Man of War

Man of War

Man of war
Woman of destruction
The children dying
The people crying
White phosphorous falling
On the screaming innocent in Palestine

So called leaders
Spreading fucked up lies
So called leaders
In their suits and ties
The bombs they threw
The wars they grew
The earth is a battlefield
Because of you

No one is safe
They’re all no better
The last one fled
The next one’s lesser

Jump into the not so distant future
Word War Three
An apocalyptic war
Has come to be
The reasons for fighting
Make no sense to me

It’s these
Men of war
Women of destruction
Breaking universal law
It’s the money seduction

by
Liam Anthony Gallagher

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Civil War

Let’s take a moment to relish in the brilliance of the song Civil War by Guns ‘N Roses for a moment. Whether your a GNR lover or hater you can’t escape this piece of songwriting brilliance and now more than ever do these lyrics resonate with what’s going on in the world and the despicable time we live in.

Check out the song and the lyrics below. Let us know what you think and do you remember any songs from times past that echo the state of the world we live in today? Comment in the box below.

“Civil War”

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.
Some men you just can’t reach…
So, you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it!
Well, he gets it!
N’ I don’t like it any more than you men.” *

Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they’ve always done before

Look at the hate we’re breeding
Look at the fear we’re feeding
Look at the lives we’re leading
The way we’ve always done before

My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can’t deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars

D’you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said, “Peace could last forever.”
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
An’ I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can’t trust freedom
When it’s not in your hands
When everybody’s fightin’
For their promised land

And
I don’t need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
I don’t need your civil war

Look at the shoes you’re filling
Look at the blood we’re spilling
Look at the world we’re killing
The way we’ve always done before
Look in the doubt we’ve wallowed
Look at the leaders we’ve followed
Look at the lies we’ve swallowed
And I don’t want to hear no more

My hands are tied
For all I’ve seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
‘Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars

“WE PRACTICE SELECTIVE ANNIHILATION OF MAYORS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
FOR EXAMPLE TO CREATE A VACUUM
THEN WE FILL THAT VACUUM
AS POPULAR WAR ADVANCES
PEACE IS CLOSER” **

I don’t need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
And I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need your civil war
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need one more war

I don’t need one more war
Whaz so civil ’bout war anyway

World Peace is None of Your Business

Morrissey is renowned for creating bucket loads of controversy through out his whole career and since this albums release on July 15th there has been no change. Perhaps this is because Morrissey’s fans and lots of critics are saying this is his best album since his 1988 solo debut “Viva Hate”. This always seems to be the case with his more successful works. Morrissey’s anti-fans (of which their seems to be many) have never been as vocal on the lesser successful albums. So maybe this album will bring Morrissey back to the forefront of the music scene once again for a while. So here is our insight into the album.

Instead of a typical top five (from best to worst) this will be a little different. More like a ‘five things you need to know about’ article. So here it is, 5 songs off of the new 18 song deluxe album:

  1. World Peace Is None Of Your Business: This is the title track of the album. Now by personal opinion it isn’t the best but it is probably the most relevant of our times. This track addresses the troubles between the public and government/parliament and tells us that voting is a ‘support [of the] process’. He goes on to mention a few countries that we have been shown almost everyday for the past few months on the news and the internet, two mainly being Ukraine and Brazil.

  2. The Bullfighter Dies: This song is somewhat hard-hitting to most first listeners but on further absorption this song makes perfect sense. Morrissey is basically fighting for animal rights in the name of the defenceless bull against the vicious bullfighter. This is a pretty simple concept to grasp and that is the sole basis of the song. Because in our modern world should these acts of vicious and cruel animal based “sports” exist?

  3. I’m Not A Man: This song holds person relevance for me as a Vegan, but that shouldn’t deter you from ever listening to this lyrics of this beautifully composed piece of musical poetry. From start to finish, Morrissey delivers hit after hit at anyone around the world that either eats the deceased or kills them themselves. He his though, predominantly talking about the male/masculine need to kill or destroy and ruin things E.g. killing/hunting and motor sport/crash derby’s for instance ruining the planet. And how these types of things are seen as a sign of power in a mans eye’s. And this prompts him to say “[he’s] not a man, I’m something much bigger and better than…!”

  4. Neal Cassady Drops Dead: This song deserves to be in the rock 100 charts. It’s very hard hitting and in your face from both a lyrical and musical standpoint. Rocking from start to finish with some excellent guitar work. And this is most definitely a track for all you ‘Beat Generation’ literature fans without a doubt. This draws to works from Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Whom are the masters of the ‘Beat Generation’ many (and I) say.

