And The Band Plays On…

I got all riled up this evening when I heard of the death threats against AIG employees and their families. I immediately raced over to this old-hunk-o-junk PC of mine. I wanted to rail against the news media for getting this witch hunt started in the first place, and against those weak-kneed politicians that couldn’t resist piling on. I wanted to point out how, in the larger scheme of things, those guys at AIG are no more guilty than the rest of us who bought into this whole get very much for very little mentality that damned near sunk the whole she-bang.

Unfortunately this old-hunk-o-junk is so slow that I’ve had time to cool off a little – enough to realize that I’ve said it all before. So instead I’ve decided to simply let those good old boys of Rush say it for me, with their song…

Witch Hunt

The night is black – Without a moon
The air is thick, and still
The vigilantes gather on
The lonely torchlit hill

Features distorted in the flickering light
The faces are twisted and grotesque
Silent and stern in the sweltering night
The mob moves like demons possessed
Quiet in conscience, calm in their right —
Confident their ways are best

The righteous rise – With burning eyes
Of hatred and ill-will
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat, and burn, and kill

They say there are strangers, who threaten us
In our immigrants and infidels
They say there is strangeness, too dangerous
In our theatres and bookstore shelves
That those who know what’s best for us —
Must rise and save us from ourselves

Quick to judge – Quick to anger
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand

I want ice water.

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2 thoughts on “And The Band Plays On…

  1. I wonder what was going on in someones life that inspired those words.
    It sounds as if those words could be used thru out the history of man……personal battles or worldly battles…..

    good job….
    good job also on the new look.


    • Rush is the only band that I know of whose lyrics are never in conflict with my own personal philosophy of life. This matters because paying for something is “tribute” to the producer of the thing that is being payed for. I prefer not to pay tribute to those who would insult me. I just wish there were more clear cut choices like Rush.

      Glad you like the new look. Did you notice the new subscription features?


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