One music video that sticks out in my mind is this indie/pop tune that went viral a couple of years ago. La La La follows the famous story of the Wizard of Oz. The jist of the video goes like this:
A boy (Dorothy) is being yelled at by a man, plugs his ears in an effort to not hear the man. The boy leaves the apartment only to find a man holding the leash of a dog (Toto and the Cowardly Lion). He takes the dog and starts walking down the street. He walks into this building with a bunch of women dancing to a specific routine. These ladies act as the flying monkeys who are trying the stall his quest. Sitting down against a wall is a man in a hat and a jean jacket with his face painted silver holding a boombox (Tin Man). The man is not happy and the boy sees it. The man works for the ladies that are dancing and he feels that if he leaves, they are going to do something bad to him. The boy shows that the man can stand up to the dancers. The boy tells him to put his ears and his fingers and ignore the women. The ladies act as the lack of oil the Tin Man has, and the boy is a brand new can. They leave the building and continue walking on the street until they come across this man who is selling actual human hearts. The Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz needs a heart, and now he gets one. They come across a strange man in a strange outfit dancing on the side of the road for money (Scarecrow). The boy tells the strange man to cover his ears like a kid and ignore the people who laugh at him in their cars. They continued walking down the street now as a full group. On their search, the path that they are taking resembles the yellow brick road from The Wizard of Oz. At the end of the video, they find a cave; in the cave is a statue of a horned creature that is supposed to resemble Oz.Tthe boy is thanked for helping his new friends find themselves. The boy is left in front of the statue with his ears plugged singing “la la la”. This is meant to demonstrate how Oz is not needed; we have a heart and a brain and courage without ever needing anyone.
Watch it here (it wouldn’t let me embed the video)
The song, however, states that our words mean nothing, and it does not relate to the video. The lyrics speak about not talking as there is no relevance to what they want to say.
I’m covering my ears like a kid, when your words mean nothing I go la la la
This lyric shows nothing related to the Wizard of Oz story.
I love the song, and the music video is awesome, but just listening to the song, you couldn’t tell the story behind it.