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Loud political discontent via music
« on: June 12, 2012, 11:32:09 PM »
There is a wonderful history of political and social statement made in song.

post whatever examples you like, feel free to educate us with their background/lyrics/effect etc....

margaret thatcher inspired more than a few

from The Beat  a band whose music was toe tapping upbeat even when protesting the iron lady


Fine Young Cannibals
Blue


Inner City Unit    NSFW
best song title   
Blue Rinse Haggard Robot

"little girls are pretty
robot  ....you're not
you're a cunt"

interesting guitar too
"...but on a lighter note, demons were driven from a pig today in Gloucester."  Bill Bailey

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012, 12:17:22 AM »
I show affection for my pets by holding them against me and whispering, "I love you" repeatedly as they struggle to break free.

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2012, 02:15:17 AM »
thanks jayb
he definitely has a great voice

it reminded me of this one
"...but on a lighter note, demons were driven from a pig today in Gloucester."  Bill Bailey

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2012, 02:40:32 AM »
Company Flow
Patriotism
1999



Quote from: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Chuck D pioneered the art of merging the battle rap and political critique. In Chuck's construction he battled the FBI the way other rappers battled MCs. It was slick statement--Chuck was so beyond the competition that he'd gone beyond meta-battles to actual ones. El-P took that concept and ran with it, inverting it so as to say that he is as ruthless on the mic, as the American state is on the world-stage.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/05/morning-coffee/257511/
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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2012, 03:00:34 AM »
Ah Timo  .........potent ...thanks bloke

had to present the lyrics for the reference/reverence

I do wish I had a better tolerance/ear for rap hiphop etc for the writing is some of the best-ial going.




Company Flow
Patriotism
1999


Do you know who you are..
Do you know who you are fucking with?
Do you know, the access, to weapons, money and power
that we have? We will fucking kill you!

I'm the ugliest version of passed down toxic capitalist
rapid emcee perversion -- I'm America!
Your bleeding-heart liberal drivel gets squashed
Wash em with sterilized rhyme patriot-guided weaponry bomb
from the makers of the devious hearts -- I'm America!
You bitchy little dogs don't even faze my basic policy
The bomb's smarter, my Ronald Reagan's crush Carter
With Bay of Pig tactics makin young men into martyrs
(Come on down!) Come to my happy promised land
Smiley faced opportunity cipher
and jump on the CoFlow pension plan
A proletariat, crushing State of the Union
between serpentine words and mass confusion
of media controlled blurb advertising disillusionment
Your family will love my low-rent, low-life
no-brain, reality-dagger, MOVEMENT
Hop over the border for amusement; try to test the waters
that the other slaughter crews pay all they dues in
You up against -- Jesus Freak, formin corporations in Young Republicans
Indelible NATO force hidden agenda, puppet governments
I'm lovin it! Keep the people guessin who I'm runnin with
Control the population and hide behind sacred covenants
Fuckin with me?!?! Means liberal wildlife burnin, gasoline seized
and an automagnetic third world printed with metal plates in they knees
Can't you hear the disenchanted, hide the scream of
Gabriel's reflected new wind instrument, a judgment played in flat C
I replace humans like robots in a GM factory (warning! warning!)
Then export metaphors to sweat shops, cause the price is satisfactory
Your pious little cries of injustice get met with apathy
(Awww, SHUT UP!!) Soak, cloak, hormone injected dairy product
and conservative right-wing anti-eroticism; the poisonous
resevoirs and power lines in your neighborhood cause botulism
SENSELESS! Join the census, censorship sentences sentence
Triple-felon citizen paid penance!
Dissension against C-F ends in, penitentiary residence
Lock em up first, then ask questions
Omniscient presence, my CHARM is the weapon
with cameras mics and satellites that leave privacy breathless
You don't even know the chemicals you've ingested
Urine tested -- BEAT INNOCENT MAN 'TIL HE CONFESSES
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/c/company-flow-lyrics/patriotism-lyrics.html ]

"Who's America? Who's America? Who's America? Who's America?"
"Who's America? Who's America? Who's America? Who's America?"
[El-P] I'm America! I'm America! I'm America! Mr. Len, get busy on em!

