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We are drifting along without remembering
We are merely strangling shadows
We are morose, we are pathetic, we are done
Look at us now - we are kneeling
Look at us now - are we kneeling?

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Die Nelke song meanings
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    My InterpretationCompletely free association in my head, no ambition to present it with logical structure, just writing...

    The scene gives associations to a band of soldiers, an army or a fraction conquered by their enemy. But it doesn't have to be narrowed to that; it could be anybody conquered by anyone.

    The narrator is "we", the conquered ones, looking at themselves and their enemy, "them". "We" are humiliated, kneeling in inferiority before their enemy. But here comes the interesting thing: "we" have forgotten they're conquered and that they are humiliated. There is a collective, historical memory loss, no compass to guide us. Thus, "we" have lost control of their own fate, "we" seem to be at "the end of history". Originally a Hegelian concept, it has been revived by Fukuyama who in the '90s, when the Berlin wall fell, claimed we've reached the end of history; the only option is more free market capitalism, more consumer capitalism, more economic growth, more administration and less politics to secure this.

    I interpret "we" as humanity at large, common people, workers and consumers, and the enemy that has conquered us is capital, corporations by invading and colonising our everyday life, our time, and who have chained us to work, consumption and meaningless "free time".

    "We should be weeping with rage, or at least be ratteling our chains" – we shouldn't be set with kneeling before our enemy of life and feel set with the cheap movies, the malnourishment in culture and spirit, the fast food for the soul, which constitutes the whole West and the modern metropolis cities in the world.

    History repeats itself, and controls us instead of the other way around. Kitsch was popular in Nazi Germany, because it unarmed and smothered its critique in wonderful colours and pleasant smells and feel-good, that only make us "morose and pathetic" inside.

    The enemy twists the meaning of words that find meaningful, love is boredom, talking is just something pragmatic just like breathing. Meaningful words cover up how horrible meaningless life has become.

    We are kneeling, even laughing at the whole meaninglessness, appearently enjoying it, when we should be weeping with rage at it, and try to get free.
    androsgon April 30, 2014   Link

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