Today’s Theme Music

This song was written in nineteen sixty-six, and released in nineteen sixty-seven. The lyrics, though, speak to our times now as much as they did to the era which produced them.

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side

It’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

h/t to MetroLyrics

What’s interesting about that song is that Stephen Stills wrote it about a curfew on Sunset Strip. While they speak to the mood in America in the nineteen sixties and the twenty-first century, they speak to the life and times in the U.S.S.R, Nazi Germany, and other places ruled by fear, paranoia and oppression. People seek rights and freedoms; others squash them to preserve their status and wealth. It’s a cycle as old as humanity, except, instead of a man with a gun, there was a man with a rock, spear, bow and arrow, or other weapon.

Let’s listen to Buffalo Springfield and “For What It’s Worth.”

 

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3 thoughts on “Today’s Theme Music

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  1. On point! I might need to reblog this Bc it just fits right in with the other reblogs I’ve done today and damn if ppl don’t seem to synching up or something right? Trippy.
    This song has given me chills since I was a very little kid. My mother told me it was about the hippy college riots where innocent students were murdered. But I don’t think that’s what scared me anyway the thing has this ominously prophetic vibe to it somehow. Music is powerful indeed. Xo

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      1. Really what’s it called that sounds like it could be kinda cool! I still use the track that isn’t “enhanced for quality” bc I imagine they sound more authentic that way lol idk why.
        More importantly, I reblogged this wrong and ppl can’t see the link. Love to fix that if you know how? It works on my end…

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