{*DJ Mr. Len the Space Ghost cuts up "God damn!!"*}

[El-Producto]
I'm America arrogant!! Terminus verbal curfew murders
You either purchase my products or you're worthless, that's my service!
Don't look into the oculars of a daylight saver
Eraser, city-headed monument defacer comprising of
patriot droids, sent into the void with lead linings
Employed by the bureaucrats of automatic twisted rhyme timing
You're guaranteed nothing but my fat little finger
that lingers one inch off of the big button -- LET'S START THIS!
I'm Sarin gas, hide in your apartments
I'm stealth like a robot hidden in the fat asshole of Cartman
And give a crippling fuck like sand sharkskin condom
to your apparent vaginal problem - the hottest shit on Soundbombing
I'm American til infinite justice measure to Pesticide Cemetery
Invite you to cross the border then SHIT on your divinities
What language is that? I'm anguish in fact, tangle with a
star-spangled standard issue gat for crowd management
Talk loud and get enshrouded in a hot cloud of harassment
by the crowd force of my mental pedestrian checker,
that smashes subordinate skulls and update the file in your dental records
You tryin to get a light but yet the crowd is my paid hecklers (BOO! BOO!)
You just stepped into the spectrum of paranoid word rainbows
Thinkin you sick with a silhouette, burn transit cop out his plain clothes
I'm America!! This is where the pain grows like poppies
in a Field of Dreams I paid for, I'll burn it down if operated sloppily
COPY? My economic sanction rhyme style got your syllables
scraping for rice and riding in a pre-1960 jalopy
My favorite flavour of gas is mustard
I'm fuckin a blind hermaphrodite icon and convincin you that it's justice!

"Who's America? Who's America? Who's America? Who's America?"
{*DJ Mr. Len the Space Ghost cuts up "God damn!!"*}

[El-Producto]
Treason will not be tolerated!
You have been enlisted.. into a lifestyle that you may not change!
Understand! You can't be happy.. and smile.. for the cameras!
MotherFUCKER!
"...but on a lighter note, demons were driven from a pig today in Gloucester."  Bill Bailey

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2012, 03:11:00 AM »
Asian Dub Foundation

delivering some anti-fascist anti-racist potency of their own




and here's some homegrown(for me) questions

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2012, 07:13:56 AM »
I’ve mentioned a few times on these forums that I am a HUGE fan of Manu Chao, who is a European singer who grew up in France as a refugee of the Franco regime.   He sings a lot of songs about social justice, (in Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, and sometimes Arabic and Wolof), and a recurring theme in his music is the plight or refugees and immigrants and displaced people. 

I saw him in concert last September here in NYC, and I have to say, I was really blown away.  Not only by the show, but more so by the audience.  I kind of expected a bunch of aging chicano hipsters.  You know, latino artists and professors and whatnot.  Instead, the audience was overwhelmingly in their 20’s.  Young 20’s.  And I would say only about half the audience was latino.  Lots of white kids.  Lots of Asians.  Quite a few non-latino black folks.  Lots of mixed race couples and groups of young people. 

And surprisingly, everyone seemed to be intimately familiar with his songs.  No matter what language he was singing in. 

Here he is singing a song at the show I attended, which he first recorded in 1998, about the plight of immigrants and refugees.  He does a play on words here, protesting the term “illegal” or in Spanish “ilegal” to refer to those without papers, and instead refers to them as “clandestino.”  Watch the crowd at minute 1:40-1:58.   Wow.  I guess these young people get it. 



I walked out of this show feeling renewed hope about the youth of the USA. 

Here is the original version of the song with a wonderful collage of images.  Mostly it focuses on immigration to Europe, rather than the US.   It is worth watching through to the end, with the final animation.



And here is a link to the lyrics in English and Spanish.  http://www.loglar.com/song.php?id=19638 

I’m a line in the sea
A ghost in the city
My life is forbidden
So says the authority

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2012, 02:38:58 AM »
Quesi  firstly sorry for the delay in reply but my life got briefly too complex to do listening justice

I just listened and read the english version lyrics
...they really made me think.

