Monday, September 17, 2012

The Frankenstein Playlist: Track Seven

The Playlist So Far:

  • 1- The Creature Lives by Mastodon
  • 2- My Father's House by Bruce Springsteen
  • 3- Cold Water by Tom Waits
  • 4- The Apparition by Iron Maiden
  • 5- Rusty Cage by Johnny Cash 
  • 6- Ride the Lightning by Metallica
 It's perhaps the single image most associated with the Creature. Chased by villagers waving torches and pitchforks. Tortured and pursued for the crime of being different, for being ugly. We have all felt judged and condemned for simply who we are, and the Creature gives allegorical life to those thoughts. Shunned by family, friendless, loveless, and on the run from those who act without thought or compassion. It's powerful stuff.

Witch Hunt
by Rush

The night is black
Without a moon
The air is thick and still
The vigilantes gather on
The lonely torch lit hill

Features distorted in the flickering light
The faces are twisted and grotesque
Silent and stern in the sweltering night
The mob moves like demons possessed
Quiet in conscience, calm in their right
Confident their ways are best

The righteous rise
With burning eyes
Of hatred and ill-will
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat and burn and kill

They say there are strangers who threaten us
In our immigrants and infidels
They say there is strangeness too dangerous
In our theaters and bookstore shelves
That those who know what's best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves

Quick to judge
Quick to anger
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand...

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