Wednesday, December 01, 2004

 

Born Against, Pro-American Music

They say it's the simple things in life that make it worth living. I certainly received one of those simple pleasures this morning when I was googling seminal punk band Born Against and found their album "Patriotic Battle Hymns" listed on a site for Pro-American Music, along with other classics such as "God Bless America - The Ultimate Patriotic Album" and "Party Tyme Karaoke: Patriotic." I poked around on the rest of the site a little bit and found an amazing picture of Jesus Christ rising from the smoke and ash of ground zero on 9/11 - I would have posted it here but you had to be a member to see the full size image, so if you want to see it, you can go and become a member. Then send the full sized image to me.

In closing, here are the lyrics to my favorite Born Against song, "Half Mast," which, although written years ago back in 1990, seems quite appropriate even today:
When freedom is in hiding from morality, when you've finally scrubbed this great land clean of those values you hold in such high esteem, when you've finally divorced the numbers from the names we can return to your good old days: bound and gagged by sex and race, chained by family, crazed by god. While we raise the flag, shout down the past. The stars and stripes stream by at half mast. Your eyes well up with tears and, yeah, so do mine. I never knew the high price of hypocrisy. So pledge allegiance to the death penalty, believe in your drug war, bow down to the TV set you need to cultivate that apathy that swells inside your throat. Raise the flag, shout down the past. Your stars and stripes stream by at half mast. Your eyes well up with tears and, yeah, so do mine. Half mast -dehumanized. Half mast - divided. Half mast - overloaded. Half mast - who the fuck cares so long as you can sleep well under the iron fist.

Comments:
Brilliant.
 
it really made my day.
 
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