  5. Earth Is The Loneliest Planet: This song seems to bring to mind the general loneliness of the single human on a planet of nothing but dispair and turmoil, with only a faint hope and implication of a better world, somewhere.

There it is then. Morrissey’s new album. No matter your love or hatred of this man (however strong either way), there will definitely be at least one song out of the 18 that you will relate to on a personal level. Lyrically Morrissey is at the forefront of his generation (regardless of what the NME says). And if the 18 track album wasn’t enough he has released a spoken word renditions of the first singles off the album with accompanying videos.

As the famous Noel Gallagher once said about the Mozz:
“No matter what you do. He’ll do one better.”

Though the brilliance of this album is visible from the fans responses, the record label didn’t seem to think so. As only a few weeks after it’s release, the record label Capitol dropped Morrissey’s contract. It’s speculated that his happened after a small spat between label and artist about the lack of promotion on the labels part of the album.

This article was originally going to be an article praising the brilliance of Morrissey’s lyrics and it ended up being an attack on the cowardliness nature of the music industry. And this is justified because it really feels that if a singer or a band flexes a muscle in the music business; a muscle that needed to be flexed too, but doesn’t make the billions like the puppets from MR COWELL and the boss’ at the terrible excuses of record companies like Virgin or Warner makes then you’re destined for failure regardless of your talent.

If you really think about it you can see it in the charts, daily.
Morrissey’s track record with record labels is terrible from a business standpoint but, how popular is he? Very! In hip hop, A$AP ROCKY did it himself in POP, Katy Perry did it her self at first and in Indie music/rock and perhaps more popular; one of the most popular bands of all times, OASIS did it themselves! And now recently there has been an influx of bands and artists creating their own labels and producing their own music (Blink 182 and Motley Crue to name a couple); completely taking out the middle money man.

So maybe this is one route that Morrissey should consider.

By Liam Anthony

After the World Cup; Do we Abandon Brazil?

An iconic event in world cup history happened in this years semi finals. Germany annihilated the five time cup winners, Brazil, by an astonishing 7 goals to 1. And even more embarrassingly they did it on Brazil’s home turf. Amidst the Brazilian players and fans disappointment, turmoil has ripped through many of this wonderful country’s cities and towns. But is it just football that has caused this?
Right from the beginning of Brazil’s bid to host the 2014 world cup, the country has been split in half with lots of people wanting not to host the world cup, and the football heavy of the public (of which there are many in Brazil) welcoming the chance to have almost any football game or tournament held in their country. This was a recipe for disaster. After the bid was won and work started on preparing the stadiums for this major sporting event, it seems that the population that opposed the presence of FIFA and the world cup grew substantially.
Rioting and protests occurred throughout the whole world cup preparation process and grew in scale and seriousness after the cup had started. One of the worst ones being the initial fear on the opening day where Brazil faced Croatia. Many of the public where demonstrating around Copa Cabana beach and near the television studios; ITV’s studio came under fire with pebbles and stones being thrown up and cracking their windows. Many of the footballing pundits and news reporters questioned whether Brazil’s performance in their 3 to 1 win on that opening game was the country’s only saviour from more serious riots throughout the group stages. Maybe that did help settle things down for a short while. But not for too long.
This all came to a rather frightening point after Germany’s total annihilation of a once unbeatable Brazil team. The riots taking place on this night where some of the worst seen in a long time. It was reported that a total number of 11 buses where burnt to the ground and countless cars damaged that night and a rather unthinkable amount of civilian casualties. We as a public where being shown
scenes of violence and unpatriotic behaviour by our news channels; flags and Brazil shirts where being burnt and shredded and picket signs being held up in their plenty.
”FIFA GO HOME!!”
But is it just the teams lack of their usual footballing prowess that has caused this? Doubtful. Brazil in these hard economic times are struggling a lot. The government had raised taxes and cut numerous health and education budgets and benefits in the years before this world cup. Then announce an astonishingly priced world cup winning bid that would cost the country 25.8 billion R$ (approximately $11.3 billion). Not to mention the 16 billion dollar super speed highway that was supposed to be made, to join Rio De Janeiro to Sau Paolo. It seems then that Brazil are in public turmoil, not just for lack of skill in their team, but for a whole array of political issues.
All over social media, people are blaming these riots solely on Brazil’s performance not realising that the water runs a lot deeper than that. We also mustn’t forget how brilliant Germany played in this game. They won with absolute precision which is rarely getting a mention because a major loss is more exciting to the press and social media than a major win.
We can only hope now that this wonderful country is able to fix its troubles. And Sooner rather than later.

By
Liam Anthony