Sunday, April 07, 2013
New songs and blue songs #28
| posted by Simon |
11:35 am |
The 30 day song challenge.
Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty -
Sell out - Levellers
In the 1990s I worked for a small chemical company in Stalybridge, I was in my 20s, idealistic, deeply socialist and not yet made jaded or cynical by years of Political let downs and the constant battle of trying to provide for my family only to hobbled and tortured by a capitalist system I abhorred.
The Levellers were my favourite band, they were political, fighting for the underdog, but their music was, and still is, excellent. My guilt comes from agreeing with their fight, but not weighing in, not going on marches, not chaining myself to a Harrier jump jet, not getting involved. I sold out.
The thought of living in a tent in the middle of a roundabout filled me with dread, it just isn't me. The traveller life looks ace in summer, but just imagine in the middle of winter, living in what amounts to a tin can.
I made my choice happily, my family came first. You can't afford principles when people are relying on you, and I would do it again. But I still feel guilty because my political opinions are still strong, but I didn't do everything I could.
Now, now in a land not far away
There's men in prison because they say
The colour of your skin is not a question
Did you rally to their side?
No, you sat back and let them die
Don't know how you get to sleep at night