"Jacob's Ladder (Not In My Name)" as written by and Alice/watts Nutter....
Jacob's ladder
Like rusty old nails, at the bottom of the sea
Telling no tales, for the good of the Admiralty
You jump when you're told to, through the open door
And the King of Norway, hes the man you all died for

On this, Jacob's Ladder
The only way up is down
Three days in the water
Watching all the secrets drown
Jacob's Ladder

"And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain"

A thousand lifetimes, left standing at the docks
In the bar down in Whitehall, they're sure the boat won't rock
In a file marked secrets in a drawer kept closed
Nobody wonders, because nobody knows


"And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain"


Lyrics submitted by midnightdreamer

"Jacob's Ladder" as written by Duncan Bruce Judith Abbott

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    General CommentI think this song is commentary on social classes.

    This song is saying that it is better to be lower on the system. The higher you are the worse a person you are.

    Am I wrong or right? Someone please explain it to me.
    moby6002on March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's a commentary on the Iraqi war and Bush's policies.

    "9/11 got branded / 9/11 got sold"
    "Puppy dog leader, sooner or later / They'll dig up your cellar and try you for murder"
    "In the name of the father, maybe / But not in my name"

    The only way up ('winning') is down - whether you see it as going back down the ladder (retreating) or going down the actual Jacob's ladder, which goes to Heaven (to win they have to become worse and worse as human beings).

    One of the best protest songs of the administration.
    dragonflyeyeson July 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is waht i heard it was abut. Supposedly it is about some sailors that got capsized during wwII somewhere on the coast of Norway....They managed to get a SOS out...but the english navy decided to ignore it because they were attempting to smuggle out the Norway royalty, and they didn't want ot draw attention...so they let the sailors drown. Definetly a commentary on class
    adam1986on January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFrom the text in "Readymades and then some":

    Jacob's Ladder
    Political expediency verses class; Winston Churchill let 1591 ordinary sailors drown after their ships were sunk off the coast of Norway in WW2 by German battle cruisers. Churchill thought a rescue attempt might have alerted Germans to the evacuation of the Norwegian royal family, so ordered ships in the area to abondon the drowning men. Today's footnote would be the sinking of the Russian Kursk submarine; sailors drowned as President Putin put national pride before the need to call in foreign rescue teams.

    Jacob's Ladder (Not In My Name)
    Recorded in response to the threat of a Bush/Blair war on Iraq - a war about oil, fear, revenge, and capital - and using Harry Cox's powerful sampled 'and they sent him to the war to be slain' in a context in which it surely belongs.

    The lyrics on this page are for the latter song.
    Pogafon March 17, 2007   Link

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