I know it is easy to say from the monocontinent/country that is Oz but I have always cursed the monkey behaviour of borders.

We seem incapable of not practising exclusion.  I completely understand the imperative, but recognise it as a curse. Overbreeding doesn't help either.
Anyway Manu Chao's lyrics really drove home to me the moral injustice at the heart of criminalising the un-papered, and the life effect of that practise on those condemned to being illegals.

I have been footloose from day one and spent the first 10yrs of my in Oz geographical freedom, subjected to the very sad weak and pathetic example of this in the form of violent surf localism. Wherever I wandered (and I acknowledge my lotto win in being born into a time and political geography lucky country in my ability to wander at will) I encountered variations of violent localism prevalent in the 70-80s. Pathetic stuff really, but enough to sow the seeds of discontent with the idea that it is acceptable to limit any earthlings right to roam the planet as they will.

This is why I always greet any newcomer here with "greetings fellow earthling" I don't believe in borders ...although I cannot imagine a sane planet without them given our monkey fecundity.

So I thank you for a most pertinent post.


"...but on a lighter note, demons were driven from a pig today in Gloucester."  Bill Bailey

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2012, 06:34:54 AM »
Thanks kin hell!  I'm delighted to have cultivated another Manu Chao fan!  BTW - he is an outspoken godless atheist heathen.  And like all atheists, he cares nothing about the plight of humanity because he doesn't have the word of god to give him a moral code. 

I'm not sure if I've linked this one before, but this is one of his songs in English.  Very very simple animation. 

 

And here is a link to the lyrics.  http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/manu_chao/rainin_in_paradize.html

This weekend I'm going to hear some not-so-loud political discontent via music at the http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/ .  It is an annual festival, started in the 1960's by Pete Seeger, to raise money to help clean up and protect the beautiful Hudson River.  Pete Seeger will be 93 years old this year.   

My parents used to take me to see Pete Seeger in concert when I was a little girl.  He was an old man then.  And I'm not young.  Here is a not-loud song of moderate discontent, sung with the courtesy and innocence of another era, in a different set of circumstances.  As in about 7 decades ago. 



Sorry that that song DID NOT fit the category.  But it provides an insight into the past that shaped our present.

Thanks for starting this thread.  I'm enjoying familiar songs, and some new ones too.  :)

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2012, 06:43:55 AM »
Interesting thread, surprised I didn't reply sooner.

Also, Kin Hell, I keep thinking your name needs a F' in front of (F'kin hell), I think it'd be perfectly apt for a discussion on political discontent...or discontent in general.

I'm quite a big fan of Brian 'Yap' Barry's stuff. He was in an Irish Nu Metal Band called One Minute Silence and they were political in themselves. Once they split up, the lead singer, Brain 'Yap' Barry went on to join the performance poetry scene and became a 'slam' poet and his content is very political and he started up a project called 'Pink Punk', where he got involved with other folk and even doing some material with poet Kate Tempest (there's a story to follow below). Yap pretty much inspired me try write my own poetry, like that I posted in my writing thread a while back.

Here's 'Yapolitical', I think its 'message' is made clear, so I probably don't need to explain it.


On the note of Kate Tempest, I never knew her by name, because on the 'Pink Punk' album she's on, she's referred to as her old stage name. The students' union at the university I went to was running a spoken word event where the headline act was 'Kate Tempest' and they asked for my storytelling group to be the opening act and we tried coming up with material relevent to the audience (remember, storytelling is a 'folk' thing, so we kinda had to modernise our act and make it relateable). I was clueless as to who Kate Tempest was right up until the point I heard her do the sound checks and I was like, "no fucking way". Googled her to confirm my suspicions, ran over (after the sound test had finished) and told her how awesome she is, but probably sounded like a lunatic at the same time. It was a nice surprise.

It's not music, but this is Kate Tempest:



I feel I should finish with 'One Minute Silence', Yap's old band (which have reformed now). This one is to do with religion, so great for this forum really.

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2012, 10:44:02 PM »
Does this one count?



