IG’s Peace Blog

Peace and its many aspects

a “blast” from the past

In the last Peace Prayers meeting I showed this video of the Doors, “Unknown Soldier”.

I thought Jim Morrison did a good job on stage with the vocal and the acting.  In case you can’t understand him (I didn’t understand all of the words for years), here are the lyrics:

“Wait until the war is over
And we’re both a little older
The unknown soldier

Breakfast where the news is read
Television children fed
Unborn living, living, dead
Bullet strikes the helmet’s head

And it’s all over
For the unknown soldier
It’s all over
For the unknown soldier

Hut
Hut
Hut ho hee up
Hut
Hut
Hut ho hee up
Hut
Hut
Hut ho hee up
Comp’nee
Halt
Preeee-zent!
Arms!

Make a grave for the unknown soldier
Nestled in your hollow shoulder
The unknown soldier

Breakfast where the news is read
Television children fed
Bullet strikes the helmet’s head

And, it’s all over
The war is over
It’s all over
The war is over
Well, all over, baby
All over, baby
Oh, over, yeah
All over, baby
Wooooo, hah-hah
All over
All over, baby
Oh, woa-yeah
All over
All over
Heeeeyyyy”

This song was written in the context of the war in Vietnam, though I think the message is, if anything, more relevant today.  There are many meanings here, but I was always struck by the idea that for many foot soldiers the only way “out” of the hell of war is death.  It merits being watched a few times.

IGbarb says:  “Peace!”

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April 20, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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