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Living in poetic times

By uthus2000 | uthus2000 | 4 May 2020

Gammy and I were sitting here a couple of nights ago chatting about something which I do not recall.There was an '80s playlist going on in the background.

Seemingly out of the blue, ominous music poured out of the bluetooth speaker. Du-duh, du-duh, du-duh, du-duh... Then the lyrics:

Dogs of war and men of hate
With no cause, we don't discriminate
Discovery is to be disowned
Our currency is flesh and bone
Hell opened up and put on sale
Gather 'round and haggle
For hard cash, we will lie and deceive
Even our masters don't know
The webs we weave

"The Dogs of War" - Pink Floyd - Gilmore


We were sitting here in quarantine (Yeah. Right.) listening to a British band singing about the Deep State, intelligence agencies and other things going on in various governments. Rogue players with their own agendas that have somehow fallen outside the purview of law. Government officials who believe they have to answer to no one.

The very next song was just as mind blowing.

I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something, something I can use
People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry

"Dirty Laundry" - Don Henley

I guess Henley had had some run ins with the media. I don't know. I didn't take the time to look into it. In any event, he somehow saw through their veil and their not caring about anything but dirt.

What other songs from the era would fit in with what we were hearing? Although this song can be viewed from either angle depending on which verse you hear, it could definitely apply. We've not gotten to the point where we're out at night with pitchforks and torches, but I think that time may be coming.

Features distorted in the flickering light
The faces are twisted and grotesque
Silent and stern in the sweltering night
The mob moves like demons possessed
Quiet in conscience, calm in their right
Confident their ways are best

"Witch Hunt" - Rush - Peart

Then I though about a song that had always kind of given me the heebee-jeebies throughout the years.This is supposed to be about a time traveler who has seen the future and is trying to warn his wife and children of what is about to happen.

Swear allegiance to the flag
Whatever flag they offer
Never hint at what you really feel
Teach the children quietly
For some day sons and daughters
Will rise up and fight while we stood still

"Silent Running" - Mike and the Mechanics - Rutherford, Robertson

As I am sitting here now thinking about it, there were quite a few dark songs in the '80s. Not all of them would be appropriate for the soundtrack of the current movie in which we are playing a part.

Oh, yeah. There's another one that should be on the list: "Don't Fear the Reaper".


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