Welcome to Metal Monday. Today I have a song that has been haunting me for a while. A song that fit with our current state of affairs. A song that took it’s inspiration from a 1976 movie called The Network. I have not seen the film, but the fact that it comes up in quite a few songs out there on the world wide web says a lot about it’s value, seeing as it speaks of each person’s value. My first introduction to this song came purely by chance a few years ago as we were still in the era of exchanging burned cd’s full of MP3’s among our friend circle so people could know or see if there was a connection that could be made and either made or broke friendships. I know exactly who gave this cd to me and we are still friends, even though I am a bit far away from him at the moment.
There is no vocals, just the same speech given in the movie set around some Post Rock music. Have a listen. I’ll but in the original clip as well. If it gives you goosebumps like it gives me with every listen, we can continue to be friends. I am joking of course, I know not everyone likes the same things. I do not care if you think it’s bad, I did this post more for myself than to please anyone in particular.
I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”
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A good, powerful song and a movie I ought to finally see. Thanks!
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Hope it is as good as that clip i added in
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