we've been taught all our lives. We just "surrender into the night" of the dark side of society, and follow without questioning our own actions. "The handed us down a dream" seems to describe propaganda from the government leaders that are sabre rattling. "Castle's are falling down" brings an image that even the rulers or leaders will be devastated and killed but they think they can escape all the destruction as they will, as the line, "We're going where no one can find us" to me speaks that the children will try to escape the nuclear destruction but even if they do the leaders of the world will find them or others to propagate their hidden agendas and "whispers" of "a secret forever". The innocent always pay the heaviest price as the will are even assured of the reward of “Heaven” after death.
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