Thursday, March 16, 2017

Musical Interlude: Steppenwolf, “Monster”


Steppenwolf, “Monster”
Written in 1967, this song is so tragically prescient, 
and we haven’t learned a thing, nothing at all in 50 years…

 Steppenwolf, “Monster”

“Once the religious, the hunted and weary,
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope,
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of Kingdom and pope.

Like good Christians some would burn the witches,
Later some got slaves to gather riches...

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands, to court the wild.
But she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light.

And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went.
And till the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end.

While we bullied, stole and bought a homeland,
We began the slaughter of the red man...

But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild.
But she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light.

The Blue and Grey they stomped it,
They kicked it just like a dog.
And when the war was over
They stuffed it just like a hog.

And though the past has its share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way,
But its protectors and friends have been sleeping,
Now it's a monster and will not obey.

The spirit was freedom and justice,
And its keepers seemed generous and kind.
Its leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind,
Cause the people grew fat and got lazy,
Now their vote is a meaningless joke.
They babble about law and order,
But it's all just an echo of what they've been told.

Yeah, there's a monster on the loose,
It's got our heads into the noose,
And it just sits there watchin’...

The cities have turned into jungles,
And corruption is stranglin' the land.
The police force is watching the people,
And the people just can't understand.
We don't know how to mind our own business,
'Cause the whole world's got to be just like us.
Now we are fighting a war over there,
No matter who's the winner we just pay the cost.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose,
It's got our heads into the noose,
And it just sits there watchin'...

America, where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now?
We can't fight alone against the monster...

America, where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now?
We can't fight alone against the monster...

America...America...America...America...”

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