When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2012, 11:21:48 PM »
I personally like:


My favorite part of the song is:

"Years later, she found herself
Mississippi bound to help
Stop the legalized lynching of Mr. Willy McGee.
But they couldn't stop it,
So they thought that they'd talk to the governor about what'd happened
And say, "We're tired of being used as an excuse to kill black men."
But the cops wouldn't let 'em past
And these women, they struck 'em as uppity
So they hauled 'em all off to jail
And they called in protective custody.
Then from her cell
She heard her jailers
Grumblin' about "outsiders".
When she called 'em out
And said she was from the south, they shouted,
"Why is a nice, Southern lady makin' trouble
For the governor?"
She said, "I guess I'm not your type of lady,
And I guess I'm not your type of Southerner,

But before you call me traitor,
Well it's plain as just to say (?)
I was a child in Mississippi
but I'm ashamed of it today."


It gives me goose bumps every time I hear it. The song actually features Anne Braden herself talking in old interviews.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Braden#Popular_culture
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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2012, 12:03:28 AM »
Interesting thread, surprised I didn't reply sooner.

Also, Kin Hell, I keep thinking your name needs a F' in front of (F'kin hell), I think it'd be perfectly apt for a discussion on political discontent...or discontent in general.

bloody hell Sepp  have you only just worked out one of the meanings of my name ;)       
subtlety wouldn't be my middle name if I presented the F' as well .... ;D

I'm quite a big fan of Brian 'Yap' Barry's stuff.

yeah   ....me too now

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On the note of Kate Tempest,

It's not music, but this is Kate Tempest:
great words  apt name   .....channelling Janis (a positive comment   no offence intended)

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I feel I should finish with 'One Minute Silence', Yap's old band (which have reformed now). This one is to do with religion, so great for this forum really.

new to me I'll have to go trawling    thanks Sepp




here's one of the first (if not the first?) anti-racism songs

"...but on a lighter note, demons were driven from a pig today in Gloucester."  Bill Bailey

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2012, 01:58:33 AM »
From 1981 - Back in the day when the U.S. supported the Taliban.





Of course, there's always the quintessential -

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2012, 06:59:51 PM »
I'm unable to post any links from this PC, but my favourite ever album is 'Diesel and Dust' by Midnight Oil. It got me thinking seriously about the way I feel about indigenous Australia. No mean feat considering I was a 14 year old brat when it came out. Plus the music is fantastic.
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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2012, 07:53:36 PM »
Does this one count?


yeah mate   that one definitely counts
13 seconds that Ronald Reagan appeared to condone/wish for

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and statements such as high-profile California governor Ronald Reagan's declaration about student protests, given three weeks before the shootings ("If it takes a bloodbath, let's get it over with")

http://thrasherswheat.org/fot/ohio.htm


I personally like:

My favorite part of the song is:

"Why is a nice, Southern lady makin' trouble
For the governor?"
She said, "I guess I'm not your type of lady,
And I guess I'm not your type of Southerner,

But before you call me traitor,
Well it's plain as just to say (?)
I was a child in Mississippi
but I'm ashamed of it today."


It gives me goose bumps every time I hear it. The song actually features Anne Braden herself talking in old interviews.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Braden#Popular_culture

...the morally brave amongst us make cowards of us all in comparison

tarred with the cover-all brush of sedition
exercising free speech makes you a traitor

I hate the machinations of power ...distort bully and lie.

here's a testimonial by someone who obviously was in awe of the bravery
great song too Kimberly  .... never heard it before

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/03/15/remembering_anne_braden.php



From 1981 - Back in the day when the U.S. supported the Taliban.

...it's a classic example of the lack of intellect required to be a fascist thug that the neo-nazis thought the Angelic Upstarts represented them.
And telling that the only way AU could stop the fascists from attending their concerts was to promise (and deliver) violence....
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The Upstarts, like Sham 69, were plagued for a while with a small neo-nazi following but this has now come to an end after it was made clear that the fascists would be confronted physically if they continued to attend their concerts. How far-right boneheads could even think that the Upstarts shared the same grubby politics as them remains a mystery. One of the band's greatest sides is "I Understand" which was a classic reggae-punk crossover that dealt with the plight of the Rasta Richard Campbell, whose death in custody was another mysterious occurence.
those interested can find a biog here  (I didn't know this band either)
http://www.angelicupstarts.net/


