Tuesday :: Aug 31, 2004

Those old protest songs still make sense


by Duckman GR

And how sad that they still work today. But then again, they were talking about the Nixon Administration, and that's what we have now, sans the intelligence of Tricky Dick. Meanness and ugliness, yeah, we got that, senseless and un-comprehensible war, yeah we got that too. Deeply divided country and protests, yep, we got that.

So, I just happened to be listening to this old Uriah Heep album, trying to educate a confused self proclaimed music loving IT woman who supports bush and listens to all kinds of god awful head banging crap, and country, and Blue Man Group, but doesn't like the Beatles and never heard of Bob Dylan (I know, why would I bother?) (Koresh!!!) when this lyric jumped out at me.

Those of us who don't know war
We shouldn't try to make it
So many did and even more died
Do you think you could take it?

And then this verse burst forth:

I only knew I had to win
And build a world
Where I was king
But leaders come and leaders go
And that's the truth
I came to know

So I had to look up the lyrics to be sure I'd heard what I'd heard, and sure enough, a bunch of straggly, acid rock, Englishmen, had a prescient vision of Dubya. But of course, no vision is 100% accurate, this one no exception.

For instance, substitute goodness with righteousness. Forget spreading joy, maybe spreading rapture? Let's not even picture making love, (sorry, bad visuals) just disregard any love whatsoever, try lust or avarice perhaps. But keep the blood, lots of that.

Otherwise, dead on GW. And ain't that grand.

Some things haven't changed much in thirty years, so I'll bet there are some other songs we might want to recycle to drive the goppers nuts and rally the troops.

These songs weren't meant to defend the peace lovers, they were meant to challenge the warmongers and put them back on their heels. That's why they march in Ireland, to get out their message. Get it? Ohio wasn't just lamenting those killed and wounded at Kent State, they accused those who did the deed, how could you, how could you murder your own people? Comprendo?

Uriah Heep, "PILGRIM," from the Album Sweet Freedom, 1973

A pilgrim at the grey of dawn
Leaving in the mist of morning
On his journey of goodness
Heaven sent, God blessed

Pilgrim laughing at the world
Spreading joy
At the touch of his hand
Wiping out all the misery
Making love and history

Those of us who don't know war
We shouldn't try to make it
So many did and even more died
Do you think you could take it?

Love lies waiting at my back door
Such a beautiful matter of fact
Life's like an apple
With love as the core
And I'll tell you ?bout that

Just a man in my prime
Love was there
But I had no time
I was cheered and adored
And I thought fame
Was all the world

Battles won and victory cheers
Were the sounds
I'd heard for years
But the women I really loved
Was losing me
To all this blood

I only knew I had to win
And build a world
Where I was king
But leaders come and leaders go
And that's the truth
I came to know

Love or war I couldn't choose
And so both
I had to lose

Duckman GR :: 11:49 PM :: Comments (5) :: Digg It!