On That Day

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Postby lizzytysh » Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:40 pm

Yes, Anne-Marie, and neither of those choices would carry a value judgement.
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Re: On That Day

Postby Jaime » Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:13 pm

Here is my personal view on this song. I never realy thought about Bush or the military or the firefighters when I first heard it . I always thought LC was refering to the western world when he mentioned "we", and the jihadists being the others, those emerging from the midle ages who hate "our women unveiled", those who claim they are the people of the Book, while "we" are the people of The Books . And "holding the fort" and "to report" seems to me like a call for continuing our normal lives, not giving in to fear or compromising our values. But LC also mentions "our slaves and our gold". "We" also have some faults in our values, but in the whole they are better than those of the jihadists. A very corageous woman "reporting" and "holding the fort" was that arab-american psicologist who confronted an islamic religious leader in an Al-jazira program (it´s in youtube). She´s realy a hero, but you can keep holding the fort if you keep using your freedom and respecting other people´s freedom, and don´t start thinking that women unveiled and with skirts are despisable prostitutes. I think the line "I won´t take you to court" shouldn´t be taken literaly. "Did you go crazy" means for me the irruption of irracionality, flip out or blind revenge, and the reprehension in "I won´t take you to court" refers only to this last otpion. This song to me doesn´t sound like a neutral position, on the contrary.
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Re: On That Day

Postby lizzytysh » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:34 pm

Hi Jaime ~

I really appreciate your perspective of this song. Thanks for spelling it out.


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