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Akula971

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#11 14 years ago

Letter from Hiro is a song about the start of the Japanese military expansion, war on the horizon, some think it also refers to the declaration of war letter that came too late. Lyrics:-

I think it was Thursday, I think it was late.......1938 Got a letter from Hiro, he'd left out the date He said he was waiting for an outbreak

Took a look in the mirror, it should have been me But there was nothing to see Pulled a thought from the curtains and I went downstairs It was utterly futile, so I combed my hair

All the kids in the factory say My letter from Hiro came too late

Communication leaves me out of touch You say it means nothing, well, nothing much Like the sign on the door, too hard too see too soft to touch The Age of Reason is out to lunch

All the kids in the factory say My letter from Hiro came too late

5 o'clock in the morning sun rising in my hand And I'm not quite sure if I'm just insecure or if the problem Is simply that I really don't understand 'bout the guns and the crossfire and the social disease And when the sun was rising somewhere in the East And when a flag meant more to Hiro than to me

All the kids in the factory say My letter from Hiro came too late

Camels Album is about a Japanese soldier who is drafted, and then left stranded on an Island, to remain even after the war. http://www.progarchives.com/Progressive_rock_discography_CD.asp?cd_id=336




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#12 14 years ago

Belatedly remembered another one: Sony by Big Audio Dynamite. Mainly it is a semi-pointless ramble of 80s stereotypes about Japanese business culture(don't get me wrong, I liked B.A.D., I just don't think this is their best song.) Part of it references WWII

Sony Now Papa jumped the gun back in `41 Following the flag of the rising sun When Tojo did the Mojo he was downed in flames U.S. Destroyer - Kamikaze planes



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#13 14 years ago

From Pink Floyd you got When the Tigers Broke Free, about the Anzio battle, that was the battle in which Roger Water's father died.

It was just before dawn One miserable morning in black ’forty four. When the forward commander Was told to sit tight When he asked that his men be withdrawn. And the generals gave thanks As the other ranks held back The enemy tanks for a while. And the anzio bridgehead Was held for the price Of a few hundred ordinary lives. And old king george Sent mother a note When he heard that father was gone. It was, I recall, In the form of a scroll, With gold leaf and all. And I found it one day In a drawer of old photographs, hidden away. And my eyes still grow damp to remember His majesty signed With his own rubber stamp. It was dark all around. There was frost in the ground When the tigers broke free. And no one survived From the royal fusiliers company c. They were all left behind, Most of them dead, The rest of them dying. And that’s how the high command Took my daddy from me.




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#14 14 years ago

Primo_Itch, that is amazing. I'm fairly aware of PF's work since Syd Barrett looned out (he died the other day, I think) and David Gilmour stepped in, but I don't know this song. I'm certain it is not on anything between Dark Side Of The Moon up until when Waters left in a hissy fit, so where did it fit in? Powerful lyrics and the image of "when the Tigers broke free" makes one shudder.




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#15 14 years ago

Yeah, Sid is dead, damn Diabetys.

Well, the fact is that The Final Cut is deeply related with Waters dealing with his fathers death... There's some more points about WW2 in other songs (check the link below).

When the Tigers Broke Free was only added to the record on the re-edition launched on 2004. It can also be found on Echoes - The best of Pink Floyd

The Wall has no relation with WW2 as far as i know, it was rather some thoughts of Waters about the relationship they were developing with fans, the situation on the shows (where he imagined a invisible wall that was keeping then away from the fans ) and some other situations where he or his character were isolating themselves from the world... Its a really deep album, but i guess not really related to WW2.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Final_Cut_(album)




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#16 14 years ago

Diabetes? Maybe. But the reason it was uncontrolled was because the Crazy Diamond had no idea what planet his body was on much less what was going on in his body. More likely what killed Syd, at least indirectly, was a headful of very bad wiring, which was not helped by heaping helpings of Owsley and Orange Sunshine waaaay back when he was still reasonably lucid.




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#17 14 years ago

Jum, I made the PF referances with The Wall MOVIE in mind. It was very heavily laden with metaphor and simili. I beleive in the begining there is a scene with Pink as a child saying goodbye to his father, a posible run for a bomb shelter and toward the end there is blatant nazi inspired imagery. No swastikas or anything, just similarities, kind of like Star Wars did. Notice the first pic that Nesty posted. Here is the funny bit. Last night (before I read this thread) I was playing poker with Roor and some bros. We wer listening to a fantastic band called "Umphrey's McGee". And when the cd ended somebody started hummimg a tune and before we knew it, without saying a word we all joined in to it. The song was Roundabout by Yes. So then we all decided that Yes needed to make the scene, Every talking about how long it had been since we had listened to them and in that conversation I had started saying how much I need to hear "The Final Cut" again. That and "Meddle" are my favorite PF records. That record is Waters genious all of the way. I can hear the bombs dropping now. Back to Metallica. Don't watch the docu"drama" "Some Kind of Monster". I lost all respect for them. Except for Hetfield who knew to stay weeeeeell away from that noise. Watching Lars go through mid-life crisis was like watching a 5 year old throw a tantram! Cheers to Newstead for gettin the F OUT!!!

Forgot about Slayer. Angel of Death has simply the hardest heaviest most down and dirty breakdown I have ever heard, period. And yeah there is talk of Mengele and Auschwitz, but its definitly not pretty material.




