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Monday, November 23, 2009

When Old Songs Change Meaning

I remember watching, in horror, in 1995 as the O.J. Simpson verdict was read. Not guilty. How? Everyone knew he did it. Even his own lawyers. The lyrics for Metallica's ...And Justice For All immediately hopped in my head. (Read those lyrics sometime and tell me if they don't perfectly describe the O.J. trial.) Even though the song had been out for 7 years, the O.J. trial gave new meaning to the song.

I had another moment of such clarity on my way to work this morning. I was listening to an album I hadn't listen to in years, Megadeth's 1992 album Countdown To Extinction. One of my favorite songs from that album is Symphony Of Destruction. I will share the lyrics and you can decide for yourself if it is apropos to anything currently going on in our nation.
Symphony Of Destruction lyrics
Songwriters: Mustaine, Dave;

You take a mortal man
And put him in control
Watch him become a god
Watch peoples heads a 'roll
A 'roll, a 'roll

Just like the pied piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like Marionettes
Swaying to the symphony of destruction

Acting like a robot
It's metal brain corrodes
You try to take its pulse
Before the head explodes
Explodes, explodes

Just like the pied piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like Marionettes
Swaying to the symphony

Just like the pied piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like Marionettes
Swaying to the symphony
Swaying to the symphony of destruction

The earth starts to rumble
World powers fall
A warring for the heavens
A peaceful man stands tall
Tall, tall

Just like the pied piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like Marionettes
Swaying to the symphony

Just like the pied piper
Led rats through the streets
We dance like Marionettes
Swaying to the symphony
Swaying to the symphony of destruction


© MUSTAINE MUSIC;

WHOA. Obama has people swaying to the symphony of destruction. Of course the destruction is of the United States we know and love. Dave Mustaine, the lead singer and songwriter for Megadeth, never intended for this song to talk about Obama. As a left-wing ideologue himself, Mustaine agrees with Obama on almost every issue. Yet he wrote a song, back in 1992, that talks perfectly about Obama as a destroyer of his own nation.

Meanwhile, the Marionettes sway to the symphony of destruction.

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