Okay, It's not quite Monday, but I couldn't wait. This week's topic is Best/Worst songs talking about a true event.
1. Oliver's Army-Elvis Costello
I couldn't decide on this song or the Monty Python song about Oliver Cromwell but I think this is a better song.
- Oliver's Army is a song written by Elvis Costello, originally performed by Elvis Costello and the Attractions and appearing on the album Armed Forces in 1979.Written after the author visited Belfast in Northern Ireland, it criticizes the British Army for targeting disadvantaged young men leaving secondary school (when the song was written in the late 1970s, England had a high unemployment rate). The title refers to Oliver Cromwell, who as Protector of the CommonwealthNew Model Army, an earlier version of the modern British Army. The song also mentions specific "trouble spots" in the world, such as South Africa (at the time experiencing turmoil over Apartheid), Palestine, Cyprus, and most prominently Northern Ireland. In reference to the latter country, Costello included the controversial lyric "Only takes one itchy trigger/One more widow, one less white nigger", referring to the Irish, as they have historically been oppressed by the English, much as black people have been oppressed in many countries. Costello is himself of Irish descent.
- It is largely believed to be a song about Courtney Love, widow of former Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, in response to Love's alleged mishandling of the legacy of Cobain and Nirvana.
- Bloody Sunday (Irish: Domhnach na Fola) is the term used to describe an incident in Derry, Northern Ireland, on 30 January 1972 in which 26 civil rights protesters were shot by members of 1st Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment, during a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in the Bogside area of the city. Thirteen people, six of whom were minors, died immediately, while the death of another person 4½ months later has been attributed to the injuries he received on the day. Two protesters were injured when run down by army vehicles. Many witnesses including bystanders and journalists testify that all those shot were unarmed. Five of those wounded were shot in the back.
5. Vincent-Don McLane
I've always loved this song
- Don McLean wrote Vincent in 1971 after reading a book about the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh. In the 1970s, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam played the song daily and a copy of the sheet music, together with a set of Van Gogh's paint brushes, is buried in a time capsule beneath the museum.
- I hated the orginal version about Marilyn Manroe and I despise the Dianna version. I feel like Elton John really wussed out when he just changed the lyrics and called it a "new song." I hate this song as much as I hate Wind Beneth my wings.
- "The Night Chicago Died" is a song by the British group Paper Lace, written by Peter Robin Callander and Mitch Murray, that reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in 1974. The single reached number 3 in the UK charts. The subject matter is a fictional gang shootout in Chicago between gangsters tied to Al Capone and Chicago Police. The narrator retells his mother's anguish in awaiting news of the fate of her husband, a Chicago cop.
3. I don't like Mondays-Boomtown Rats
- On 29 January 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer opened fire on children arriving at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego from her house across the street, killing two men and wounding eight students and a police officer. Principal Burton Wragg was attempting to rescue children in the line of fire when he was shot and killed, and custodian Mike Suchar was slain attempting to aid Wragg.Spencer used a rifle her father had given her as a gift. As to what impelled her into this form of murderous madness, she told a reporter,''I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day.''
4. I'll be missing you-Sean Combs, Faith Evans
I just hate this song and wish that Sting hadn't allowed them to steal his song. I mean really if I die and one of my friends is so broken up they want to write a song I hope they also take the time to write some music. Come On!!
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