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real01

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Songs about December the 8th
« on: September 20, 2012, 11:11:54 PM »

David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) sung this:

Some of them standing, some were waiting in the line
As if there was something that they thought they might find
Taking some strength from the feelings that always were shared
And in the background, the eyes that just stared

What was it brought you out here in the dark?
Was it your only way of making your mark
Did you get rid of all the voices in your head?
Do you now miss them and the things that they said?

On your own admission you raised up the knife
And you brought it down ending another man's life
When it was done you just threw down the blade
While the red blood spread wider like the anger you made

I don't want this anger that's burning in me
It's something from which it's so hard to be free
But none of the tears that we cry in sorrow or rage
Can make any difference, or turn back the page

http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/david_gilmour/murder.html

David Gilmour -Murder


I think it is great and very healing song!

So, in first strophe, we have a crowd (enjoying the music, if i understood the lyrics correct).
And in the last line of that strophe we have...:
And in the background, the eyes that just stared...

Eyes that stared - well, it could be another fan. But it's not - we discover that in the first line of the second strophe:
...What was it brought you out here in the dark?

Do you notice of what the second strophe is consisted of?
It is a series of unanswered questions - Gilmour personally addresses the man:
1st:What was it brought you out here in the dark?
2nd:Was it your only way of making your mark?
3rd:Did you get rid of all the voices in your head?
4th:Do you now miss them and the things that they said?

Unanswered, but so powerful and strong! And each and every one of them is the strong condemnation - with a gradation - from 'weakest' to the strongest.
It's like he's saying:
You came out of the crowd, as a 'fan' and couldn't think of nothing better to leave your mark behind you.
But, did it help? The voices in your head 'told' you to do this, but did it help after you did it? Did you get rid of them?

Unanswered. We cannot know. Nobody knows.

The third strophe describes what happened. Notice that Gilmour uses powerful word 'knife' (and not gun or pistol).
Notice how strong it sounds the line where it is said that he killed a man (and we all know what that man meant to the music, to their fans, to the world):
And you brought it down ending another man's life
When it was done you just threw down the blade.

It ends with strong comparison:
...While the red blood spread wider like the anger you made...
(Again, Gilmour speaks directly to the man that did this.)

The forth is synthesis, conclusion. In first two lines he speaks about his feelings:
I don't want this anger that's burning in me
It's something from which it's so hard to be free.


And, finally, he concludes, states a simple, sad fact:
But none of the tears that we cry in sorrow or rage
Can make any difference, or turn back the page.


A lot different (more upbeat) is Freddie's Life Is Real:
Life is Real (Song for Lennon)

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Life-Is-Real-Song-For-Lennon-lyrics-Queen/F00C8303C9646CE9482568940005ED4C

Freddie was Beatles' fan and this is very 'Freddish' song - uplifting, stating that life is a roulette wheel, lif is cruel, life is a b****.

In the similar manner (upbeat) is George's All Those Years Ago
George Harrison's "All those Years Ago"

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/g/george+harrison/all+those+years+ago_20059118.html

Paul's Here Today is a gentle ballad in a form of conversation with his bandmate (as in George's song).
Paul McCartney/John Lennon - Here Today (Embedding disabled, limit reached)
http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Here-Today-lyrics-Paul-McCartney/89D16C9242C6B73948256A4C001246B3

The ballad has some great lines:
But we could always sing.
But you were always there with a smile.


Notice the 'McCartnian' musical arrangement of this song: starts with acoustic guitar and later strings come in (reminiscing of Eleanor Rigby, Strawberry Fields, Yesterday, Here Comes The Sun, Something......)

Yesterday, here today, all those years ago...
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Re: Songs about December the 8th
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012, 01:55:29 PM »

The Cranberries - I Just Shot John Lennon


It was the fearful night of December 8th.
He was returning home from the studio late.
He had perseptively known that it wouldn't be nice.
Because in 1980, he paid the price.

John Lennon died. [X6]

With a Smith & Wesson 38,
John Lennon's life was no longer a debate.
He should have stayed at home,
He should have never cared,
And the man who took his life declared,

He said I just shot John Lennon.
He said I just shot John Lennon.
What a sad and sorry and sickening sight.
What a sad and sorry and sickening night.
What a sad and sorry and sickening sight.
What a sad and sorry and sickening night.

Ah, ah ah ah, ah...

I just shot John Lennon.
He said I just shot John Lennon.
What a sad and sorry and sickening sight.
What a sad and sorry and sickening night.
What a sad and sorry and sickening sight.
What a sad and sorry and sickening night.

Ah, ah ah ah, ah...
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Re: Songs about December the 8th
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 03:36:03 AM »

The Cranberries - I Just Shot John Lennon

 
I love The Cranberries and this song, but I'll never be able to feel totally comfortable while listening to it because of what it's about :-\
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Re: Songs about December the 8th
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2012, 09:09:51 PM »

Hm...Would Elton John's "Empty Garden" count, or is that more of a tribute to John?

What happened here
As the New York sunset disappeared
I found an empty garden among the flagstones there
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And now it all looks strange
It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain
And what's it for
This little empty garden by the brownstone door
And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more
Who lived here
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
And we are so amazed we're crippled and we're dazed
A gardener like that one no one can replace
And I've been knocking but no one answers
And I've been knocking most all the day
Oh and I've been calling oh hey hey Johnny
Can't you come out to play
And through their tears
Some say he farmed his best in younger years
But he'd have said that roots grow stronger if only he could hear
Who lived there
He must have been a gardener that cared a lot
Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop
Now we pray for rain, and with every drop that falls
We hear, we hear your name
Johnny can't you come out to play in your empty garden
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Re: Songs about December the 8th
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2012, 08:49:16 PM »

John died 32 years ago today... RIP my hero.  :'(
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Re: Songs about December the 8th
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 11:41:37 PM »

A dark day in history.
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Re: Songs about December the 8th
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2012, 12:14:50 AM »

I don't think too much about our Johnny, but I haven't ever slept till at least 2 a.m on the 9th for 10 years now. Just thinking.

Peace and Love.

Ollie. x
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Re: Songs about December the 8th
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2012, 12:06:58 PM »

I don't think too much about our Johnny, but I haven't ever slept till at least 2 a.m on the 9th for 10 years now. Just thinking.

That's amazing...

Yeah, 8th December 1980, the day when music died  :(

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Re: Songs about December the 8th
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2012, 12:15:48 PM »

Neil Young - Peace and Love
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