♪”TRANSITIONS” – Music Themes

This week we will explore the transitional nature of music and how it impacts various aspects of our life. Be it spiritual, emotional, psychological conscious expanding phases we all go through to understand our world and ultimately ourselves. Music even helps us make these transitions easier, everyone has experienced “that special song” which helped us move on and grow stronger.

When times are uncertain, foolish governments engage in propaganda, false flags, and treasonous crimes:  politicians resort to beating the war drums to sustain their collapsing empire; we can rely on poets and musicians to tell it like it is.

Black Sabbath’s anti-war song “War Pigs” awakens us to the horrors of war.

Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death’s construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds
Oh lord yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor

Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait ’til their judgment day comes
Yeah!

Now in darkness world stops turning
Ashes where the bodies burning
No more war pigs have the power
Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of judgment, God is calling
On their knees the war pig’s crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan laughing spreads his wings
Oh lord yeah!

Black Sabbath’s message transitions beautifully into Iron Maidens’ “The Trooper”, inspired by the famous Charge of the Light Brigade. War’s an ugly business, let’s have a little fun! Courtney Cox & Nita Strauss take the lead. Awesome lyrics HERE.

We can’t stop now,  awesome song transition with Maiden’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” based upon English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem. The lesson being: when we hurt others, ultimately we hurt ourselves. Lyrics HERE.

Hopefully we all get the message – it’s a Mad World…

Hey, war’s HELL, but that’s “The American Way”! KATAKLYSM covers Sacred Reich’s classic anthem.

Truth and honor, faith and pride
All convictions surely died
Honesty’s time has passed
Time for lies is here at last

Truth is false, I’m so fed up
How did we come to be so fucked
Hate, fear, pain, death
All our country has got left

Talk to children hear them say
Daddy left again today
Brother steals and mommy lies
Future lost before their eyes

The sun was lost behind the clouds
They rapped it up and blacked it out
Acid rain fell today
It came and washed our hopes away

This was once the land of dreams
Now these dreams have turned to greed
In the midst of all this wealth
The poor are left to help themselves

A capitalist’s democracy
Why no one said that freedom’s free
Lady liberty rots away
No truth, no justice, the American way

Don’t look past your TV
All of us are what you see
A looking glass into our lives
What we watch is what we buy

Priorities are out of whack
Who is next to stab our back
Doesn’t it make you mad
To have lost all that we’ve had

This was once the land of dreams
Now these dreams have turned to greed
In the midst of all this wealth
The poor are left to help themselves

A capitalist’s democracy
Why no one said that freedom’s free
Lady liberty rots away
No truth, no justice, the American way

Doesn’t it fill you with disgust
That there’s no one left to trust
Is this happening, is this real
My body numb, I cannot feel

Are you happy? Are you sad?
Are emotions a thing of the past
I have no tears, I cannot cry
No one mourns for a world that’s died

This was once the land of dreams
Now these dreams have turned to greed
In the midst of all this wealth
The poor are left to help themselves

A capitalist’s democracy
Why no one said that freedom’s free
Lady liberty rots away
No truth, no justice, the American way

Transitioning to Sacred Reich’s “Surf Nicaragua” – let’s keep the party going… LYRICS

I know a place
Where you’re all going to go
They’ll pay you to kill
If you’re eighteen years old

First you’ll need a haircut
And then some new clothes
They’ll stick you in a jungle
To play G.I. Joe

You fight for democracy
And the American way
But you’re not in your country
“What am I doing here?”, you say

But now it’s too late
You’re entering Managua
If you had brought your surfboard
You could surf Nicaragua

What is this we’re fighting for?
What’s our ultimate goal?
To force our ideas
Right down their throats

American intervention
Grows deeper everyday
The situation worsens
More soldiers on the way

You fight for democracy
And the American way
But you’re not in your country
“What am I doing here?”, you say

But now it’s too late
You’re entering Managua
If you had brought your surfboard
You could surf Nicaragua

Lessons we have learned
Are easy to forget
Hints of Vietnam
How soon we all forget

First we send advisers
And then go the troops
Another worthless conflict
Another chance to lose

You fight for democracy
And the American way
But you’re not in your country
“What am I doing here?”, you say

But now it’s too late
You’re entering Managua
If you had brought your surfboard
You could surf Nicaragua

The idea is to transition our F**ked up reality outta this “HELL” – Squirrel Nut Zippers. Outstanding klezma skills! LYRICS

Liberation of the human spirit, once freed from slavery and war. GIUSEPPE VERDI’S NABUCCO, Va Pensiero Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves (Le choeur des esclaves).

