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Thread #134080   Message #3048300
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
07-Dec-10 - 03:57 PM
Thread Name: Chord Req: Nz song- Christmas on the Beach
Subject: RE: Chord Req: Nz song- Christmas on the Beach
Robyn, "We shall overcome" has its perfectly legitimate place in our hymnals. To commit oneself to peace and justice, and to demand it from others, is a noble cause for every generation.

The problem with some other protest songs and texts is that they suggest a culprit for one's own behaviour. McDonalds, supermarkets and TV companies are being blamed for their consumers' lazyness, overweight, stupidity, sentimentality, materialism etc. Other texts bitterly complain about anonymous pressures from society, which by this very act are amplified instead of counteracted.

No reason to panic, just to think and to teach a little more wisdom to children. The same kids who thoughtlessly sang protest songs against the bomb would later sing insults against The Other Football Club and then against The Other Ethnicity. "We're not a bunch of fools" fits every purpose, down to self-contradiction.

Peaceful holidays!
Grishka