Friday, July 08, 2011

Song Spotlight: Flogging Molly - Revolution



What do you get when a Celtic-punk band that already speaks for the common man sets up shop in Detroit to write their new record? Revolution, that's what. At least that's what happened when Flogging Molly decided to do their writing in the Moter City. Almost a decade after "Drunkin Lullabies" things around here have gotten a whole lot worse and Detroit is just about the perfect example of the cost of capitalism on the working man. Since lead singer Dave King and band mate/wife Bridget Regan both live in Motown they see an awful lot of evidence of where we're headed in this country and they did a great job of spelling it out in this tune. Enjoy:

I spent twenty-seven years in this factory
And the boss man says, 'hey you're not what we need'
The penguins in the suits they know nothing but greed
It's a solitary life when you've mouths to feed
But who cares about us?

Now I'm back on the streets
With my hands held shut
I'm a working man without any work
Well is this the way it's meant to be
Because I signed on the American Dream
Now, I write my name to the welfare scheme
The money in the bank, it's history

So take me down to where the worlds collide
And leave me here 'til I'm satisfied
So let the Revolution begin

Now I drag these bones
'Cross the barren land
Where once a city, now an outstretched hand
We can't lose our sense of dignity
While the fat-faced cats lap up the cream
Another disappearing act falls up their sleeves
While the shirts on our back seek refugee

So take me down to where the worlds collide
And leave me here 'til I'm satisfied
'Cause there'll come a day
When all of us will show, we won't be afraid
Although we're crashing, we won't burn
Let the Revolution begin

I spent twenty-seven years in this factory
And the boss man says, 'hey you're not what we need'
The penguins in the suits they know nothing but greed
It's a solitary life when you've mouths to feed

So take me down to where the worlds collide
And leave me here 'til I'm satisfied
Do take me down to where the worlds divide
And leave me here I won't compromise
'Cause there'll come a day
When all of us will show, we won't be afraid
'Cause from these ashes we will grow
So let the Revolution begin...

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