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#18 14 years ago

Sorry, blatant disregard for the threads title... Rush. "The Manhattan Project" Had to do it!




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#19 14 years ago

Thought of a couple more. The song "Captain Walker" from the rock opera Tommy is about Tommy's Father, RAF Group Captain Walker, who is missing in action and presumed dead in WWII, The next one is a bit of a stretch, since WWII is never identified, as such, but the David Bowie song "Little Bombardier" is likely referencing WWII, since this was by far the most likely conflict in which a British airman might have become psychologically damaged by his war experiences.




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#20 14 years ago

Interesting how WWII had such a presence in the minds of the British music artists of the late 60's to early 80's. War stories from Dad, no doubt. U.S> with Viet Nam.

Anyways, I feel like Im spamming your thread but since we've posted some lyrics, Here are a few I thought might apply from Maiden.

Admittedly, Roger Waters it's not! But a nice guilty pleasure from my teen years!

2. Aces High

[Harris]

There goes the siren that warns off the air raid Then comes the sound of the guns sending flak Out for the scramble we've got to get airborn Got to get up for the coming attack.

Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines Remove all the wheelblocks theres no time to waste Gathering speep as we head down the runway Gotta get airborne before it's too late.

Running, scrambling, flying Rolling, turning, diving, going in again Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die Run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high.

Move in to fire at the mainstream of bombers Let of a sharp burst and then turn away Roll over, spin round and come in behind them Move to their blindsides and firing again.

Bandits at 8 O'clock move in behind us Ten ME-109's out of the sun Ascending and turning our spitfires to face them Heading straight for them I press down my guns

1. Where Eagles Dare

[Harris]

It's snowing outside the rumbling sound of engines roar in the night, The mission is near the confident men are waiting to drop from the sky.

The Blizzard goes on but still they must fly No one should go where eagles dare.

Bavarian alps that lay all around they seem to stare from below, The enemy lines a long time passed are lying deep in the snow.

Into the night they fall through the sky No one should fly where eagles dare.

They're closing in the fortress is near it's standing high in the sky, The cable car's the only way in it's really impossible to climb.

They make their way but maybe too late They've got to try to save the day.

The panicking cries the roaring of guns are echoing all round the valley, The mission complete they make to escape away from the Eagles Nest.

They dared to go where no one would try they chose to fly where eagles dare.

8. Paschendale

[Smith / Harris]

In a foreign field he lay Lonely soldier, unknown grave On his dying words he prays Tell the world of Paschendale

Relive all that he's been through Last communion of his soul Rust your bullets with his tears Let me tell you 'bout his years

Laying low in a blood filled trench Kill tim 'til my very own death On my face I can feel the falling rain Never see my friends again

In the smoke, in the mud and lead Smell the fear and the feeling of dread Soon be time to go over the wall Rapid fire and the end of us all

Whistles, shouts and more gun fire Lifeless bodies hang on barbed wire Battlefield nothing but a bloody tomb Be reunited with my dead friends soon

Many soldiers eighteen years Drown in mud, no more tears Surely a war no-one can win Killing time about to begin

Home, far away From the war, a chance to live again Home, far away But the war, no chance to live again

The bodies of ours and our foes The sea of death it overflows In no man's land, God only knows Into jaws of death we go

Crucified as if on a cross Allied troops they mourn their loss German war propaganda machine Such before has never been seen

Swear I heard the angels cry Pray to god no more may die So that people know the truth Tell the tale of Paschendale

Cruelty has a human heart Every man does play his part Terror of the men we kill The human heart is hungry still

I stand my ground for the very last time Gun is ready as I stand in line Nervous wait for the whistle to blow Rush of blood and over we go

Blood is falling like the rain Its crimson cloak unveils again The sound of guns can't hide their shame And so we die on Paschendale

Dodging shrapnel and barbed wire Running straight at the cannon fire Running blind as I hold my breath Say a prayer symphony of death

As we charge the enemy lines A burst of fire and we go down I choke a cry but no-one hears Fell the blood go down my throat

Home, far away From the war, a chance to live again Home, far away But the war, no chance to live again

See my spirit on the wind Across the lines, beyond the hill Friend and foe will meet again Those who died at Paschendale

5. Tailgunner

[HARRIS/DICKINSON]

TRACE YOUR WAY BACK 50 YEARS TO THE GLOW OF DRESDEN-BLOOD AND TEARS IN THE BLACK ABOVE BY THE CRUEL SEARCHLIGHT MEN WILL DIE AND MEN WILL FIGHT-YEAH| WHO SHOT WHO AND WHO FIRED FIRST? DRIPPING DEATH TO WHET THE BLOODTHIRST NO RADAR LOCK ON-SKIN AND BONE THE BOMBER BOYS ARE GOING HOME

[CHORUS]

CLIMB INTO THE SKY NEVER WONDER WHY-TAILGUNNER YOU'RE A TAILGUNNER

[REPEAT]

NAIL THAT FOKKER KILL THAT SON. GONNA BLOW YOUR GUTS OUT WITH MY GUN THE WEATHER FORECASTS GOOD FOR WAR COLOGNE AND FRANKFURT?HAVE SOME MORE| TAIL END CHARLIE IN THE BOILING SKY THE ENOLA GAY WAS MY LAST TRY NOW THAT THIS TAILGUNNER'S GONE NO MORE BOMBERS (JUST ONE BIG BOMB)