"Hey Ma" as written by James Patrick Glennie, Lawrence Gott and Timothy Booth....
Now, the towers have fallen
So much dust in the air
It affected your vision
Couldn't see yourself clear

From the fall came such choices
Even worse than the fall
There's this chain of consequences
Within, without

Action, cause and reaction
Never follows to plan
Black swans on your picnic table
Knocking over the jam

Please don't preach me forgiveness
You're hardwired for revenge
War is just about business
Within, without

Hey ma, the boys in body bags
Coming home in pieces
Hey ma, the boys in body bags
Coming home in pieces

Hey ma, the boys in body bags
Coming home in pieces
Coming home in pieces

War, war, war, war

The dead live on within us
Keep your fingers crossed
We were choking on the smoke and the dust
And the lives that were lost

Scratch the surface of liberals
There's a beast underneath
Others hiding their Jekyll's
Within, without

Hey ma, the boys in body bags
Coming home in pieces
Hey ma, the boys in body bags
Coming home in pieces

War, war, war, war

I can feel the daylight
I can feel the day lightning on me, lightning on me
I can feel the daylight
I can feel the day lightning on me, falling on me


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"Hey Ma" as written by James Patrick Glennie Timothy Booth

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    General CommentContinuousSpectrum has it exactly right. The line 'Black swans on your picnic table' refers to Nassim Nicholas Taleb and his Black Swan theory that 'The event is a surprise (to the observer) and has a major impact. After the fact, the event is rationalized by hindsight.' The usual Tim Booth understated, subtle genius. Respect.
    ccammyon July 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's about action leading to reaction 'action cause and reaction': how a decision made by Tony Blair lead to the Iraque war, which was a much bigger mess than the twin towers ever was despite less sensationalist media coverage.
    ContinuousSpectrumon May 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIts about the war with Irak obviously, the war ther refer in the begining are the WTC, and then its all about Bushes "revenge"
    Sandinoon July 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHippy Dippy by name and nature, one of James's most obvious songs. Whoever you believe caused the Twin towers the war in Irag followed as a result. What a fuck up.
    burningskyon February 05, 2011   Link

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