And I have to say that most US punk always seemed to be mislabelled.
A subculture of standard rock dressed up to emulate the UK punk scene without the bollocks or the gorbies (spit)

Anti-Flag have made me re-address that appraisal.
thanks Baal
"...but on a lighter note, demons were driven from a pig today in Gloucester."  Bill Bailey

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2012, 09:00:10 PM »
Some people might get some pleasure out of hate
Me, I've enough already on my plate
People might need some tension to relax
Me, I'm too busy dodging through the flak
What you see is what you get
You've made your bed, you better lie in it
You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies wash you down and their promises rust
You'll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns
And the public wants what the public gets
But I don't get what this society wants
 
I'm going underground.





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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2012, 09:18:39 PM »
And through the countless canticles
Of Jason's charcoal fleece
Are sung the songs of nothing
In the timeless masterpiece

And there stood in the middle
Guess who?
It's the everlasting burst
Built by god's very own whiteman
As he tries to rule the dust

And I hate the whiteman
In his doctrinaire abuse
Oh I hate the whiteman
And the man who turned you all loose...

And the bowels of his city
Have been locked into a safe
Where the spew stains on the sidewalks
Are defenders of his faith

While back inside his kitchen
The bowler hatted, long haired saint
Cleans with soap and water
But it's really just white paint

While his golden headed scandal sheets
Present their daily bite
To give their righteous news-bleeders
Drugs to keep them white

While outside in the whitewash
Where the guns are always, always right
A shooting star has summoned
Its dark angel from his night


And I hate the whiteman
And his evergreen excuse
Oh I hate the whiteman
And the man who turned you all loose
And the man who turned him loose...



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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2012, 09:51:57 PM »
When I try to sleep at night
I can only dream in red
The outside world is black and white
With only one colour - dead
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja
-The man is dead

You can blow out a candle
But you can't blow out a fire




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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2012, 10:00:29 PM »
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bloody hell Sepp  have you only just worked out one of the meanings of my name ;)       
subtlety wouldn't be my middle name if I presented the F' as well .... ;D

First time I've had an excuse to mention it. :P My head always pronounces the 'f'.

I think I got some others (probably more known ones), but they're all on an old playlist, I'll have to dig them out when I'm less sleep deprived.
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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2012, 02:43:38 AM »
I'm unable to post any links from this PC, but my favourite ever album is 'Diesel and Dust' by Midnight Oil. It got me thinking seriously about the way I feel about indigenous Australia. No mean feat considering I was a 14 year old brat when it came out. Plus the music is fantastic.

...well bloke you offer up a well tainted chalice with that one

I was an staunch Oils fan living within walking distance of the cross where they early days played at the manzil room .

To watch Peter Garret (lead singer for those who don't know) over the years, go from a potent voice to an utter disgrace of a hypocrite politician has been one of life's disappointments.

Most Oils fans who connected with the Oil's political content would now have to ask was Garrets earlier positioning only a lie, a clever cynical niche market positioning of his band to garner the greatest following?

Because his 180 degree sellout political showing has been the biggest public green betrayal of ideals since Lord Melchett.[1]

http://www.theage.com.au/national/its-a-case-of-oils-aint-oils-20090714-dk68.html


http://www.crikey.com.au/2009/07/15/peter-garrett-fool-now-or-liar-then/



Anyway however the jerking preying mantis ends up (and it's hard to see him ever regaining any real cred) he and the Oils did some searing music back in the day.





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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2012, 03:17:59 AM »
This will be my first attempt at embedding a video so I'll also post the lyrics. It protests against Bush, oil companies, and other things.



