Friday, February 13, 2009

People blame big things on little things.

Today I was sick with the SI pool version of the black lung and decided to stay home from school. Being very bored by 11 o'clock, I decided to began working on my sermon for ethics class, and since I was assigned the part of genocide, I hastily began to research the origins of violence and mob mentality. However, I was soon distracted and began listening to the greatly underrated Todd Snider. If you've ever listened to Todd Snider, he is one of those old fashioned folk singers, were his albums are more of a long story with some songs thrown in, rather then a random collection of 12 songs to sell on iTunes. Well, his song Ballad Of The Kingsmen contains everything you need to know about violence in society and how the media tries to blame it on things they don't understand. Here are the lyrics and hit the link for a video.

The Kingsmen came together in a garage, 
They could hardly even play
But they practiced night 
And day pretty soon they got to where they could really play that song Louie, 
So, they saved up all the money from the shows, 
Went in to one of them studios and gave their version of the song a try

Now, I don't know the words to that song Louie, 
Louie and I'm pretty sure the singer for the 
Kingsmen didn't know ‘em either, 
If he did know ‘em he didn't get ‘em right on the record 
Cause on the record they sound jumbled in his jaw? It says, 
Me think of me girl oh so constantly
Ahmayaaah makaaaah aahh ooohoooh aaaaah
Well, that last part scared everybody from the PTA to the FBI
You see, the kids had been going kind of crazy lately 
And it seemed like nobody could figure out why, 
So they decided to form a coalition, 
Launch an investigation, you know for the children, they at least had to try 
To figure out the words to Louie, Louie 

It's the feel good hit of this endless summer
It gets these kids out of control
Singin along to that star spangled bummer, 
Hail, hail rock and roll

Marilyn Manson’s real name isn't even Marilyn Manson, 
He's a skinny public high school Kid from Florida, 
Not some monster from out of this world and like of a lot other skinny long hair public 
High school kids he was sick of getting 
Beaten up by the pulling guard all week only to go out on the weekend, 
And watch the Quarterback get all the girls so, 
He formed a band man 
Now' he gets all the girls, 
A few years later a couple of latchkey kids go tragically 
Mad and everybody's standing around the television store at the mall trying to figure out what went wrong, 
This guy says, 
You think the life of a kid going to high school could've gotten so bad this other guy says nah, 
It's just the words to one of them goddamn Marilyn Manson songs, 
You know the one


You know, every ten years or so our country and some other little country, 
We start firing all of our newest weapons 
At each other for some reason or another, right or wrong, 
Like it or not, it happens, and when it happens 
People get shot and when people get shot, 
They show it on tv a lot every night at six o clock
And you don't even have to be eighteen to see it you don't even have to be in first grade, 
First grade where they teach the kid pride
They tell him he'll need to thrive, 
In a world where only the strong will survive, 
So he's taught the art of more
To compare to and to keep score Monday thru Friday while 
He stares at the floor til' Sunday they make him go to 
School once more only this time they make him wear a suit and a tie 
And listen to some guy who claims to know Where people go 
When they die tell him that only the meek are gonna inherit the earth Well shit, 
By this time the kid doesn't know what anything 
Is worth, now brothers and sisters I am only one guy 
And I don't even know the words to that song Louie, 
Louie but I can tell you right now without batting an eye 
That the next time some latchkey kid goes wrong
It aint gonna be cause that Eminem gets to say the word Fag in his song
And I'm not trying to preach to ya either, 
I'm just trying to sing to ya too, you know string a few words together

Hey kids...
Lets get it on,
Lets get it on

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