impatient, obnoxious, petty, argumentative, and obsessed over meaningless details

the death of the celtic tiger II

As a follow up to a post which links to a video of the same name


It occured to me that the lyrics of some songs I love accurately depict what I see and have seen going on around me.

At the risk of becoming someone who just posts links to videos I am not going to do that. I am also not going to talk about songs but instead paste the lyrics without much commentary. I think these words say enough for themselves even without music behind it. Be thankful I refrained from Ministrys “New World Order” or Soundgardens “Limo Wreck”.

At the beginning and the end of the story for me are the sheep from Pink Floyds song.

Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away;
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.
You’d better watch out!
There may be dogs about
I looked over Jordan, and I’ve seen
Things are not what they seem.

That’s what you get for pretending the danger’s not real.
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well trodden corridors into the valley of steel.
What a surprise!
A look of terminal shock in your eyes.
Now things are really what they seem.
No, this is not a bad dream.

Fugazi’s Cashout.

on the morning of the first eviction
they carried out the wishes of the landlord and his son
furniture’s out on the sidewalk next to the family that little piggie went to market,
so they’re kicking out everyone
talking about process and desmissal forced removal of the people
on the corner shelter and location
everybody wants somewhere
the elected are such willing partners
look who’s buying all their tickets to the game
development wants, development gets
it’s official
development wants this neighborhood
gone so the city just wants the same talking about process and dismissal
forced removal of the people on the corner shelter and location
everybody wants somewhere everybody watns somewhere

Megadeths foreclosure of a dream follows a similar pattern:

Rise so high, yet so far to fall.
A plan of dignity and balance for all.
Political breakthrough, euphorias high.
More borrowed money, more borrowed time.
Backed in a corner, caught up in the race.
Means to an end ended in disgrace.
Perspective is lost in the spirit of the chase.

Foreclosure of a dream,
Those visions never seen,
Until all is lost,
Personal holocaust.
Foreclosure of a dream.

Rage against the machine sang in settle for nothing:

If we dont take action now
Well settle for nothing later
We settle for nothing now
And well settle for nothing later

More about the song sheep:

Sheep in Animals are not so different from the ones in George Orwell’s 1945 novel Animal Farm. The sheep represent the lowest class of the social system, the proletariat, who are largely oblivious to their status, and are exploited. In the first verse they are described to be peacefully grazing, unaware that they are soon to be brought to a slaughterhouse. They are warned about their masters, the dogs, even though the album as a whole identifies the pigs as the real enemy. The first few lines make reference to the spiritual, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, making use of its vision of one’s own death; and to the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites must cross the river Jordan to get to the Promised Land after their escape from Egyptian Slavery.

In the second verse the awful truth suddenly dawns on them, and they realize that they are being led into “the valley of steel” representing the high-rise steel framework buildings of the corporate world, as well as the slaughterhouse. The song continues into a mock biblical verse in which the sheep describe their dedicated belief in their master who has “great power and great hunger”. But in a humorous turnabout the sheep master the art of karate and rebel against the dogs.

The third verse imagines the sheep’s revolt, and even though they apparently kill the dogs, they are still too frightened to leave their homes (either due to other dangers or the very chaos they have produced), possibly indicating the revolt was only a fantasy, as the pigs are still at the top of the system.

An image search for the title of this post brings you oddly enough to the bnp website (those guys set up combat 18) – they naiively claim

They were the ultimate “good Europeans”, joining the Euro, converting road signs into kilometres, reducing taxes on profits extracted from its people by foreign multinationals and opening its borders to cheap imported labour.

they also say

Across once tranquil and lovely coastlines, the vulgar garishly painted holiday homes of Dublin property developers, financial speculators and derivatives traders sprouted like malignant mushrooms. An ancient rich culture and way of life was swamped by Hollywood Coca-colonisation, making Ireland just like everywhere else in the Americanised West, only wetter.

Steve Martin is acreddited with saying “talking about music is like dancing about architecture”.

One response to “the death of the celtic tiger II

  1. feensham October 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I think this is ironic as I have just come back from a tour of the east and now I am torn between buying a new guitar and driving a more powerful car.

    Shall we buy a new guitar?
    Shall we drive a more powerful car?
    Shall we work straight through the night?
    Shall we get into fights?
    Leave the lights on?
    Drop bombs?
    Do tours of the east?
    Contract diseases?
    Bury bones?
    Break up homes?
    Send flowers by phone?
    Take to drink?
    Go to shrinks?
    Give up meat?
    Rarely sleep?
    Keep people as pets?
    Train dogs?
    Race rats?
    Fill the attic with cash?
    Bury treasure?
    Store up leisure?
    But never relax at all
    With our backs to the wall.


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