We Don’t need No Education…. by Ahsan Zawar

We Don’t need No Education

We Don’t Need no Thought Control

No Dark sarcasm in the class room

Teacher leaving kids alone


Hey! Teachers leave us kids alone

All in All you are just another brick in the wall

All in all it is just another brick in the wall

Pink Floyd

Its tough to admit at times but I feel no regret in the fact that this song actually changed my thinking patterns. The song which is released in 1979 as part of Pink Floyd’s famous album “The Wall” was written and composed by Roger Waters from the band

Though there is a writer own interpretation of the lyrics but I find my own after listening to it again and again. First let’s get through of what the writer has to say about this

According to Waters, the song is actually against the boarding school system in England, where teachers have the habit of forcing strictness through different means (beating and abusing kids), it’s still a very popular trend in countries like Pakistan and India, and so the song is pretty much relevant to every society. The writer goes along and describe that the teacher build a wall around the student which actually stops him from seeing the outer world and from thinking in broader ways. The teacher tries to discourage the student from any other activity (like music and poetry) and wants everyone to be mathematicians, scientists etc. They are different sources that build a wall around an individual like environment, war and teachers are also related to that. That’s why they are called “another brick in the wall here”.

Well from my perspective the song surely has a deep meaning in it. We look around us, the failed personalities, the lack of thinkers around us, and the ones that like to follow other’s opinion rather than having their own. You go to any top university in Pakistan and ask the student’s there about their future plans, ironically 99 percent will reply materialistically, from being a CEO to a company to the marketing guru, they all follow what their teachers have build in them, they are following what their parents have seeded in them long ago. No one is thinking about the betterment of society, the revolution, social matters, everyone is like “just another brick in the wall” where no one is different from any other. We all are mere bricks when the material inside us will fade there will be newer bricks of the same length (same thinkers) will replace us and this wall will remain there as firm as it is today.

Surprisingly this song was banned in UK and some other European countries in 1986 when they felt it is actually igniting students against the teachers. In 1990 South African black kids used this song as an anthem to remove discrimination between Black and White students. They used “We don’t need no education” and were successful in having a single curriculum for every South African student.

We live in a country where we followed alteast 4 educational boards (Matric System, O-levels, Federal Board and The Aga Khan Board), why can’t we use something like this for bringing equality to our system or perhaps our molvis are too busy in arguing that music is haram or halal. The kind of contribution music and songs like this have played in the world is a clear cut proof that how powerful a medium music is actually but our society and molvis are still listening to Kambakht and Nikama Ishq, so they can’t see the fire this expression( music ) has. Perhaps we should widen our listening and thinking and come out and break this WALL which is all around us.

22 Responses to “We Don’t need No Education…. by Ahsan Zawar”

  1. August 8, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Excellent post AHSAN !! the best from you on this forum

    I totally agree to you in this one. The rock music has revolutionarized the west on so many occassions. if we talk about the music scene of PAKISTAN. noori tried their best to create something similar in our part of the world.

    As far as the education system is concerened why dont you write a letter to CJ im sure he will listen to you.

  2. August 8, 2007 at 10:43 am

    What has the CJ to do with this? Isn’t the education board or the education ministry supposed to handle this issue.
    Is the’ Kambaqt’ and ‘Nikamma Ishq’ the same as in India or you have your own version? There is one song Ishq KAmina also here. Initially it used to scandalise us ;no more now.You are right music can be a very powerful medium especially in societies like ours where there is lot of illiteracy and people don’t read much.

  3. August 8, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Well he CJ (GOD BLESS HIM) is using all his powers to help the power less these days. So it is quite possible tht if a common man writes him a letter to solve some relevent issue n he will react accordingly.

  4. August 8, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    You talk of Noori, the drunk bastards with the bubble gum money making schemes on the same page as Pink Floyd. That, simply put, is just wrong.

    Among other things music has not been able to create an artistic impact on our society cause our musicians have been concerned more about the monetary value of their musical pieces rather than the artistic value.

  5. 5 Ahsan Zawar
    August 8, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks Ammar,

    Well i agree that noori can’t be placed in the same category with Pin FLoyd but then our artist don;t earn the amount of money that foreign artist do with all those royalties and copyrights but I like Noori for some amount of change that they tried to bring to the music scene..Instead of love songs atleast they tried out something different

    @ Prena

    Yeah the Kambakht and Nikama Ishq are the same indian songs which get doubly poplular here in pakistan …I dont know why…

  6. 6 Jonothan
    September 8, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Heyy i was always wondering what the scream ment in “we Don’t Need No Education”. and the clip from oliver what that ment also. Like why are they in the song?

  7. September 8, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Dude, Ahsan … Floyd were artists. Noori is a riff from here a riff from there a video idea stolen from someone else. “We present you with our latest song”

  8. 8 Ahsan Zawar
    September 15, 2007 at 8:34 pm


    man the whole song followed a pattern….the screams and everything…if u listen to some other floyd songs like another brick in the wall part 3…there is this sound of crashing something into a television…i got confused with that….but most of my confusions were removed once i watched ” wall the movie”….so i wud recommend u to watch that…


    dude i agree noori and floyd cant be compared…floyd are artist no doubt…..u can blame the new kids as they are heavily inspired by the western artists…..noori’s 2nd album i thought they tried to deliver a pretty good message through that..plus noori aint inspired by floyd …..i think iam a Noori fan….so i wud support them…but u cud be right

  9. 9 asif arif ali
    May 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Pink flloyd are major league rockers and philosophers that very few bands in the world can compare – thats why they are still popular and lyrics so powerful many years after they wrote these songs. Unfortunate no band in Pakistan compares as so many are just interested in short trm popularity and chance to get big bucks and go, Noori is only one with slight legacy but still not enough. I hope some new young guys really begin to rock out!

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