George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was not the first, though I think it was more apt, analogy of human features with animals.
In Zend Avesta, a sacred book that according to legend contains the words of Zoroaster himself, has a whole chapter, in which he explains the similarities between the dog and man.
In Hindu mythology the three basic defects are embodied in three representatives of the animal kingdom.
And in poetry the parables have no end.
In Rock music the most representative example of similes is Pink Floyd’s “Animals”.
The tenth album of the British band refers to three representatives of the animal kingdom, with the respective songs “Dogs“, “Sheep“, “Pigs (Three Different Ones)”.
Characters of the well-known book of Orwell, which was the main inspiration for its creation.
One more is included… “Pigs on the Wing” and in fact in two parts.
The first opens the album, while the second closes it.
The creation of Roger Waters does not go hand in hand with the songs between the two parties.
The lyrical part is addressed to Waters’s new wife at the time, Carolyne.
The only woman who could impose her opinion on him with arguments.
The first part talks about frustration and isolation imposed on the individual, through social stereotypes.
The second refers to the power of unity that emotional security offers. These are what Carolyne offered him.
Musically the song is characterized by simplicity and acoustic guitar which, in the first part is the only instrument.
In another version, the two parts are together and Snowy White’s solo unites them.