"Raise the flag! Sing the song!
Here we come, we're fifty strong,
And fifty Frenchmen can't be wrong!
Let's kill the Beast! Kill the Beast!"
Musical Theatre is Serious Business
. There's a lot of drama
. And given that it's musical theatre, it's intense drama with a great soundtrack. So logically the angry mob
with Torches and Pitchforks
get their own Crowd Song
about how much they want to Burn the Witch!
If there's a public execution about to take place, you'll hear the same mob singing.
also commonly get their own song, which falls under this trope since a lot of revolutions in theatre are angry mobs with a political agenda. Expect this to sound like a military march, or at least have a fife and some snaredrums.
Very rarely is an Angry Mob Song
not a Crowd Song
. It doesn't have to be a Villain Song
, but it certainly often is.
Torches and Pitchforks
- Real Life French revolutionaries sang "Ah! ça ira, ça ira, ça ira...les aristocrates à la lanterne!"; or, roughly, "string 'em up!"
- The French national anthem, "La Marseillaise", started out this way too. Its lyrics are really bloodthirsty; it mentions a bloodstained banner on the fourth line, and the chorus (y'know, the part that you repeat and actually remember) urges citizens to form up into battalions and kill their oppressors "until impure blood drenches our fields."
- In similar vein, the rarely-sung third verse of The Star-Spangled Banner mentions that "their [i.e. the invaders'] blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution." (There's probably a reason it's rarely-sung.)
- During Red October the Bolsheviks had their own version, called "Worker's Marseillaise".
- Horst-Wessel-Lied of the National Socialist party of Germany. The Die Fahne hoch became an unofficial Party anthem after the murder of Wessel and after the Nazi coup, an unofficial national song.
- "Stakes and Torches" from Voltaire's album To the Bottom of the Sea is a mob song about the poor rising up to overthrow their leader, the Robber Baron.
- Dark folk artist Reverend Glasseye is especially fond of this trope, having more than a few Angry Mob Songs across his three albums. Notable tales include a song about man who incites a crowd to lynch the man courting his daughter ("Mother's a Carpegian") and some religious zealots killing a man who won't provide him wood for their temples ("Black River Falls").
- The satirical song "The Angry Mob" by the Kaiser Chiefs is about a middle class angry mob getting riled up by things reported in the British press.
- "Witch Hunt" by Rush is a typical example.
- In Bach's St John Passion, there a chorus consisting of "Kreuzige (Crucify)" in polyphonic 4 part harmony.
- "Panic" by The Smiths.
- "Execute" from !HERO: The Rock Opera, which ends with Hero's crucifixion.
- "Christian Charity Reprise" and "More Blood/Kill the Bat Boy" from Bat Boy: The Musical are sung by the townspeople as they intimidate the town vet into preventing Bat Boy from attending a revival meeting and get riled into a homicidal frenzy, respectively.
- "Deep in the Darkest Night" from Dracula. An exception, in that (depending on the production), it may be a crowd song sung by the angry mob, or a solo song that Jonathan Harker sings to the angry mob. A further exception is that, rather than being a dark song about how much the angry mob wants the titular Count dead, its actually a heroic, inspiring song, bordering on Theme Music Powerup.
- The Likes Of Us, the little-known first-ever Webber/Rice musical, has two: "Hold a March" and "We'll Get Him". The latter is also reprised. Both are sung by crowds of displeased Londoners who think Thomas Barnardo is an interfering prat.
- Martin Guerre had a "knife dance" in the original version, cut in the rewrites. Also, the part of "Justice Will Be Done/I Will Make You Proud" sung by the villiagers.
- "Catch Hatch," a Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number from One Touch of Venus.
- "Where will you stand when the flood comes?" from Parade, in which the demented evangelist Tom Watson whips up hatred and violence against local Jews (sadly, this is Based on a True Story).
- "Now is gossip put on trial" and "Who holds himself apart" from Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes.
- The extended climax of The Phantom of the Opera includes a mob pursuing the Phantom in "Track Down This Murderer", a reprise of the title song with significantly different lyrics.
- The Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers has "The Townspeople's Lament", which is actually a To the Pain style description of what the angry townspeople wish to do to the titular brothers.
- "We're Not Gonna Take It/See Me, Feel Me" from Tommy.
- "March of the Witch Hunters" in Wicked.
- "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from Peer Gynt, though the instrumental suite version is more familiar, originally had a chorus of trolls shouting, "Kill him!"
- The Arrest and Trial Before Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar include parts of angry mob singing about how they "got him" and demanding "Crucify him!" from Pilate.
- Kill Your Own Kind from Lestat, in which the entire population of the Theatre des Vampires, lead by Armand, condemn Claudia to death for her attempted murder of Lestat himself.
- The operatic version of The Emperor Jones frames the first scene with choruses of angry natives chanting for the death of the title character. No pitchforks here, though; only a Silver Bullet will do.
- The aptly named "The Mob Song" of Beauty and the Beast, notable for containing Torches and Pitchforks.
- "Savages" in Pocahontas.
- Which includes the line "They're not like you and me, which means they must be evil!". The Chick was right to be at a loss for words.
- Even then the song in the film was toned down from the original version, (which was on the soundtrack). Notably the lines "Their whole disgusting race is like a curse" and "Dirty Redskin devils" were changed to less blatantly hateful lines.
- In Pluto's Judgement Day, the song "We've got Pluto!"
- "We're Gonna Make You Sorry" climaxes Part Two of the My Little Pony And Friends serial "Bright Lights". The residents of Graydale aren't happy with the return of former resident Knight Shade, since the Deal with the Devil he made with the serial's villains allowed them to steal their shadows and render them sickly and miserable.
- "Burn The Witch" by Queens of the Stone Age. At least until the halfway-point.
- "The Rise of Abimelech Dumont" by the Gravel Pit features an angry mob trying to overthrow the man who's taken over the town. They all get shot to death.
- In The Protomen, an angry mob tries to lynch Dr. Light, on Dr. Wily's behest. Notable in that Light has been found innocent of murder and they still want to kill him.
- The song in question is titled, quite appropriately, "Give Us the Rope".
- Somewhat subverted by Black Sabbath's "Iron Man". The song is from the perspective of a rejected hero who turns against the people he once tried to save (but who rejected him).
- "If You See Light" by The Mountain Goats is an interesting version- it's from the perspective of the person against whom the mob is rallying.
- "Serves Them Right" from the Calvin At Camp episode "Champion Charlie Brown."