Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ignorance by Kasey Chambers

I've been debating on this one for several days which has turned into weeks. My music listening has been mainly Kasey Chambers, Kasey Lansdale and Kacey Musgraves.

Kacey Musgraves is one of the new voices of country music and has hits with "Merry Go Round" and "Follow Your Arrow" and takes a more lively, fun beat in her music. Her lyrics contain a lot of things you hear everyday, but puts a unique spin on them. Be sure to give her a listen. Her current album is Same Trailer, Different Park.

Kasey Lansdale, is the daughter of Joe Lansdale - a writer of terrific horror and strange fun books like BUBBA HO-TEP, and is a writer in her own stead. Her music is more traditional country and I kept her CD in the player for three or four weeks before I changed to something else. It was another Kasey/Kacey. She has a way with words and her songs, while modern in subject matter, have the traditional roots like Patsy Cline and Reba McEntire. Be sure to see her if she comes anywhere close, you will not be disappointed. Restless is her latest release and I can't wait for more!

Casey Chambers, an Australian country artist, has been around for a while and I lost most of her material when my computer crashed and I had loaned the CDs to a friend to copy and one of her friends left town with them. I've replaced most of them and "Ignorance" was a bonus/hidden track on the Barricades and Brickwalls CD and even though it came out in 2001, the words are as true today as they were then.

It seems every time I read or hear the news, I get pissed off. Either it's someone acting stupid or the government being more about the money and the lies they tell instead of being there to help the people. I really get pissed off at the NEWS MEDIA for being a propaganda device for the folks in power and not telling the truth or even seeking to find any truth.


Don't wanna read the paper
I don't like bad news
Last night a man got shot
Outside the house of blues
I'd like to ignore it
I'd like to just pretend
That the reason for it
Is something I can comprehend

I don't listen to the radio
Last time it made me cry
Two boys went crazy
Fifteen kids died
And I don't know their families
I don't ask 'em how they're going
They're on the other side of the world
But it's way too close to home

I've got something to say
And I thought it might be worth a
If you're not pissed off at the world
Then you're just not paying attention
And you can turn off the TV
And go about your day
But just 'cos you don't see it
It don't mean its gone away hey

We don't talk to our neighbours
They've got funny coloured skin
We see 'em out on the sidewalk
But we don't invite 'em in
We only eat when we're hungry
And we throw the rest away
While babies in Cambodia
Are starving everyday

We risk our lives
We hit our wives
We act like everything is funny
We hide our pain
While we go insane
We sell our souls for money
We curse our mums
We build our bombs
We make our children cry
We watch the band
While Vietnam
Just watch their children die

Words and Music by Kasey Chambers, Copyright 2001

In the song she mentions Cambodia and Vietnam, there are lots of other countries whose name could be substituted in order to make this a song from 2014. The sad thing that hits home to me is that the United States could fit in either place. I also feel like Veterans could fit in there as well.

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