I can’t recall which of you introduced me to this musician/song, but – thank you.
This has been stuck in my head since I read about the military imbeciles who were flying helicopters close to a crowd of protesters to scare them.
Here comes the helicopter — second time today
Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away
How many kids they’ve murdered only God can say
If I had a rocket launcher… I’d make somebody pay
I don’t believe in guarded borders and I don’t believe in hate
I don’t believe in generals or their stinking torture states
And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
If I had a rocket launcher… I would retaliate
On the Rio Lacantun, one hundred thousand wait
To fall down from starvation — or some less humane fate
Cry for guatemala, with a corpse in every gate
If I had a rocket launcher… I would not hesitate
I want to raise every voice — at least I’ve got to try
Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes.
Situation desperate, echoes of the victims cry
If I had a rocket launcher… Some son of a bitch would die
I love the line “I don’t believe in guarded borders and I don’t believe in hate / I don’t believe in generals or their stinking torture states”
One thing you know for sure is that the protesters were peaceful, or the helicopters would have never dared fly in so close. Remember what happened to the black hawk that flew within range of ground-fire in Mogadishu? That was America’s “Charge of the Light Brigade” moment, when they made that clusterfuck into a movie and made the idiots who were responsible for starting a massive gun-battle in a city into heroes. The black hawk at Mogadishu was brought down with a round from an RPG rocket propelled grenade – a rocket launcher.
I know a person who is unwilling to admit that they have never heard of a musician or a song or such-and-such. It’s really strange: “Hey, have you ever had that dish Ferran Adria invented, the potato chip omlette?” “Oh, yeah, sure!” etc. To me, it seems perfectly reasonable that there are great books, songs, musicians, performances, dishes, that I have never encountered. In part, I assume that’s because there are some areas where I don’t search for new stuff – I’m too busy mining new stuff elsewhere. And once you start mining new stuff you realize that there is a whole hell of a lot of stuff! Speaking of which, I got a CD of Russian disco music from the late 80s and it’s completely kick-ass stuff.