Stand up and let your voices be heard, revolution is in the air, freedom is ours for the taking…

Finally, let’s end this theme on a high note, back to the “relatively” carefree ’80s when punk was transitioning to new wave! Karaoke Wednesdays at Planet Rose in Manhattan’s East Village, bunch of friends and I sang cheesy love songs. One of the better ones♥

Transitions, like change, is an integral part of life. Understanding this process is the key to living well in an unwell society. “Improvidus , Apto quod Victum” – Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.

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12 thoughts on “♪”TRANSITIONS” – Music Themes

  1. This is heavy, Maddie. I love your activist heart. I think our socio-political transitions are critical, and in a critical state. This is a great musical representation of that. The Katyklysm song has entrenched its way into my head…two hours and counting. 🙂

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    • Thank you Johnny, I agree with your assessment. We have reached a critical state in our socio-political-economic development and it’s necessary to intelligently transition from this old paradigm without cataclysmically imploding. Activism has always required a certain level of informed detachment, the goal being progressive change for the better. Old structures collapse on their own in time. Lol, yeah THE AMERICAN WAY!! Kinda grows on ya like fungus. 😉

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  2. You get ’em girl! I love your fire so much. I am so glad that we crossed paths and I look forward to your music themes every week. I am so glad that you have joined in with us. My brother would be beside himself with this post. Improvise, Adapt and Overcome! Good job my friend. *bows to you* I hope I can help with future transitions. 😉

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    • Cool! Lisa u’r living proof that mastery of self transitions naturally to a wider perspective, you see so much farther and deeper now! Future transitions are nuttin’ – u’ll make it look easy 😉
      It’s really a pleasure getting to know you personally, and thru music, how awesome is that?!
      Hey I’m glad u’r brother will appreciate this, I’m not much of a metalhead but lyrically they have the best political/ anti-establishment message, not to mention all that raw anger, angst & irony. I just gotta luv it!
      Hey what was I thinking, speaking of which I can’t believe I’d left out SOAD!!! SUGAR should be our Underground Energy Anthem 😀 ☼♥☼

      https://1earthunite.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/%E2%99%AAsugar/

      ♪Some people, some people, some people,
      Call it insane, yeah they call it insane, (sugar)♪

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      • Now you’re making me want to sing Michelle Branch, “You get me”. Why yes I can relate to Black Sabbath and Michelle Branch! Don’t judge me. 😉 Love, love, love, love to you. ♡♡♡♡

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    • Hi Willow, thanks for checking out my post. I agree, War Pigs really kick started the whole Black Sabbath heavy blues phenomenon, one of my faves. I’m glad you enjoyed it, I’m checking out your post now, have a great night. 🙂

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  4. Squirrel Nut Zippers … Oh my, oh my 🙂 Where the 80s carefree for you? …:-)

    You ARE feeling a little politico, aren’t you, as you suggested just a very short while ago.
    Lotsa metal here., with a glaring exception LOL

    Buenos noches …… mañana . Maybe I can think tomorrow, not so much just now.

    Namaste

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    • Hi Bear, I dare ya not to dance when listening to SNZs, their swing’s as infectious as their politics lol.
      According to my parents, 80’s music was simple, when everything went POP due to MTV, videos painted/ tainted the lyrics, & with magic and imagination lost deflated the poetry.
      I was born in Oct. of ’87 so yeah, footloose and fancy free in diapers. 🙂 I’m discovering these classics from my older brother, and singing at Karaoke bars. Thanks for dropping by, I like your selections, will need to add them to my I-pod and have a better listen tomorrow. Enjoy a good night’s rest.

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