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

Paolo Nutini
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

Notes On Ferguson, Mo And The Death Of Michael Brown

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via getty

I woke up this morning thinking, for a brief moment, that I’d actually get decent news on mainstream/basic media networks i.e. ABC, NBC, etc. What I’m getting is a completely half-assed version of what’s going on in Ferguson, Mo.

What’s frightening is that while I know where to get ACTUAL news on events (cable, journalists twitters/blogs, etc), way too much of the public doesn’t. And for those who don’t have access to the cable station versions of the media mentioned above, such as MSNBC, what they see/hear now is all they know to be “true”. They “know” that 18 year old Michael Brown was apparently a robbery suspect, but not that the situation with Darren Wilson began BEFORE the officer had any idea of a robbery. The information on this was released INSTEAD of the shooting report that was requested, as something to sway the public into thinking Brown deserved to be gunned down. Never mind the fact that committing such a crime STILL doesn’t warrant a suspect being shot 6 times (twice in the head) from behind. You know, unless we’ve suddenly started resorting to execution style killings without due process in this country? Continue Reading