Song Of The Day, Or Week, Or Months For Ferguson, Missouri – ‘Iron Sky’ By Paolo Nutini

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Paolo Nutini

I realize that this song may seem an odd choice for ‘Song of the Day…Week…Month, etc.”, given that it was written and sung by a Scottish lad of Italian decent, Paolo Nutini. However, please–I repeat, PLEASE listen while reading the lyrics below to “Iron Sky” and tell me this doesn’t kick you in the heart–because it WILL.

Pictures in the News: Ferguson, Missouri

Initially when I first heard “Iron Sky”, I envisioned the civil rights marches with Martin Luther King, Jr, then all of the havoc we are witnessing in Gaza, Palestine, Iraq, the whole ISIS mess…but now? All I can relate this song to is the horrific unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

“Iron Sky”

We are proud individuals living on the city,
But the flames couldn’t go much higher.
We find God and religions to,
To paint us with salvation.
But no one,
No nobody,
Can give you the power,

To rise over love,
And over hate,
Through this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds.
Over fear and into freedom.

Oh, that’s life
That’s dripping down the walls
Of a dream that cannot breathe
In this harsh reality
Mass confusion spoon fed to the blind
Serves now to define our cold society

From which we’ll rise over love,
Over hate,
From this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds.
Over fear and into freedom.

You just got to hold on!
You just got to hold on!

Ohhh ohhhh oh oh

(To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed,
the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die,
and the power they took from the people will return to the people.
And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men –
machine men with machine minds and machine hearts!
You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men!
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful,
to make this life a wonderful adventure
Let us use that power!
Let us all unite!)*

And we’ll rise over love,
And over hate,
Through this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds
Over fear,
Into freedom.
Into freedom!

From which we’ll rise over love,
And over hate,
Through this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds.
Over fear and into freedom.
Freedom!

Oh!
Rain on me!
Rain on me!
Rain on me!

I’ve been a huge fan of Paolo’s for nearly 10 years, but never has a song of his had the kind of power and impact on my psyche and my heart like this one has done. I can’t get it out of my head. Please do share this post if the lyrics touch you.  

Prayers for Justice in Ferguson.

*Spoken words by Charlie Chaplin/The Great Dictator

David Letterman Gives Touching, Funny Tribute to Robin Williams (Video)

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Leave it to Dave to give the BEST tribute to his friend of 38 years, Robin Williams last night on The Late Show With David Letterman. Dave gave a lovely personal, sweet yet funny remembrance of the man who made all of the now great comedians shake in their sneakers at The Comedy Store in Hollywood back in the 1970s, when they were all hungry to get a laugh or two.

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Richard Pryor, Mitzi Shore, David Letterman and Robin Williams At the Comedy Store in Hollywood

Dave’s acknowledgement of Robin’s impact on the world–and on him personally is really worth the few minutes for you to watch…

 

Photos/Videos via YouTube/CBS/WorldWidePants

I’m sure I don’t have to remind you of Letterman’s first show back after the horrors of 9/11. He made us all feel a little more united as a country by being the first late night host to return to his TV desk, and successfully talked us through our collective pain. If you have forgotten how emotionally moving Dave’s monologue was that night, I’m going to post it now. David Letterman is also one of a kind.

 

 

God Bless Robin Williams and may you finally feel peace, and thank you David Letterman, for being YOU.

Bryan Cranston And Aaron Paul Kill It In Hilarious Emmy Promo – Barely Legal Pawn

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I’m not even kidding when I tell you people that I would watch Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul do LAUNDRY. Basically, I just want a USTREAM “puppy-cam”-type deal, following them around 24/7. Is that too much to ask? AnyOBSESSION. Let’s all take a peek-a-loo at the awesomeness that is the Barely Legal Pawn Emmy promo. (Oh yeah, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in the clip, as well.)

I tell ya what, Bryan Cranston can get all smarmy with me anytime he damn-well pleases–snakeskin boots and all. I’m totally gonna be wearing my “Tread Lightly” shirt on Monday, August 25th and screaming like a 13 year old One Direction goon when (not bloody IF) Bryan wins for Best Actor in a Drama for Breaking Bad.

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You’re goddamn right.