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Sunday 14 October 2012

Thought For The Day

    I wonder why it is, that when No.2 leads the Prisoner into the Labour Ecxhange, in the outer office customers are humming the nursery rhyme "Boys and girls come out to play......" It's almost as though McGoohan set out quite deliberately to try and captivate the minds of children, because this is not the first time in 'Arrival' we hear a nursery rhyme. As the prisoner makes his way up the stone step to the Green Dome, he does so to 'Pop goes the weasel."

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  1. Hi David,

    I've asked myself which song it is that the customers are humming in the labour exchange! Thank you! Now I think it is quite suitable for the waiting room of the labour exchange: Boys and girls come out to play the game of our society. Or maybe it is used to point out that the labour market is no playground, or that the customers are kind of childish? That would be telling.

    When "Pop Goes The Weasel" and also that "For he's a jolly good fellow" (especially in Free For All) and all the other nursery rhymes and the like are played as incidental music it seems to me very often as if the series was making fun about the Prisoner or sometimes the village (as in Hammer Into Anvil) or itself. To me it sounds mocking, just because of the contrast to the situation when it is played.

    Kind regards!

    1. Hello Jana,

      A very interesting, original, and thought provoking comment. "It sounds mocking, just because of the contrast to the situation when it is played" it makes you think.......

      Kind regards