we are twelve; oh, make us one,
Like drops within the Social River;
Oh, make us now together run
As swiftly as thy shining Flivver.
. . .
Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun,
Kiss the girls and make them One.
Boys at one with girls at peace;
Orgy-porgy gives release.
This song is sung during the Solidarity
Service attended by Bernard in Chapter 5.
It gives an example of the banal “religion” the World State uses
to keep its members in conformity with societal rules. The song’s
silly wording helps emphasize the triviality of the ceremony. It
also contrasts with the snippets of Shakespeare that John quotes later
in the novel. The theme of anonymity is a metaphor for the whole of World State society,
whose aim is to create humans that are as indistinguishable from
each other as machines made on an assembly line. The repeated calls
to “Ford” also point out the connection to the assembly line. Finally,
the last stanza’s “orgy-porgy gives release,” like the Violent Passion
Surrogate, the Pregnancy Surrogate, and soma, is
a signal that the World State has not been able to entirely annihilate
human nature. There is still some need for release, some need to
experience strong emotions that has not been entirely wiped out
through conditioning. The Solidarity Service is one of many mechanisms
the World State uses to channel strong emotions in such a way that
they present no threat to the power of the State.