"Belsen Was A Gas" as written by and S. Jones P. Cook....
Belsen was a gas, I heard the other day
In the open graves where the Jews all lay
Life is fun and I wish you were here
They wrote on postcards to those held dear
Oh dear

Sergeant majors on the march
Wash the bodies in the starch
See them all die one by one
Guess it's dead, guess it's glad
So bad

Belsen was a gas, I heard the other day
In the open graves where the Jews all lay
Life is fun and I wish you were here
They wrote on postcards to those held dear
Oh dear

Be a man

Be a man, Belsen was a gas
Be a man, kill someone kill yourself
Be a man, be someone kill someone
Be a man kill yourself

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"Belsen Was a Gas [Live]" as written by Paul Thomas Cook John Lydon

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  • +5
    General CommentThe Sex pistols are one of the greatest bands ever.

    This song is not a racist song, the sex pistols only fucked around with swastikas to piss people off and make them take notice.

    Martin Bormann was one of the top ranking officials within Adolf Hitlers inner circle, and the person credited for giving the go-ahead to the so called "final solution" which basically stated that deportation of the Jews was not enough, and that they needed to be wiped out. This song is talking about how, while the official line is that Boorman killed himself many people believe he faked his death, in order to escape facing trial for war crimes. It ends by asking what the Jews would do to him if they got their hands on him.

    I think its fucking dumb when people label a band before finding out the facts, which is the same thing that happened to Slayer, with the song "Angel of Death", about Mengel.
    quiffpornon May 04, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General CommentFrom a fan of The Clash and pre-Load Metallica:

    masterofpuppets, you're a jackass. Just cos you're allowed to post stupid opinions doesn't mean you should. I look forward to being insulted by you in the near future.

    alexk, you're an even bigger jackass. Please stop talking. Here's something to keep in mind:
    Ranting = Good
    Babbling Like A Cunt = Bad. And stupid too. The Clash were way better than the pistols, who turned to shit after one fantastic album. At least Metallica released 2 great albums and a few good ones before they went to shit.

    Nice comments, quiffporn.
    shadowwiththeeyeson June 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentVicious please bring a feasible argument to the table before you just run your mouth all over the place, no one wants to hear it.
    JoE][BoXeRon December 18, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentListening to other Sex Pistols songs,I would have to say this song is satirical.Considering Sid Vicious wrote this song and Nancy was JEWISH,I don't think he meant it in the way people are taking it as.
    AstroZombie777on April 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlisten up men, this song wasnt to fuck around with jews, other races, or whatever you guys think, this is making fun of armys, and people who join just to prove that they are tough/ patriots.
    this song is still offending idiots to this very date
    ChemicalLondonon June 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWaitwaitwait, masteroffuckheads, you hate 'this fuckinghate rock bullshit' but you go around reccomending that people listen to Mayhem? DIDN'T THEY BURN CHURCHES AND SHOOT PEOPLE?!!?
    Did Hellhammer eat YOUR brains too?

    The pistosl should've given it up after Never Mind the Bollocks. Pretty much everything they wrote after that was shit.
    shadowwiththeeyeson June 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChemicalLondon is correct. The line "Kill a man, be a man, kill a man... " gives it away as poking fun at people who believe that violence and prejudice proves a point. I can understand however that many people don't like sarcasm or satire in song, but there is obviously no hate message here.
    Zero As A Limiton September 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEver heard of the sarcasm? I think Sid's intention was to provoke dumb people, who can't understand it. Not pointing to anyone, it's just my oppinion. Totaly agree with Zero As A Limit.
    _MissVicious_on January 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGuys, I feel sorry for this guy Masterofpuppets80, he seems to be very angry. But maybe thats because he is so stupid after all, maybe he ought to read a little about Sid Vicious. Sid Vicious wrote this song to piss people of, just like he wore a swastika and all the other things he did. Obviously he succeded pretty well Masterofpuppets80 :) cos you are one of those guys who just can't appreciate some good old "make me mad, I want to break a window just for the heck of it"-music, which Sex Pistols whole idea was. And it's a shame you can't feel that way, cos it's one of the greatest feelings there is, you feel powerfull and stong, but you stick with your metallica and other bad music
    and Boss Man, Nancy got killed by Sid Vicious, and thats why Sid Vicious killed himself later on
    jabe05on December 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA lot of bands write songs about sensitive subjects. This is one of them.

    But how many of you out there are moaning about 'Bodies'? A home abortion - which is also sick.

    So what if they wore the Swaztika. Marylin Manson slags off the church dressed as a priest. They slagged off the nazi's in the same way.

    Besides, I don't know why Lydon gets all the flak. The lyrics quoted are from Ronnie Biggs' version which contains far more powerful lyrics.
    Rottens version makes no mention of Bormann.

    So, who still feels pissed off?

    This band slagged off the world on live TV - causing some cunt to smash his telly. They were a bunch of teenagers who caused more outcry that Eminem. They set out to piss people off and are still doing it to date.
    The best Punk band in the world - hands down.

    How can people compare them with commercial bands like the clash? Next they will be compared to MXPX.

    At the end of the day. The Pistols are good old British Punk. No bollocks, just the Pistols.
    DarkMithrason June 10, 2007   Link

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