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  • #76
    From Uganda



    Last edited by Double Edge; 02 Feb 19,, 20:36.

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    • #77


      On the best political songs of recent years which is relevant today as it was in my younger days of the decline of Britain's industrial heartlands and the incompetence of public and private leaders to halt this descent into a country which is now reliant on service industries
      Matt Johnson's work is great

      "I'm attacking those working class Tories and middle class who still think Britain is on a par economically with France and Germany...I wanted to write a classic song which is basically representative of its time, a record that in 1999 people will put on and it will remind them exactly of this period of time... you know it took 18 months to write on and off because I knew it was the most important song I was writing."
      Beneath the old iron bridges, across the Victorian parks
      And all the frightened people running home before dark
      Past the Saturday morning cinema that lies crumbling to the ground
      And the piss stinking shopping center in the new side of town
      I've come to smell the seasons change and watch the city
      As the sun goes down again

      Here comes another winter of long shadows and high hopes
      Here comes another winter waitin' for utopia
      Waitin' for hell to freeze over

      This is the land where nothing changes
      The land of red buses and blue blooded babies
      This is the place, where pensioners are raped
      And the hearts are being cut from the welfare state
      Let the poor drink the milk while the rich eat the honey
      Let the bums count their blessings while they count the money

      So many people can't express what's on their minds
      Nobody knows them and nobody ever will
      Until their backs are broken and their dreams are stolen
      And they can't get what they want then they're gonna get angry

      Well it ain't written in the papers, but it's written on the walls
      The way this country is divided to fall
      So the cranes are moving on the skyline
      Trying to knock down this town

      But the stains on the heartland, can never be removed
      From this country that's sick, sad, and confused

      Here comes another winter of long shadows and high hopes
      Here comes another winter waitin' for utopia
      Waitin' for hell to freeze over

      The ammunition's being passed and the lords been praised
      But the wars on the televisions will never be explained
      All the bankers gettin' sweaty beneath their white collars
      As the pound in our pocket turns into a dollar

      This is the 51st state of the U.S.A.
      This is the 51st state of the U.S.A.
      This is the 51st state of the U.S.A
      Last edited by Double Edge; 09 Jun 19,, 15:16.

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      • #78
        This one has prolly got a new lease of life. Came out six months after the LA Riots circa 1992



        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_in_the_Name
        Last edited by Double Edge; 10 Sep 20,, 22:31.

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        • #79
          Originally posted by Double Edge View Post
          This one has prolly got a new lease of life. Came out six months after the LA Riots circa 1992



          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_in_the_Name
          Indeed, Fitting when you want to direct your anger towards the puppeteers.

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          • #80


            Northern Ireland Troubles

            This song was written by the irish band Cranberries. Despite the vast majority of dead occuring on the island of ireland, they wrote this song about the tragic death of 2 children at the hands of the IRA in a bombing in northern England, 3 year old Jonathan Ball and 12 year old Tim Parry. The bombs exploded in litter bins as they were shopping for mother days cards.

            No justice has ever been served and the murders remain unsolved.

            Bad Wolves cover with some altered lyrics for the 21st century

            The second video only makes since from reference to the first. Dolores actually died the day they were supposed to record this version and the video pays homage to the original song video and her.

            Last edited by tantalus; 12 Sep 20,, 15:58.

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