Linkin Park - Hands Held High

Turn my mic up louder,
I got to say something.
 Lightweights stepping aside,
When we come in.
 Feel it in your chest,
The syllables get pumping.
 People on the street,
They panic and start running.
 Words on loose leaf,
Sheet complete coming.
 I jump on my mind,
I summon the rhyme I'm dumping.
 Healing the blind,
I promise to let the sun in.
 Sick of the dark ways,
We march to the drumming.
 Jump when they tell us
 They want to see jumping.
 Fuck that, I want to
 See some fist pumping.
 Risk something.
 Take back what's yours
 Say something that you know
 They might attack you for
 Cause I'm sick of being treated
 Like I had before.
 Like it's stupid standing for
 What I'm standing for.
 Like this war is really just
 A different brand of war.
 Like it doesn't cater the rich
 And an abandon the poor.
 Like they understand you
 In the back of the jet,
When you can't put gas in your tank.
 These fuckers are laughing their way
 To the bank and cashing their cheque
 Asking you to have compassion and to have some respect.
 
For a leader so nervous
 In an obvious way
 Stuttering and mumbling
 For nightly news to replay
 And the rest of the world
 Watching at the end of the day
 In the living room laughing
 Like what did he say?
 
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen

 In my living room watching,
But I am not laughing.
 Cause when it gets tense,
I know what might happen.
 The world is cold,
The bold men take action.
 Have to react,
Or get blown into fractions.
 10 years old is something to see,
Another kid my age drugged under a jeep,
Taken and bound and found later under a tree,
I wonder if he thought the "next one could be me".
 Do you see?
 The soldiers they're out today.
 That brush the dust from bulletproof vests away.
 It's ironic,
At times like this you pray,
But a bomb blew the mosque up yesterday.
 There's bombs in the buses, bikes, roads,
Inside your markets, your shops, your clothes,
My dad, he's got a lot of fear I know
 But enough pride inside not to let that show.
 My brother had a book he would hold with pride
 A little red cover with a broken spine.
 In the back he hand wrote a quote inside,
When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
 
Meanwhile, the leader just talks away
 Stuttering and mumbling
 For nightly news to replay
 And the rest of the world
 Watching at the end of the day
 Both scared and angry
 Like what did he say?
 
Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.
 
With Hands Held High
 Into a sky so blue
 As the ocean opens up
 To swallow you.
<repeats>

[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/linkin_park/hands_held_high.html ]
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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #22 on: June 19, 2012, 04:41:05 AM »


This songs' opening bars are some of my favorite ever:

"I write my lyrics on parking tickets and summons to the court
I scribbled this on an application for county support
I practice this like a sport, met Donald Trump and he froze up
Standing on his Bently, yelling pimps down, hoes up"

And it also features one of my favorite lines ever:

"The trees we got lifted from made our feet dangle
So when I say burn one I mean the star spangled."

But this is probably my favorite track from the Coup:



They were all about income inequality before white dudes with dreads were camping in parks and what not.

"I heard recognize game when it's in your face
I'm spitting the game so close to you, you could feel the wet trace
If everybody in the hood had a Ph.D.
You'd say that doctor flipped that burger hellof good for me
200,000 brothers marching, one mind, one place to go
Ain't no revolution, they just walking to the liquor store
Heard take a swigger so, it's quicker bro
The niggero just wants to get through the rigamaro, I been here before
A typical ho ain't really no different
Except that she would know that can't no prostitute become a pimp up in this system
It'd be more drama than a soap opera daytime spot
But ain't no twist up in this cemetary plot"

I still rock this on cassete, the old blue one, because I'm what the kids call an "old nigga."
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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #23 on: June 19, 2012, 08:14:33 AM »
Here is one which didn't make a big splash but I found insightful during the peak of the Iraq and Afghan Wars

Warning Old Men at Work!


SWEET NEO CON
(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

You call yourself a Christian
I think that you're a hypocrite
You say you are a patriot
I think that you're a crock of shit

And listen, I love gasoline
I drink it every day
But it's getting very pricey
And who is going to pay

How come you're so wrong
My sweet neo con....   Yeah

It's liberty for all
'Cause democracy's our style
Unless you are against us
Then it's prison without trial

But one thing that is certain
Life is good at Haliburton
If you're really so astute
You should invest at Brown & Root.... Yeah

How come you're so wrong
My sweet neo con
If you turn out right
I'll eat my hat tonight

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah....

