From the Byrds evening to the Rickenbacker post, it’s easy to follow the train of thought and thus come to Springsteen’s version of Chimes of Freedom.
Great version of a great song but by saying that, getting political, surely that puts any of us who appreciate such sentiments over to the left – you know, hippy power, protests, big bad government.
Which makes one think – if the left is supposed to be into protest and freedom, then why are we, who are vaguely centre-right libertarian, at odds with the left? Surely we all want the same things?
The answer is that the left is a conundrum. They make beautiful music and sing of freedom but then vote in demagogues like Obama who is as cavalier federalist and in bed with Them as any Labour politician over here.
So there’s something not right here and that’s not a pun. How can they sing of freedom and yet support oppression? Because that’s what political correctness is – oppression – it’s using the govt they supposedly despise to beat down people who disagree with them. It’s taking away jobs from non-favoured groups and giving them to the flavour of the month groups. It’s destroying marriages and disintegrating society.
And yet they sing of a happy society, free from worry.
The film The Beach is a case in point. All free love and no rules on the surface, in fact the place is run by the most fascistic people you could ever hope not to meet. Who consider anyone disagreeing a fascist.
It’s a very strange way to carry on, so inconsistently.
We, on the other hand, are far simpler – small govt, low taxes, personal freedom of association, endeavour, speech and faith. The freedom Springsteen sings of is the same freedom we vote for – free enterprise.
Thinking back to the explosion of almost ready made hits in the 60s, Laurel Canyon was a known factory for these sorts of songs and yet it had a CIA/military background. Major institutions were involved in the drug trade.
I’ve often wondered if the people churning out these songs were not those with the flowers in their hair – that in fact there were professionals behind it who had an agenda of destabilizing and debilitating society, the better for the NWO the Bushes kept going on about.
Here y’go – here’s a hit you can wow the younger generation with – throw in a bit of righteous anger about “every gentle person misplaced inside a jail”, throw in harmony and melody and there you are. Instant protest song.
Look at Desolation Row – meant to be some sort of identification with the down-and-outs, which is good from a Minnesota boy. Wiki hit it when it said:
It’s all image creation, which is what advertising agencies and propaganda units do. Dylan’s always been suspicious with his nonsensical lyrics couched in mournful ballad form. Another who did it deliberately and let people know he was doing it was Elvis Costello. Demos do that sort of thing.
And the word not uttered as yet in this post is manipulation – manipulation of emotions to create a changed set of circumstances. There’s no doubting it’s good – it hits the right notes, strums the right chords, so that you thing, “Oh wow,” before realizing it is all largely meaningless, full of promise and fire but actually leading nowhere.
Meanwhile, the non-creative bourgeoisie bangs on about right and wrong and bores the freewheelin’.