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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:35 pm 
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I thought I would start a thread and fill it with PAW music. Not music for the PAW but instead about the PAW.

It makes sense to begin with the very best and move around there from there.

Dylan claims he wrote this song about the Cuban Missile Crisis. This has been disputed by a number of people who claim he started writing it before then and finished it after. I think anyone can start writing about one thing and end up making it about something else. Regardless it is a very haunting picture of Post Nuclear Event PAW. He speaks clearly without being obvious.

Dylan has always been an amazing writer, he just can't sing a lick, or at best his loud singing voice is an acquired taste. The general rule with his songs is that they have a much broader appeal when sung by someone else. If you can think of a significant artist over 30 in the last 60 years that speaks or spoke English as a first language then chances are pretty good that they have covered a Dylan song at some point. I particularly like the Edie Brickell & New Bohemians cover of this song.

The rain that is referred to here is not fallout.

"No, it's not atomic rain, it's just a hard rain. It isn't the fallout rain. I mean some sort of end that's just gotta happen ... In the last verse, when I say, 'the pellets of poison are flooding the waters,' that means all the lies that people get told on their radios and in their newspapers."




Bob Dylan
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Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin'
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Oh, who did you meet, my blue-eyed son?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burning
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded with hatred
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Oh, what'll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what'll you do now, my darling young one?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin'
I'll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
Where the executioner's face is always well-hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color, where none is the number

And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it
Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin'
But I'll know my song well before I start singin'
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

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Next up we have Helter Skelter from Paul McCartney. McCartney is regarded as one of the top five song writers in the world and has the track record to back it up.

McCartney wrote this song; "using the symbol of a helter skelter as a ride from the top to the bottom; the rise and fall of the Roman Empire – and this was the fall, the demise". As most everyone knows The Manson cult believed the song had secret messages about a coming race war in it and committed a number of murders citing the song. Manson was a drugged up nut but the song is powerful.

I prefer the Beatles original performance the best, although the U2 version is not bad.

Beatles (Paul McCartney)
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When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom and I see you again

Do, don't you want me to love you
I'm coming down fast but I'm miles above you
Tell me, tell me, tell me, come on tell me the answer
Well, you may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter

Will you, won't you want me to make you
I'm coming down fast but don't let me break you
Tell me, tell me, tell me the answer
You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Look out
Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter
Look out, 'cause here she comes

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
And I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
And I get to the bottom and I see you again, yeah, yeah

Well do you, don't you want me to make you
I'm coming down fast but don't let me break you
Tell me, tell me, tell me your answer
You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer

Look out
Helter skelter, helter skelter
Helter skelter

Look out, helter skelter
She's coming down fast
Yes, she is
Yes, she is
Coming down fast

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Ben Nichols released a solo album entitled The Last Pale Light in the West a few years ago. Each song is based upon a character in Cormac Mccarthy's book Blood Meridian. McCarthy of course wrote The Road as well. The Title Track from the album ended up on TWD as the Governor's theme. While that is a great song, the whole album is actually great. Here is another track:

Toadvine
Ben Nichols

I rode myself into the ground
But hell, it's almost over now
I don't see nothing but the light
Darkness filled my days
The rising sun has shown the way
And I don't see nothing but the light
A preacher's lesson, simply armageddon
The devil, he knows how to write
Killer of men, no way to save them
Hey now we all have to die

You wouldn't think that out here
A man could simply run clear
Out of country, but oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my, nothing but the light

They took my ears in Omaha
I thought me dead but I weren't at all
And I left them bleeding in the mud
They ran in me for horse thievery
Between my eyes for all to see
And I left them bleeding in the mud

When this wall was made
It was never meant to save everyone in kind
I don't believe God much had me, had me much in mind

You wouldn't think that out here
A man could simply run clear
Out of country, but oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my, there's nothing but the light

So tell the barkeep, "What is there to drink?"
Just a minimal risk of blindness or death
It all taste of ashes, seems that's always what we get
It's all they have to give

You wouldn't think that out here
A man could simply run clear
Out of country, but oh my, oh my
Oh my, oh my,
Nothing but the light

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This awful little dance/pop tune from the 80's was written by Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O'Toole during the height of the worst part of the 80s pop music scene. They played it on the radios until ears were bleeding. The cowboy is a reference to Reagan of course, protesting against his ramping up of the Cold War and political policies that eventually led to the successful overthrow of communism.



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Oh yeah, well I........

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[1]-When two tribes go to war
A point is all you can score
When two tribes go to war
A point is all you can score

Cowboy No. 1
A born-again poor man's son
On the air America
I modelled shirts by Van Heusen-yeah

You know

[Repeat 1]

Working on the black gas

Switch off your shield
Switch off and feel
I'm working on loving-yeah
Giving you back the good times
Ship it out-out
I'm working for the black gas

[Repeat 1]

We got two tribes
We got the bomb
We got the bomb-yeah
Sock it to me biscuits-now

Are we living in a land
Where sex and horror are the new Gods?
Yeah

When two tribes go to war
A point is all you can score

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