It's getting very scary
Yes, I'm frightened out of my wits
There's bombers in my bedroom
Yeah and it's giving me the shits

We must have loads more bases
To protect us from our foes
Who needs these foolish friendships
We're going it alone

How come you're so wrong
My sweet neo con
Where's the money gone
In the Pentagon

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #24 on: June 19, 2012, 09:58:47 AM »
To add some more, Dead Kennedys were very political, as most punk bands were, but I'm not really a punk fan, but the Dead Kennedys were awesome in my opinion. My Dead Kennedys song choice? I've gone for 'Kill the Poor'. I think they had a certain madness that's just so loveable. ;)



As for the Sex Pistols, I've never been a fan of their music, but I tip my hat off to them for this:



We were gonna blast out Sex Pistols during the Jubilee celebrations in tribute this year, but instead we settled for raising the Jolly Roger in our front garden. Our neighbours already hate us, so might as well give them a reason to.  :P

However, here's another band I really love, Skunk Anasie and they really are awesome. Their song 'Selling Jesus' fits the bill for this thread. I'll post the song and lyrics.


Quote from: Skunk Anansie
You kill me with your smelly fingers
Your smelly fingers from the sex you had on Christmas Day
And now you say you're feeling guilty
You're feeling guilty 'cos your god was shining on your face
You go to church and light a candle
And then you're blinded by the light from the golden pews
The devil's snapping at your toes now
Because the angels can't be bothered to live to you

They're selling jesus again
They're selling jesus again
They want your soul and your money your blood and your votes
They're selling jesus again
Selling love to you - selling love

You're buying this you're buying that now
You're wishing all the money in the world belonged to you
You're crucified upon you're own cross now
You're givin' money to the white men in the white limo
That kind of god is always man-made
They made him up then wrote a book to keep you on your kness
They get their theories from the same place
Then build a church if there's some money left
From lying on the beach

They're selling jesus again
They're selling jesus again
They want your soul and your money your blood and your votes
They're selling jesus again
Selling love to you - selling love

They're selling jesus again
They're selling jesus again
They want your soul and your money your blood and your votes
They're selling jesus again
Selling love to you - selling love

Great lyrics.  ;D
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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #25 on: June 19, 2012, 10:42:09 AM »
     I grew up with punk and metal. As a guitar player, I always preferred metal musically, but loved alot of punks attitude and aggressiveness. Most of the concerts/shows I went to in the early 80's were either punk rock or one of the more extreme metal bands of the time. I have all my ticket stubs of every show I have ever been to. Iron Maiden/Saxon in 1981, Metallica/Raven in 1983, Slayer 1984 etc. etc.
     I can't say I was a big fan of Crass musically, but their lyrics were always top notch. Their music was everything from straight hardcore punk to poetry over noise. This is "Reality Asylum" from Crass. I always loved the last line of the lyrics-"Jesus died for his own sins, not mine".

