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School’s Out/Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2 (Hollywood Vampires, 2015)

“School’s Out/Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” Lyrics:

Alice:
Well, we got no choice
All you girls and boys
Makin’ all that noise
‘Cause they’ve found new toys
Well, we can’t salute ya, can’t find a flag
If that don’t suit ya, that’s a drag

School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks, yeah yeah

Brian Johnson:
Well, we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can’t even think of a word that rhymes

Both:
School’s out for summer

School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks
Out for summer
Out ’till fall
We might not come back at all

Alice:
We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teacher leave those kids alone
Both:
Hey teacher, leave those kids alone
All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall

Both:
School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces
My school’s out completely

In 2015, Alice Cooper teamed up with a plethora of artists, including Brian Johnson (AC/DC), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Kip Winger (Winger), and many others, to record Hollywood Vampires, an LP devoted to songs and classic artists that have passed away.  

What was originally an album concept wound up becoming a band. Alice partnered with actor Johnny Depp, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, and bandmate Tommy Henriksen to form the Hollywood Vampires.

With two studio LPs, Hollywood Vampires and Rise, and one live LP, Live In Rio, under their belt, they are an international success and continue to tour worldwide. With each passing year, their following and notoriety grow even more prominent.

The thirteenth track on their debut LP, “School’s Out/Another Brick In The Wall Pt.2,” features a star-studded roster performing two one-size-fits-all anthems combined into a single track. The lineup is as follows: 

Vocals: Alice Cooper, Brian Johnson
Guitar: Slash, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen, Bruce Witkin
Drums: Neal Smith
Bass: Dennis Dunaway
Background Vocals: Kip Winger, Bob Ezrin

“School’s Out,” in particular, celebrates the solace of Summer or, for a High School (or College) graduate, the end of school entirely. While “Another Brick In The Wall Pt.2” denotes the annoyances of structured thought instead of free thinking.

As discussed in the “Alma Mater” post last week, our school years and young adulthood are influential. While a few are ready to move on and face their next endeavor, others are only being released for summer vacation. Either way, it is an exciting time!

The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.” – Alice Cooper

How true? How simple yet profound?

The end of the school year is met with excitement, anticipation, and meaning. It’s a time for various activities, camps, pool parties, sleepovers, state fairs, the 4th of July, etc. It’s full of expectation.

While many students continue to play catchup from 2020’s nonsense and shenanigans, for the most part, things have returned to normal in the schools. The “new normal” COVID-19 introduced has slowly faded back to what we knew before.

The past few summers have been confusing. Some programs, activities, and events were postponed or canceled as businesses and non-profits had to decide what was safe or what their budgets could afford. As normalcy returns, we are again reminded of our roles as parents and guardians.

Our calling and purpose remain the same, always – in all circumstances.

  • To seek Him first (Matthew 6:33-34, Hebrews 3:1)
  • To spread the Good News of the gospel (Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:15-16)
  • To humbly love one another (Ephesians 4:1-6),
  • To place others before ourselves (Philippians 2:1-4)
  • Serve others as stewards of God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10-11).

These tasks transcend all aspects of our lives, and we are also asked to teach our children these same values.

As parents, guardians, or anyone working with children, our Creator has entrusted us with the care of His children. We are asked to raise them correctly (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4) – while helping them see the joy in life (Colossians 3:21). It’s no small task. It’s a BIG deal.

Our children watch us navigate life’s joys, trials, and tribulations. Watching us teaches them about faith, God, and life’s mysteries. Observing our reactions, they learn how fear, pain, and darkness affect us.

What are we teaching them as we react to others and God? Are we teaching them that Romans 8:28 always applies – even when things get tough?

We have all been placed in this time for a reason. We have been chosen to live these moments for a purpose. So, what will we do with the hours, minutes, and seconds?

Like many generations before us, we will be remembered based on our reactions and ability to overcome adversities while teaching future generations how to prosper. School may be out, but the learning continues.

  • What are we teaching the people and family we love most?
  • What about those we barely know or don’t understand?
  • Are we showing EVERYONE God’s Love?
  • Are we teaching them to see our Creator and the joys of life?
  • When given opportunities to share, what will we do with them?

As the Holy Spirit moves us, we must not be afraid to take unexpected avenues and touch the hearts of ALL humanity. God uses us as vessels connecting one another to Him and His Word.

Wrapping up this week’s post, the last few years have been tough. For some, they may have produced brighter moments; for others, maybe they’re darker. But, as adults, we must remember we’ve been around much longer and seen more things. Children have no way of knowing what is normal or abnormal.

Whether parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, etc., we are interwoven into a family – God’s creation, humanity. Are we learning more about God’s Love and what it means to care for one another? Are we teaching future generations how to Love as well? Or are we teaching them to fear the unknown?

It’s true; we have been called to be shepherds of our flock (1 Peter 5:2-3). However, Jesus also extended the call to feed the hungry, give water to those who thirst, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, and care for the sick (Matthew 25:40-45). Are we finding ways to meet those needs?

School’s out once again, but His Love is still in session. Are we teaching the world how wonderful the Light of Christ is? Does it shine brightly in our hearts and our actions? Do we share His Love with everyone or only a select few?

As new uncertainty arises (and it most assuredly will), do we, His body, the church, help pick up the pieces of a broken world? A shattered world in need of a Savior. Will the church allow His Spirit to move and help heal the world’s wounds, or will we ignore them?

In conclusion, “School’s Out for Summer.” This song will forever endure in the hearts of many – it’s one of life’s anthems. And there will always be something special about the end of the school year.

‘School’s Out’ was designed to be a hit. It was intended to be an anthem. It was designed to appeal to every single person in the world because everybody has sat through school in the last three minutes before school is out – for Summer. Forever.

If we can capture the joy of the kids screaming, knowing they have three months off of school, well, that will be a big hit.” – Alice Cooper

“School’s Out” is arguably one of the best Alice Cooper songs, maybe the best of all time, and combining it with “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” is pure brilliance. These songs shaped so much of our childhood and helped us cope with our school days’ stress and hardships. However, today, they mean something new.

As these tracks come alive today, most of us are no longer students – not in the traditional sense. However, we are still students in life. So what have we learned (or maybe still learning), and what are we teaching others? We must spend some time answering that question and maybe making some adjustments.

That’s it for this week, be well and catch you next Friday.

In the meantime, keep Walkin’ in Faith and Rockin’ with Alice!

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