That's what I'm trying to argue on RedditDon't know the interview, but the child soldiers bit is outright stated in the lyrics.
Since Steve hasn't given much or any interviews about the album I'm skeptical if this question will ever be answered.That's what I'm trying to argue on Reddit
Was talking with someone about the lyrics, who thinks that the song is about "Age Of Innocence"-esquq ramblings, "old man yelling at cloud" style. They think Steve is complaining about modern day Britain and that the child soldiers could just be a metaphor.
I'm pretty sure that in some interview it was stated that it actually means literal child soldiers, but I couldn't find it so far.
I'm pretty sure that in some interview it was stated that it actually means literal child soldiers
What on earth are you talking about? And what the heck is 'dark Africa', exactly?Well that's as old as history itself..
Personally it reminds me more of Africa, 'dark Africa'(*), from Liberia and then down diagonally, Chad, Nigeria, Zair, Rwanda... A platoon of 12 y.o naked children armed with AKs hooked on heroin. Second association is from 9th company the movie, so Afghanistan. I think these are two prime examples of contemporary history. But in Afghanistan these kids would be guards and they would be left with an AK and a mag and they'd camp in abandoned village for days to lure some 'enemy' in the trap. In Africa these kids are the death squads.
(*) the size of this continent is immense, once you fly over it you realize how much the projection on the map screws with it. The term we use to denote the huge guts and all the places in it that aren't touristy - which tend to be maritime countries as most exposed Africa is Mediterranean anyway. No infrastructure, no economy, sparse population and medieval levels of public health/hygiene and overall quality of life.
As I've written in the charts thread about upcoming bands - this is the thing we've been normalized to. There has been talk about fates of African peoples, 50 years and more of nothing much but talk from talking heads. There's still warlords and there's still ebola outbreaks. Say for example that Purple took this topic to heart, but 50 years ago, the drive from it, back then, could make them more novel, more rebellious and more successful. But after 50 years of our entire society doing nothing but grinding my grey matter with aimless pointless discussion, last thing I want to hear from my speakers today is barks at the moon.
What on earth are you talking about? And what the heck is 'dark Africa', exactly?
Fifty years ago, a great deal of African states were barely a few years out of European colonisation. Some were still colonised in fact.
There are warlords in many parts of the world, certainly not just Africa, as indeed there are child soldiers in different wars around the world.
Joshua Milton Blahyi (born September 30, 1971), better known by his nom de guerre General Butt Naked, is a former commander of forces under the wider control of Liberian warlord Roosevelt Johnson. Blahyi was known for his violence and atrocities during the First Liberian Civil War in the early 1990s. Once described as "the most evil man in the world", Blahyi said in 2008 that he killed at least 20,000 people and carried out regular human sacrifice and cannibalism of children
You post seems completely off topic and you seem to think the issue of child soldiers is somehow 'worse' in Africa.You quote my text that can't be more unambiguous and ask me what I'm talking about? Can't you read English?
I wrote there are different scenarios of child usage in wars today (as always), but only the ones found in deep Africa are the most frightening.
If you want to dispute my claims then find me an example of General Buttnaked's army or ebola outbreak from somewhere else.
European colonisation is the half the cause if not more. Did you read Heart of Darkness?
Btw. we can stop with this offtopic and its not even a topic for me, I mentioned it due to something else.
I’d say the intro on The Parchment is a mix between Ravel’s Bolero and I’m Gonna Be by The Proclaimers. Pure evil!
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5/5 album for The Guardian.
I feel like this is the song Steve has wanted to write for a long time, and now he finally got it 100% right.Hell on Earth - Well of course, after all this, there can only be one way to close this album, and that is with the Harris epic to end all Harris epics, and that is exactly what we get. As of now, I can't say anything about it that hasn't been said yet and I'll just leave you with the statement that of course this is my favourite from the album, and how could it not be?