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I am no feeble Christ, not me
He hangs in glib delight upon his cross, upon his cross,
Above my body, lowly me
Christ forgive, forgive?
Holy He, He holy, He holy?
Shit He forgives, Forgive? Forgive?
I? I? Me? I? I vomit for you Jesu
Christy Christus
Puke upon your papal throne
Wrapped I am in the muddy cloud
Of hellish genocide
Petulant child
I have suffered for you
Where you have never known me
I too must die
Will you be shadowed in the arrogance of my death?
Your valley truth
What light pass those pious heights?
What passing bells for these in their trucks?
For you lord.
You are the flag-bearer of these nations
One against the other that die in the mud
No piety. No deity
Is that your forgiveness?
Saint. Martyr. Goat. Billy.
Forgive? Shit he forgives
He hangs upon his cross
In self-righteous judgment
Hangs in crucified delight
Nailed to the extend of His vision
His cross. His manhood. His violence. Guilt. Sin.
He would nail my body upon his cross
As if I might have waited for him in the garden
As if I might have perfumed His body
Washed those bloody feet
This woman that he seeks
Suicide visionary. Death reveller. Rake. Rapist.
Gravedigger. Earthmover. Lifefucker. Jesu.
You scooped the pits of Auschwitz
The soil of Treblinka is rich in your guilt
The sorrow of your tradition
Your stupid humility is the crown of thorn we all must wear.
For you. Ha. Master. Master of gore. Enigma. Stigma. Stigmata. Errata. Eraser.
The cross is the mast of our oppression.
You fly there, vain flag.
You carry it, wear it on your back, Lord. Your back.
Enola is your gaiety.
Suffer little children (to come unto me)
Suffer in that horror. Hirohorror. Hirrohiro. Hiroshimmer. Shimmerhiro.
Hiroshima. Hiroshima. Hiroshima. Hiroshima.
The bodies are your delight
The incandescent flame is the spirit of it
They come to you Jesu. To you
The nails are the only trinity
Hold them in your corpsey gracelessness
The image that I have had to suffer
These nails at my temple
The cross is the virgin body of womanhood
That you defile
In your guilt you turn your back
Nailed to that body
Lame-arse Jesus calls me sister
There are no words for my contempt
Every woman is a cross in filthy theology
He turns His back on me in His fear
His vain delight is that pain I bear
Alone He hangs. His choice. His choice
Alone. Alone. His voice. His voice
He shares nothing, this Christ
Sterile. Impotent. Fucklove prophet of death
He's the ultimate pornography
He. He. Hear us Jesus
You sigh alone in your cockfear
You lie alone in your cuntfear.
You cry alone in your womanfear.
You die alone in your manfear.
Alone Jesu, alone
In your cockfear. Cuntfear. Womanfear. Manfear.
Alone in your fear. Alone in your fear. Alone in your fear.
Your fear. Your fear. Your fear. Your fear. Your fear. Your fear. Your fear.
Warfare. Warfare. Warfare. Warfare. Warfare.
Jesus died for his own sins. Not mine.

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Re: Loud political discontent via music
« Reply #26 on: June 19, 2012, 12:42:47 PM »
Oh man I fucking love Saxon, they played Wacken both years I went and are playing this year (which funnily enough I'm going to). Definitely one of those bands who are much better live. Saxon are one of my family's claim to fame, because my grandad used to do some of their accounting. My uncle is a massive fan of their's too. He also went to a lot of Maiden and Saxon gigs in the 80s.

I pretty much grew up on metal and blues, kinda handy when one parent is a metal head and the other Gary Moore's biggest fan. :p however, most of the metal they listen to now has been introduced to them by their kids.
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« Reply #27 on: June 19, 2012, 01:37:21 PM »
Oh man I fucking love Saxon, they played Wacken both years I went and are playing this year (which funnily enough I'm going to). Definitely one of those bands who are much better live. Saxon are one of my family's claim to fame, because my grandad used to do some of their accounting. My uncle is a massive fan of theirs too. He also went to a lot of Maiden and Saxon gigs in the 80s.

I pretty much grew up on metal and blues, kinda handy when one parent is a metal head and the other Gary Moore's biggest fan. :p however, most of the metal they listen to now has been introduced to them by their kids.

    That's cool. The Maiden/Saxon/Fastway show was my first concert when I was 12. I spent the summers in my teen years in Los Angeles (I lived in Las Vegas) and my best friend and I would spend all of our time scouring the endless cool record stores for new bands and we would try to go to as many shows as we could.
    Once we had discovered Slayer/Metallica/Exodus and bands like that, we just wanted to find heavier and heavier music. I'm still best friends with all the guys I used to jam with. I'm not in a band anymore. I mostly mess around with my home studio. They still play. They are into the whole brutal death metal scene. I'm more into programming synthesizers and different things. I'm sure you have heard of Napalm Death? The guitar player Mitch is from Las Vegas. He was one of my best friends in high school. He lives in Birmingham now.(he joined ND in like '90 or '91)
    Whenever you or Death over life post in the "what are you listening to" thread, I always check it out. You guys seem to be pretty up on the metal scene. I'm pretty picky these days. My favorite band in the world is Meshuggah. I spend a lot of time learning their songs both on guitar and drums.  LOL I almost obsess on it sometimes. Cheers! :)
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« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2012, 02:51:08 PM »
I love Napalm Death, seen them live once, they're always good fun. Also Meshuggah are great, but I've not actually listened to a great deal of them. But nice one! My best friend in secondary school? He became a racist tractor driver who votes BNP. :/ Saying that, I think he got the sack last I heard.
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