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The Draize Train song meanings
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    The Draize Test is an acute toxicity test devised in 1944 by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) toxicologist John H. Draize. Initially used for testing cosmetics, the procedure involves applying 0.5mL or 0.5g of a test substance to the eye or skin of a restrained, conscious animal, and leaving it for four hours.[1] The animals are observed for up to 14 days, for signs of erythema and edema in the skin test, and redness, swelling, discharge, ulceration, hemorrhaging, cloudiness, or blindness in the tested eye. The test subject is commonly an albino rabbit, though other species are used too, including dogs.[2] The animals are killed after testing.[3]


    This makes a lot of sense considering the animal rights values Morrissey had. To call it the Draize Train, to me, lends an association of the Auschwitz trains that carried Jews, Communists, gay people, disabled people and others to the death camps in Nazi Germany. It might seems an extreme example, but instead of actually comparing one atrocity with another, subjectively, it can be seem more as a comment on humanity, on what wanton destruction we are capable of, on a day to day basis, depending on the time and the context, the values we eschew others and the lack of compassion people are able to act with. The idea of a train implies an onward journey, a march through time of cruelty, a certain track we're on that leads us to a particular destination as a people, as humans.
    Devolveron August 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentdeep.
    JumpHaroundon October 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment I agree with Devolver a bit but I believe that, because Moz is big into vegetarianism, the song could be talking about just the Draize Test and not really about Nazis. It could be commenting on the cruelty that he sees in it, with the killing and testing of animals.
    I really have not heard all of the song, so I am not using the tune to interpret the song, but I just think it is somewhat common sense if we are talking about a test focused on animal subjects and Moz and the gang reflecting on it in their song.

    Just my opinion.
    PaintAVulgarPicon March 28, 2010   Link
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    ericjackeon December 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentJohny Marr is a God, this is ART!
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