"I'm angry. About a lot of things. Most specifically, about the way the world is shaping up at the moment. This song is the first of almost all of the songs on the album to protest and resist against the rising tide of what I can only describe as dumb stupidity manifest as hate speak, prejudice and common or garden ignorance.
When I began writing the record it was around the time that the Brexit debate was reaching hitherto never seen before levels of grotesque language and behaviour in the UK which was, in turn, being closely echoed around the world. This horrified and terrified me but mainly made me angry.
It just seems that we've learned nothing. We are, in fact, taking steps backwards, and those leading this race to the bottom are "As black as sin"; without conscience or any coherent plan. It's all self interest and wealth that's driving it.
The weirdest thing to me is that it's not difficult to work it out, and I don't know whether it's desperation and fear or just plain meanness conjured by modernity that has drawn so many into this awful lie.
This song discusses these themes and asks the question, "how do you want to contribute to the world? Do you want to give in to fear and hate, to become part of the problem? Or can you stand up and say 'I won't be that person, I can and will be better'?"
It also seeks to discuss the futile notion about what is "truth" - the central theme of this album - and how far are you willing to ignore it to support your agenda? This to me, is one of the biggest issue we face today.
On an optimistic note, I still believe that music and great art can change the world and there has never, in my life time, been a greater need, and I hold that need deeply and want to do my bit, no matter how small." - Toby
Post by Jonatan Acerclinth on May 12, 2020 11:47:37 GMT
And we can't have some Golden Earring without bringing up the Man Mountain himself, Meatloaf.
Nice collection Kayo, my dad's are about 6 times that just of those old style ones and then about as many CD's, I'll have a hell sorting between all of those things when that day comes, but it'll be a lot of memories as well