Saturday, 9 November 2019

Another Song About The Berlin Wall.

The old mental jukebox (Neil Peart phrase) began playing in my head today.  Yorkshire  Heavy rock band Saxon composed a song in 1988 entitled: For  Whom The Bell Tolls.  It was penned a year before the fall of the Berlin wall.  So it was incredibly prophetic.

The title is an expression from a John Donne sermon.   He said that because we are all part of mankind,  any persons death is a loss to all of us.  "Any man's death diminishes  me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bells toll; it tolls for thee".

Ernest Hemingway  wrote a book about the Spanish Civil War with the very same title.

We watched the excellent Simon Reeve BBC Americas documentary  again  last Sunday and it showed the wall between South America and the USA.   So much for the land of the free.

Here's Biff and the lads:

I saw them once play live.  A brilliant band..

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  1. I knew it would happen when I saw Ronald Regan on tv saying: Pull down that wall Mr Gorbachev. I can’t remember if this was Ronnie’s famous space aliens speech or shortly after. Sadly less than 38% of East Germans are happy with their lot. An invisible wall or barrier now exists .

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  2. Good to hear from you Gwil. I took a photo of a Trabant when we visited Warsaw. I believe West Germans are quite happy with their lot. Suppose it's like the UK with poor and rich areas.

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    1. It’s worse. There are 129 men for every 100 women and each woman is having only 0.8 of a baby. Where are the women? Gone west young man. Terrible demographic reflecting the insecurity or inferiority or whatever it is felt by the easterners

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  3. Gosh. Those statistics are worrying. When I went to Loreley for the night of the prog festival in 2017. We met two really amiable lads. They said there was virtually no unemployment in the West and they had really good lives. They loved heavy rock bands in Germany and are into organic vegetables and great chemical free beer. I think I might move there. Nah you can't beat Ireland or the UK. Well maybe Portugal? Thanks Gwil.

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  4. I read this story of east Germany in the Wall Street Journal. Sad, sad, sad. And very long. I could not make it to the end.

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  5. Thanks for your comment Joanne.

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