Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Motorhead Doing What We All Wish We Could Do

Nobody could ever accuse Lemmy Kilmister of being overly-optimistic. But then, his anger has always found an audience--probably because most folks are just as pissed. As if we needed any more proof, Motorhead dropped this video "Get Back In Line" a few months back. The timing, as always, is not to be ignored here, as the single was released right on the heels of last year's massive student rebellion.

There's not much symbolism to decipher here; the message of the video is rather straightforward--not to mention cathartic! As for the song itself, it appears that each verse is sung as the vast majority--poor workers and such--while the much more swaggerish chorus is sung from the point of view of the lucky rich few. Lemmy's songwriting never has been one-note or straightforward.

Of course, the whole video is very easily considered male-centric, what with the helpless females who stand by horrified before being escorted off by the band. This is, after all, metal (not to mention coming from an artist who still makes the unsavory claim that he's "bedded" over 2000 women). Nonetheless, it's a definite sign of the times.

We live on borrowed time, hope turned to dust,
Nothing is forgiven we fight for every crust.
The way we are is not the way we used to be my friend,
All things come to he who waits, the waiting never ends.

We are the chosen few; we are the frozen crew,
We don’t know what to do, just wasting time.
We don’t know when to quit, we don’t have room to spit,
But we’ll get over it, get back in line.

Stuck here ten thousand years, don’t know how to act,
Everything forgotten, specially the facts.
The way we live is running scared; I don’t like it much,
All things come to he who waits but these days most things suck.

We are the chosen ones, we don’t know right from wrong,
We don’t know what’s going on, don’t know enough to care.
We are the dogs of war; don’t even know what for,
But we obey the law, get back in line.

We are trapped in luxury, starving on parole,
No one told us who to love, we have sold our souls.
Why do we vote for faceless dogs? We always take the bait.
All things come to he who waits, but all things come too late.

We are the sacrifice, and we don’t like advice,
We always pay the price, pearls before swine.
Now we are only slaves, already in our graves,
And if you think that Jesus saves, get back in line.
If you think that Jesus saves, get back in line.

1 comment:

Ben Courtice said...

You're right, the end (gentlemen leading away the helpless females) is a dumb metal cliche. Actually it's all dumb metal cliche, the leather rebels rock the rich pricks, nothing new, except the cards being dealt (troops to Afghanistan, smash the unions etc) make it dumb metal cliche in service of an explicitly political left wing message. And mostly, I like dumb metal cliche (and Motorhead) so this really works for me!! (apart from the sexism).