I'm lying on the pavement and the last thing i recall
Picked up by the arms and legs and taken from the hall
For squaring up to culture in the circle and the stall

All because there playing Wagner at the opera X2

Hurt can make you act without apology or regret
Over half century a but still i can't forget
Ideology makes a mockery of a string quartet

All because there playing Wagner at the opera X2

When they came to take me i was standing on a chair
I can't keep quiet i have something to declare
Listen to my rattle, for my rattle says beware

All because there playing Wagner at the opera X2

A rattle for remembering the rattle of the chains
A rattle for remembering the rattle of the trains
From war's down the decades to hell and home again

All because there playing Wagner at the opera X2

For everyone we lost a swing the rattle loud and long
A swing it till i drown out all the music and the songs
this rattle will last forever and my memory is long

Here's to no more playing Wagner at the opera X3


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    Song MeaningThis is based on a true story.

    A concert put on by the Israeli Symphony Orchestra in the early 2000's promoted the works of Richard Wagner, a renowned Anti-Semite and Hitler's personal favorite composer. The idea was that Wagner's works be performed as a way to bulk that particular taboo and let sleeping dogs lie. In the audience there was an older man in attendance. He was a concentration camp survivor and he'd gone to this performance specifically to voice his protest. Right in the very middle of a soaring, sweeping, epic performance of Wagner's finest work, this man stood up and rang off a football rattle, upsetting the music and paying homage to millions lost to a horrific regime.

    Chumbawama? Why must you be so brilliant? :3
    MaxwellHBon February 15, 2018   Link

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